Is Road Marching a dying Art? - Page 2

View Poll Results :Is Road Marching a dying Art?
yes 7 26.92%
no 13 50.00%
not sure 6 23.08%
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April 7th, 2005  
There still is a place on the modern battlefield for soldiers to be able to carry their "house" on their backs for long distances. Therefore you will find that all Armies would still do intensive route marches and so on. But what about other forms of transport? I hear you say. Well you cannot always depend on them and if you do "Murphys Law of Combat" will come into play. Route Marching, Humping,Tabbing or what ever you want to call it promotes mental and physical toughness within soldiers.
April 7th, 2005  
We do a lot, Even our mech battalions have a lot of dismounted roles, so rucksack marching is very common...
April 7th, 2005  
We do a lot of pack marches (full marching order). It's great for fitness, morale etc. It's seen as being better to have troops who can walk 40km with a pack, and get a ride as a point of convinience if available, rather than having soldiers who know nothing but mechanised transport and then get stuck having to march. From what I've seen of the of the US it army, it seems they are becoming heavily mechanised, and if they are fading out route marching as a staple of the army diet, then it will be to their detriment.
April 7th, 2005  
God Im going to have to do shite loads of that for the next 32 weeks

ah well, once you get into it its good fun
April 7th, 2005  
Road marches still do have their place. You can't always count on transport vehicles, as many people have already said. When worse comes to worse, the Black Cadillacs are the best thing you have to bring yourself from Point A to Point B.
April 12th, 2005  
Well, changes have to be made..

Soldiers shouldn't be walking on the road when there are SO MANY VEHICLES available nowadays...

Less emphasis on route march