Originally posted by SGT. T:
ruck marching is the only way to improve your ruck march. When I was at Bragg, we rucked with 55lbs, that was the least they would allow for PT. At SFAS you're gonna be walking on all kinds of terrain, usually with a 35lbs or heavier pack. You just gotta start rucking as often as you can. Good luck.
At SFAS your ruck is a lot heavier than 35lbs. Minimum weight is 45lbs of gear, and you usually have at least 50lbs in there, just to make sure you don't come up light on the weigh-in. You also have two full 2quart canteens strapped on your ruck - thats another 10lbs. 5 MREs in the ruck - 10 more lbs. I also had a camelback strapped on to my ruck, which is another 8 or so lbs. So your ruck will actually be 70lbs+.
As others have mentioned, toughen up your feet, and make sure you have a pair of well broken in boots for marching, you will be glad you did. Blisters are a killer at SFAS, try to keep your feet as healthy as possible. Biggest thing is to get your body used to rucking without much of a recovery period - at SFAS your recovery time will be minimal, and sometimes just nonexistent.
So when you're training, don't just ruckmarch a couple of times a week - ruck a couple of times a day.