The United States Army Drill Team

Today, I want to educate you about the United States Army Drill Team.  I was fortunate to spend a couple years of my life serving in the Old Guard (read about my experience).  No, I was not a member of the Army Drill Team (nor could I have been), but we did perform in parades and ceremonies next to them on occasion. It was really a great experience to watch them keep the crowd in awe.

Here are a few cool facts you should know about the Army Drill Team:

  • All members are assigned to the Old Guard
  • They are a precision drill platoon
  • They use Springfield Rifles in their performance, along with bayonets
  • They perform nationally and internationally
  • Most ceremonies are 10 to 15 minutes long and include 19 Soldiers
  • They support Army Recruiting and act as Good Will Ambassadors to the Army
  • The men are selected for the team after 75 days of rigorous training

What I remember most about the Drill Team is how much they practiced and trained.  They were always practicing and sharpening their skills.  You had to try out for the team and it was very difficult to make the cut.

I got the opportunity to watch the drill team at many different events and they always impressed me.  Very seldom were there any noticeable mistakes.  Their performance was precise, timed and extremely difficult to do.

I have the utmost respect for anyone who makes the cut and gets to serve on the U.S. Army Drill Team.  It is definitely a big achievement and something to be proud of.

Listed below you will see a video with one of their performances.  I really encourage you to watch the entire video and see for yourself.

Final Thoughts

There you have it folks.  I hope you have enjoyed this article and video about the United States Army Drill Team.  If you were ever a member of the team yourself, I would love to hear from you.  Please tell us what it was like, when you served, what some of your experiences were like, etc.  Just leave a comment below to share your thoughts.   I look forward to hearing from you.



chuck holmes

Chuck Holmes
Former Army Major (resigned)

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2 thoughts on “The United States Army Drill Team”

  1. Many times a civilians first impression of the Army, or the military in general, is from something like a drill team. Drill teams and air shows might be the first time many of the public sees the military outside of movies and it is definitely is putting our best foot forward.
    The Army Drill Team is impressive and are amazing ambassadors for the military in general and the drill team in particular.
    On a personal note I have always found members willing to do things such as Drill Team and Honor Guard as amazing individuals with high personal and professional standards.

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