Ask DrillMaster: Toe First?

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Why do military honor guard march toe-first?

I can speak for American honor guard units: Sometimes the Pall Bearers may march toe-first depending on terrain or other circumstances.  Other than that, military honor guards do not march toe-first, it’s a roll-step of sorts. The Guards at the Tomb of the Unknowns, roll-step on the outside of the sole to create a smooth motion. (USAF photo)

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