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How to Pack a Rucksack

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Published on Aug 26, 2011

One Shepherd's 9-minute training video "How to Pack a Rucksack" employs the USGI Medium ALICE.

The specific focus of this training is for combat patrols in environments other than mountain warfare. Mountain warfare includes climbing and rappelling tasks that necessitate a weight distribution of placing the heaviest items closer to the center of gravity -- the spine.

That exception aside, the majority of combat environments demand a weight distribution of heaviest items placed as close to the shoulder blades as possible, and balanced left to right. Furthermore, notice that items of immediate need are intentionally placed in the outside pockets, flaps, or added onto either side of the rucksack where they can be accessed readily.

This training video makes recommendations. Your unit will, of course, develop its own Standard Operating Procedure.

-- One Shepherd in conjunction with Olive Drab Journal and Battle Rattle Radio

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Comments • 237

ymp5000
Strip those MRE's down man. You don't need the whole damn package.
mark schmidt
ymp5000 right?
David St.Clair
If you put the sleeping bag at the bottom of the ruck sack and the sleeping pad at the top, your legs and hips carry the weight and leaves less of a burden on your back and shoulders.
j lin
way i do it and back in day use the dry bag for sleeping bag 5 gal gas can straps hold it to the pack old belts boy scout
Chris Larsen
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Tacmed concepts
These guys obviously have no idea what they are doing
Tyler Jackson
This is how we pack as Airborne Infantry (Light) We now use MOLLE rucks but the principles are the same....in the Infantry we go to combat.....this is for tactical operations and not for the end of the world.....  
george melendez
can you make a video using usmc ilbe pack load out they put there sleeping system in the bottom.
SemperFiMac77
The older woodland Marpat pack? I always just put my sleep system at the very bottom of the main compartment.
Average Joe 1204
man my family was kinda poor where I had this kinda bag used by my grandfather as a school bag, man we're those the day's
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Average Joe 1204
Lol 
Sakitsunebi
+Average Joe 1204 Sounds like my college days haha. That and lots of cheap, crappy beer lol. Ahhhh, good times.
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Tom Craven
Field stripping the MREs will take up less space, and save you from having to slice them open in the field. RIP Eastwind.
Mr Go Fuck Yourself
rolling stuff creats a lager volume, keeping stuff flat is better. Just saying. I've used the alice pack for more than 11 years
David St.Clair
Your pack should be heavy at the bottom and get lighter as you move up. So, move your water bottles to the bottom too. Again, we don't want the burden of the weight on your back and shoulders.
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Jose Martinez
+phillyphilhouse79 i'll give that a try .. always good to learn something new thanks 
phillyphilhouse79
+David St.Clair The military does teach you that, but I always thought it was stupid and didn't do it that way after a while.  After I started to put the heavy stuff on the bottom, my back didn't hurt as much.  That's just me though.
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Ya boy fetus
sphagetti straps lol
Albert Johnson
Seems that's what they are called...
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