The United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Team. If you’ve never witnessed these young Jarheads in action, then you’re in for a real treat. Some things to look for: First, you will notice there are NO verbal commands given during this entire performance, it is ALL memorized; the rifles being used are M1 Garrands (used in combat in WWII and Korea), and they are heavy at over 10 pounds apiece; they have ‘fixed’ bayonets which are sharp and lethal. These guys are good. The M1 Garrand was later replaced by the venerable M14 and used in the early stages of the Vietnam war (the very same assault rifle I carried in Vietnam) and later the M16.
I KNOW these guys are good, because I had the privilege of participating on the Crossed Sabers Junior ROTC (Reserve Officers Training Corps) Drill Team for three consecutive years as a young cadet, and commanded the team in my senior year as a Cadet Colonel (as one of the six highest ranking cadets in San Diego County). I mastered many of these moves, and it takes a great deal of discipline and endless hours of practice. Only the best-of-the-best are selected for the Marine Corps’ Drill Team. Regardless of your feelings about our military, as an institution, I think you will appreciate the skill and professionalism these young Marines exhibit. Enjoy. Semper fidelis.