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In the armed services, a military cadence or cadence call is a traditional call-and-response work song sung by military personnel while running or marching. In the US, these cadences are sometimes called jody calls or Jodies, after Jody, a recurring character who figures in some traditional cadences.
Requiring no instruments to play, they are counterparts in oral military folklore of the military march. As a sort of work song, military cadences take their rhythms from the work being done. Many cadences have a call and respond structure of which one soldier initiates a line, and the remaining soldiers complete it, thus instilling teamwork and camaraderie for completion. The cadence calls move to the beat and rhythm of the normal speed (quick time)march or running-in-formation (double time) march. This serves the purpose of keeping soldiers “dressed”, moving in step as a unit and in formation, while maintaining the correct beat or cadence.
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