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THE BATTLE MARCH, SOME BACKGROUND

A battle march or a loaded march is a relatively fast march over distance carrying a load. It is both a common military exercise.

A loaded march is known as a forced foot march in the US Army. Less formally, it is a ruck march in the Canadian Armed Forces and the US Army, a tab (Tactical Advance to Battle) in British Army slang, a yomp in Royal Marines slang, and stomping in Australian Army slang.

In many countries, the ability to complete loaded marches is a core military skill, especially for infantry forces and historically has been a part of an infantry soldier’s life.

During the four-month initial training of a Roman legionary, loaded marches were taught before recruits ever handled a weapon; since any formation would be split up by stragglers at the back or soldiers trundling along at differing speeds.Standards varied over time, but normally recruits were first required to complete 29.6 km with 20.5 kg in about 6hours. Depending on the exact day of the year and the latitude, the length of a "summer hour" would vary. This was often followed by the construction of basic defences for an overnight position.

Loaded marches have been particularly important in the British Army since the 1982 Falklands War. Many British commanders felt that British success in the war was linked to the British soldiers' ability to march across the difficult Falklands.

In the French Foreign Legion, trainees must complete the parcours du combattant ("Combatant's Course") of 8km loaded with rifle, helmet and 12kg in 40 minutes, and a night march of 25km

In the US Armed Forces loaded marches in the United States Army are known as ruck marches and are part of basic recruit training.

So to get a taste of this please join us on our battle march in March. We have purposefully kept this shorter and less stressful to try make it more fun.

When and where?



Hobby Park
Jelliman Street 1
Krugersdorp
South Africa
1739

Starts:
Sat 16 Mar 2019 at 7:00 AM (SAST)
Ends:
Sat 16 Mar 2019 at 12:00 PM (SAST)

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NRCC

0833362366