Turn a typical brick stretcher on end and it resembles a soldier standing at attention. Not surprisingly, brick in this position are called soldier brick. Virtually all sizes, colors, and textures of brick can be used as soldier brick. Common applications include banding around the perimeter of a building, single courses above door and window openings, and multiple, adjoining soldier courses used in accent panels. CORNER CONCERNS Special concerns arise when soldier brick must turn a corner. There are three methods typically used: 1. Use a corner brick of the same size, color, and texture as the other soldier brick, but with two identically finished faces and no core holes. 2. Use corner brick with the two corner faces of equal dimensions. 3. Use mitered brick. NON-CONTINUOUS COURSES When soldier brick are not continuous, a problem may arise where the soldier course stops and running-bond pattern begins. In order for the running-bond course directly above the soldier course to be laid using uncut brick, the height of the soldier brick needs to match the running-bond coursing dimension. HOW MANY DO YOU NEED? The total number of soldier brick required for any given soldier course is calculated by dividing the length of the course in inches by the face width of the soldier brick plus 3/8-inch for the mortar joint.