Is there any situations where: прямо is pronounced as: прямó?

I was watching the victory parade, the one in China and I got the impression that the officer said: "прямó" but i could have heard wrong. Please let me know if there exist a distinction in pronunciation for this word. If there is no distinction I will apply for a hearing aid. :)

From RT: starting at: 25:25


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Military oral commands can have several stresses.
Typically a word is divided into two parts:

  1. All syllables, except the last one. It identifies a command and means get ready for step 2.
  2. The last syllable that means Go!



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    Excellent! This is something that is not mentioned in the study material we are using. Большое спасибо.
    – Ева
    Dec 20, 2015 at 14:31

Just adding to the excellent answer by Dmitry.

In military commands the second to last syllable most often is artificially prolonged, in order to give time to recognize the command and prepare for action. While the last syllable is not only given the additional stress, it must differ in intonation - basically, become a short shout.

All this makes military commands a rather bad suited example for language study.

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