The Old Guard- The Army Drill Team

arThe 3rd Infantry Regiment (not to be confused with the 3rd Infantry Division) is the Army’s ceremonial unit. Among its subordinate units is The United States Army Drill Team.  The ADT serves as goodwill ambassadors to both the US and foreign audiences. 


Our own contributor Esli, for what it is worth, is an alumnus of the ADT.

And, for what it is worth, I taught Esli how to march.

5 thoughts on “The Old Guard- The Army Drill Team”

  1. Ahh. Left the team in June of 1990 and my joints still ache.

    I am not a fan of this particular performance. While the elements of it are essentially the same as my day, there is significant difference in the details such as the slower (I would say too-slow) cadence. I like some of it, comparatively, but prefer my day. A couple mistakes here, but not unusual–we made them, too. I do see a lot of people looking at the rifle during simple things, which would have earned corrective training or a pink belly in the old days. Life was a lot simpler when that was the extent of my duties…

  2. …or stack arms. I miss good ‘ole garrison D&C. Learned to march and the M-1 manual of arms at Missouri Military Academy in ’66. Split fingers would get cadets on “order arms” most every time and white gloves offer no cover up. Great memories.

    1. Amazing how that manual of arms stuff will stick with you. I read somewhere that in the 1950’s(?) the German government got around to issuing back pay to the the East African Askaris who served them in WWI. Since there was no documentation they made the applicants perform their manual of arms to prove their bona fides.

      Difficult to learn, impossible to forget.

  3. We were in and out of the DC area several times through the 60s and early 70s and used to watch the Old Guard on a regular basis. One outstanding portion of the performance then was with a 9×9 formation marching in close order. The front rank would toss their rifles to the rear rank and after an about face, the rifles would be returned. Impressive.

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