The Rules of Engagement

Marine Corps Rules:
1.   Be courteous to everyone, friendly to no one.
2.   Decide to be aggressive enough, quickly enough.
3.   Have a plan.
4.   Have a back-up plan, because the first one probably won’t work.
5.   Be polite.  Be professional.  But have a plan to kill everyone you meet.
6.   Do not attend a gunfight with a handgun whose caliber does not start with a ‘4.’
7.   Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice.  Ammo is cheap.  Life is expensive.
8.   Move away from your attacker.  Distance is your friend.  (Lateral and diagonal preferred.)
9.   Use cover or concealment as much as possible.
10. Flank your adversary.  When possible, protect yours.
11. Always cheat; always win.  The only unfair fight is the one you lose.
12. In ten years, nobody will remember the details of caliber, stance, or tactics. They will only remember who lived.
13. If you are not shooting, you should be communicating your intention to shoot..

US Army Rules:
1.  Curse bitterly when receiving operational order.
2.  Make sure there is extra ammo and extra coffee.
3.  Curse bitterly.
4.  Curse bitterly.
5.  Do not listen to 2nd LTs; it can get you killed.
6.  Curse bitterly.

US Air Force Rules:
1.  Have a cocktail.
2.  Adjust temperature on air-conditioner.
3.  See what’s on HBO.
4.  Ask ‘What is a gunfight?’
5.  Request more funding from Congress with a ‘killer’ Power Point presentation.
6.  Wine and dine  ”key’ Congressmen, invite DOD and defense industry executives.
7.  Receive funding, set up new command and assemble assets.
8.   Declare the assets ‘strategic’ and never deploy them operationally.
9.   Hurry to make 13:45 tee-time.10. Make sure the base is as far as possible from the conflict, but close enough to have tax exemption.

US Navy Rules:
1. Go to Sea.
2. Drink Coffee.
3. Deploy Marines


(Special thanks to Paul.)

7 comments to The Rules of Engagement

  • lastmanstanding

    I was trained by a Marine. A good Marine…who taught me how to be a man. A good man, a hard-working man, an honest man, a truthful man…a loving man.

    No chance I will let him or God down…I will be a kind to other humans until pushed to the point of no return. I was born free and plan to keep it that way so help me God.

    The 2nd Amendment was included in the US Constitution for a reason…the Founders knew it would be necessary.

  • AgVoice

    OOORah! Semper Fi! Buying physical silver and taking no prisoners. Thanks SS.

  • Sergio DeCesare

    Though I find the Army ROE a bit offensive, LOL, Probably true of 90% of them….however being an Airborne All American from Bragg, Ill say we have eaten Marines for lunch, LOL but we are all Brothers so ill let it pass!


    • Silver Shield

      I had no idea that you were in Airborne. My brother in law was too, good people. I of course am a little biased towards the Corps….

      We are all in this together and I love the men and hate the machine.

  • Jay

    I left a C-47 rather than get a boot in my ass.Inner peace is floating down from 3000 ft.

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