Marching with the company

helmsdown

Member
When I see pictures of the companies marching, is there a rhyme or reason to the order or is it random? Why does one person carry the company banner and is that a permanent thing? Any criteria for choosing the person to carry the banner? Do you want to be in the front or outside lines or is it better to be sandwiched in the middle so you stand out less.
 

AF6872

10-Year Member
I am pretty sure Companies march in review in numbered order as they do at Navy/Army game. Carrying the Guideon (Company Designation) is an honor. How they pick them I do not know. Getting lost in the crowd is always a good thing.
 

Old Navy BGO

5-Year Member
Guidon bearer is selected.. and is an honor , usually squared away Midshipman. During Plebe Summer, it will usually be a prior enlisted, NAPS, ROTC, etc. who has some drill experience. Company Staff will be up front, and Squad Leaders in front row. From there, essentially tallest up front and right, shorter sandblowers in the back. No good can come from being on the outside --if you march well, its expected...if you screw up, its visible.
 

LongAgoPlebe

5-Year Member
Was I the only one who LIKED being on the outside? Especially if I happened to be on the windward side of the platoon...being in the middle made me claustrophobic, and on a hot, humid Annapolis day when you think it couldn't be any more steamy, guess what: it can! Right in the middle!
 

helmsdown

Member
All I know is my plebe has had a constant look of serious concentration while in formation or marching. Running she looked like she was talking to some around her so I expect she's good there.
 

Old Navy BGO

5-Year Member
All I know is my plebe has had a constant look of serious concentration while in formation or marching. Running she looked like she was talking to some around her so I expect she's good there.
I assume the comment is from looking at pictures..playing where's Waldo ? You will go crazy trying to tell what they are thinking from facial expressions in pictures. Keep in mind, I suspect that she has been running for 18 ish years...and marching/formation for a week now. OF course she is more comfortable running than marching !
 

helmsdown

Member
I told my wife we shouldn't attach any emotions to her face based on one picture. They could be happy and step on a rock and looked pained for that one second. I don't have to play Where's Waldo, My DW has become and expert and already has about 30 of DD. We received a note, not a letter written the day after IDay. She sounded pretty tired with miles yet to go working on her room.

Do people stay here for the 4 years or do we drop off after IDay? It's already 180 degrees different from dropping a kid at regular college.
 

NavyHoops

Super Moderator
5-Year Member
Old Navy nailed it for the why questions! Was the same for my year groups and appears it hasn't changed. Honestly you can't read anything by the faces. In formation they are pretty serious and usually the only talking is singing cadence. When on runs that aren't in formation there is more room and freedom to even chat with someone next to you. It's been a week, they are snapping out of the shock and fog and starting to get in rhythm of their new life. Slowly but surely things are starting to make sense.
 

usna1985

10-Year Member
Sandblowers (short people) are no longer always in back. They can now be in the front. It actually makes more sense to put them in the middle of the pack rather than at the back where they (with the shortest strides) are trying to keep up with tall folks up front.
 

NavyHoops

Super Moderator
5-Year Member
But I like marching in the back! Way better back there. Although not the shortest, I always opted for last row with my roomies (who were legit sandblowers). I hated getting stuck in the middle.
 
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