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There are so many, many places during this exercise where it is possible to do something wrong. They are so good at it that we are surprised when something like this happens. I feel bad for them, as they put many hours into honing this art, and they do it flawlessly almost all of the time.
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Ouch! That's a tough spot to be in.
It is surely true that you can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink. Nor can you make them grateful for your efforts.
I have not, am not, and likely never will be military.
Likewise, I will never find anything that they do, or may happen officially as "Funny". They (all branches of the military) have my utmost respect for doing what I did not have the moral fortitude to do myself.
Agreed, tough spot to be in during a ceremony. Good recovery. I cringed, and was bothered by the laughter of the audience.
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I don't care what anybody says. That was a true "The Show Must Go On." It actually looked like that was supposed to happen.
I don't doubt that someone goe his keyster in a bind for that, but in doing these drills, I'm sure it happened before and will happen again. I feel sorry for those involved.
No reason to laugh though IMHO.
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Well, that's a shame... but they pulled it off okay... and I'd be gettin some stickum for my gloves.
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Ouch. That PFC is IN for it when they get done, trust me. But for the rifle breaking...hey, it happens.
I have been on demonstration drill like this, and young kids (and old guys too) will make mistakes. The Marines always thought they were invulnerable, but hey they're human too.
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Been there done that also, USMC ROTC color guard. we had a few moments that we had to recover from. These guys work their tails off practicing these drill, I'd say that's probably the USMC silent drill team.
I have watched that teams many perfect presentations for many years, and they always recover from any mistake very gracefully.
IMHO The original backwards toss, was just a bit too high for the PFC to catch, it looks like it was a few inches higher than normal, and these guys wear gloves, this adds to the toughness
in doing these types of moves. Bravo Zulu to you Marines out there. I personnaly would have asked the laughing idiots to pipe down and act like adults. Most military families who
have witnessed things like this know how hard it is and would have given full respect to the whole issue. I'm pretty sure the drill team has spare stocks also.
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Not funny at all. Handled with true class.
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I don't think the laughter was actually disrespectful. No one laughed when he missed catching the rifle, IIRC it was sort of groans from the audience. The laughter later, I felt was more related to him trying to toss the rifle, have it break, then just walk over and hand him back his rifle. I think that was sort of a nervous laughter from the tension in the audience.
Well-handled by the Marines and great skills, even if they did miss a toss.
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