Troops in and around the Capital region have been preparing for the coming inauguration for months. (Photos: JTF-NCR)
Over 6,000 service members representing all five military branches as well as the National Guard and service academies will be on hand for the Inauguration of Donald J. Trump.
The 58th Presidential Inauguration Joint Task Force National Capital Region (JTF-NCR) has stood up and has been practicing for the swearing-in event, scheduled for Jan. 20.
As outlined in the below info-graphic, each of the five military branches– the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S Air Force, and U.S. Coast Guard– will have a 180 strong marching company in the parade as well as a 355-member (103 for the Coast Guard) cordon stretched along the parade route.
Each of the four federal service academies will have 90 cadets marching as will the Army and Air National Guards.
Finally, there will be six military premier bands encompassing 550 members and a 2,340-strong combined honor guard primarily drawn from the Army’s 3rd Infantry Regiment– the famous “Old Guard” who are tasked with ceremonial military duties in the Washington Military District.
According to the Presidential Inaugural Committee, the official parade will have more than 8,000 participants representing 40 organizations including high school and university marching bands, equestrian corps, first responders, and veterans groups.
To put some scale to the event, Queen Elizabeth’s official 90th Birthday parade, which took place last June in London, marshaled almost 1500 soldiers from the British Forces.
Those are rookie numbers.