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10-23-04, 07:46 PM
Not enough to do today I guess---lol--- So I came up with this.

Part of the solution has been hammered into your mind during boot camp. This should be easy.

A Drill Instructor must get his recruits to the chow hall at 0600 hrs.

The chow hall is the length of a football field away.

What time must he move them out, (marching at quick time) to arrive at the chow hall as scheduled?

10-23-04, 09:48 PM
05:55. WE never walked anywhere.

Semper Fidelis

10-23-04, 09:59 PM
Close, but no cigar. :)

10-23-04, 10:14 PM
I'm going to improvise, adapt and overcome and say 15 minutes prior, because that's what my DI's did. So I say 05:45?

I'm probably wrong, but at least I tried right?

10-23-04, 10:19 PM
Yes, you tried---lol. No, that not right either, but don't give up.

10-23-04, 10:22 PM
Dangnabbit I knew I was wrong! lol I always hated math anyways, was never my strongest subject!

10-23-04, 10:29 PM
Keep adapting---lol.

10-23-04, 11:10 PM
Only math i ever needed was to know how many rounds I had, compared to how many of the enemy there was in front of me ;)

10-23-04, 11:37 PM

10-23-04, 11:52 PM
in at 6, out at 6:05

10-23-04, 11:53 PM

10-24-04, 12:32 AM

It only took us a minute to march there

10-24-04, 12:46 AM
Qiuck time is 120 steps per minute (spm)

each step is 30 inchs

Multiply120 spm x 30 in = 3600 in/pm

12 inches in a foot, so Divide 3600 by 12 to come up with 30 fpm

A football feild is 120 yards

Multiply 120 x 3 to come up with the feet, which is 360 feet

Divide 360 feet / 30 fpm = 12 min

Subtract 12 min from 0600 and come up with 0548.

so that's my answer, 0548

10-24-04, 01:27 AM
Hahaha! CPLRapoza, you used your GI Bill didn't you? That would've taken me all day to figure out. I'd have had to dig out my green monster to figure the step count again and then got drunk cause I couldn't figure it out. Cool info though.

10-24-04, 01:59 AM
No Haven't used the G.I BIll yet, I'm still boot to alot of y'all in here. I just started my second enlistment, so things are still fresh in my head.

10-24-04, 05:57 PM
Originally posted by wsky9er

It only took us a minute to march there

:banana: THAT'S IT!!! :banana:

30" heel to heel

120 steps per minute

100 yards

10-24-04, 08:10 PM
Well.......I was off by a minute.

I knew that back in '65 we were only a minute or two from the mess hall. The mess hall being about that 100 yard distance from the barracks.

My guess (5:58) was not mathmatical in any way.
Just a figure from memory about time to SOS and all that other good Marine Corps chow.

10-24-04, 09:02 PM
green, you measured the front of the line, how bout the dudes in the rear???

10-24-04, 09:10 PM
I was hoping that no one would catch that---LOL.

Come on! We are talking about distance here, not who eats last! :)

10-24-04, 09:22 PM
Originally posted by greensideout

Come on! We are talking about distance here, not who eats last! :)

I was a happy recruit being so close to that mess hall !!

10-25-04, 02:08 AM
Congrats on the re-up. I used my GI Bill and even got a degree and I couldn't have thought that one through. Some people are just gifted I guess.

10-26-04, 04:02 AM
Wow I was way of. But quick time can also be 12 or 15 inch steps.

10-26-04, 06:30 AM
Way to go CPL Rapoza! OOHRAH!

10-26-04, 12:35 PM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by CPLRapoza
Wow I was way of. But quick time can also be 12 or 15 inch steps. [/QUOTE

I think you may be talking "half step". "Quick time is always 30" unless another command is given "after" the command of "quick time" or "forward march".