A Sailor Walks You Through His Typical Day at the Pentagon
Seaman Nathan Winn walks an average of five miles backward every day.
Winn said when he started giving the tours, it was hard to get used to everything about the job.
"When I first started giving tours I had one day where I tried to go down the wrong escalators about three times during the day. The ones that were going up I was trying to go down backwards. My tour group just stood there and laughed at me," said Winn, laughing.
I definitely didn't think it was funny, it was really embarrassing."
The tour program recruits junior members of all five military branches fresh out of boot camp honor guard units. After a vigorous interview process, the new tour guides get 15 business days to learn 33 pages worth of Pentagon facts, and to learn how to walk the entire tour route backward. Winn said the hardest part of the training was getting used to speaking loud enough for the large tour groups to hear him.