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Do Standards even Matter?

Drill Team Uniform for XDThe picture at right was sent to me by a Facebook friend who is an Army JROTC instructor in Texas. He sent it with the note that, at this particular drill meet, the SOP stated that only authorized service uniforms were to be worn. He told me the reason for the strict uniform requirements:

One year I saw a color guard there wearing western wear. They had black denim trousers, western style shirts, cowboy boots and hats, and even wore red bandannas around their necks. It was getting ridiculous.

The Fancy or Basic Uniforms? article.

My response follows.

While I think the white Kevlar helmets are a strange choice, I don’t understand the Army’s (or any service’s) stiff-necked approach to uniforms. While I understand and fully support inspection, regulation and color guard in only authorized service uniforms, I don’t see why there is an issue regarding “exhibition uniforms” when it comes to exhibition drill. I in no way support any other kind of uniform when it comes to all regulation drill.

That being said, if instructors and cadet leaders cannot be bothered to read the SOP/OI, then the cadets should suffer the consequences which, unfortunately, ruins the purpose and experience of a drill meet.

What’s more, those who were running this competition did not even uphold the rules! This communicates to everyone involved that, no matter what standards are, it really doesn’t matter. I seriously doubt that this is what any JROTC command or unit wants to convey.

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Details, Details, Details

Yours is a Professional Ceremonial Unit
Army Pall Bearers
And you need to project that at all times not only in what you do, but in what you say.

Calling out “Detail” as the preparatory command, which is quite common, is not a word that is usually associated with a professional honor guard unit and I suggest not using it at all especially in public. After all, in the military, members get picked for unpleasant details, jobs that they would rather not do and that word is associated with the members of a detail not wanting to be there. This is not something that we want to project to VIPs or even the next-of-kin.

Better preparatory commands, as you will read throughout The Honor Guard Manual, are specific:

  • “Bearers” for the pall bearers
  • “Colors” for the color team
  • “Firing Party” for those on the team firing the 3-volley salute
  • “Cordon” for those on a cordon
  • “Guard” for the honor guard
  • “Drill Team” or “Team” for a Drill Team

For downloadable audio examples of how to give commands, click here and scroll down to Honor Guard Commands.

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Color Team: This Position is not Authorized for any Service Branch

Color Team: This Position is not Authorized for any Service Branch

Colors- Never Parade Rest

Never should a color (a color is a flag attached to a flagstaff) be pushed out like a guidon when at Parade Rest or Stand at Ease. The position pictured here is ONLY for a guidon bearer.

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The Registration Application Works!

The DrillMasterYes folks, I was finally able to get the code and my friend at Dave Becker Design to finally make things work. It’s difficult being a one-man band while maintaining the site, writing articles, teaching, writing books and all of the others things necessary in life. But, God is good and gracious and I was able to connect with Dave and have him take care of a long overdue job.

Please register and begin the discussions in the forum, comment, inform and learn!

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Who do you Support?

Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps

Who do you Support?


I was wearing one of my drum corps shirts one day (the one on the right is my shirt from the Bluecoats of Canton, OH.) not too long ago at the exchange on base near where I live and an Airman walked up to me and said as he passed, “Thank you for supporting drum corps.” I turned with a big smile and asked with what corps he marched and he told me Phantom Regiment in the late 80s. We didn’t get a chance to speak any longer than that, but it reminded me that I, in my small way, contribute to the entire program. I help young men and women from around the country march with a drum corps each year. Yes, just by purchasing a T-shirt. And that’s why organizations sell things- for support and to advertise. Which brings me to the military drill world.

You are a Driller or a member of an honor guard. What are you sporting each day, some mega corporation’s logo or a T-shirt of your team or unit? Do you know that the DrillMaster has T-shirts and other items for Drillers and honor guard units? Click the Store tab above. If you are a member of the military drill world, do you know about For the Art Clothing Company? If not, now you do.

What does wearing a T-shirt of your (favorite) team accomplish?

  1. It supports the team directly through a purchase.
  2. It advertises for the team.
  3. It helps people with like interests, find each other, building a community around that interest.
  4. It supports jobs for T-shirt manufacturers, printers and delivery industries.

Your purchase has a big impact on the activities you like. Now, go browse FTA and see the cool stuff offered there.

The 2014 Cadet Joint Service Honor Guard Academy


Cadet Joint Service Honor Guard
CJSHGA members receiving their Honor Guard Tab at graduation

The 2014 Cadet Joint Service Honor Guard Academy

If you are between the ages of 12 and 17 (high school seniors are welcome), in any kind of cadet program and have a desire to learn the tasks of America’s military honor guards, Millersburg, KY is the place to be from July 27th to August 9th. Why? Because these 2 weeks are the Cadet Joint Service Honor Guard Academy! The academy is taught by The DrillMaster and hosted by Forest Hill Military Academy which turns into the National Cadet Training Center during the summer where cadets from all over the world meet to attend many varied Military Adventure Camp courses:

COURSES (First Time Attendees):

Basic Cadet Training – Session 1                                                       June 29 – July 12

Basic Cadet Training and Tactical Leader Course                            June 29 – July 26

Basic Cadet, Tactical Leader, and Cad. Mil. Combatives Prog.        June 29 – August 2

Basic Cadet, Tactical Leader, and Cadet MP Academy                    June 29 – August 9

Basic Cadet Training – Session 2                                                       July 13 – 26

Basic Cadet and CMCP Week                                                           July 13 – August 2

Basic Cadet and Cadet MP Academy                                               July 13 – August 9

COURSES (Returning Attendees):

Cadet Tactical Leader’s Course                                                         July 13 – 26

Cadet Tactical Leader’s Course and CMCP                                       July 13 – August 2

Cadet Tactical Leader’s Course and Cadet MP Academy                 July 13 – August 9

Cadet Advanced Leader’s Course                                                      June 6 – 26

Cadet Ranger Challenge (CRS prerequisite)(15 y/o+)                      June 22 – July 12

Cadet Ranger School                                                                          July 13 – August 2

Cadet Combat Engineer School                                                        June 22 – July 12

Cadet Combat Support Schools                                                        June 22 – July 12

Cadet Ranger Challenge and Cadet Ranger School                         June 22 – August 2

Cadet Military Police (MP) Academy                                                 July 27 – August 9

Cadet Joint Honor Guard Academy                                                  July 27 – August 9

Cadet Military Combatives Program (CMCP)                                  July 27 – August 2

I hope to see you around the campus!

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