Wow, that brings back memories. I used to command a drill unit in HS ROTC that traveled around the east coast competing in different events, Norfolk, 8th & I at U of Maryland's basketball arena, etc. We incorporated most of those elements in our routines, but we didn't use bayonets, that's for sure. LOL. Either way, you really have to trust your guys on the march-through moves. I still to this day can't pick up an M1 without getting the urge to spin it a few times.
Now I know I ain't the only one that ever did the "16-count manual" with an M-1 or an M-14 but I don't remember doin' it like THAT. And we never did it with bayonets fixed, elsewise I'd be even shorter, and so would the guys on either side of me.! LOL!
That really brings back some good memories. I spent 4 years (1988-1992) in the U.S.A.F. Presidential Honor Guard. Best four years of my life, so far! Still makes the hair on the back of my neck stick up!!!!
That was pretty awesome. I liked the USMC Silent Drill Team that came up after that one. If you like that kind of thing, you ought to see the Fish Drill Team at A&M. Younger kids - very impressive drills.
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