Mikey
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Mikey asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 4 years ago

Why do some parts of military train with swords?

Knife training I understand. But why do some do sword training?

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago
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    Western countries use swords for ceremonial purposes, so they have to be trained in how to perform the ceremonial sword movements. the training is usually called the "sword manual".

    For example one movement from the United States sword manual is called "blades to the wind". You hold the sword out like you are making an arch, the leader of the sword detail says "blades to the wind!" and everyone turns their sword so the skinny part of the blade (where the sharp part would be) faces directly up into the sky. It's commonly used at military weddings. Historically it was done to prevent someone from accidentally cutting the bride and groom with their sword as they walked underneath the sword arch. With the sharp part pointing up that cannot happen.

  • Bill-M
    Lv 7
    4 years ago

    Swords are only used for ceremonial purposes in the U.S. Military. NOT Combat.

    Any training you see with swords is for public display only.

  • Mikey
    Lv 6
    4 years ago

    Here's a picture for example: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_5SpYv873Eac/TN2_N5eZ2rI/...

    This Filipino soldier is training with 2 short swords called Balantang Swords

  • 4 years ago

    Nothing to do with combat. Most armies still use swords for ceremonial purposes.

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  • 4 years ago

    The only "training" done with swords or sabers is for drill and ceremony purposes.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    They dont in western militaries swords are used to make them look stupid

    Sorry Important I was a warrant Officer in the Air Force and never had one

  • 88
    Lv 6
    4 years ago

    You have been watching too many Marine commercials.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    You can only kill ninjas with swords

  • 4 years ago

    nope

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