Just what is a "click"?

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  1. Barcroft

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    I hear this term in military movies, though never when I was in the service, eons ago.
    "The line is six clicks out".
    That sort of thing.
    Who can help?
    Thanks.
     
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    Why does the US military use the metric system?
     
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    With my knees, every step with the right leg is a "click"!:supergrin:
     
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    Because it is easier to use on a map,and to understand, and allows us to be able to have some cohesion with every other military on the planet.
     
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    Imagine if you had to learn how many feet or yards are in a mile. :wow:
     
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    I call it a "klick", not a click.

    For harlenm, the metric system makes a lot more sense and is a lot less complicated than Imperial measurements.

    Go with the simple, easy way.

    It also helps in a huge way when we're communicating with people in other countries.

    No, I'm not military, but I deal with a lot of foreign military. It's better this way.
     
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    This. Could you imagine working a joint op with German and Polish soldiers, and having to pass separate directions and coordinates (MGRS is based on Kilometers) to each team, much less having convert them?
     
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    5280 feet or 1760 yards
     
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    Because it sounds much more Cool to say click instead of mile.:supergrin:
     
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    Ever hear of NATO? When you are calling in a fire support mission, the last thing you want is confusion on exactly where you want the shells landing.

    Remember the Mars lander that crashed instead of landing a couple of years ago. Yup, metric to english conversion problem.

    5.5x45, 7.62x51 are metric measurement as well, nobody seems to mind.

    Better question would be why are we still not using metric? I am an engineer and virtually everything I do in calculations is in SI units. Royal pain to translate back forth into english units, especially since there is no correlation between kinds of units like there is in SI (volume to length to mass etc).

    http://physics.nist.gov/cuu/Units/index.html
     
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    ever try to dial in ordinance in miles?
     
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    Would that be a statute mile or a nautical mile?
    Tom
     
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    Thank you, Haldor. I'm as American and Southern as anyone on the planet, but I still don't understand why we're still stuck using Imperial measurements, when even the damn empire has gone mostly metric.
     
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    Thanks for the explanation guys. I don't have a problem with the metric system, just thought it was weird that the military uses it. What does the speedometer use in the Humvees?
     
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    Quick, how many grains per oz? I have no problem telling you off the top of my head how many milligrams there are per kilogram (1,000,000).

    Or how many cubic centimeters are in a liter? 1000 cm^3. Care to tell me how many cubic inches are in a gallon without looking it up?

    Anybody that actually uses measurements in calculations would much prefer to use metric units.
     
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    Yeah, I looked it up, too.
     
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    I remember when I was a kid back in the '70s and the teachers were always telling us "In a few more years the whole country will be switching over to the metric system." :supergrin: