I joined the Marines once.
I was hoping they would brainwash me and make everything simple.
Unfortunately their methods don't work on everyone.
They told us "You could be the next Presley O'Bannion!" (He attacked "The shores of Tripoli" in the song "The Marine Hymn.")
and "A Marine doing his job in lives an average of fifteen minutes!""
Hearing that we all barked like dogs as loud as we could because we were Gung Ho.
One of our drills was running up a hill with our unloaded M16s yelling Bang! Bang! and pretending to shoot some bad guys in a little dirt fort at the top. Human wave tactics like this were why we'd die so quick if we ever got to do our jobs.

The M16 was a surprise. At the rifle range we had to put pieces of black tape over the charging handles to keep puffs of hot smoke from hitting us in the eye. That seemed like the worst possible design for a weapon you were supposed to hold steady and not flinch at all.

The workouts were really good. We ran back and forth to the PT (physical training) in formation. The warmups and warmdowns were so good that although I was totally exhausted every time, I never got sore. There was unlimited high protein food to eat in the "mess hall" but we only had fifteen minutes to wolf it down with two spoons. If anyone talked we'd be ordered to stand up and march out of the hall.
Between the good workouts and meaty food I got lots of big muscles.

The obstacle course was lots of fun. Among other things we learned the "High Vault" and "Low Vault" methods of fencejumping that are the subject of this article.

Excellent photos by theinfonaut Her nifty concept for this sequence of photos is that if you pass your mouse over the thumbnails above, they will appear to be animated.

Step 1: High Vault 01

Do the high vault if you're

Lightly loaded.
The fence isn't too high.
You're confident of the footing on the other side.
You're in a hurry.
You want to show off.

Trot up to the fence, put your hands on top and jump.
I'd just like to assure the author that Marine Corps training has vastly improved since he was in. Semper Fi!
what if you were heavily loaded and were in a rush?
Grab something loading you, cut it in half, put the two halves together to make a hole, and then climb through that.
<p>oldest joke ever!!!</p>
your so funny
If the fence is weak....you run straight through it. If said fence is too strong, a large mount of explosives should do the job :)
<p>hahahaha!!!! I love your perspective!!!!</p>
run through it lol
<p>The fastest and easiest way to know if you can jump a fence is when that's the only option apart from being savagely attacked! My friend and i both found that out the hard way. We were fishing in a creek maybe 100m from his house when out of nowhere two bulldogs came charging at us growling. We instantly turned and ran for our lives but there was a problem. They have a corrugated iron fence (very sharp) and there's this little gap in it that we used as a gate but only one person could get through at a time and it sometimes took a bit of a struggle. Well it turned out that my friend beat me to the gap leaving me no option to scale the tall and sharp fence!! I got over in time and landed safely on the other side but my hands were cut up quite a bit!</p><p>Now I look back at that fence and wonder how the hell I got over!!!</p>
just have a charging rino in front of u at all times. problem solved
What a stupid &quot;How to&quot; but brilliant!... unfortunately, I'm now too old and eaten too many pork Pies to go round jumping fences etc!!! <br>......Now 40 years ago this would have been indescribable!!!!
its easier if ur spanish (i can say that since i am spanish)
u trained to be a marine?
what?! no gate vault?! c'mon thats the best way hands down!
Thanks a lot man, very useful trick!
lol your old? and you are a boy...wearing flip flop?
haha, jumping over a fence can be a pain. When I was younger it was always so easy, but now that im old its a bit harder for me. I tried to do some exercises to increase my jump actually. because I wanted to learn <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.howtojumphigherfast.com">how to jump higher</a>how to jump higher so I would not have to climb fences.<br/><br/>I would like to just jump clear over a fence you know? I think the taller you are the harder that becomes, but this is cool :)<br/>
Parkour makes it easier :D.
nice threads
That's no fence, it's a chicken coop.
If you are lightly loaded, in a hurry and want to show off, you could always annoy your CO by doing a <em>saut de chat</em>.<br/>
On a wire fence? No thanks- thief vault or dive roll all the way :)
Ah, but it looks like a fairly steady fence :) Dive roll would indeed be better, but could potentially cause problems if you had a pack on. Mind you, anything above a small pack and you'd have trouble vaulting it at all. As for a thief vault, I've never heard of those :) Please elaborate. They sound fun. Chances are that I know it by a different name.
The "thief's vault" is very similar to Tim's "low vault" in form, however the exception is you do not touch the fence with your feet at all. I'd bet that if you searched youtube you would find a good example of it. It would be difficult to do on the example fence because of height, but if had good hand placement and momentum transfer then it could work
It's quite pretty. I shall have a go. Looks very similar to a speed vault but with a lazy vault ending. But nicer than both.
can't you just use the gate like everyone else?? bloody god'dam fence hopping marines lol.
I'm a gymnast and as long as you have a good jump and don't do anything stupid (such as not letting go) you shouldn't have a very difficult time with either of these jumps...
why dont you post more of your training?that would be awsome!!
Cool! I am gonna hop some fences tomorrow!
I love the fact than you did this all in sandals!
that in itself should be an instructable lol
lol we should make a collaboration on how to do every day things in...........SANDALS!!!!!
what a sissy boy, i am a former marine myself and ususally id just blow the fence, preferrably with a small tactical nuke placed by slacker
Can you post pics?
I'm still in the Marines, and the only wall crosing they taught us was the low silhouette version, but then again im a mechanic, I'd just smash through the wall with a truck
This is the animatd version
there, this should make it clearer
What about, big fences, the ones that are everywhere, scaling and that junk.
well i wrote a crappy instructable for that, "climbing dumars"
those are easy you just climb them spider man style you can jump the other side if its low enough or just do in step 5 and climb down (it helps if you have smaller feet for this my freind can climb the baseball cage things where the batter is)
I'm a bigger fan of green lantern style. Nobody climbs a fence like the green lantern! ?
Great instructable. Thanks!! :D
I've never been military, but I do cable system maintenance. I walk the poles and peds in peoples backyards and cannot be paid if all are not checked. I jump lots of fences in a day as you might imagine, while loaded with equipment. These instructions are right on. Shake the fence to determine its stability before the jump. Also, always go to the vertical post. Put both hands on top of high fences and pull when you jump to get your weight on your hands, then you can use the one leg, two leg overage method. Watch out for loose slats, as you will most likely push of slightly forward from the top of the fence to select your landing spot. If these come loose under you, you will lack forward motion and simply flatten in the air,(I happen to know this, ahem!). It's a long fall from there. Eventually you can get good enough to be over in spit seconds, or even get on a stout part of fence and dance across close fence tops to get into diagonal corners. I must stress this is a very dangerous maneuver. Nice to see this posted.

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