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FM 21-18

Field Manual
No. 21-18
Department of the Army
Washington, DC, 01 June 1990

FM 21-18

Foot Marches

DISTRIBUTION RESTRICTION: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.


This manual is a guide for commanders and their staffs in the procedures and techniques of foot marches. It describes the march mission, characteristics and types of foot marches, and march training to include planning procedures, duties of commanders, march discipline, march hygiene, and march safety. The material herein applies to all levels of conflict without modification.

This manual is for use with other field manuals where modification of foot marching procedures and techniques for specific regions of the world is required. Details concerning operations in desert, jungle, northern, and mountain areas are contained in FM 90-3, FM 90-5, FM 31-71, and FM 90-6, respectively. Tactical foot marches are discussed in FMs 7-10 and 7-20.

The provisions of this publication are the subject of the following international agreement:

STANAG 2154 Regulations for Military Motor Vehicle Movement by Road

When amendment, revision, or cancellation of this manual is proposed, which will effect or violate the international agreement concerned, the preparing activity will take appropriate reconciliation action through international standardization channels to include the departmental standardization officer.

The term “company” as used herein can also mean battery or troop.

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