Did you know “pace sticking” is a real thing?
I guess it makes sense, when you’re doing precision drill – someone who steps farther than everyone else is going to throw the rest of the unit off. So, naturally, we need a measuring tool to do it.
When I was in basic training (Ft Dix, summer class of 1983) the drill field had marks along one edge, which showed the correct pace distance. Ssg Flores, who managed our drill classes, simply had us march down that and if we weren’t able to adjust our pace to the marks, we got to do it over and over and over again while Flores yelled at us and made us do pushups. Those of us who got it right away had the opportunity to lounge about in the shade while the others suffered.
The British solution is much more typically British. Though I suppose the fellow is Scottish, actually. …? I can’t read British regimental bling.