Old Guard’s Buff Straps at 230, or at least 100
During the early part of the 19th century, Soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) wove strips of rawhide into the black shoulder straps of their knapsacks to show their pride in their distinctive colors. The black and buff colors were in keeping with traditional Regimental colors adopted in 1792 when the unit was under General “Mad” Anthony Wayne as part of the Legion of the United States and was authorized buff piping on their uniforms and black plumes on their hats.
In May of 1922, the Adjutant General approved the use of the Buff Strap for the Old Guard with General Order 6.
Today, members of the unit have to pass a three-week Regimental Orientation Program (ROP) designed to train new Soldiers in rifle movements, ceremonial marching, and uniform styles unique to The Old Guard, to earn their buff strap.