Originally posted by Daddy Warcrimes:
Originally posted by rretorts:
That manual (FM 21-18) (the most current available for download using my AKO account) is dated 1990.
Walking hasn't changed much in the past 19 years.
You also might check 21-20 but I doubt you'll find anything there either.
My belief is that there is no Army wide standard. Any published standard would be up to the unit to publish.
The Army recognizes that many things are best left to the discretion of the local commander. This is one of those things.
My organization for example has no policy regarding foot marches since they are quite unrelated to our METL. Such a march can be a challenge for even those who are well conditioned. I can see absolutely no reason why a bunch of career counselors (many of which in the latter years of their careers) would need to march 12 miles with a load, much less in in 3 hours (there would be hospitalizations).
If your commander wants to have a foot march standard, it should be published in a policy letter. If it not, use your general military authority and make that recommendation.