Watching people train to move in a stealthy manner, meaning, not being louder than a bunch of elephants in antique store with only 24 inch wide aisles made me thing of publishing some very basic techniques on how to walk. If you’re looking at the picture and thinking, “HEY! That’s US Special Forces, with a Canadian training with them!,” you’re right. I got the pic from public domain to get your attention.
Now, I know…everyone knows how to walk right?
Or do they?
Well, for those few who might want the information, here you go. Walking in the bush or even on the streets is a completely different animal when you believe the crap has hit the fan. So, if you’re in things like grass, hills, or whatever, including city streets filled with garbage, understand that if you’re trying to be quiet, and you don’t believe you’re under direct observation, and certainly not under fire, do this:
- Tall vegetation/grass – Keep feet low
- Short vegetation/grass – Lift feet high
- Moving Down Hill – Heel planted first
- Moving Up Hill – Toe planted first
- Moving on Level Ground – Toe, outside of foot, heel
- Where ever you’re walking:
- Stay in shadows (both day and night)
- Stay out of built up areas or woods whenever possible at night
- Stay low in the open
- Walk in shadows along roads, tree lines and streets
- When moving with a team, do not all start or stop at once when on gravelly surface or descending a slope
- Never use the same path twice, even when moving through tall grass; let the grass
- When in mud or shallow water with soft mud bottom – toes in first, then heel. Wiggle
foot a bit before picking up to break suction.
- When Move Through Dry leaves – bend over and move leaves out of the way where foot is to be placed