Archive for March 2014

What Is a “Coin Check”?

During a “coin check”, one soldier holds up a unit coin and expects comrades to show the same one.  If someone fails to do so, the soldier must buy a round of drinks for everyone in the house or in my case the officers club.  Here’s why the tradition began. Legend says that a downed…

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Why Do Soldiers Chant During Marches And Runs?

Why do soldiers chant or “call cadence” during marches and runs?  The catchy call and response songs are designed to build camaraderie, break the monotony of physical training and keep soldiers in step. Why do soldiers chant or “call cadence” during marches and runs?  The catchy call and response songs are designed to build camaraderie,…

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