Anyone who has served has at some point been forced to endure a ceremony where you are required to stand painfully at parade rest for what feels like an eternity. Some suggest it’s a myth that locking your knees causes fainting. These people are wrong.
Whether you land face first in the pavement, or into the arms of your brothers in arms, there is nothing quite as embarrassing as passing out in formation. However, here are six soldiers who did just that.
The soldier who passed out during basic training graduation.
The Royal Guard who fainted at Buckingham Palace.
The soldier who fainted before Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.
The Marine who stumbled into the crowd at a change of command ceremony.
The soldier who fell during a flag ceremony.
And of course, the Air Force general who passed out during an F-35 briefing.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
Coast Guard cutter Bertholf on a counterdrug patrol in the eastern Pacific Ocean, March 11, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Trees
U.S. Coast Guard cutter Bertholf left California on January 20 for a months-long mission in the Pacific to support U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, the largest of the U.S. military's geographic combatant commands.
Coast Guardsmen aboard the Bertholf left Alameda on the 30th day of what is now the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. They left a few days after not getting their first paycheck since that shutdown started and without knowing when the next will come.