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    • Military mottos

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    • Military tattoos

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    • Songs about the military

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    • Polish Army traditions

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    • Salutes

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    • United States military traditions

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    • 21-gun salute

    • A 21-gun salute is the most commonly recognized of the customary gun salutes that are performed by the firing of cannons or artillery as a military honor. The custom stems from naval tradition, where a warship would fire its cannons harmlessly out to sea, until all ammunition was spent, to show that it was disarmed, s ... Read »


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    • Battlefield Cross

    • The Fallen Soldier Battle Cross, Battlefield Cross or Battle Cross is a symbolic replacement of a cross, or marker appropriate to an individual service-member's religion, on the battlefield or at the base camp for a soldier who has been killed. It is made up of the soldier's rifle stuck into the ground or into the sold ... Read »


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    • Beating Retreat

    • Beating Retreat is a military ceremony dating to 16th century England and was first used to recall nearby patrolling units to their castle. Originally it was known as watch setting and was initiated at sunset by the firing of a single round from the evening gun. An order from the army of James II (England), other ... Read »


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    • Blood wings

    • Blood wings is a traditional initiation rite that is endured by many graduates of the United States Army Airborne School and the United States Army Air Assault School and sometimes practiced in other military training environments, including the Army Aviation and Aviation Logistics community. It is called blood pinning ... Read »


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    • Change of command (military)

    • A change of command is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of authority and responsibility for a unit from one commanding or flag officer to another. The passing of colors, standards, or ensigns from an outgoing commander to an incoming one ensures that the unit and its soldiers is never without offi ... Read »


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    • Clean sweep (naval)

    • A "clean sweep" for a naval vessel refers to having "swept the enemy from the seas," a completely successful mission. It is traditionally indicated by hanging a broom from a mast or lashing it to the periscope of a submarine. It is said the use of brooms in this respect originated during the 1650s, when the Dutch ... Read »


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    • Dining in

    • Dining in is a formal military ceremony for members of a company or other unit, which includes a dinner, drinking, and other events to foster camaraderie and esprit de corps. The United States Army, the United States Navy, the United States Coast Guard, and the United States Air Force refer to this event as a dining i ... Read »


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    • Drum cadence

    • In music, a drum cadence or street beat is a work played exclusively by the percussion section of a modern marching band (see marching percussion). It is stylistically descended from early military marches, and related to military cadences, as both are a means of providing a beat while marching. Usually, each instrumen ... Read »


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    • Feu de joie

    • A feu de joie (French: "fire of joy") is a celebratory rifle salute, described as a "running fire of guns." As soldiers fire into the air sequentially in rapid succession, the cascade of blank rounds produces a characteristic "rat-tat-tat" effect. It is used on rare landmark occasions of national rejoicing. During the ... Read »


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    • Flypast

    • FlyPast is an aircraft magazine, published monthly, edited by Chris Gilson and Steve Beebee. The magazine started as a bi-monthly edition in May/June 1981 and its first editor was the late Mike Twite. It is owned by Key Publishing Ltd of Stamford, Lincolnshire, and the magazine's main former editor until 2010 was ... Read »


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    • Goose step

    • The goose step is a special marching step performed on formal military parades and other ceremonies. While marching in parade formation, troops swing their legs in unison off the ground while keeping each leg straight and unbent. The step originated in Prussian military drill in the mid-18th century and was called the ... Read »


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    • Guard Mounting

    • Guard Mounting, or Changing the Guard, refers to a formal ceremony in which providing ceremonial guard duties at important institutions are relieved by a new batch of sentries. The ceremonies are often elaborate and precisely choreographed. They originated with peacetime and battlefield military drills introduced to e ... Read »


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    • Guard of honour

    • A guard of honour is a ceremonial event practised in the military and sports throughout the Commonwealth of Nations as a mark of respect. In the military in countries of the Commonwealth of Nations, a guard of honour is a ceremonial practice to honour domestic or foreign dignitaries, the fallen in war, or a ceremo ... Read »


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    • Hail and Farewell

    • Hail and Farewell (a translation of ave atque vale, last words of the poem Catullus 101) is a traditional military event whereby those coming to and departing from an organization are celebrated. This may coincide with a change in command, be scheduled on an annual basis, or be prompted by any momentous organizational ... Read »


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    • Honor guard

    • An honor guard, or ceremonial guard, is a ceremonial unit, usually military in nature. A primary role for honor guards in the United States and some other countries is to provide funeral honors for fallen comrades and to guard national monuments. An honor guard may also serve as the "guardians of the colors" by displa ... Read »


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    • List of U.S. Air Force acronyms and expressions

    • This is a list of initials, acronyms, expressions, euphemisms, jargon, military slang, and sayings in common or formerly common use in the United States Air Force. Many of the words or phrases have varying levels of acceptance among different units or communities, and some also have varying levels of (usually dependen ... Read »


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    • Make and mend

    • Make and mend is the term used in the Navy (notably Commonwealth of Nations navies) for an "afternoon off". It is derived from the time of sailing ships when sailors would, occasionally but regularly, be allowed time to "make and mend" their uniforms, which were not then supplied by the Royal Navy. Some sailors were, ... Read »


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    • Memorial bracelet

    • A memorial bracelet is a cuff style bracelet worn around the wrist. The bracelet is made of either aluminum, stainless steel, or leather and engraved with the name of a person who died or an event. These bracelets are worn as a way to show support, to remember a victim or hero of terrorism or war, to make people aware ... Read »


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    • Military cadence

    • In the armed services, a military cadence or cadence call is a traditional call-and-response work song sung by military personnel while running or marching. In the United States, these cadences are sometimes called jody calls or jodies, after Jody, a recurring character who figures in some traditional cadences; Jody re ... Read »


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    • Military funeral

    • A military funeral is a memorial or burial rite given by a country's military for a soldier, sailor, marine or airman who died in battle, a veteran, or other prominent military figures or heads of state. A military funeral may feature guards of honor, the firing of volley shots as a salute, drumming and other military ... Read »


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    • Military funerals in the United States

    • A military funeral in the United States is a memorial or burial rite given by the U.S. military for a Soldier, Marine, Sailor, Coast Guardsman, or Airman who died in battle, a veteran, or other prominent military figures or a president. A military funeral may feature guards of honor, the firing of volley shots as a sal ... Read »


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    • Military mascot

    • Military mascot refers to a pet animal maintained by a military unit as a mascot for ceremonial purposes or as an emblem of that unit. It may also be referred to as a ceremonial pet or regimental mascot. It differs from a military animal in that it is not employed for use directly in warfare as a weapon or for transp ... Read »


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    • Military rites

    • Military rites are honors presented at a funeral for a member of a military or police force. These rites, which are performed (usually) at the burial, include the firing of rifles, presenting of a flag and or bugle calls. In Australia and New Zealand a Poppy Service is often held for members of the Armed Forces. This i ... Read »


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    • Military tradition

    • Military tradition is the practices associated with the military or soldiers such as the styles of military uniform, drill, or the music of a military unit. In the United States, military tradition can refer simply to a father-son relationship or a much longer, ancestors-long line (which is the normal meaning). It ... Read »


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    • Missing man formation

    • The missing man formation is an aerial salute performed as part of a flypast of aircraft at a funeral or memorial event, typically in memory of a fallen pilot, a well-known military service member or veteran, or a well-known political figure. The formation is often called the "missing man flyby" or "flypast". Seve ... Read »


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    • Missing man table

    • The Missing Man Table, also known as the Fallen Comrade Table, is a place of honor, set up in military dining facilities of the U.S. armed forces and during occasions such as service branch birthday balls, in memory of fallen, missing, or imprisoned military service-members. The table serves as the focal point of cerem ... Read »


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    • Naval tradition

    • A naval tradition is a tradition that is, or has been, observed in one or more navies. A basic tradition is that all ships commissioned in a navy are referred to as ships rather than vessels, with the exception of submarines, which are known as boats. The prefix on a ship's name indicates that it is a commissioned shi ... Read »


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    • Patron saints of the military

    • List of patron saints associated with the military. The Eastern Orthodox Church considers Demetrius of Thessaloniki, Theodore Stratelates, Theodore of Amasea, and John the Warrior to be the patron saints of the military.Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of the Russian navy; all are dedicated to this saint. Finally P ... Read »


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    • Piano burning

    • Piano burning is the act of setting on fire an acoustic piano, most commonly an upright, as either a ceremony or a form of performance art. Although piano burning ceremonies are now popular in both the Royal Air Force and the United States Air Force, there is little or no evidence to suggest that descriptions of its or ... Read »


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    • Quarter guard

    • The quarter guard is a small detachment of troops that can be used as a ceremonial guard which may be mounted at the entrance of a military unit to pay compliments as required. A quarter guard is to consist of one non-commissioned officer and six or eight other ranks formed up in two ranks. It is technically a minuscul ... Read »


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    • Riderless horse

    • A riderless horse (which may be caparisoned in ornamental and protective coverings, having a detailed protocol of their own) is a single horse, without a rider, and with boots reversed in the stirrups, which sometimes accompanies a funeral procession. The horse follows the caisson carrying the casket. A riderless horse ... Read »


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    • Roof stomp

    • A roof stomp is a tradition in the United States Air Force where servicemembers mount the roof of the home of a new unit commander, colonel or other higher-ranking officer and stomp on the roof. The event originated as a "hospitality check", where unit members proceeded to a members residence to check their ability to ... Read »


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    • Royal Guards (Sweden)

    • Royal Guards (Sweden)

      The Royal Guards (Swedish: Högvakten), the Main Guard at the Stockholm Palace is carried out by units of the Swedish Armed Forces. It is the King of Sweden's guard of honour and is responsible for the protection of the Swedish Royal Family. The Royal Guard is normally divided in two parts, the main guard stationed a ... Read »


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    • Saber arch

    • A saber arch is a wedding tradition in which sabers or swords are used to salute a newly married couple. The bride and groom pass under an honorary arch of sabers, typically when exiting the building in which the wedding ceremony took place. The tradition is in use worldwide. In the United States and United Kingdo ... Read »


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    • Steel Beach Picnics

    • Steel Beach Picnics are a tradition in the United States Navy. They are often department-sponsored barbecues held on the deck of the ship, hence the name "steel beach". Often held on the flight deck or in a large hangar bay for carriers, much like a day at the beach with volleyball and other sporting events. ... Read »


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    • Thai Royal Guards parade

    • The Thai Royal Guards parade, also known as Trooping the Colour, occurs every December 2 since 1953, in celebration of the birthday of the King of Thailand, during which the King's Guard of the Royal Thai Armed Forces perform a military parade and pledge loyalty to the monarch. The venue is the Royal Plaza at Bangkok, ... Read »


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    • Three-volley salute

    • The three-volley salute is a ceremonial act performed at military funerals and sometimes also police funerals. The custom originates from the European dynastic wars, where the fighting ceased so the dead and wounded could be removed. Then, three shots were fired into the air to signal that the battle could resume. It ... Read »


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    • Trooping the Colour

    • Trooping the Colour is a ceremony performed by regiments of the British and Commonwealth armies. It has been a tradition of British infantry regiments since the 17th century, although the roots go back much earlier. On battlefields, a regiment's colours, or flags, were used as rallying points. Consequently, regiments w ... Read »


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    • True Scotsman

    • True Scotsman is a humorous term used in Scotland for a man wearing a kilt without undergarments. Though the tradition originated in the military, it has entered Scottish lore as a rite, an expression of light-hearted curiosity about the custom, and even as a subversive gesture.(subscription required) However, in 2010 ... Read »


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    • Uniform of the day

    • The Uniform of the Day, when referred to in a military sense, is the designated uniform all military personnel are required to wear on that particular day. It is often designated by the senior officer on the base. Normally the uniform is determined by the seasons (e.g. winter blues or summer whites for Navy) however, ... Read »


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    • United States military music customs

    • United States military music customs are the traditional, regulatory, and statutory provisions that guide performances by United States military bands during drill and ceremony and state occasions. For hundreds of years, military forces have used music to signal their troops. The use of music retains an important ... Read »


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    • Use of the Jolly Roger by submarines

    • The Jolly Roger is a symbol that has been used by submarines, primarily those of the Royal Navy Submarine Service and its predecessors. The practice came about during World War I: remembering comments by First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Arthur Wilson, who complained that submarines were "underhanded, unfair, and damned un-En ... Read »


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    • Wapenshaw

    • A wapenshaw, or wapinshaw,(from the Old English for "weapon show") was originally a gathering and review of troops formerly held in every district in Scotland. The object was to satisfy the military chiefs that the arms of their retainers were in good condition and that the men were properly trained in their use. ... Read »


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