Monday, May 21, 2018 – What the Ruck?


Monday, May 21, 2018 – What the Ruck?

I am thinking of attending a ruck this Saturday on the Texas A&M Campus. This thought occurred after I looked up “what is a ruck?”

A ruck is a noun defined as “A tightly packed crowd of people.” It is the foundation of Special Forces training. Rucking requires strength, endurance and character – and it builds it too.

The ruck on Saturday is a 3 to 5 K ruck. Participants carry their rucksack (aka backpack) with everything they need to endure the ruck. The ruck will travel through the campus of Texas A&M with stops and stories along the way regarding the veterans who gave the greatest sacrifice.

Let me think about this. Which words in the definition do not scare me? Those are “A” and “of.” Tightly, packed, crowd and people give me pause.

At the very least, here is what I would need to have in my rucksack to endure the ruck:

  • An EMT
  • An oxygen tank
  • 2 or more liters of water
  • A M*A*S*H unit standing by

Nevertheless, I may give this idea of a ruck some serious thought. If another person went with me, would we be a ruckus? Maybe I will do the Will Rogers thing and watch and wave the flag as the heroes go by.

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