HistoryThe Silent Drill Platoon first performed in 1948, originally as a one-time show, and received such an overwhelming response that it soon became part of the routine parades at Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C.

 Drill movementsThe Marines execute a series of calculated drill movements and precise handling of their hand-polished 10.5 pounds (4.8 kg) M1 Garand rifles with fixed bayonets. The routine concludes with a unique rifle inspection involving elaborate rifle spins and tosses. All drill movements are done with superfluous spins of the rifle, making the Silent Drill Platoon's drill unique from other Marine units' drill movements.

 Selection and trainingMarines are selected from students at the two Schools of Infantry, located at Camp Pendleton, California, and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, from interviews conducted by barracks personnel. Once selected, Marines are assigned to Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C., to serve a two-year ceremonial tour. Beyond their ceremonial duties, the Marines collaterally train in the field as infantrymen. Throughout the year, these Marines hone their infantry skills at the Marine Corps Combat Development Command in Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia and other bases. The Marines selected must be male and must be between 5'11" and 6'1" tall and be in the median of their weight requirements for their height. Uniformity is a key asset.

Experienced members of the Silent Drill Platoon, usually non-commissioned officers, have the opportunity to audition to become rifle inspectors. They must go through inspection tryouts graded by rifle inspectors of the previous year. Only two Marines who audition will become rifle inspectors.

Once the year's Silent Drill Platoon members are selected, they begin their training in Washington, and continue to train at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, perfecting their routine year-round. Throughout the year, they perform at Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C., and at numerous events across the United States, and also represent the Marine Corps abroad.


USMC Silent Drill Platoon .
Public Performance Schedule

June

2 Friday Evening Parade, Marine Barracks, Washington, DC at 8:45pm 
6 Sunset Parade, Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington, VA at 7:00pm 
9 Friday Evening Parade, Marine Barracks, Washington, DC at 8:45pm 
13 Sunset Parade, Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington, VA at 7:00pm 
16 Friday Evening Parade, Marine Barracks, Washington, DC at 8:45pm 
20 Sunset Parade, Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington, VA at 7:00pm 
23 Friday Evening Parade, Marine Barracks, Washington, DC at 8:45pm 
27 Sunset Parade, Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington, VA at 7:00pm 
30 Friday Evening Parade, Marine Barracks, Washington, DC at 8:45pm 
July

4 Sunset Parade, Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington, VA at 7:00pm 
7 Friday Evening Parade, Marine Barracks, Washington, DC at 8:45pm 
11 Sunset Parade, Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington, VA at 7:00pm 
14 Friday Evening Parade, Marine Barracks, Washington, DC at 8:45pm 
15 Modified Battle Color Ceremony, Fort McHenry, Baltimore, MD at 6:00pm 
18 Sunset Parade, Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington, VA at 7:00pm 
21 Friday Evening Parade, Marine Barracks, Washington, DC at 8:45pm 
22 Drill Show, Sounds of the South, Arnold, MD at 7:30pm 
25 Sunset Parade, Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington, VA at 7:00pm 
28 Friday Evening Parade, Marine Barracks, Washington, DC at 8:45pm 
30 Battle Color Ceremony, Nightbeat at American Legion Memorial Staduim, Charlotte, NC at 7:00pm 

August

1 Sunset Parade, Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington, VA at 7:00pm 
4 Friday Evening Parade, Marine Barracks, Washington, DC at 8:45pm 
8 Sunset Parade, Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington, VA at 7:00pm 
11 Friday Evening Parade, Marine Barracks, Washington, DC at 8:45pm 
12 Drill Show, Drum Corps International World Championships, Madison, WI 
15 Sunset Parade, Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington, VA at 7:00pm 
18 Friday Evening Parade, Marine Barracks, Washington, DC at 8:45pm 
25 Friday Evening Parade, Marine Barracks, Washington, DC at 8:45pm 
All dates and times are subject to change. Please contact our Public Affairs office at (202) 433-2927 or write Public Affairs for more concert and tour information.
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