Yeah man it is cool to be back here talking shit about rucks n stuff. Lots of water under the bridge since the old days. As a cold war, black boot Marine I felt kinda out of the loop, as the GWOT kicked off, and LBE changed so quickly. But working at the brick and mortar LF store in Fayetteville helped to get up to speed on where things were going. But then these wars have mostly run their course, and other hot spots are brewing. Guys are preparing to go into my old stomping grounds, so it's interesting to see what's changed, and what hasn't. But the fact that teams are choosing to use the same ruck I used (albeit much improved), is an interesting commentary on war, and what things are eternal, and what things are constantly changing. And being able to tell the difference!
Case in point, human bodies are basically the same since my time. Rucking still sucks. But is also still required in mountainous terrain. We have gone through a period of mobility warfare, although selected troops still rucked right along. Maybe because of our success at it, our enemies have scattered into urban and mountain terrain. Not to mention jungles and assorted other shit-holes. Be that as it may, I think we will always be rucking in the last distances to close with the enemy, or in some cases to avoid contact with him. Returning full circle to the ALICE system and upgrades is pretty cool because we can finally un-fuck what was wrong and make the damn thing work better.