Must an event be a formal military occasion to be eligible for a color guard to present the colors?
The “Why” of the Military Color Guard – Air Force and Space Force
Fourth in the series: DrillMaster explains the reasoning behind color guard standards for the Air Force.
The “Why” of the Military Color Guard – Marine Corps, Navy, & Coast Guard
Third in the series: DrillMaster explains the reasoning behind color guard standards for the Marine Corps, Navy, and Coast Guard.
The “Why” of the Military Color Guard – US Army
Second in the series: DrillMaster explains the standards for the US Army color guard.
The “Why” of the Military Color Guard – Regulations
The first in the series! DrillMaster explains why there are certain requirements for military color guards.
The Flagstaff Spade Marker
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 …
Color Guard Performance “Factors”
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. …
Color Guard Flag Protocol
The National Ensign/American Flag For the National Ensign/Color/American Flag, military and other color guards will always hold its staff vertical (Marine Corps, Navy, & Coast Guard and US Certified Ceremonial Guardsmen) or slightly incline it forward (Army only), depending on the service drill and ceremonies manual for regulation or ceremonial drill. The minimum color guard compliment requirement is the American …
The Difference Between Mark Time and Half Step
OK, we know that Mark Time has you marching in place and Half Step has you marching forward at half the size as a normal step. But, there is confusion out there and I see it constantly. Mark Time Service Differences The Army tells us that the foot is brought straight up off the marching surface two inches. The Marine …
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