Drill Teams

Little Green Footballs put up this excellent video of the US Marines Silent Drill Team. The silent part means that no commands are given to initiate various actions as is done in normal squad manuvers. Commands like "About Face", "Forward, March", "Attention", "Present Arms", etc.

Which of course got me to thinking about my days as a Navy boot.

We drilled with the Springfield M1903. It is a very fine piece to drill with. They never trusted us with bayonets though. LOL (Boot camp for me started 11 Nov '63. NTC San Diego. Right next to Marine Corp Recruit Depot. We'd be having a smoke next to the fence watching the Marines double timing around the perimiter of the Recruit Depot . I know we thought "stupid Jar Heads". They probably thought "pussy Sailors". I'm sure the positioning was intentional. Motivation for both sides. LOL.)

BTW I love the way the fittings on the rifles rattle. It sounds like men going to battle since the age of metal weapons began.

Wiki on the 1903:

Due to its balance, it is still popular with various military drill teams and color guards, most notably the U.S. Army Drill Team. M1903 rifles are also common at high school Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) units to teach weapons handling and military drill procedures to the cadets. JROTC units use M1903s for regular and inter-school competition drills, including elaborate exhibition spinning routines similar to a majorette spinning a baton.

For those of you who would like to see what the USNavy can do.

Cross Posted at The Astute Bloggers

posted by Simon on 04.19.07 at 07:03 PM


That stuff is great! Amazing.

Eric Scheie   ·  April 19, 2007 9:40 PM

Simon, the old Naval Training Center San Diego was situated right next to the Marine Corp Recruit Depot in San Diego. Camp Pendleton is way up north of the city of Oceanside CA. And it's a much bigger place (has its own herd of bison for example).

It's one of the things you learn when you live in San Diego. :)

Alan Kellogg   ·  April 20, 2007 1:31 AM

Thanks Alan.

I will revise my remarks.

It has been a long time since I was in CA. Still I should know better.

M. Simon   ·  April 20, 2007 5:04 AM

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