Today I want to go over how to survive your first ever Army ruck march!
Simply, because many people think it’s easy to just throw 35 pounds on your back and go walking in full Army Combat Uniform (ACU) anywhere from 2-25 miles.
They think it’s just a little walk that anyone could do without any trouble, or any training at all!
They’re wrong, it isn’t as easy as many people claim, and I know that for a fact because I’ve seen those people who think it’s so easy struggle with each step they took!
You do need training, and you do need some tough skin!
Below I will go over what a ruck march is all about, and how you could survive your very first one.
What Is A Ruck March?
In the Army, a ruck march is described as a little walk with a loaded rucksack(backpack) containing all your military gear that you will need on a mission.
Most cases, your rucksack will contain a load of about 35 pounds, not including your weapon, fighting load carrier (FLC), and other small essentials that you’ll need on missions.
Ruck marches are what prepare you for deployments, and many other trainings that you will go though throughout your military career.
These ruck marches could go from 1 mile long, all the way up 25 miles, depending on what is required of your unit.
Don’t worry though, if you are planning to join the Army, the minimum requirement to graduate from basic training is 12 miles, nothing to strenuous.
It may seem like a long walk and something you couldn’t possibly do, but with the right training, it will be nothing but a normal walk in the park.
Preparing For Your First Ruck March
If you are planning to join the Army, be prepared to do some ruck marches!
No matter what job you choose, you will end up doing a couple of ruck marches in basic training, and you can’t hide from that.
Here are a couple of tips to help you prepare for your very first ruck march:
1.) To prepare for your first ruck march, you want to make sure you build up your leg muscles.
Do a lot of squats, lunges, leg lifts, flutter kicks and everything you can think of to train your legs to be stronger.
You will be doing a lot of running throughout basic training, so that will help you out tremendously with leg workout.
A big thing to take note of, is in basic training, you don’t need to really worry, your Drill Instructors will know exactly how to break in your legs.
2.) The next thing you will need to focus on to help you survive your first ruck march is hydration.
You have to make sure you stay hydrated so you don’t end up passing out!
Staying hydrated will help keep you from cramping, which is the worse feeling to get while on a ruck march by the way!
3.) Wearing the right size boots! This is a big thing to keep in mind, in the Army, the boots run a little different from your regular shoe size.
So make sure you get a boot that isn’t too big, and isn’t fitted perfect!
If your boots are fitted, you will hurt your feet pretty badly, and if your boots are too big, you will get blisters like nobody’s business!
Get a boot size that is right in between what I just mentioned, be sure to try them on and walk in them a little before you get issued them.
Having comfortable boots make ruck marches a whole lot easier!
4.) Stride out when you start your ruck marches, try not to run with weight, you could really mess up your lower back and knees.
Trust me I know, I have really bad knees and lower back from thinking I could run the whole 12 mile ruck march.
Try your best to stride with short but very brisk steps, and when you’re going uphill, don’t stand straight up, lean forward, and try to walk in a zigzag pattern to prevent your legs from getting burned out.
Now downhill is a different story, try and bend your knees when you’re going downhill to try and absorb most of the shock of each step you take.
Those are some tips to help you get through your very first ruck march in the Army!
Ruck marches are one of the things that people really hate in the Army, but all you have to think about to make you feel better, is it’s a little hike.
Just like how you would hike in your civilian life!
Ruck marches is a thing that is hard in the beginning for most people, but if you keep doing it, you’ll build all the muscles you need to get you through any distance.
Train hard, follow the steps I listed above, and you’ll get through your very first ruck march with no problems at all.
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