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When soldiers at attention pass out (21 pictures)

Why do soldiers faint after standing at attention for a long time? It’s because standing still for so long cramps up all your muscles and blood does not flow properly and this starves your brain of much needed oxygen so as a defence it shuts down to protect it from damage. It can also be because you are dehydrated or more commonly among soldiers, hungover. [source]


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An Indian policewoman helps her comrade who fainted during the full-dress rehearsal for India’s Independence Day celebrations in the southern Indian city of Chennai.

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French Army soldiers of the 2nd Regiment of dragons help a fellow soldier who fainted during a ceremony to pay tribute to late former French Prime Minister Pierre Mauroy in the courtyard of the Invalides in Paris.

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Military cadets help a fellow cadet who fainted prior to the funeral parade of Venezuela’s late President Hugo Chavez in Caracas.

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Spain’s Princess Letizia looks on as a member of the honor guard is assisted after passing out during a parade before the arrival of Britain’s Prince Charles at the Pardo Palace outside Madrid.

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A member of France’s Republican Guards gets assistance after he fainted while on the steps of the Elysee Palace during the visit of China’s President Hu Jintao in Paris.

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An official takes into his care the rifle of a Republican guard soldier after she fainted during Bastille Day parade in Paris.

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A cadet lies on the grass after collapsing during a promotion ceremony at a police school in Bogota.

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An honor guard is assisted after fainting during the arrival of presidents for the inauguration ceremony of the Ibero-American summit in Panama City.

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A member of the Coldstream Guards lies prostrate after fainting in the hot sun during the Trooping of the Colour ceremony at Horse Guards Parade in London.

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A guardsman is helped after fainting during the funeral of Prince Rainier III of Monaco in Monte Carlo.

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A female Australian soldier faints in front of the Sydney Town Hall after Australian troops, who went to war in Iraq, marched during a welcoming home parade.

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A solider grabs a colleague who fainted during a ceremony marking the 55th anniversary of the Sri Lanka Army Armored Corps in Colombo.

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A Greek soldier faints in the heat at the Pharleon War Cemetery in Athens.

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New recruits to the Indian armed forces stand at attention over a comrade who fainted during their graduation parade at a camp in Rangreth.

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Republican Guards assist a colleague who fainted on the steps of the Elysee Palace in Paris.

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A U.S. Marine is attended to after collapsing beside a helicopter for President George W. Bush in Ottawa.

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A cadet lies on the grass after collapsing during an annual ceremony for graduating cadets at the police school in Bogota.

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Paramedics attend to a Malta Armed Forces soldier who fainted during the Remembrance Day Parade at the war memorial in Floriana.

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A member of the Ceremonial Guard is assisted after fainting during a ceremony marking the change of command of the Canadian Army on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

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A member from the airforce contingent lies on the ground after fainting during a ceremony marking Indonesia’s 67th Independence Day in front of the Presidential Palace in Jakarta.

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A guardsman faints during the funeral of Prince Rainier III of Monaco in Monte Carlo.

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