Choosing a career of military service can certainly be a dangerous occupation. Aside from potentially being sent into foreign lands only to be bombard with enemy fire, even the day-to-day ceremonies can be hazardous. It’s not uncommon for soldiers to suddenly faint after standing at attention for a prolonged period. Is it because they are utterly overwhelmed by being in the presence of royalty or heads of state?
If you hold your position for a sustained amount of time, your muscles begin to cramp thus restricting the flow of blood around the body. The net effect of this, is that your brain is slowly starved of oxygen and in order to minimise damage it powers down – causing your to black out and faint. Other symptoms that can render you unconscious include dehydration – a common issue for soldiers in hot climates who have to stand for hours on end in the blazing heat.
Where?: Sydney, Australia Ceremony: The welcome home parade for the returning Australian troops from the Iraq war.
Where?: Chennai, India Ceremony: Rehearsal for India’s Independence Day Celebrations.
Where?: Paris, France Ceremony: Paying tribute to late former French Prime Minister Pierre Mauroy, Invalides Paris.
Where?: Caracas, Venezuela. Ceremony: The funeral parade of late President Hugo Chavez, Caracas.
Where?: Rangreth, India Ceremony: Military graduation parade for India’s armed forces.
Where?: Madrid, Spain Ceremony: Awaiting the arrival of Britain’s Prince Charles at the Pardo Palace.
Where?: Paris, France Ceremony: The visit of Hu Jintao the President of China at the Elysee Palace.
Where?: Paris, France Ceremony: The famous Bastille Day parade.
Where?: Bogota, Colombia Ceremony: A police school ceremony, celebrating the promotion of cadets.
8 Country: Panama City, Panama Ceremony: The Ibero-American summit in the nation’s capital – Panama City.
Where?: London, United Kingdom Ceremony: The Trooping of the Colour during the Horse Guards Parade
Where?:: Monaco, Monte Carlo Ceremony: The funeral of Prince Rainier III.
Where?: Colombo, Sri Lanka Ceremony: 55th anniversary of the Sri Lanka Army Armored Corps.
Where?: Bogota, Colombia Ceremony: Police school cadets graduation.
Where?: Floriana, Malta Ceremony: Remembrance Day Parade at the war memorial
Where?: Ottawa, Canada Ceremony: Marking the change of command of the Canadian Army on Parliament Hill.
Where?: Jakarta, Indonesia Ceremony: Indonesia’s 67th Independence Day