When Donald J. Trump gets sworn in as the 45th U.S. President on Jan.20, 2017, roughly 13,000 service members will be on hand to provide support, including 7,000 active-duty military personnel and 8,000 National Guard members from more than 40 states and U.S. territories. All five military branches will be represented on inauguration day 2017.
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According to an Army report, active-duty personnel will be present in the inauguration via musical units, marching bands, color guards, salute batteries and honor cordons.
Meanwhile, the role of the National Guard members — most of whom have military police and secretary forces backgrounds — will be to provide crowd control and security assistance for the Metropolitan Police Department, Capitol Police and U.S. Park Service Police. They’ll be used as backup.
“If something goes bad, it’s up to the law-enforcement agency to make the first move,” said Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz, commander, District of Columbia National Guard. “We look forward to having a peaceful transition of power on the 20th of January. And we will continue to work with our state and interagency partners to make sure that we have a peaceful transition of power.”
Neither the Guardsmen nor the active-duty personnel will be armed on inauguration day.
The first presidential inauguration took place on April 30, 1789, and the U.S. military has participated in all of them.
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