Arlington National Cemetery – Relief Commander White Glove Inspection Of M14

Nicholas C
by Nicholas C

Do you think your M14 could pass this inspection? The precision and movements are almost robotic in nature.

These are the infamous guards of the Unknown Soldier and the relief commander performs a white glove inspection before relieving the on duty sentinel.

I wonder what cleaning regimen their M14s go through? How are they devoid of even any cleaning agents or oil? Is the white glove inspection simply an show or can a sentinel actually fail this inspection? If so what happens?

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  • James Kiser James Kiser on Nov 11, 2017

    I don't think infamous was the word you actually wanted to use to describe the 3rd.

  • Rob Petry Rob Petry on Nov 11, 2017

    Yes, Sentinels can be sent back down for uniform discrepancies or discrepancies with the rifles cleanliness. There is a ceremonial way to send someone back downstairs. And yes, if you mess up bad enoigh to be sent down, the rest of your day will be very "uncomfortable". The rifle cleanliness issue rarely occurs during the inspection outside because the oncoming relief commander inspects the rifles at around 0600 every morning and ensures they are good for the day. If they are not, the previous relief stays later and cleans them until they meet the standard.