Rucking

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  1. MiddyB

    MiddyB Member

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    I tried to look on the USNA website but couldn't find anything but I remember while at a CVW my plebe telling me about a guy in his company who would ruck. Is there a club or unofficial group at USNA that rucks or are you allowed to bring your own ruck?
     
  2. Godandcountry

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    Not sure what particular meaning ruck may have at USNA - but in addition ruck is a rugby term.

    As in tackle, ruck, and maul. Each being a common contact situation in the sport of rugby. He may have been referring to the academy rugby club.

    https://passport.worldrugby.org/?page=beginners&p=7


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    Excuse me. I meant ruck as it is used in military terms.
     
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    my son brought his own ruck. He rucks. He even rucks on the treadmill. (though I don't think that is recommended). He brought one of is brother's (army) rucks.
     
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    Please disregard my reply above. I see it was off topic.


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    Rucking isn't something that most do during the academic year, but nothing says you can't. You might see some Firsties around the yard going SEALs or Marine Corps right now getting familiar with it. They usually have Marine selectees do a few practice ones as a part of their practicum and also you will do them at TBS. If you choose the USMC path they progressively build you up to being able to hump 20+ miles with well over 100 lbs. Don't worry that isn't day one. They use the crawl, walk, run method; shorter, lighter marches and build upon it. Also, rucking is really an Army term. The Marines officially call it a hike, but unofficially its called a hump. Not sure what SEALs call it.
     
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    Thank you for the official term knowledge. Father is Army Officer so I'm used to that term in official reference to a hump. We did a few in PLC functions and I have downloaded a workout plan that calls for humping which I'd like to continue at Academy. To everyone who has replied, thanks for the input! Do you suggest I have my parents bring my ILBE parent weekend then?
     
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    If your parents are close enough to visit more than parent's weekend I would hold off for another visit. You will move after parent's weekend again to your academic year room. Get settled, see how much space you have with your academic year room mates and then ask Mom and Dad to bring it down. Plus you will be more focused on getting into a PT routine with academics and the rest of stuff.
     
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    MiddyB: I texted my mid and asked if there is a club where people ruck. His response:

    "yeah, there's a Marine club or something and a special forces club or something for all the motivators out there"



    Navyhoops: lol ...motivators...or something
     
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    I think he is referring to the Semper Fi Society and the Special Operations Team. I saw them listed in the club listings. Thanks for checking on that for me, I do remember there being mention of the guy that rucked wanting to go EOD so that'd make sense if he was part of SOT.
     
  12. NavyHoops

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    Semper Fi society does go out to the field and does field training and humping would be a part of that. They do field exercises a few times a semesters. They also host lectures, have social events to meet and mingle with Marines, teach how to conquer the O Course, and try to teach about the history of the Corps. They are trying to teach Mids about the Marine Corps, they won't have Mids doing 20 mile humps at a field exercise. Its mostly to gain exposure and understanding of what is to come if a Mid selects USMC out of USNA. SOT probably does alot the same, but probably alot more PT, especially on the water side. There is a specific stroke that is critical to learning the long swims that those guys do in training, so its important to learn that early. Also being comfortable in the water is critical so the more time in it, the better for them. Its funny my best friend still calls me motivator. I am a civilian and have been for a long time. He is still active duty, former Blue Angel and CO, yet I am the still the motivator to this day.
     
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    The essence of the difference between the USMC and Air Force in two simple sentences. ;)
     
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    Hahaha, yes USMCGrunt. He is Navy. When I was at TBS he was still TAD at USNA, so I used to head up there every weekend to escape the amazing TBS barracks. I would arrive with a huge pile of nasty cammies, usually still had a green tint that face paint that never washes completely off, and would be sprawled out on the kitchen floor doing map work.
     
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    Damn! I meant Navy!

    Thanks for not crucifying me on that mistake.

    Why would you ever want to escape the TBS barracks? Ha ha. I was laughing out loud reading the comment about camo paint. I agree - you never get it all off!
     
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    "Specific stroke" meaning the Combat Swim Stroke? I've been getting private lessons in this stroke from a former Navy Instructor for the past year. I am interested in both of these ECAs. Do you think it would be possible to do both?
     
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    Yes its possible to do both. When it comes to ECAs I recommend to everyone to check them out, but this isn't high school. No one is going to be involved in a million activities. Get comfortable with your schedule first and foremost and then see what you have time for. In the end Plebe Year will actually be your hardest to balance, but easiest academically. When I was there the SOT didn't exist, usually those guys who were training for screeners just worked out together. I would probably say only about 1/2 of us who went Marine Corps were in Semper Fi Society. Anything is doable, but you are going to have to learn quickly what priorities are highest on your list.
     

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