Slightly outdated information. Historically this was largely true but now they can be retirees from any branch of the military and from almost any function. About the only requirements are long service and good conduct (which just means hasn't been subject to formal disciplinary action). No requirement to have seen combat at all.Dalisclock said:I was suprised to learn those guys are all hand-picked combat vets. They just got saddled with an unfortunately silly looking dress uniform. Almost as silly looking as the US Navy enlisted Dress Uniforms.Johnny Novgorod said:Beefeater guards. I don't think anybody takes them seriously though.