Funeral Drill

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  1. Hi All,

    Just wondering when taking part in a funeral procession, is headgear kept on? If so, is it kept on in church as we are seen as being on duty or is it removed on entry? (If so, how does this work drill wise if still marching as escort?

  2. I seem to recall it being like this:

    Same as any other church service. Headgear on while outdoors, headgear off as you enter the church, stand fast split arses.

    I doubt very much you'll be marching through the doors of the church, so it'll just be a case of removing your cap as you walk through the door. There should be no need to march inside the church. Just halt before you reach the door then walk into the church.

    If you are a pallbearer then you don't wear headgear while carrying the coffin, put it on after you've left the church. If it's an official military funeral, there should be someone to carry the pallbearer's caps and give them back after they've got rid of the coffin.
  3. Assuming you are not female of course - at which point your headgear doesn't come off. Unless my drill instruction is not up to date for church services.
  4. Heard a story once about some poor old duffer at deaths door in a military hospital,and the lads out practicing the funeral drill on the square, all within earshot of his ward.:neutral:
  5. I used to work as the tea bitch for the state ceremonial instructors at Collingwood. Once or twice a month we'd get a new batch of 'bereaved' to train up in the finer points of 'burying your oppo'.

    Not a very nice job.
  6. Ageing_Gracefully

    Ageing_Gracefully War Hero Moderator Book Reviewer

    I think the standard for funerals is the chap just lies there and does very little - no drill required!
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  7. And if you did inadvertently walk into church with your cap on you can always rely on the POGI to gently remind you "Get your 'at off in the house of the Lord you caaahnt"
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