For honor guard units, drill teams and color guards. I could make this article very short and just write:
Check your equipment before every use: practice or performance. It’s that simple.
It really is that simple, but you should also do a little more, just in case.
See also this article about creating Drill Buddies for your team.
In the image at right, you can see that the American flag slid down the flagstaff. A faux pas from which the cadets recovered For every performance, take along a box of supplies. A tackle box is a good choice since it has all kinds of small compartments and a couple of large ones as well. Here is what to keep in it (not an exhaustive list, you decide what goes in yours to be best prepared).
- Uniform buttons, a couple of each size
- Safety pins, several of different sizes
- Bobby pins, at least 10
- Uniform and cover (hat) brass/insignia
- Lint rollers
- Several different uniform ribbons (it is probably not necessary to bring different devices)
- One each size of gloves
- Rifle sling
- Sling hardware
- Heel and sole dressing
- Uniform trouser belt
- Ceremonial belt
- Black uniform socks
- Small screw drivers
- Jeweler’s screw driver set for glasses
- Fast-drying strong glue
- A roll of duct tape
- Portable sewing kit
- Extra name tags
- What else???
Make a list of items contained in the box and keep the list in the box. When anything is used, replace it immediately upon return to your unit. That way, you will never be without!
The motto of the Coast Guard and the Boy Scouts of America. It means, always prepared.
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