July 13, 2006

Swabbies with Rifles.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 8:02 pm

I am one of several members of my American Legion Post who is called upon from time to time to participate in the Rifle Squad. The Rifle Squad shows up several times per year at various civic events (e.g. Flag Day, Memorial Day) to fire ceremonial volleys. It is important for each of us to know the rudiments of the Manual of Arms, so we look something like a unit, rather than four old partisans with rifles.

As such, those of us who served in the Army always tease the Navy Vets in the Squad about how their Navy rifle training consisted of being shown which end of the rifle produces the bullets.

There are, however, some sailors who kick ass and take names when it comes to the Manual of Arms and then some, and they do it with fixed bayonets.

Behold, the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard Drill Team in action.

Thanks to my friend Brian, the Air Force Vet.

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