Catching bayonets, what could go wrong?

October 23, 2011

It’s not that I don’t think you know what you’re doing, but we hired you to spiff up our military honor guard with some great new moves, and I’m just not sure about your plan.

Trust me, I know what I’m doing.

Okay, I’m sorry, what was your name again?


Okay Lamar, so as I understand it, the honor guard marches up, stops, and everybody just hurls their rifles straight into the air, is that it?

That’s it. It’s going to be impressive as hell.

The weapons go straight up and come straight back down. The crowd won’t soon forget this show!

You’re sure these guns won’t rotate or anything?

They shouldn’t. They’ll all have bayonets on them, so I think that should help stabilize them.

Okay, Lamar. But worst-casing it, if it gets confusing, how will each soldier know which one is his when they come back down?

That’s easy. Every rifle will have a yellow ribbon on it. Brilliant, huh?

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South Korean honor guards perform during a ceremony for foreign military leaders visiting for the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition, October 18, 2011. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak

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as I read this, there is a song playing in the background. I think The Killers have summed it up for me…Better You Than Me.

looks like it’s best to be in the front row for this drill.

Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

Well, it’s one way to get your point across.

Cue Tony Orlando and Dawn…

Posted by FriscoJohn | Report as abusive

A little something that the North could learn from the South Koreans.

Posted by hoopsnake | Report as abusive

I adore non-precise precision drill teams…. I’m even more impressed that they are using circa 1980’s era M-16A1 rifles.

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive

Hmm. Are they wearing different color gloves, or are some wearing bandages from the first training session?

Catch a bayonet and put it in your pocket,
save it for a training day…

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Do they tilt their heads like that so when their rifles come down they get a close shave from the bayonets?

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Oh, don’t be such babies – it’s perfectly safe! See – the guns are all unloaded!

Posted by AllThatJazz | Report as abusive

I humbly offer a haiku:

Catch a bayonet
It’s part of the expo drill
Made up by Lamar

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

With a cross-signature less than that of a honey bee making her more effective than an F-22 Raptor in evading enemy radar Mary Poppins and her bag of infinite capacity is recruited by the military to run supply drops to troops in the field. In these pictures you can see a practice run where Pvt. Poppins supplies M-16 rifles to awaiting soldiers.

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Oooh!Shiny blades.. 😛

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Wonder what that piece of cloth telling them?

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

hahaaha you just answered that RB, sorry I wrote before writing fully. 😀

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

Reading* fully, darn! 😀

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

I’m a little excited that the person writing in to ask questions knew to contact Lamar and that Lamar answered him, Blog Guy. Is Lamar going to write more blog posts? Are you training him to be able to substitute for you when you take your next trip to outer space or Camp Juvenile?

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

I find themself staring, for at least an hour, transfixed by those yellow ribbons. I guess that’s why the Eighth and I Marines decided not to take me into their midst. Dave, good eye in noticing that the M16s aren’t current. AllthatJazz, what you see doesn’t exclude one in the chamber! For those that are bad tossers. I MEAN rifle throwers!

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