JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash.– More than 300 Soldiers participated in a Norwegian Foot March at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, hosted by the 514th Medical Company (Ground Ambulance) March 19, 2021.
Known as Marsjmerket, is a Norwegian Armed Forces skill badge earned after participants complete the 18.6-mile march with a 25-pound rucksack within set time standards according to age and gender.
“This event is just what Soldiers needed during COVID,” said Capt. Shauna Pearson, the event organizer. “It’s been a really long time since Soldiers have been able to get together like this. There’s comradery, they’re working together, and above all, they’re having fun.”
Originating during the WWI time period, in 1915, the Norwegian Foot March aimed to provide a realistic experience to civilians and new military recruits of what it is like serving in the field. Over the next century, the event evolved into a foreign service badge earned by completing the foot march to standard.