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Drill Manuals, Audio Files, and Bugle Calls

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Abbreviated Commands from the Ludus Militis Tactica

Reverte!  (Reh WayR Tay!) As you were! or, Revert to Original Position


State! (STah Tay!) Stand Fast! (or Rest in Place)


Silentium!   (silence) Mandata Captate! (See LeN Tih uM!  MahN Dah Tah  /  Kap Tah Tay!) Silence! Attention to Orders.


Captate! (Kap Tah Tay!) Attention! 


Arma ,  Portate! (AR MaH  /  PoR Tah Tay!) Carry Arms!


Arma , Demittite! (AR Mah / Deh MiT Tih Tay!) Order Arms!


Signum Demittite!  (SeeG Num / Deh MiT Tih Tay!) Leave the Standard!


Ad Contum,  Clina! (Ahd / KahN TooM / Klee Nah Tay!)  To the Spear, Face!


Redi!  (Ray Dee!) Return! 


Ad  Scutum ,  Clina!  (Ahd / Skoo Tum  /  Klee Nah Tay!) To the Shield, Face!

Transforma!  (Trans For Mah! ) About Face!


Oblique Ad Contum [Scutum]  ,  Clina! (o Blee Kway / ahD / KahN TuM [Skoo TuM] / Klee Nah Tay!) Right [Left] Oblique, Face!


Move Ad Scutum! (Moe way / ahD /  Skoo Tum! ) Move Toward the Shield!


Move Ad Contum!  (Moe way / ahD /  KoN TooM!) Move Toward the Spear!


Cede!  (Kay Day!) Give Way!


Ad Duo.  Exi! (ahD / Dew oh , eKS ee!) To Two Ranks, File Out!


Ad Quattuor. Intra! (ahD / Kwat Too oRR. eeN TRaH!) To Four Ranks. File In!


Ad Octo. Intra! (ahD / oK Toh. eeN TRaH!) To Eight Ranks. File In!


Ad Quattuor. Exi! (ahD / Kwat Too oRR. eKS ee!) To Four Ranks. File Out!


Ad Arma! (Ahd / AR MaH!) Ad Signum! (ahD / SeeG Num)To Arms! To the Standard!


Dirige Frontem! (Dee Ree Gay / FRoNT eM!) Dress the Front!


Arma , Demittite! (AR Mah / Day MiT Teh Tay!) Order Arms!


Ad Quattuor. Ad Signum! (ahD / KwaT Too oR. ahD / SeeG Num) To Four. To the Standard!


Arma , Demittite! (AR Mah / Deh MiT Teh Tay!) Order Arms!


Dirige Frontem! (Dee Ree Gay / FRoNT eM!) Dress the Front!


iunge! (YooN Gay!) Close Up!


Largi! (LahR Gee!) Open Up!


Ad Latus , Stringe! (ahD / Lah Tus ,  STRiNG Gay!) By Flank, Draw In! 


Largi ad Ambas Partes! (LahR Gee ahD / AM BahS / PaR TayS!) Open Up to Both Sides!


Arma, Portate! Carry Arms


Ad Contum [Scutum],  Clina! To the Spear [Shield], Face!


Signum ad Frontem! Standard to the Front!


Movete! (Moe way Tay!) March!


Gradum ,  Servate!  (GrahD uM , SeR wah Tay!)  Keep the [Miliary] Step!


Plenum Gradum ,  Servate! (PLeN um / GRah Doom, SeR wah Tay!)  Keep the Full Step!


State! (STah Tay!) Halt.


Celerate! (KeLL eR ah Tay!) Speed up!


Tardate!  (Tar Dah Tay!) Slow Down! 


Ordinem ,  Servate! (oRR Dih NeM, SeR wah Tay!) Maintain Formation! 


Signum , Sequute!  (SeeG NuM ,  Seh Qoo Tay!) Follow the Standard! 


Transforma!  Movete! (TRahNS FoR Mah Tay! Moe way Tay!) About Face. March!


Ad Contum [Scutum] Clina.  Move! (ahD / KoN TuM [Skoo TuM] / KLeeN ah.  Moe way!) To the Spear [Shield] Face. Move!


State! Redi!  (STah Tay! Ray Dee!) Halt! Return!


Ad Contum Oblique [Scutum] Clina ,  Movete!   (ahD / KoN TuM [Skoo Tum] / KLeeN ah, Moe way Tay!) Obliquely to the Spear [Shield], March!


Ad Contum [Scutum] , Deponete!  (ahd KoN Tum [Skoo TuM] , Deh PoNe eh Tay!) To the Spear [Shield], Change Front! (by ranks)


Movete!  March!


Dirige, Frontem!  Dress the Front!


Ad Contum [Scutum], Clina!  Move! To the Spear (Shield), Face!  Move!


State!  Redi!  Halt. Return!


Transmutate!  (TRanS Moo Tah Tay!) Countermarch by Files! 


Ad Signum. Deponete!   To the Standard. Change Front by Files! 


iunge!  Close Order!


Largi! (LahR Gee!) Open Order!


Ad Latus , Stringe! By Flank, Draw In!


Largi ad Ambas Partes! Open Up to Both Sides!


Ad Contum [Scutum], iunge! To the Right [Left] Flank, Close Order!


Ad Scutum [Contum], Largi! To the Left [Right] Flank, Open Order!


Ad Contum [Scutum] Clina, Movete! Toward the Spear (Shield) March!


Reverte! Return!


Dirige Frontem! Dress the Front!


Ad Contum [Scutum], Deponete! To the Spear [Shield], Change Front by Files!, or Flank Turn! 


Move ad Contum Incline to the Right (by formation)


Move ad Scutum Incline to the Left (by formation)


Ad Contum Depone. Movete!  To the Spear, Change Front! (by formation) March!


Undique , Servate! (ooN Dee Kwa / SeR Wah Tay!) To All Sides, Guard!


Ad Testudinem!   (ahD / Tes  Too  Dih  NeM) To the Testudo!


Tela! (Tay Lah!) Incoming Missiles!


Pila  ,  Parati! (Pee Lah / PahR ah Tee)  Prepare Pila!\


Pila Mittite (return pila)


Pila Iacite (Throw Pila)


Primus! Secundus! Tertius! Quartus!   First Rank! Second Rank! Third Rank! Fourth Rank! (to throw by ranks)


Vos Servate!  Guard (raise Scutum to Battle Position)


Gladium Stringate Draw Sword


Gladium Recondite Sheath Sword!


Percute! (pehR Kew Tay!) Charge!


Sta/State stop


Audio File of the Bugle Calls


Based on the new Ludus Militis Tactica, these calls will be used at Clash of Iron as well as events that utilize the Tactica.  They have been kept very simple, utilizing 3 pitches so almost anyone can learn to play them.  The pitches are high, medium, and low (Hi C, G, C on the staff).  Most are stand alone calls that are repeated three times, however, Movete, State, and Clinate/Deponite calls (and their relevant facings) are only played one time.  For more detailed explanations, see the Tractus Ut Contactus Appendix to the Tactica on


Bugle Calls:            Primary Function                        Secondary Function (if any)


Ad Signa                Fall into formation                       Form up

Ad Aciem               Form line

Muta Ordines          Change front rank (relieve)                  

Muta Locum           Change all ranks

Tela                       Missiles incoming

Ad Testudinum       Form Testudo

Ad Cuneum*          Form Wedge

Centurio*               Recall/ Summon the Centurio

Movete                  March

State (Sta)             Halt

Reverte                  Recall personnel ASAP                 Cancel previous command

Percuto                 Charge

Ad Scutum            To the Shield (left)

Ad Contum            To the Spear (right)

Clinate                  Facing movement if still                  Flank turn (if moving)

Depone/Deponite   Column turn (open or close order)

Oblique                 Half Turn                                       Half Face

Transmutate          Formation u-turn (follow leader)      

Transformate         Immediate about turn (if moving)      About face (if still)

Signum Sequute   Follow the Standard

Ad Arma               Alarm                                            To Arms

Distress               Send Help

Arma Demittite     Order Arms                                     Cease Combat

Demittite              Dismissed                                      Retreat

Move Ad Contum  Incline/slide to the right                           

Move Ad Scutum  Incline/slide to the left

Servate Signa       Guard Mount Formation


*These commands are not in the Tactica at this time, but have been included for future use and so individual units can use the calls for routine drills.  They may also represent a needed call that does not corrospond to any drill command.




Note that with the exception of Movete and State, there is no known reference to the actual sound of the Roman Tuba/Cornu calls.  Movete was one long note, and State was three short blasts, which we have replicated here.  All other calls were made up by us to support the Tactica.



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Use these files to make your own "Drill Tesserae" fake wax tablet for quick reference during drill!

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