Reply to "Making a Better Pace Bead"

ADK posted:

Nice! Great idea. I have seen them fail also. Had to ditch them once and resort to rocks halfway through a patrol lol. 

Because knowing is half the battle. Had people who knew of land nav but claimed they totally couldn't do pace as they didn't have beads. Dude: pick up pebbles. Put in pocket, or whatever... Hence: training:

  • Principles always more important than tactics
  • Tactics more important than tools


But I'll always take a cool tool if I can  


firemission4mortars posted:

Looks good. I never "got" the concept of Pace beads. If I was to preoccupied on patrol to remember the pace count, I certainly wouldn't remember to shift the beads. Whatever works though.

I regularly just count in my head when walking around town, etc.

beads are much more about forgetting once something else happens between marching segments. You make contact, at a halt there's much discussion of frequencies so you loose track of the pace number to resume with, you get to a PB and 20 minutes later the PL asks for pace to check the position, etc.  

I am the poster child for no fucking memory, so will absolutely forget a simple thing like pace, immediately upon shifting tasks. But, I know there are those who do not and: it should be a skills badge. I keep them nearby, use them instead of referring to my notebook for simply everything  

The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first, the love of soft living and the get rich quick theory of life. – Theodore Roosevelt


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