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    Default USMC Silent Drill Team

    These guys are awesome, I had the chance to see them back in 90, a very impressive sight.


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    That was quite something to see! Imagine the entire Drill is amazing.
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    If you get a chance to visit Washington DC in the summer, this drill is performed at the Marine Barracks One and at the Marine Corps monument in the evenings.

    Based on my experience several years ago, the "Sunset Parade" was at the barracks on Friday night. There is a dress code to attend this presentation. When I approaced the barracks, I thought there was a wedding nearby. Nope. It was people lining up to attend the drill.

    Tuesday is the night for the drill at the USMC monument.

    It truly is worth your time to see this in person.

    After you see either one of these, go to Arlington National Cemetary and stand for the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

    Absolutely incredible.
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    Was fortunate to attend one of the Sunset Parades at "Eighth and Eye" in the mid 80s. Absofrickin' amazing!!

    As a side note...I'd love to see how their practice rifles look!

    (BTW...the drill team shown in A Few Good Men is a college drill team portraying the Silent Drill Team. Found that out a couple of years after the movie came out. Just thought I'd share.)

    Thanks for the vid link!

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    Another impressive display of honor, tradition and precision is the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nine3Probie View Post
    (BTW...the drill team shown in A Few Good Men is a college drill team portraying the Silent Drill Team. Found that out a couple of years after the movie came out. Just thought I'd share.)
    That's right. Freaking college sallies couldn't even get the white trousers to make actually look real.


    The one time I have been to Arlington, I must have watched about 15 changings at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

    I also had the opportunity to view (from afar) an Air Force funeral. Very impressive, and it was amazing to hear the rifles' report echoing across the graves of so many men and women more deserving of honor than most.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaSharkie View Post
    That's right. Freaking college sallies couldn't even get the white trousers to make actually look real.
    The drill team in the movie is Texas A & M's Corp of Cadets. A unit with a proud tradition. Maybe not quite up to USMC standards, but it ain't no JROTC unit at the local HS either.
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    This spring break I get the chance to return to DC with my ROTC's Pershing Rifles team for competition, our graders are from the 3rd Infantry Division Old Guard, the same men who guard the Tomb of the Unknowns. Should be an intrestering experience, cant wait to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scfire86 View Post
    The drill team in the movie is Texas A & M's Corp of Cadets. A unit with a proud tradition. Maybe not quite up to USMC standards, but it ain't no JROTC unit at the local HS either.
    And there is the point........They just don't quite make the grade SC. Then again I am flagrantly biased.
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    I watched them give a flawless performance in Albany, GA several years ago. I was with my NJROTC unit in high school. One of the coolest performances I have ever seen.
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    you know.... when I take my M1 hunting... i get tired of lugging that thing around after ten minutes. Tossing it around in the air .....thats something. That SOB is heavy... but I still love it

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    I was on my Unit drill team as a Cadet oooohh so long ago. We were good but not even close to THAT GOOD. And since I joined the Army and sailed with the Navy, my drill has... uuuummm suffered.... for lack of practice.
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    One of my biggest dreams is to visit Arlington, the wife and I may try to visit this summer. To stand in a place like Arlington and watch the changing of the guard is something every American should do to put in perspective the sacrafice that so many have made. I would challenge any American to go to Arlington and watch the changing of the guard, look at the tombstones, read the names; and then watch some POS burn a flag or protest a soldiers funeral.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pkfd7505 View Post
    and then watch some POS burn a flag or protest a soldiers funeral.
    What's sobering is the thought that those sacrifices were made in part to protect that POS's right to burn a flag or protest a soldier's funeral.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JHR1985 View Post
    you know.... when I take my M1 hunting... i get tired of lugging that thing around after ten minutes. Tossing it around in the air .....thats something. That SOB is heavy... but I still love it

    I've got an M1A(M 14 clone) myself.Funny how much weight those things put on 20 years after you get out,ain't it?

    That is one awesome sight seeing how precisely the Drill team time their movements.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeputyMarshal View Post
    What's sobering is the thought that those sacrifices were made in part to protect that POS's right to burn a flag or protest a soldier's funeral.

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    Yes,but with Freedom comes responsibility.Just because you have the Right to burn a flag doesn't mean that it's something you should do,especially around someone who might take offense at it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doughesson View Post
    Yes,but with Freedom comes responsibility.Just because you have the Right to burn a flag doesn't mean that it's something you should do,especially around someone who might take offense at it.
    Somehow, I think that kinda falls into the "*itching about a unit or formation." Any of us who have military service in particular, but this loosely applies to the fire or police service too, will understand. You can *itch about your unit and your senior commanders all you like, we all understand that mostly there is nothing malilcious about it. HOWEVER when someone who has never served with that unit or formation starts to *itch about it, WATCH OUT cuz that guy is gonna get a whole ton of shyte come his way. Why is that? Because he never "earned the right" to *itch. Its not his unit, not his people. Even folks who truly hate the unit they are in or the officers they work with will defend against someone who hasn't "done his time".

    Which brings me to my real response to Doug's post: Just because a Soldier fought and died for "You" to enjoy the rights and freedoms that he gave his life for, doesn't necessarily mean that you have earned the right or freedom to burn the flag. However, if you were a Soldier who did fight for those freedoms and yet you have a *itch with the Unit or Government, then in my books you have actually EARNED the right to make those grievances. At which time, while I still don't agree with it, you have also earned the right to burn your flag.




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    My hubby (Sgt Christopher L Batson, USMC Ret.) was always telling me how awesome the silent drill team was, and so one year for Christmas I finally got him a DVD of them. He was SOOO excited. I mean, the kind of excitement usually only a new hunting toy will give. And then I watched it with him....it was SOOOOOO cool. We're always checking around to see if they're gonna be in the area because he insists that it's ten times better in person and I can't imagine...I was absolutely mesmerized by the DVD
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