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I love watching this spectacle I know some folks may argue that our soldiers aint trained for this carry on but it shows such discipline when they march and it makes me feel so very proud.
I love it too. Gives me goosebumps and makes me a bit teary sometimes as the guys are all so proud.

I am a sucker for a bit of heraldic pomp & circumstance
 

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Only one problem with the ceremonial stuff is when we run out of people / assets to do it with. I was at an RAF exercise and one of the aircraft was pulled out for half a day to do a fly by for the Queen at the other end of the country. Obviously they worked around it, even though it seemed to me like an odd priority, but i suppose in the end that's what the R in RAF stands for :)

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What amuses me is all the tourists pointing at the "silly men wearing funny hats", not having any clue that the guys are all fully trained evil buggers from an operational household guards regiment
Yes, the comment from the drummer made me laugh on that note.

"We are a dual purpose unit, we a re drummers and machine-gunners".....so, I guess they like the rhythm of "rat-tat-tat" :D
 

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Yes, the comment from the drummer made me laugh on that note.

"We are a dual purpose unit, we a re drummers and machine-gunners".....so, I guess they like the rhythm of "rat-tat-tat" :D

In the Guards Bn's the Drummers are the machine platoon (SF Platoon).

When we came back from op's in Northern Ireland had a bit of leave then back to square bashing.

Look at the Welsh Guards one week out side Buck House the following week on there way to the Falklands.
 

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Hmmmm However to most of the Army the drill stuff is just a load of old ballacks.

I never waste time watching the trooping and am damn glad i never had to do all that pointless bullsh*t, i tried to watch it once and became suicidal with boredom. Far better to spend the time doing proper training for operations, and if you appreciate the time that goes into it, you will understand where i am comeing from here.

Drill was fine when it was the Battle Procedure, but those days are long gone - And FFF that :)

This is said as a former Seargeant Major of 7 years who never came close to waisting time on a drill course, much to several RSM's annoyance :D

Better to sack the drill crap at horseguards and spend the money waisted on operational training or better equipment.

Having said all that i was The Colour Party Seargeant Major quite a few times and escorting my former Regiments Colours into the Warriors Chappel at St Paul's for laying up was rather a unique experience.
 

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7 years and you still can't spell Sergeant! (and I thought the Guards were solid)! :D
Have you noticed what time i posted that :D after a night out in Calais :) on a French keyboard ;)
 
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