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Passing out at attention,that’s when you know your training is spot on
He’s probably been standing too long on his heels. That can sometimes block the blood circulation and you risk passing out. You have to shift the weight ever so slowly from the toes to the heels and back again once in a while during a parade. Most soldiers learn this as recruits. And it’s normally repeated by the regimental sergeant major during the many rehearsals. But of course you can forget it at the wrong time in the excitement of the moment. It can actually be quite demanding to participate in a long parade due to heath, cold, rain, tight clothes, rigid movements you’re not used to etc etc. And then think about the officers who on top of it have to make the right commands at the right time. And every clever bystander are waiting for him to make a mistake. It’s not easy. Takes a lot of practice to make it work like a clock.
Saw this happen on Passing Out day at RNC Dartmouth. Fainting at attention is serious business, flat on the face.
It’s called "Trooping the Colour", not the "Color Parade".