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Common Military Traditions

Though the number of soldiers has reduced since the war ended, there is still a significant large number of them still in service. Being a soldier is an honorable profession, that requires a lot of service, discipline and sacrifice. There are a lo of traditions in the military that a lot of people still do not know about. This article seeks to help the reader learn the basics of some these traditions.

We are first going to learn the basics of challenge coins, which is a tradition that has seen very many years in the force. The history of the challenge coin dates back to World War 1, where an American fighter pilot had to prove his identity to the French, which he did using a coin that had the American unit insignia on it. Today a lot of soldiers have taken a liking to colleting challenge coins. Challenge coins are also used to show appreciation and the president gifts them to honorable guests.

Another tradition we seek to learn the basics of is that of the Marine Amtrac crews not eating apricots. The military is also quite superstitious. This tradition dates back to a war in Vietnam when there was an attack each time anybody opened or ate apricots.

We will also learn the basics of a tradition known as blood pinning. This is one of the most brutal traditions in the military. This tradition is known as blood pinning because once a soldier is promoted and issued with a new badge, other soldiers take turns punching the new badge into his chest. Since the whole issue of making other soldiers bleed is not agreeable with most of the population, soldiers today are opting for less brutal traditions.

Fourthly, we will learn the basics of military traditions before weddings. If you intend to marry anyone in the military, then you should be ready for a light spanking, with a sword. This is the military’s way of welcoming you into the family.

We are also going to learn the basics of soaking, which is yet another common tradition in the military. This tradition is practised each time a soldier comes to the end of his or her service. Other soldiers will celebrate your service by drenching you in water. If you are lucky, your crew will be willing to hose you down with another drink other than water.

Next, we learn the basics of lard covered monument climbing. Midshipmen are required to climb a monument and replace their first-year hats with upperclassmen hats. This sounds easy enough, except that the upperclassmen have the monument covered in a thick coat of lard and ask the naval academy shipmen to climb the monument all at once.

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