Platoon of Marines perform flawless trick drill

JustinWagnerPublished: September 16, 2015Updated: September 17, 20152,154,795 views
Published: September 16, 2015Updated: September 17, 2015

What an honourable video this is. The platoon of marines are practising their "monkey drill" the day before graduation. They call it a "monkey drill" because it is improvised. Even though it is improvised, it takes a lot of coordination. You need to be comfortable with just about everything. You need to be comfortable with your equipment, many different moves and tricks, and of course, there can be no hesitation. There has to be flow to the routine.

This monkey drill was performed quite well. They make it look easy, but it is actually a very difficult task to achieve. Even with all their heavy gear, they performed the drill very well. It takes a lot of practise to get as good as these marines. They look like they are very close with each other and will make the audience very proud. What an exciting moment for them!

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53 comments

  • 10 rumbles
    Ambiensse · 1 year ago

    Off line and out of step how is that flawless?

    • 4 rumbles
      adamabb · 1 year ago

      Yeah, that dude with the flag forgot to turn around hahha LOL

      • 3 rumbles
        sfbleek · 25 weeks ago

        Ahhhhh, he's called the Guide.

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          spock456 · 18 weeks ago

          He's called a platoon leader!

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        Dave1776 · 25 weeks ago

        My thought exactly while it would have been impressive if performed flawlessly it was filled with a number of flaws so was no where near flawless!

  • 7 rumbles
    Specskankular · 26 weeks ago

    Wow... I can't believe I never understood the word flawless. So Flawless equals sloppy. Got it!

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    DavidMcNab · 26 weeks ago

    You guys are hard markers. That must be harder than it looks ;)

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      jinxie23 · 25 weeks ago

      It IS very hard. So to commend them on being 'flawless' when they were far from it, degrades the work of those who have worked hard enough to actually BE flawless.

  • 4 rumbles
    AingonAtelia · 25 weeks ago

    SLOPPY AF.

  • 3 rumbles
    TreuerWolf · 25 weeks ago

    Impressive, but hardly flawless.

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    Lokilok · 25 weeks ago

    Flawless my ass.

  • 2 rumbles
    98ZJUSMC · 25 weeks ago

    Half-assed OK, but nowhere near tight enough for third phase Boot Camp. They're already out in the fleet. And what is with that cadence? I drilled to quite a few different sung cadences, but jeeezsus.

  • 3 rumbles
    anonymus · 25 weeks ago

    bet the Guidon bearer lost his job

  • 3 rumbles
    Raejyn · 25 weeks ago

    The guide messed all up. Bet he got a stern talking to after the cameras were turned off! LoL!

  • 3 rumbles
    DrLizardo · 25 weeks ago

    I wasn't a Marine but I was in marching band, and that was sloppy af.

  • 3 rumbles
    MAGIC3400 · 25 weeks ago

    UNSAT!!!

  • 3 rumbles
    Theseus · 25 weeks ago

    No where near flawless. If this is considered worthy of a video then somebody has standards lower than a whale turd.

  • 0 rumbles
    Barbi117 · 25 weeks ago

    May not be flawless, but God bless them for being there.

  • 2 rumbles
    jsterr1 · 25 weeks ago

    lol...hardly flawless. the lines that peeled off to the left and right got all kinds of cattywompus

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    jetskier1 · 24 weeks ago

    Since when do you go to parade rest straight from a march without calling halt first? Yes, very sloppy work.

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      Phaubus · 18 weeks ago

      While somewhat unintelligible to the untrained ear, the Drill Instructor gave them a command of "Parade Halt!" Watch it again and you'll see three distinct movements from that one command... Halt. Left Face. Parade Rest. True, not a standard command, but one they've practiced along wth their other "monkey drill" movements.

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    bobme11 · 24 weeks ago

    Most platoons learn similar drills in training. It's remembered decades later. Once on a cruise ship the rec director had all military vets in the audience raise their hands abbout 40 of us did from all branches. Passed the Mic. Had us just give our name, branch of service, and last rank. Called out the highest ranked Sargent. Asked him to line us up and do close order drill. You know how it goes. Attention! Dress right dress! Right face! Forward march! To the rear March! Etc., etc, the remaining crowd roared and clapped. We could all STILL DO IT IN STEP! Four different branches almost 40 years later for me. I was automatically reacting and amazed at it! YOU NEVER FORGET! Give these guys a break. They will get many things right.

  • 2 rumbles
    bobsemp · 24 weeks ago

    Far from flawless!!!

  • 3 rumbles
    yaesuman · 24 weeks ago

    doesn't top or even come close to Bill Murray and gang in Stripes

  • 2 rumbles
    ted2105 · 23 weeks ago

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkDLB3Xc1t4

  • 2 rumbles
    SGT_L · 23 weeks ago

    They look like a herd of cattle milling around a feedlot.

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    BobRoberts · 23 weeks ago

    This is a standard facing movement called "To the Winds" used in basic training by the Drills by the D&C Platoon assigned for family day to demonstrate facing movements to the family members in the audience. We did it far better 34 years ago when I was in the D&C platoon in Basic and every PLatoon I saw do it four years as an instructor. After basic not once did we ever do it again in the 21 years I spent in the Army, marching.

    • 1 rumble
      Leadcatcher · 22 weeks ago

      We did the "Four Winds" at graduation ceremony Fort Knox A-13-4 1st platoon 1985

      • 1 rumble
        BobRoberts · 22 weeks ago

        D-3-1, right next door but in 1980. And yes, family day and graduation. Liners, bloused boots, pistol belts.

        • 1 rumble
          Leadcatcher · 22 weeks ago

          Yes sir, good times.. I had more fun in basic and AIT than the rest of my 4 years in Germany. The Army was the wrong choice for myself, should have gone into the Marines like my brother suggested... Still, I think every young person with no career or life path would benefit greatly from a term of service in any branch of the military.

  • 1 rumble
    EddySkropka · 22 weeks ago

    Pretty cool

  • 1 rumble
    starzfan31 · 22 weeks ago

    Considering their heavy gear?? What heavy gear? LOL. Shirt, pants, boots... heavy gear?? Come on. Let us not be dramatic.

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    Death_at_the_Door · 22 weeks ago

    9 weeks of marching and punishment for my company not marching correctly.. on Pass and Review on grad day, not only did a lot screw up, 9 weeks and they still didnt know an oblique, to the rear or flank.. at one moment it was so bad and when everyone got their act together, it looked like it was part of the drill and everyone on the grandstands applauded.. it reminded me of Stripes with Bill Murray that bad..

  • 1 rumble
    bobhaaga · 21 weeks ago

    monkey drill, wasn't that flawless. we would have been pitted for messing up that bad

  • 1 rumble
    ted2105 · 21 weeks ago

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sY3E9jGCQf4

    • 1 rumble
      ted2105 · 21 weeks ago

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sY3E9jGCQf4 have to copy and paste

  • 1 rumble
    mike_winslow · 20 weeks ago

    hardley flawless.. guy with flag at 0:40

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    thumper62460 · 20 weeks ago

    OK, so they weren't "flawless". However, just remember that a few weeks ago, these guys were civilians and hardly "flawless" then. In a few weeks, they were broken, remolded, drilled, worked like dogs and came out pretty well integrated. They'll get better and better. If, and when, the SHTF, they'll do what must be done and perform....not flawlessly, but extremely well. I am sure their graduation ceremony went much better.

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    biggdd · 20 weeks ago

    Add a comment...the guidon messed up

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    garrymoss · 19 weeks ago

    Technically, these are not marines; they are prospective marines, third phase recruits (at the time this was shot). This is at the barracks to the left of the mess hall at Parris Island, S.C., in first battalion area just off the parade deck. Beyond the trees is the swamp. It's actually kind of amazing that they were able to pull off to the winds march in such a confined space. They most likely would have done a better job out on the parade deck.

    • 1 rumble
      spock456 · 18 weeks ago

      Sorry but they were marines from the day they took the oath and that was before they went to boot camp. Half way through, next... ITR or infantry training.

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        garrymoss · 18 weeks ago

        I was on active duty in the Corps for four years. I was a Sergeant after two years and two months. I lived in the twin barracks to these in this picture three buildings down to the right, and I graduated in the top of my platoon (1000, 1972). I think I know something about how the Marine Corps works. You may technically be considered part of the Marine Corps after you take your oath, but you don't earn the title of Marine until you graduate from boot camp. Before then you are only afforded the right to be called recruit or private, never Marine.

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        garrymoss · 18 weeks ago

        http://www.militaryspot.com/marines/basic-training-marine-corps: Week 12 YOU MADE IT! This week is the receiving of awards, graduation practice and then graduation! You have now earned the title “Marine”.

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    Phaubus · 18 weeks ago

    Having been a Marine Drill Instructor once upon a time, I can tell you that if this performance was indeed the dat before graduation, this platoon was dead last in its series. It would appear that this platoon was reporting to the chow hall or perhaps some class or another. The Drill was neither flawless nor were the recruits weighed down with heavy equipment. Only the guide was "armed", and his error were most noticeable. For truly flawless close order drill one should attend either their final drill evaluation or their actual graduation. Nobody wants Mommy or Daddy to see him or her screw up. Sadly, after graduation and upon assignment to the Fleet Marine Force, there won't be nearly the focus on close order drill (C.O.D.). I say sadly because COD is designed to quickly move a body of troops in an orderly fashion, boost morale via unit effort and integrity, and to instill instant obedience to commands. These are that every organization relies upon, regardless of service branch.

    • 1 rumble
      spock456 · 18 weeks ago

      You call the platoon leader a guide? You say you were a D.I.? From what branch? Navy?

      • 1 rumble
        garrymoss · 18 weeks ago

        You call a guide a platoon leader? What were you in, the army?

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      garrymoss · 18 weeks ago

      I suspect they may have been able to do this better on the parade deck. This is awfully tight quarters to try to pull this off. I bet the eyes of those recruits on the other end of the squads were getting bigger with each step as they got closer to the swamps that are just down the bank past the end of the concrete; I know mine was the time our drill instructor threatened to march us into the swamp...and I was a squad leader and on that end!

  • 1 rumble
    spock456 · 18 weeks ago

    I was in boot camp in 1970 and we were pretty much flawless and almost every ribbon there was. This platoon must have been from the 1st battalion as they march more as the name says!

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    meowr · 17 weeks ago

    Why does Rumble keep repeating this posting of amateurish pseudo marching ?

  • 1 rumble
    KDee · 16 weeks ago

    I'm SO sick of these ads coming on before you can see the video! Interesting drill formation. There's a few that fell out of step.

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    jemu1961 · 15 weeks ago

    Not flawless at all

  • 1 rumble
    meowr · 15 weeks ago

    Stop posting this obviously flawed mess.

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    trubel · 15 weeks ago

    This platoon was not flawless.