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arctic_giraffe2111 karma

I'd not necessary. We are more or less just glorified lawn gnomes.

arctic_giraffe969 karma

First they do a verbal warning. Where they more or less talk loud at them. If they still continue the sentential will eventually rack their weapon so it makes a loud noise (they don't have any ammo) and will eventually walk over to the person. There are also cameras that look down there, so if something serious were to happen more people could get out there if needed.

arctic_giraffe707 karma

During the Summer months APR - SEP they change every 30 minutes. And in the winter they stand for an hour.

The biggest problem that guys have down at the tomb has to do with physical pain. Just like most people in the Infantry we have bad backs and knees. Walking on the marble doesn't make things any better, but the only thing you can really do is push threw the pain and keep doing what your doing. They have to know whats going on around them to make sure that no one goes over the railing and steps on the tomb.

arctic_giraffe604 karma

1) ANC is the official United States centenary for veterans. Most any service member that has served in the US Army is able to be buried there.

2) I've done so many funerals that I've kinda become numb to them. We joke with each other before they start and once they are done (not about the funeral, just about stuff). Its kinda our way with dealing with it. But I was doing one funeral and the Firing Party is about 75m away from the family, so you almost never hear anything they say, and you don't really hear crying. But I was standing there waiting to do my part, and I could hear the widow crying loudly.

Also, watching someone fall over in a mission is always funny.

arctic_giraffe517 karma

Starting on the left is my Blue Cord. The Blue Cord is something that is only worn on the Army Service Uniform (the dress uniform), and it means that the person that is wearing it is in the Infantry. Infantry is the only Job or MOS in the army that gets to wear a cord. The thing right next to it that is a rectangle with a rifle is called an EIB or Expert Infantryman's Badge. There is a bunch of testing that you have to go threw to get it, and usually less than 10% of the people that go out for it actually get it. Next is 3rd INF REG or Old guard's Unit Patch. Then my Old Guard coin. (The Old Guard is the nick name for my old unit). Then a picture of me at the Pentagon with the old Secretary of Defense and some other nation's defense minister. Next is my old unit's emblem. The thing that looks like a horse shoe are the steels that we wear on the bottom of our shoes so that they make a clicking sound when ever we walk. The three rounds are 3 rounds I shot at a funeral. My platoon was the Presidential Firing Part Platoon, so during funerals in ANC we would be the ones that did the three vollys. And last the strip of leather is called a buff strap. The history of that goes all the way back to the Indian Wars when my unit would weave a piece of buff in the bags.