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154: Battalion Hikes

154: Battalion Hikes

January 10, 2017 by | Be the first to comment »

On this episode of Cigars and Sea Stories, Mike and Bennett are sharing stories about battalion hikes, forced marches, hump and ruck running. The battalion hike is a miserable experience for the average Marine or sailor. It starts early in the AM. Accountability at 03 followed by weapons draw. Personals and crew serves are drawn and everything is staged by 04:30. 0600 is step off after some rousing moto-talk.

Battalion Hikes

Somewhere in there the E-3s slip away to grab chow and cigarettes. Sleeping on packs snuggled up to mortar systems and 50 cals. You can almost smell the CLP! —  Finally someone sends the call down the line to stand and form up, then it begins. The route, weather and terrain all play key factors in the brutality. Swamps on the east coast. hills on the west coast and, sand in the middle. 29 stumps, a beach without an ocean. The tank tracks leading out to the gas chambered have gnarled many men’s feet; brutal.

Share your stories of trekking across Marine Corps country. Have a favorite hump experience? Give us a shout, we’d be happy to share sea stories with you.

 

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