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Old 11-11-2011, 06:04 PM   #1
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USMC and USN Rules of Engagement


1. Bring a gun. Preferably, bring at least two guns. Bring all of your friends who have guns.
2. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammo is cheap. Life is expensive.
3. Only hits count. The only thing worse than a miss is a slow miss.
... 4. If your shooting stance is good, you're probably not moving fast enough nor using cover correctly.
5. Move away from your attacker. Distance is your friend. [Lateral and diagonal movement are preferred.]
6. If you can choose what to bring to a gunfight, bring a long gun and a friend with a long gun.
7. Ten years from now, no one will remember the details of caliber, stance, or tactics. They will only remember who lived.
8. If you are not shooting, you should be communicating, reloading, and running.
9. Accuracy is relative. [Most combat shooting standards will be more dependent on "pucker factor" than the inherent accuracy of the gun.]
10. Use a weapon that works every time.
11. Someday someone may kill you with your own weapon, but they should have to beat you to death with it because it is empty.
12. Always cheat; always win. If you walk away, it was a fair fight. The only unfair fight is the one you lose.
13. Always have a plan.
13.1 Have a back-up plan, because the first one won't work.
14. Use cover or concealment as much as possible. The visible target should be in FRONT of your gun.
15. Flank your adversary when possible. Protect yours.
16. Don't drop your guard.
17. Always tactical load and threat scan 360 degrees.
18. Watch their hands. Hands kill. [In God we trust. Everyone else, keep your hands where I can see them].
19. Decide to be aggressive ENOUGH, quickly ENOUGH.
20. The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get.
21. Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet.
22. Be courteous to everyone, friendly to no one.


1. Adopt an aggressive offshore posture.
2. Drink coffee.
3. Send in the Marines.

PS: Happy Veteran's Day Shipmates
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Old 11-11-2011, 06:56 PM   #2
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Old 11-12-2011, 04:49 AM   #3
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Thank God for the Marines so us Swabbies would not have to spill our coffee. :-)
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Old 11-12-2011, 06:04 AM   #4
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"In the beginning was the word and the word was God. In the beginning was God and all else was darkness and void, and without form, so God created the heavens and earth. He created the sun and the moon and the stars, so light might pierce the darkness. The Earth, God divided between the land and the sea, and these he filled with many assorted creatures. The dark, salty, slimy, creatures which inhabited the murky depths of the ocean he called Sailors.

God dressed them accordingly, they had little trousers that had bells at the bottom and their shirts had cute little flaps on them and they wore funny looking hats. He gave them long sideburns and beards and nicknamed them "squids". They were banished to a lifetime at sea so normal folks would not have to associate with them. To fully identify these unloved creatures, he called them "petty" and "commodore" instead of titles worthy of red blooded men. The flaky creatures of the land God called soldiers, and with a twinkle in the eye and a sense of humor only God could have made their trousers to short and their covers to large.

He made their pockets oversized so they could warm their hands. To adorn their uniforms God gave them badges in quantities only a dime store owner could appreciate. He gave them emblems and crest and all kinds of shiny things that glittered. (When you are God you tend to get carried away) On the sixth day God thought of creating some air creatures for which he designed a greyhound bus uniform. He discarded the idea during the first week, and it wasn't until years later that some apostles resurrected this theme and established what we now know as the "wild blue yonder wonders".

On the seventh day as you know God rested. On the 8th day at 0530, God looked down upon the Earth and was not happy. God was just not happy !! He thought about his labors and in his divine wisdom, God created a divine creature. This creature he called "Marine" and the Marines, God created in his own image were to be of the air ,land, and sea. God gave them wonderful uniforms, some were green and some were blue with red trim. In the early days some uniforms were a beautiful tan. He gave them practical fighting uniforms to wage war against Satan and evil. He gave them service uniforms for there daily work and training. He gave them evening and dress uniforms...sharp and stylish. He also gave them swords so people who were not impressed could be dealt with accordingly. On the 8th day God looked down upon Earth and saw that it was good. But was God happy? No God was still not happy, because in the course of his labors he forgot one thing, he did not have a uniform for himself. He thought about it and thought about it and finally satisfied himself in knowing that we'll......Not everyone can be a Marine!!!!"

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Old 11-12-2011, 08:03 AM   #5
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Sea going Bell Hops, and Dixie Cups, what a combination.....LOL
I hope all vets and servicemen and women had a enjoyable Vetrans Day.

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Old 11-13-2011, 06:34 AM   #6
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Gotta love rule 12, I remember very well sitting on my bucket on the company street outside the quonset hut at MCRD and having the DI tell us this.
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Hooahhhh!!!!!! from the Army to all vets, well done!
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