Of Flags and Sharp Objects

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Can a color team use rifles with bayonets or even use swords or sabers? NOOOOOOOOO! As the title suggests, flags and sharp objects do not go well together! Never ever, ever, ever put bayonets on rifles or march swords/sabers for a color team! When a color catches the tip and the wind drags the color across so there is either …

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“As I was!”

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“As I was”? Stop talking to yourself, talk to your platoon/flight. What does “as I was” mean? Nothing. The term is “As you were.” Here is some info for you from AFM 36-2203, Drill and Ceremonies, which you can download here: Use the command AS YOU WERE to revoke a preparatory command. After the command of execution has been given …

How do you Honor the POW/MIA flag when Posting the Colors?

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  Honor Guard Training: How do you Honor the POW/MIA flag when Posting the Colors? Great question! Here is the answer: The POW/MIA color is not specifically honored when the colors are posted/presented. For a ceremony, after the colors are presented or posted, that is when the POW/MIA color can be brought in and posted. How the flag is brought …

Ask the DrillMaster: Flagstaff Ornaments

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Q: Why do some military color guard flags have different things at the top of the pole? A: This is a great question! And here is the answer: Military Each service has specific requirements, whether service members know it or not. All services are required to use the 2-part light ash (wood) guidon flagstaff in three heights: 8′ for a …

Guidance for Multiple Flags on a Single Pole

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ORDER While my wife and I were traveling, we came to a rest area that had three flags flying from a single pole (see the picture). The flags were lowered to half-staff (“Mast” is associated with the Navy, Coast Guard, etc.) which was just fine, but there is something that is “wrong” here. Can you see what it is? The …

What is another rifle with which you could practice?

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Great question! Here is the info: Standard for the military drill world (MDW) in America are the  M1 Garand, M14, M1903A3 and, to a lesser extent the M1917 (Enfield). There are also some color teams/honor guards that use the Russian-made Krag rifle. Real, demilitarized rifles are listed here: Pssst, Hey Buddy Wanna Buy an M1903? Replica rifles are here: Armed …

When to use The Ceremonial Pike Pole and Fire Axe

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Firefighter honor guards have the unique ability to use two implements of their trade for ceremonial use: the pike pole and fire axe. The Pike Pole First used to unhorse and attacker in the middle ages, it is now used to pull ceilings down and sort of other things to search for hazards. There are two ceremonial versions, one about …

What do you want to be when you grow up?

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I’ve been asked many times about what a high school student can do once he/she has graduated. Well, here are some options for you Drillers who really love what you do. Go to college (ROTC) and continue to drill with the school’s team Join the military and join your service’s honor guard Join a civilian drill team (i.e. New Guard …

Ask The DrillMaster: Commander Procedures for Columns?

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Let’s begin with defining where a team commander has control. This is called the “Span of Control.” As yo can see from the diagram below, a commander’s “span of control” is 180-degrees all around the formation at 3 steps from the formation. However, in competition team commanders are to maintain a position to the left side of the formation. Having …

When a National Tragedy Strikes

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That is when I receive many visits to my site seeking half-staff, half-mast and black mourning ribbon information which is exactly why I have written all about this in other articles which will most likely show up below in the related posts area or, you can click one of the tags at the bottom right regarding this subject. Half-staff/mast is …