Post by Don P Post by Peter T. Daniels Post by Rich Ulrich
On Thu, 02 Jan 2020 13:26:14 -0500, Rich Ulrich
Post by Rich Ulrich
If 6.1 were the speed, "Quick Time" must be more than half
of that -- because even 3.5 mph (treadmill experience) is a
moderate walking speed for young, healthy civilians.
Okay, now I've read the Wikip entry that was cited when
Google gave the bare essentials at the start of Google-hits.
Quick Time, as it happens, is not explicitly defined there,
but it /does/ appear to be reasonably slow, according to
the other mention of it. The pace for "rough conditions" is
approximately Quick Time, so it will not be a fast march --
Easy March: This is an unrestricted march at approximately Quick
Time. This is designed for field marches and other rough conditions,
though is not used in combat areas. The U.S. command is "Route-step,
For comparison: the standard metronome setting for a march (by Sousa,
for instance) is 132, i.e. 132 ticks per minute.
March pace = 120 paces per minute
Slow march = 90 paces per minute (used in ceremonial parades)
Double time = 180 paces per minute
but did not get fetishistic about timing. (Drill instructors carried
pace sticks to correct the length of pace at 30 inches, but not
metronomes.) Armies knew by at least 1914 that men could march at the
standard pace for 10 or 15 hours (in good boots, and allowed a 10-minute
rest every hour) which approximates a steady three miles an hour.
Some British and Indian units (the "rifle regiments" of 1945?) marched
at a faster pace like some Italian and Spanish units (144 paces/min.
says Wikipedia) very unlike the French Foreign Legion (90 paces/min.)
The British information I've found online is in an official document
which includes guidance/instructions for Drill Instructors:
Page 485 (of 491) includes:
1. Every instructor should know the rates of marching, lengths of
pace and timings of foot and arms drill that are laid out below:
a. Rates of Marching.
(1) Quick Time (normal) 116 paces to the minute.
(2) Quick Time (Recruits) up to 140 paces to the minute.
(3) Quick Time (Light Infantry and Green Jackets Regiments)
140 paces to the minute.
(4) Slow Time (normal) 65 paces to the minute.
(5) Slow Time (Light Infantry and Green Jackets Regiments)
70 paces to the minute.
(6) Double Time 180 paces to the minute.
b. Lengths of Pace.
(1) Quick and Slow Time 750 mm (30 inches).
(2) Stepping Out 830 mm (33 inches).
(3) Stepping Short 530 mm (21 inches).
(4) Double Time 1000 mm (40 inches).
(5) Side Pace 300 mm (12 inches)
Note that in spite of its name Quick Time is the normal marching speed.
It is Quick in comparison with Slow.
If I've got it right, Quick Time is 600 feet per minute which is 6.82
mph. I wouldn't describe that as running.
Peter Duncanson, UK