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Posted: Thursday, February 25, 2010 12:00 pm | Updated: 9:14 am, Thu Aug 16, 2012.

By Amanda Kim Stairrett

Killeen Daily Herald

FORT HOOD – The Old Guard, the Army's oldest active infantry regiment, was in town Wednesday to look for future members among Fort Hood's ranks.

The Old Guard is the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, 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 at events across the nation.

Four senior members of the U.S. Army Drill Team visited Fort Hood to demonstrate their skills. Among them was Capt. Ryan Boeka, 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 before joining The Old Guard.

Boeka said being in the unit was a great opportunity to represent the Army.

The regiment, which calls itself the "face of the Army," 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, have good moral character and outstanding duty performance, according to information from the guard.

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

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

Contact Amanda Kim Stairrett at astair@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7547. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

To read more about The Old Guard's visit to Fort Hood, including why a former 4th Infantry Division soldier wanted to be a part of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, see next week's Fort Hood Herald.

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