The Big Ideas Of Marches
Categories: OFFICERS' RESERVE CORPS
Military Handbooks: The Plattsburg Manual
For marches to be entirely successful three conditions must be
fulfilled: (1) the troops must get there; (2) they must get there on
time; (3) and they must get there in good condition.
Now suppose that you were ordered to conduct the march of a company of
green men for a distance of 200 miles, just how would you solve the
Before starting, very careful preparations should be made. Yo
should be in good physical condition; they must be given so much work
that they are athletes.
Keep these points in mind:
1. Always have, when possible, the comfort of your men in mind. Their
work in carrying a load of nearly forty pounds and marching around
fifteen miles a day will be hard enough. Don't give them any extra
2. Make the conditions of the march pleasant. Encourage the men to laugh
3. Use wagons, automobiles, etc., to carry heavy loads (burdens)
4. It is a custom of the service to help a man who may not be strong
physically but who is straining every nerve to get there. Be the first
to volunteer to carry for him his rifle or part of his burden.
5. Look out especially for the feet of your men and the hoofs of your
6. On long marches one day in seven should be a day of rest and
7. Never take an extremely hard and long (forced) march unless
8. As a rule troops pay no compliments on the march. They have enough to
do without that.
9. Let the object to be accomplished determine the general conduct of
the march (the time of starting, the rate, length of march, halts, etc.)