What You Need To Know About Military Traditions
Though the number of soldiers has reduced since the war ended, there is still a significant large number of them still in service. Becoming a soldier is one of the most honorable professions currently and it is based on sacrifice, discipline and service. There are a lot of traditions that have been developed in the military, some of which you may not even know of. In this article, we are going to learn the basics of some of these traditions.
Our first tradition is the use of challenge coins. Challenge coins date back to World War 1, where after being shot down in enemy territory, an American fighter pilot used the first challenge coin to prove his identity to French soldiers. Challenge coin collection is common in the military as soldiers collect and swap coins with different backstories. Challenge coins are also used to show appreciation and the president gifts them to honorable guests.
Another tradition we seek to learn the basics of is that of the Marine Amtrac crews not eating apricots. A lot of soldiers believe in superstitions. The marine have believed in this for very many years seeing as there was an enemy attack in Vietnam every time somebody opened or ate apricots.
Next, we are going to learn the basics of blood pinning, another common tradition in the military. This is one of the most brutal traditions in the military. This tradition is practised each time a soldier is promoted, as other soldiers take turns punching in his new badge into his chest, to the point of bleeding. Blood pinning is rarely practiced today because of bad press which is why soldiers have come up with other les brutal traditions.
We will also learn the basics of the military tradition practised before a wedding. If you are civilian looking to marry into the army, you should get ready to be spanked with a sword after your wedding service. This is the military’s way of welcoming you into the family.
We will also learn the basics of military soaking. This tradition is practised each time a soldier comes to the end of his or her service. You commemorate your amazing years of service by being hose down with water. You can also be soaked in other drinks such as champagne.
We are also going to learn the basics of lard covered monument climbing, which is a tradition that has been practised by the military for a very long time. Midshipmen are required to climb a monument and replace their first-year hats with upperclassmen hats. This tradition is kept interesting by having a thick coat of lard cover the monument and then asking the midshipmen to climb all at once.