“Root Step” and Command Pronunciation

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When we give commands to a formation, the words and your voice need to have several different attributes (click here for complete information on the command voice). One of the attributes that is never addressed is how to pronounce certain words. The two words that are constantly butchered by cadets and members of the military are Route and Oblique. The …

The Marine Corps’ Silver Bands

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                        If you see the Marine Corps Color Guard based at the Marine Barracks in Washington D.C., you will notice something a little different about the flagstaff of the Marine Battle Colors (the MC flag that has the Corps’ battle streamers hanging from it). Look at the picture at right. …

The Cadet Series: American Military Cadets

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A little-known program, but quickly gaining more and more exposure, is the American Military Cadet Corps (AMCC). It is just like US Navy Sea Cadets or Civil Air Patrol, but for the Army and like Sea Cadets, USAC offers hands-on real-world training just like Soldiers get. Pardon the expression but, USAC is Army JROTC on steroids. Strength and Honor! This motto …

The Silent Drill Platoon: One of the 24

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The USMC Silent Drill Platoon has 24 members. That’s it. And they are hand picked to be on the team. There are always other Marines waiting on the sidelines, practicing to take a spot one day. [embedplusvideo height=”360″ width=”591″ standard=”http://www.youtube.com/v/dYxBZMKKx90?fs=1” vars=”ytid=dYxBZMKKx90&width=591&height=360&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=0&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=&notes=” id=”ep5797″ /]