How far is a klick away?

Happy new year!  I started off the new year by binge watching Homeland Season 4 (which was excellent).  At various points, characters said that something/someone was a number of klicks away. That made me wonder what a klick was and how far it was.  A klick is military parlance for 1000 meters and has been around since the Vietnam War. There are different reasons given for how it got its name.

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