Platoon of Marines perform flawless trick drill

JustinWagnerPublished: September 16, 2015Updated: September 17, 20151,378,834 viewsVirality: 20%
Published: September 16, 2015Updated: September 17, 2015

Check out this platoon of marines as they practise their "monkey drill" a day before graduation. It's called "monkey drill" because it's improvised, yet it takes a lot of coordination, being comfortable with your equipment, a wide vocabulary of moves and tricks and most of all- lack of hesitation.
Considering their heavy gear, these boys performed the drill admirably! Even though improvised, a monkey drill can be tricky. Luckilly, these men seem to be a top, closely knit team and surely will wow their superiors and audience at the graduation ceremony.
Make sure to share this video with your friends, so that they too can bask in the sight of a well done monkey drill.

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  • 9 rumbles
    Ambiensse · 1 year ago

    Off line and out of step how is that flawless?

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      adamabb · 1 year ago

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

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        sfbleek · 3 weeks ago

        Ahhhhh, he's called the Guide.

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        Dave1776 · 3 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!

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    Specskankular · 4 weeks ago

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

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    DavidMcNab · 4 weeks ago

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

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      jinxie23 · 4 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.

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    AingonAtelia · 4 weeks ago


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    TreuerWolf · 4 weeks ago

    Impressive, but hardly flawless.

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    Lokilok · 4 weeks ago

    Flawless my ass.

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    98ZJUSMC · 4 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.

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    anonymus · 4 weeks ago

    bet the Guidon bearer lost his job

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    Raejyn · 4 weeks ago

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

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    DrLizardo · 3 weeks ago

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

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    MAGIC3400 · 3 weeks ago


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    Theseus · 3 weeks ago

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

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    Barbi117 · 3 weeks ago

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

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    jsterr1 · 3 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 · 3 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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    bobme11 · 3 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.

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    bobsemp · 2 weeks ago

    Far from flawless!!!

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    yaesuman · 2 weeks ago

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

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    ted2105 · 2 weeks ago

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    SGT_L · 2 weeks ago

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

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    BobRoberts · 1 week 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.

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      Leadcatcher · 3 days ago

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

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        BobRoberts · 2 days ago

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

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          Leadcatcher · 2 days 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.

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    EddySkropka · 1 week ago

    Pretty cool

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    starzfan31 · 4 days 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 · 2 days 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..

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    bobhaaga · 8 hours ago

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