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Harry Hobbes
Broadwater County, Montana, USA
Someone on the other side of the boat...
Interests: Interested in the opinions of former operatives and knowledgeable players.
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"To my knowledge, a typical full kit for combat infantry is often twice that weight. I personally know no one of any stature or sex who can carry 70% of their own body weight for 4 miles, let alone 12, and furthermore to be capable of fighting at the end of it."The "fighting load" (i.e., web gear/harness and accoutrements and immediate supplies: water, ammo, etc.) weighs in at about 25 lbs. More ammo ups the load weight from there. The "subsistence load" (the ruck sack and contents) for the typical U.S. Infantryman circa 1990 was anywhere from 50 to 70+ lbs., depending upon mission. Special Forces carried more. Then add weapon and kevlar. The young woman appears to have a moderate subsistence load, based upon what appears to be low-mass movement of the load as she moves (i.e., falters, falls, recovers); presumable in the 40 lb. range. I doubt she's carrying significantly more, as that would not be possible hunched over and hobbling along. (It appears her right hip is giving out.) Nonetheless, your observations about percentage of body weight are apposite. I and my squad typically humped 70 lb. subsistence loads (50% minimum body weight), and found that after a movement over hill and dale (say five+ miles through the bush) with subsistence load, we (straight-legged Infantry) were pretty much spent as a force, requiring time to recover. A "road march" would extend our distance before expenditure, as roads are by design, engineered to facilitate ease of travel. As much fun as it may be to be inclusive, I know from personal experience that weaker soldiers have to be supported and their "stuff" carried by the stronger. This is never good in a fighting force. Harry
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Toggle Commented Jun 13, 2020 on SST at Sic Semper Tyrannis
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Jun 13, 2020