- May 22, 2018
I witnessed my first live Army-Navy Game march-on last December. Amazing what you miss on TV. When Navy marched on — with DD in the ranks — I thought, “Looking good! Helm yeah!”West Pointers will find great amusement with this blog post.
Then Army marched on. And I swallowed and thought, “Holy sh!t, these guys know how to march. Wow!”
The lines were straighter, the postures stronger, the pace brisker, the angles sharper, the steps prouder, the overall impression...well, more intentional and more serious. And it wasn’t close. The esprit des corps was so unmistakably in Army’s favor that, for a moment, I wished DD had chosen West Point rather than Annapolis. (That sentiment did pass once I considered the bigger picture.)
Point is, I’m guessing cadets dislike parades as much as mids do. Yet they rise above it and bring out their best when it matters most. Things like that do matter.