What is Rucking?
RUCK•ING [VERB] To put weight on your back and go for a walk. More weight or more miles equals more results, more friends and more time together equals more fun.
Everyone underestimates the transition. When I got out of Special Forces and left the military in 2008, I felt like I had quit the mission, quit on America, and quit on my teammates. Soon, I found myself without any of the support structures I had taken for granted while I was serving.
Welcome to rock bottom. It’s not a fun place to be, and you can’t dig yourself out of it in just a day. For me, two things made all the difference: (1) My dog Java (Monster’s Godfather) and (2) Rucking.
One day at a time, Java forced me out of the house and didn’t let me feel sorry for myself. And GORUCK and the rucking community became the bridge I needed between the military and civilian worlds.
Then as now, it’s hard to meet people. It’s hard to be active in a busy life. What worked for me started with putting 30 lbs. on my back while I’d walk Java. And it led to so much more.
10th Special Forces Group, 2006-08