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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.
Plo Koon2 years ago
just have a charging rino in front of u at all times. problem solved
What a stupid "How to" but brilliant!... unfortunately, I'm now too old and eaten too many pork Pies to go round jumping fences etc!!!
......Now 40 years ago this would have been indescribable!!!!
hazode8 years ago
what if you were heavily loaded and were in a rush?
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 :)
mpitcher hazode5 years ago
run through it lol
jokerlz hazode6 years ago
Grab something loading you, cut it in half, put the two halves together to make a hole, and then climb through that.
hockys1 jokerlz6 years ago
your so funny
HiZpaniK906 years ago
its easier if ur spanish (i can say that since i am spanish)
edfel016 years ago
u trained to be a marine?
berky936 years ago
what?! no gate vault?! c'mon thats the best way hands down!
eagle-26 years ago
Thanks a lot man, very useful trick!
Undermig7 years ago
lol your old? and you are a boy...wearing flip flop?
dannyboy227 years ago
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 how to jump higherhow to jump higher so I would not have to climb fences.

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 :)
Noodle937 years ago
Parkour makes it easier :D.
duck-lemon7 years ago
nice threads
BuckyOHare7 years ago
That's no fence, it's a chicken coop.
benhudson8 years ago
If you are lightly loaded, in a hurry and want to show off, you could always annoy your CO by doing a saut de chat.
PKM benhudson7 years ago
On a wire fence? No thanks- thief vault or dive roll all the way :)
benhudson PKM7 years ago
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.
chalky7 years ago
can't you just use the gate like everyone else?? bloody god'dam fence hopping marines lol.
XCabooseO7 years ago
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!!
Whaleman8 years ago
Cool! I am gonna hop some fences tomorrow!
hippojoe8 years ago
I love the fact than you did this all in sandals!
andy60 hippojoe8 years ago
that in itself should be an instructable lol
hippojoe andy608 years ago
lol we should make a collaboration on how to do every day things in...........SANDALS!!!!!
racefanaz8 years ago
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
Shady3578 years ago
This is the animatd version
Jaleo8 years ago
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! ?
crono_acl9 years ago
Great instructable. Thanks!! :D
bowakowa9 years ago
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.