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Posted: Wednesday, March 3, 2010 12:00 pm | Updated: 9:18 am, Thu Aug 16, 2012.

By Amanda Kim Stairrett

Fort Hood Herald

In a crowd of hundreds, there may only be one or two who make the cut for the Army's oldest active infantry regiment.

Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, The Old Guard, were at Fort Hood last week, looking for future members.

The Old Guard is the unit known for standing guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, Va. Its soldiers perform other duties, including presidential inaugurations, memorials at Arlington National Cemetery and drill team presentations. Four senior members of the U.S. Army Drill Team demonstrated their skills Feb. 24.

The regiment is widely known for its selective requirements. Soldiers must meet height, weight and General Technical scores. They must have deployed in the last 48 months and have good moral character and outstanding duty performance, according to information from the guard.

"We want the best soldiers," said Master Sgt. James G. Warner, The Old Guard's regimental recruiting and retention noncommissioned officer.

The Old Guard isn't just looking for 6-foot-tall infantryman, Warner told the Fort Hood soldiers gathered at Kieschnick Physical Fitness Center. A variety of military occupational specialties are welcome.

Old Guard soldiers have to maintain the highest standards at all times, said Capt. Ryan Boeka, and "be at the top of our game."

Boeka is an Amarillo native who served in the 1st Cavalry Division's 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, from April 2006 to May 2008.

Another former Fort Hood soldier who now serves with one of The Old Guard's specialty companies is Staff Sgt. Blake Darby. He was in the 4th Infantry Division's 3rd Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team until 2007.

The 23-year-old is a casket team leader and accompanies veterans to their final resting places. It is his way of honoring those who paved the way for soldiers like him, and hopefully someone will do the same for him, Darby.

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