Army Road Marching Tips
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Limit your carrying load.
Don’t allow yourself to overheat.
Take care of your feet.
The lighter you pack for the field the more comfortable you will be on road marches. As a general rule, I recommend that you bring 40 pounds or less in clothing and equipment. Another rule of thumb is to keep your carrying load ratio at 20% of your body weight or less. As I provide this advice remember that it doesn’t include body armor, carrying weapons, loading up on ammunition and possibly strapping on a radio. All of this equipment only increases your carrying load as well as your misery index. With this in mind, it is wise to travel as light as possible. Typically, those who fall out on road marches tend to carry too much weight.
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