Star Course

A HISTORIC SPECIAL FORCES RUCKING CHALLENGE

Star Course Patch
In March of 1906, in one of his final acts as Chief of Staff of the United States Army, Lieutenant General John C. Bates signed into effect General Order No. 44 which dictated, “Throughout the year all companies, troops, and batteries will make at least one practice march each week, which for the infantry shall not be less than 12 miles.” Bates retired from active service in April 1906 having reached the mandatory retirement age of 64. He was the last Army Chief of Staff to have served in the American Civil War.

In subsequent historical documents, there are numerous attempts to decrease the mileage requirements of War Department General Order No. 44, citing that it was essentially too hard and “discouraged enlistments”. Fortunately, for those of us who yearn for a challenge, the 12 mile ruck march remains the standard in Special Forces and in the military on a whole.

 

Following the footsteps of our infantry ancestors plus our own Special Forces inspiration, here’s a challenge for those of you who seek such things - The GORUCK 12-Miler Star Course, the first rucking series of its kind. Finishers earn the 12-Miler patch, which will never be for sale.

 

HOW IT WORKS

Time

12+ Miles

This is not like a GORUCK Challenge and there are no push-ups or smoke sessions. You'll get a map and a list of waypoints. The route you and your team choose will be your own, so choose wisely.

 

Service

Teams of 2-5

You must ruck in at least a team of 2. At each waypoint, you’ll be responsible for posting a picture of your team. This will serve as verification of your mileage, and by the end you’ll have a great album of photos to document the experience.

 

Time

5 Hours

Or less to complete the 12 miles.

 

Time

Weight

10 or 20 lb Ruck Plate on your back depending on your body weight, it’s called rucking. New to rucking? Check out the TRAINING PLAN.