Never encountered a situation in my brief military career under any circumstances, real-world, or strictly a made-up physical exercise scenario where anyone was asked to carry that kind of load. Since the article is an opinion piece I would like to see verification by way of the school's syllabus or official Table of Equipment which delineated a 152# pack. This sounds like just a myth dreamed up to scare potential candidates from even attempting or volunteering for the course. Wish they wouldn't publish stuff like this unless it is actually verified or vetted in some simple manner.
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