Ruck March. Before Dawn They Go.

This last week, I was documenting and marketing my Army Reserve unit’s Best Warrior and Drill Sergeant of the Year competitions. One of the most grueling part of the competitions was the 12-mile road march where the competitors carried their 35-pound ruck sacks the entire way. Up hills, through sand and down roads these men and women marched on.

Me and my noncommissioned officer drove around trying to photograph different points of the event. One of the most photographic spots was just as the sun was rising and the Soldiers were passing a swampy area, complete with a fog. Basically, a photographers wonderland. Here is my favorite shot from that moment.

Road March at Dawn

Two Army Reserve Soldiers step out their final miles of a 12-mile road march at Fort Jackson, S.C. on March 22 during the combined Best Warrior and Drill Sergeant of the Year competitions for the 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training). This year’s Best Warrior competition will determine the top noncommissioned officer and junior enlisted Soldier who will represent the 108th Training Command (IET) in the Army Reserve Best Warrior competition later this year at Fort Bragg, N.C. This year’s Drill Sergeant of the Year competition will determine the top two drill sergeants who will compete in the TRADOC Drill Sergeant of the Year competition later this year at Fort Jackson, S.C.(U.S. Army photo by Maj. Michelle Lunato/released)

Obviously, it was a lot easier to photograph the event than do it. Since this was an individually timed event, the Warriors did all they could to stay motivated. Many of them has some music playing, or were singing. What would you listen to for 12 miles?

I did a little search on Youtube and found this 45-minute montage of music made for road marching. I listened to some of it. I think I could march to this…

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For the Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Half Light.

 

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