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 World War I pilot behind enemy lines was saved from being executed as a spy at a French camp because of his unit medallion.  The coin was his only American identification.  Instead of death, the pilot received a bottle of wine, according to the American Forces...
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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, break the monotony of physical training and keep soldiers in step. The songs also develop cardio-respiratory endurance by forcing troops to control their breath during strenuous activities, according to the Army. They most likely have their roots in European martial drumbeats once used to guide the speed to...
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