Battle Color Detachment 

 About the Battle Color Detachment

The United States Marine Corps Battle Color Detachment is comprised of three performing ceremonial units from Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C.: the Marine Corps Drum & Bugle Corps, the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, and the Marine Corps Color Guard. Every year, Marines of the BCD travel in every climate and to every place across the globe to perform for hundreds and thousands of spectators. These valiant men and women represent the best of America, and they personify the proud spirit of our nation.

 Color Guard

The United States Marine Corps Color Guard is unique. The Color Guard includes the National Colors, carried by the Color Sergeant of the Marine Corps and is the only official Battle Color of the United States Marine Corps. A duplicate is maintained in the office of the Commandant of the Marine Corps at the Pentagon. The Battle Colors bear the same 50 streamers authorized for the Marine Corps as a whole. These streamers represent U.S. and foreign unit awards as well as those periods of service, expeditions, and campaigns in which the Marine Corps has participated from the American Revolution to today. The Color Guard section has three teams and often participates in more than 1,000 ceremonies annually, regularly two-to-eight per day.

 Drum & Bugle Corps

The United States Marine Corps Drum & Bugle Corps, traditionally known as "The Commandant's Own," is comprised of 85 Marines recruited from various civilian drum corps', marching bands and other musical units within the Marine Corps. The unit combines contemporary songs and traditional marching music with uniquely choreographed drill movements in a program entitled "Music in Motion."

 Silent Drill Platoon

The United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon is a 24-Marine rifle platoon that performs a unique precision drill exhibition. This highly disciplined platoon exemplifies the professionalism associated with the United States Marine Corps. The Silent Drill Platoon first performed in the Sunset Parades of 1948 and received such an overwhelming response that it soon became a regular part of the parades at Marine Barracks, Washington. D.C.

 Sponsor Responsibilities

This site is used to request Marine Corps musical units, personnel, color/honor guard and/or exhibit/equipment participation in public events. The requested information is required to evaluate the event. Please complete all sections. Armed Forces musical units are organized for ceremonial and traditional purposes and to support recruiting activities. However, they may be authorized to provide certain specified presentations, such as patriotic ceremonies, for public programs. Armed Forces musical organizations are not permitted to provide entertainment, background, dinner, dance or other social music at public or private events in competition with the customary or regular employment of local civilian musicians.

Department of Defense policies require that Armed Forces participation in public events will be provided at no additional cost to the Government. The sponsor is required to pay, when necessary, the standard Military Services allowance for quarters and meals for all Armed Forces participants and for other services which have been determined in advance by the Military Services and agreed to by the sponsor. Transportation and meal costs are not usually incurred when support is provided from a local military installation. However, circumstances may dictate that reimbursement for any or all of these costs may be necessary. All costs are binding after a unit, personnel, or exhibit has arrived at an event site, even though weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances force the event to be cancelled.

The request for color guard or a musical unit should be submitted no less than 30 nor more than 90 days in advance of a scheduled program. Please realize that all Armed Forces units have specific military missions and training requirements. Participation in public programs will only be authorized when such support is in the best interests of the Department of Defense and the Military Services and does not interfere with mission or training programs. In all cases, operational commitments must take priority and can cause previously scheduled appearances to be cancelled.

 International Request Information

For all international Marine Corps asset requests, please contact the Public Affairs office of the Unified Combatant Command in the respective area where the event will take place.

Those requests shall be forwarded through command channels to the ASD(PA) for approval. Approval shall be based upon program, sponsor, site, support criteria, and upon any recommendations or requests for an exception to policy offered by applicable commanders.

Unified Combatant Commands:

United States Central Command
(Community Relations) Commercial: 813-827-3205

United States European Command
(Public Affairs) Commercial: +49-711-680-113
DSN: 314-430-1110

United States Pacific Command
(Public Affairs) Commercial: 808-477-1341

United States Northern Command
(Community Relations) Commercial: 719-556-9116
DSN: 834-9116

United States Southern Command
(Public Affairs) Commercial: 305-437-1000
DSN: 567-1000

United States Africa Command
(Public Affairs)Commercial: +49 (0)711 729-4714 / 4710
DSN: (314) 421-4714 / 4710

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