Marching in place, marking time. Many think they know how to do it. There are three different regulation drill techniques for the US military and two techniques for ceremonial drill.
Must an event be a formal military occasion to be eligible for a color guard to present the colors?
DrillMaster explains To the Rear March for Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard, Sea Cadets, Sea Scouts, MCJROTC, NJROTC, CGJROTC, and Young Marines.
Fourth in the series: DrillMaster explains the reasoning behind color guard standards for the Air Force.
Third in the series: DrillMaster explains the reasoning behind color guard standards for the Marine Corps, Navy, and Coast Guard.
Second in the series: DrillMaster explains the standards for the US Army color guard.
The first in the series! DrillMaster explains why there are certain requirements for military color guards.
The Flagstaff/Guidon Staff The guidon staff comes in three sizes for the US military: 7′ – for colors to post ONLY (USAF only – these staffs are NEVER carried in any other circumstance, ever) 8′ – for guidon flags and 3′ x 4′ colors (all services) 9′ – for 4’4″ x 5’6″ flags (Air Force, as of 2019, it used …
As much as I am a “by-the-book” Airman, I know there are times when certain organizations must adapt and overcome and follow the spirit of the regulations rather than the letter. Speaking of letters. Below, is the text of an email from a friend of mine, MSgt Vincent Liddle of Warren Central High School MCJROTC. I was surprised to wake …
Flagstaffs can become weathered and lose their original look like the one pictured. That is easily remedied! Well, not easy-easy, but it’s not really all that difficult. Here are the steps: Remove the ferrules and middle screw joints. Sand the staffs down completely to the wood. Stain the the staffs. Coat the staffs with at least five coats of urethane. …
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