The United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon is a 24-man rifle platoon of the United States Marine Corps. Often referred to as “The Marching Twenty-Four” or the “Silent Drill Team,” the unit performs unique silent precision exhibition drill. The purpose of the platoon is to exemplify the discipline and professionalism of the Marine Corps. As anyone would expect, to become part of a team of only 24 people in the Marine Corps must be extremely difficult, almost close to impossible. A feat that only the best of the best of the best is able to accomplish.
That’s what makes this kid so extraordinary. The Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon is an iconic symbol of the discipline and tradition of the Corps. Lance Cpl. Frank Gonzales, assistant drillmaster with SDP, shares his role and experiences with this elite platoon of Marines. In a role where anyone would expect an NCO, this young Marine excels beyond the toughest of the expectations.
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