I recall the first time I heard the term “drop and beat your face” I was bewildered. Fortunately, the phrase was being said to someone else near me, and when the guy dropped to the ground and began doing push-ups I realized what it meant and filed the information away.
There are a lot of different ways to be… invited to do push-ups. “Drop and beat your face” was one, “Start pushing” was another (although that always made me think of what pregnant women in TV shows are told). Then there was “Push down Georgia” and the most common, “Knock ’em out” or “Start knocking ’em out.”
If we were told to do push-ups, but no specific number was given, then the default setting was 20. You had to count them out loud, of course, or the Drill Sergeant would inform you that he didn’t hear you and apparently you have accomplished none of them. When your 20 was done, you did not simply stand up, you waited for the Drill Sergeant to tell you to recover. Or, he may leave you in the “front leaning rest position” of push-up readiness without actually doing push-ups… or he may tell you to just do more damn push-ups.
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