Passing out: soldiers fainting during official ceremonies - Telegraph I witnessed this once at the Trooping of the Colour. I believe it was in 1964. I spotted a movement in the ranks nearby. One of the troops had tapped the hand of the man to his right with the muzzle of his rifle. No. 2 man got the message and held the rifle while No. 1 hit the deck . . . at attention. I always hoped his BAC returned 0%. Still, if landing at attention causes fractures or lost teeth, is that considered a self-inflicted wound?