Murphy's Laws Of Combat Operations

Friendly Fire - Isn't

Recoilless Rifles - Aren't

Suppressive Fires - Won't

You Are Not Superman
Marines And Fighter Pilots Take Note

A Sucking Chest Wound Is Nature's Way Of Telling You To Slow Down

If It's Stupid But It Works
It Isn't Stupid

Try To Look Unimportant
The Enemy May Be Low On Ammo And Not Want To Waste A Bullet On You

If At First You Don't Succeed
Call In An Airstrike

If You Are Forward Of Your Position
Your Artillery Will Fall Short

Never Share A Foxhole With Anyone Braver Than Yourself

Never Go To Bed With Anyone Crazier Than Yourself

Never Forget That Your Weapon Was Made By The Lowest Bidder

If Your Attack Is Going Really Well
It's An Ambush

The Enemy Diversion You're Ignoring Is Their Main Attack

The Enemy Invariably Attacks On Two Occasions
When They're Ready
And When You're Not

There Is No Such Thing As A Perfect Plan

Five Second Fuses Always Burn In Three Seconds

There Is No Such Thing As An Atheist In A Foxhole

A Retreating Enemy Is Probably Just Falling Back And Regrouping

The Important Things Are Always Simple
The Simple Are Always Hard

The Easy Way Is Always Mined

Teamwork Is Essential
It Gives The Enemy Other People To Shoot At

Don't Look Conspicuous
It Draws Fire
For This Reason
It Is Not At All Uncommon For Aircraft Carriers To Be Known As Bomb Magnets

Never Draw Fire
It Irritates Everyone Around You

If You Are Short Of Everything But The Enemy
You Are In The Combat Zone

When You Have Secured The Area
Make Sure The Enemy Knows It Too

Incoming Fire Has The Right Of Way

No Combat Ready Unit Has Ever Passed Inspection

No Inspection Ready Unit Has Ever Passed Combat

If The Enemy Is Within Range
So Are You

The Only Thing More Accurate Than Incoming Enemy Fire Is Incoming Friendly Fire

Things Which Must Be Shipped Together As A Set
Aren't

Things That Must Work Together
Can't Be Carried To The Field That Way

Radios Will Fail As Soon As You Need Fire Support

Anything You Do Can Get You Killed
Including Nothing

Make It Too Tough For The Enemy To Get In
And You Won't Be Able To Get Out

Tracer Rounds Work Both Ways

If You Take More Than Your Fair Share Of Objectives
You Will Get More Than Your Fair Share Of Objectives To Take

When Both Sides Are Convinced They're About To Lose
They're Both Right

Professional Soldiers Are Predictable
The World Is Full Of Dangerous Amateurs

Military Intelligence Is A Contradiction

Fortify Your Front
You Will Get Your Rear Shot Up

Don't Be A Legend In Your Own Mind

Weather Ain't Neutral

If You Can't Remember
The Claymore Is Pointed Towards You

Air Defense Motto
Shoot 'Em Down
Sort 'Em Out On The Ground

Flies High, It Dies
Low And Slow
It Will Go

The Cavalry Doesn't Always Come To The Rescue

Napalm Is An Area Support Weapon

Mines Are Equal Opportunity Weapons

B-52s Are The Ultimate Close Support Weapon

Sniper's Motto
Reach Out And Touch Someone

Killing For Peace Is Like Screwing For Virginity

The One Item You Need Is Always In Short Supply

Interchangeable Parts Aren't

It's Not The One With Your Name On It
It's The One Addressed
"To Whom It May Concern" That You've Got To Think About
When In Doubt
Empty Your Magazine

The Side With The Simplest Uniforms Wins

Combat Will Occur On The Ground Between Two Adjoining Maps

If The Platoon Sergeant Can SeeYou
So Can The Enemy

Never Stand When You Can Sit
Never Sit When You Can Lie Down
Never Stay Awake When You Can Sleep

The Most Dangerous Thing In The World Is
A Second Lieutenant With A Map And A Compass

Exceptions Prove The Rule And Destroy The Battle Plan
Everything Always Works In Your HQ
Everything Always Fails In The Colonel's HQ

The Enemy Never Watches Until You Make A Mistake

One Enemy Soldier Is Never Enough
But Two Is Entirely Too Many

A Clean And Dry Set Of BDU's Is A Magnet For Mud And Rain

The Worse The Weather
The More You Are Required To Be Out In It

Whenever You Have Plenty Of Ammo
You Never Miss
Whenever You Are Low On Ammo
You Can't Hit The Broad Side Of A Barn

The More A Weapon Costs
The Farther You Will Have To Send It Away To Be Repaired

The Complexity Of A Weapon
Is Inversely Proportional To The IQ Of The Weapon's Operator

Field Experience Is Something You Don't Get Until Just After You Need It

No Matter Which Way You Have To March
It's Always Uphill

If Enough Data Is Collected
A Board Of Inquiry Can Prove Anything

For Every Action
There Is An Equal And Opposite Criticism

Airstrikes Always Overshoot The Target
Artillery Always Falls Short

When Reviewing The Radio Frequencies That You Just Wrote Down
The Most Important Ones Are Always Illegible

Those Who Hesitate Under Fire Usually Do Not End Up KIA Or WIA

The Tough Part About Being An Officer Is
That The Troops Don't Know What They Want
But They Know For Certain What They Don't Want

To Steal Information From A Person Is Called Plagiarism
To Steal Information From The Enemy Is Called Gathering Intelligence

The Weapon That Usually Jams When You Need It The Most Is The M60

The Perfect Officer For The Job
Will Transfer In The Day After That Billet Is Filled By Someone Else

When You Have Sufficient Supplies Of Ammo
The Enemy Takes 2 Weeks To Attack
When You Are Low On Supplies Of Ammo
The Enemy Decides To Attack That Night

The Newest And Least Experienced Soldier Will Usually Win The Medal Of Honor

A Purple Heart Just Proves That You Were Smart Enough To Think Of A Plan
Stupid Enough To Try It
And Lucky Enough To Survive

Beer Math
2 Beers Times 37 Men Equals 49 Cases

Body Count Math
3 Guerrillas Plus 1 Probable
Plus 2 Pigs Equals 37 Enemies Killed In Action


The Bursting Radius Of A Hand Grenade
Is Always One Foot Greater Than Your Jumping Range

All-Weather Close Air Support Doesn't Work In Bad Weather

The Combat Worth Of A Unit
Is Inversely Proportional To The Smartness Of Its Outfit And Appearance

The Crucial Round Is A Dud

Every Command Which Can Be Misunderstood
Will Be

There Is No Such Place As A Convenient Foxhole

Don't Ever Be The First
Don't Ever Be The Last
And Don't Ever Volunteer To Do Anything

If Your Positions Are Firmly Set
And You Are Prepared To Take The Enemy Assault Headon
He Will Bypass You

If Your Ambush Is Properly Set
The Enemy Won't Walk Into It

If Your Flank March Is Going Well
The Enemy Expects You To Outflank Him

Density Of Fire Increases Proportionally To The Curiousness Of The Target

Odd Objects Attract Fire
Never Lurk Behind One

The More Stupid The Leader Is
The More Important Missions He Is Ordered To Carry Out

The Self-Importance Of A Superior
Is Inversely Proportional To His Position In The Hierarchy
As Is His Deviousness And Mischievousness

There Is Always A Way
And It Usually Doesn't Work

Success Occurs When No One Is Looking
Failure Occurs When The General Is watching

The Enemy Never Monitors Your Radio Frequency
Until You Broadcast On An Unsecured Channel

Whenever You Drop Your Equipment In A Fire-Fight
Your Ammo And Grenades Always Fall The Farthest Away
And Your Canteen Always Lands At Your Feet

As Soon As You Are Served Hot Chow In The Field
It Rains

Never TellTthe Platoon Sergeant You Have Nothing To Do

The Seriousness Of A Wound In A Fire-Fight
Is Inversely Proportional To The Distance To Any Form Of Cover

Walking Point Equals Sniper Bait

Your Bivouac For The Night
Is The Spot Where You Got Tired Of Marching That Day

If Only One Solution Can Be Found For A Field Problem
Then It Is Usually A Stupid Solution

All Or Any Of The Above Combined


Movies About Vietnam

The Killing Fields
Good Morning, Vietnam
The Boys in Company C
Platoon
Platoon Leader
The 317th Platoon
Born On The Fourth Of July
Full Metal Jacket
Hamburger Hill
Heaven And Earth
84 Charlie Mopic
Apocalypse Now--Not A Very Good Movie
Casualties Of War
The Deer Hunter
The Making Of Miss Saigon
Saigon: Year Of The Cat
Jacknife
Birdy
Jacob's Ladder


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