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    • #83554
      wheelsee
      Participant

        Found this while researching another topic.

        BLUF – “the airborne shuffle is more likely to decrease performance on long marches than walking.”

        https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26010797

      • #83555
        Max
        Keymaster

          This makes no sense at all. The ‘airborne shuffle,’ which is essentially a way of jogging with load, is done to reach the objective faster. Not to be ‘more efficient.’ Of course it would be easier to walk!

          Now, this is where YDKWYDK comes in: the secret to ‘tabbing’ is a fast walk, legs open and striding as much as possible. The running, or ‘shuffle’ portion is done to make up time on the downhills. The fast walk takes practise, and sometimes Joe tries to shuffle unstead of walking, which is of course less efficient, and he would be told to ‘tab’ not shuffle.

          So in a sense the articleis right, but it has no context. When tabbing, you move at a fast striding walk which takes training, then you shuffle on the downhills, which is simply a way of running with less loading on the knees and less chance of turning an ankle.

          Replacing the fast tab with a shuffle would be less efficient, but is in fact not how it is done.

          This is what happens when non-airborne craphats start getting involved in things they know litle about….
          :scratch:

        • #83556
          wheelsee
          Participant

            Max,

            Thanks for the explanation, and context.

          • #83557
            JohnnyMac
            Participant

              ..did you see the speeds btw, 2mph-3mph? Snails pace…

            • #83558
              First Sergeant
              Moderator

                This makes no sense at all. The ‘airborne shuffle,’ which is essentially a way of jogging with load, is done to reach the objective faster. Not to be ‘more efficient.’ Of course it would be easier to walk!

                Now, this is where YDKWYDK comes in: the secret to ‘tabbing’ is a fast walk, legs open and striding as much as possible. The running, or ‘shuffle’ portion is done to make up time on the downhills. The fast walk takes practise, and sometimes Joe tries to shuffle unstead of walking, which is of course less efficient, and he would be told to ‘tab’ not shuffle.

                So in a sense the articleis right, but it has no context. When tabbing, you move at a fast striding walk which takes training, then you shuffle on the downhills, which is simply a way of running with less loading on the knees and less chance of turning an ankle.

                Replacing the fast tab with a shuffle would be less efficient, but is in fact not how it is done.

                This is what happens when non-airborne craphats start getting involved in things they know litle about….
                :scratch:

                Max is right.

                For those of you that don’t know, the term “craphat” is the British slang for someone who is not Airborne qualified. In American we refer to those people as “legs”, as in “Dirty, nasty leg.” ;-)

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              • #83559
                Sam Brady
                Participant

                  A leg or a crap hat would rather walk. Every paratrooper knows that……

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