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    The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Things you May Not Know.

    The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Things you May Not Know.
    1.
    How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the tomb of the Unknowns and why?
    21 steps:
    It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute which is the highest honor given any military or foreign dignitary.
    2.
    How long does he hesitate after his about face to begin his return walk and why?
    21 seconds for the same reason as answer number 1
    3.
    Why are his gloves wet?
    His gloves are moistened to prevent his losing his grip on the rifle.
    4.
    Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the time and, if not, why not?
    He carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb. After his march across the path, he executes an about face and moves the rifle to the outside shoulder.
    5.
    How often are the guards changed?
    Guards are changed every thirty minutes, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.
    6.
    What are the physical traits of the guard limited to?
    For a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb, he must be between 5' 10' and 6' 2' tall and his waist size cannot exceed 30.
    They must commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb, live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty for the rest of their lives. They cannot swear in public for the rest of their lives and cannot disgrace the uniform or the tomb in any way.
    After two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on their lapel signifying they served as guard of the tomb. There are only 400 presently worn. The guard must obey these rules for the rest of their lives or give up the wreath pin.
    The shoes are specially made with very thick soles to keep the heat and cold from their feet.
    There are metal heel plates that extend to the top of the shoe in order to make the loud click as they come to a halt.
    There are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the uniform. Guards dress for duty in front of a full-length mirror.
    The first six months of duty a guard cannot talk to anyone nor watch TV.
    All off duty time is spent studying the 175 notable people laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.
    A guard must memorize who they are and where they are interred. Among the notables are:
    President Taft, Joe Lewis {the boxer**
    Medal of Honor winner Audie L. Murphy, the most decorated soldier of WWII and of Hollywood fame.
    Every guard spends five hours a day getting his uniforms ready for guard duty..
    ETERNAL REST GRANT THEM O LORD AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT
    SHINE UPON THEM.
    In 2003 as Hurricane Isabelle was approaching Washington , DC, our US Senate/House took 2 days off with anticipation of the storm. On the ABC evening news, it was reported that because of the dangers from the hurricane, the military members assigned the duty of guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier were given permission to suspend the assignment. They respectfully declined the offer, "No way, Sir!" Soaked to the skin, marching in the pelting rain of a tropical storm, they said that guarding the Tomb was not just an assignment, it was the highest honor that can be afforded to a service person. The tomb has been patrolled continuously, 24/7, since 1930.
    God
    Bless and keep them.
    The only easy day was yesterday
    Dedicated to my brother in law who died
    doing what he loved being a Navy SEAL

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    My wife and I were at the Tomb of the Unknown Solder in 2011. It was a very somber place. We also visited Arlington. While at Arlington we visited the grave of JFK and Audie Murphy.

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    The Sentinels that guard the Tomb are due the utmost respect. For that reason alone, myths and rumors should NOT be applied to those that serve in that billet.

    Is it true they must commit 2 years of life to guard the Tomb, live in a barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink any alcohol on or off duty for the rest of their lives.
    No, this is a false rumor. The average tour at the Tomb is about a year. There is NO set time for service there. The Sentinels live either in a barracks on Ft. Myer (the Army post located adjacent to the cemetery) or off base if they like. They do have living quarters under the steps of the amphitheater where they stay during their 24 hour shifts, but when they are off, they are off. And if they are of legal age, they may drink anything they like, except while on duty.

    Is it true they cannot swear in public for the rest of their lives?
    Again, another false rumor.

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