For over fifty years, an elite group of specially trained U.S. Army soldiers have meticulously guarded the Tomb of the Unknowns — an elaborate sarcophagus monument dedicated to four unidentifiable soldiers who died in World Wars I & II and the Vietnam War.
The guards of the Unknown Soldiers, called Tomb Sentinels, work in twenty-four-hour shifts, most of which are spent tediously detailing their service uniforms. The process of preparing a proper Tomb Sential uniform includes pressing and steaming the coat & trousers, dilligently shining the shoes & holster, and hand-polishing badges & medals before measuring to one-sixty-fourth of an inch their placement on the coat. For a rookie, this process can take up to twelve hours, and for experienced guards only four to eight.
The badge required to become a Tomb Sentinel, which is earned by only one in ten trainees, is one of the most difficult badges to earn in the U.S. military.
Watch rare, behind-the-scenes footage of what it takes to be a Sentinel for the Tomb of the Unknowns.
While the focus is on honoring those soldiers who gave everything, including their identity, it’s amazing to see the amount of effort the Sentinels put into every detail of their job. They guard that tomb no matter the weather, no matter what.
We salute you gentlemen.