A half-Greek Yorkshireman has just completed his nine months of conscription in the Greek Army. Twenty-six-year-old Evangelos Marathos Rainey is half American and half Greek, but grew up in Yorkshire, UK, and has spent the past nine months as a Presidential Guard in Athens.
His role was to watch over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Being part of the Presidential Guard is considered as a huge honor to join the Guard, but not everybody is eligible to join.
To be considered, you must be:
- At least 6ft 2 in height
- Greek Christian Orthodox
- Have no medical complaints
- Have no visible tattoos
Every conscript guard is paid the same, 8.62 euros a month.
The Greek Presidential Guard, also known as Evzones have a very technical and unique way of marching. Each step and movement has a meaning behind it, even down to standing still while on duty.
All the guards are conscripts, and with Evangelos’ conscription now complete he has returned to York and is now thinking of joining the British military.