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.
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.
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.