I’m watching Full Metal Jacket for the hundredth time, and i noticed that there is one flag bearer who marches at the front edge of the platoon.
He also stand with the flag while the rest of the platoon goes through their rifle drills, and he isn’t required to do any of the rifle manuevers loke the rest of the company.
How is this person picked, and does it rotate throughout the platoon? Or is it an honor that is earned by the best soldier in the platoon and he keeps the flag as long as the DI’s feel he should keep it?
I would think that this would be both a blessing and a curse, but to know that you would not get your ass chewed for screwing up rifle drill would have to be somewhat of a mental relief for the flag bearer.
Thanks for any info.