MIL To guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier...

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  1. Sharkticon

    Sharkticon The safest place in combat is on an AEGIS Class Gu

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    I didn't realize the requirements to be a guard were so HARDCORE!

    For a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb, he must be between 5' 10" and 6' 2" tall and his waist size cannot exceed 30." Other requirements of the Guard: They must commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb, live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty for the rest of their lives. They cannot swear in public for the rest of their lives and cannot disgrace the uniform {fighting} or the tomb in any way. After two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on their lapel signifying they served as guard of the tomb. There are only 400 presently worn. The guard must obey these rules for the rest of their lives or give up the wreath pin.

    The shoes are specially made with very thick soles to keep the heat and cold from their feet. There are metal heel plates that extend to the top of the shoe in order to make the loud click as they come to a halt. There are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the uniform. Guards dress for duty in front of a full-length mirror.

    The first six months of duty a guard cannot talk to anyone, nor watch TV. All off duty time is spent studying the 175 notable people laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. A guard must memorize who they are and where they are interred. Among the notables are: President Taft, Joe E. Lewis {the boxer} and Medal of Honor winner Audie Murphy, {the most decorated soldier of WWII} of Hollywood fame.

    Every guard spends five hours a day getting his uniforms ready for guard duty.

    :bowdown: :bowdown:

    This was sent to me in email so Im not exactly sure if it is accurate.
     
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  2. fintheman

    fintheman I will ebay O/T!

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    Its not accurate

    check snopes.
     
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    RRTX New Member

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    http://www.snopes.com/military/unknown.asp

    One of the recruiters in the the recruiting station I joined from had the Honor Guard badge (plus SF, Ranger, and airborne tabs among other things lol) One of the nicest guys I have ever met, but I wouldn't want to get on his bad side lol. The guy couldn't even roll up his BDU sleeves because his arms were so big.
     
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    i_is_surf New Member

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    Where's darkie when you need him???
     
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  6. Coco Monkey

    Coco Monkey OT Supporter

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    i still think its wild how they march. not so much "march" but glide back and forth.

    seriously some hardcore shit going on there. :bowdown: to anyone who decides to go that route.
     

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