Representative Battalion of the Polish Army (Honor Guard Battalion) currently has three active companies which perform more than 1,900 military ceremonies per year. The ceremonial task list includes full honor arrivals for visiting dignitaries, wreath ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider in Warsaw, and full honor reviews in support of senior army leaders and retiring soldiers. Memorial affairs missions include standard and full honors funerals in cemeteries. The most important ceremonies are performed in four types of uniforms representing Land Forces, Air Force, Navy and Special Forces. Each company has its Drill Team, which demonstrates skills and precision around the nation and abroad. The primary mission of Drill Teams is to perform for military, government, non-profit, and civilian organizations. It’s one of the best ways to support community relations as well as recruiting efforts on behalf of our unit and the Polish Army. Distinctive component of soldiers’ equipment are four-cornered caps with metal-rimmed peak, hobnailed boots mod. 925 and 7,62 mm Simonov self-loading rifle with a blade-type bayonet (which can be in closed or open position).
All soldiers go through intense training in different military areas, primarily drill, but also shooting, NBC defense, tactics, logistics support, medical support ect. Excellent physical fitness is essential.
Salute Platoon is a part of the 3rd Representative Company and it renders honors to dignitaries at the most important ceremonies during the year. It is responsible for traditional salutes of honor during formal celebrations of national and military ceremonies. 73 mm canons used by the platoon are exact replicas of Austrian guns from the early XXth century which were later manufactured in Poland as 90 mm field canons and used by the Polish Army in the period between the two World Wars.