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  • n. A state of readiness assumed by ground troops at dawn and dusk in wartime.
  • v. A state of readiness assumed by ground troops at dawn and dusk in wartime.


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Shortened form of "stand-to-arms"


  • Had to wait on after stand-to 3 a.m. in case the Briggie comes along.

    The 5th Seaforth Highlanders in the trenches

  • The soldiers on both sides of the trenches followed routines: a full alert, known as “stand-to,” at dawn and dusk.

    The Gun

  • Wheeler ordered a stand-to when this strange little procession was seen approaching the east corner of the entrenchment, and went off himself with Moore to meet it, and a few minutes later word was passed for me and Vibart, who was up at my end of the parapet, to present ourselves.


  • If there are these "good cops", if there remains any honour and integrity left in the red or blue serge, I'd say this is one of those times where their's is a moral duty to stand-to and speak out.

    RCMP testimony

  • In order to counter, the more sophisticated armies soon developed the tradition of an early morning “stand-to,” when every soldier went to barricades in case the enemy chose that particular morning to attack.

    The Flood

  • At first light and dusk the aged, halt, maim and the boys not old enough for the military had to stand-to with their home-made pikes and ancient weapons.

    Bottled Spider

  • Unit SOP should specify stand-to requirements, which will usually include procedures for sending and receiving reports, use of accountability checks for personnel and equipment, and criteria for assuming REDCON levels 1 and 2.

    FM 71-1 Appendix E Continuous Operations

  • Perimeter sweep patrols should be dispatched immediately after stand-to.

    FM 7-98 Chapter 4 - Peacekeeping

  • As we trotted through a sea of churned mud to the lines, trumpets were blaring the stand-to, the Sikh drums were beginning to rattle, troops were swarming in the trenches, and from all about us came the clamour and bustle of an army stirring, like a giant rousing from sleep.

    Flashman And The Mountain Of Light

  • We stand-to in two hours, and stay alert all night.

    Clear and Present Danger


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