Rules of Engagement: Marine Corps, Army, Navy SEALS, Army Rangers, Army RECON, Air Force, Navy


The armed services has carefully outlined rules for engagement of the enemy and the use of deadly force. The USNA-At-Large and Don Rockwell have passed along to us this unclassifed (or so Your Business Blogger hopes) listing for each service.

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 & diagonal preferred.)

9. Use cover or concealment as much as possible.

10. Flank your adversary when possible. Protect yours.

11. Always win. There is no unfair fight.

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.

Navy SEAL’s Rules

1. Look very cool in sunglasses.

2. Kill every living thing within view

3. Adjust speedo.

4. Check hair in mirror.

US Army Rangers Rules

1. Walk in 50 miles wearing 75 pound rucksack while starving.

2. Locate individuals requiring killing.

3. Request permission via radio from “Higher” to perform killing.

4. Curse bitterly when mission is aborted.

5. Walk out 50 miles wearing a 75 pound rucksack while starving

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 LT’s; it can get you killed.

6. Curse bitterly.


1. Slip silently into area of operations.

2. Kill anything that moves or breathes.

3. Sneak out of area of operations.

4. Haul @ss to the LZ for the pickup.

5 Call in heavy artillery and an air strike to cover up infiltration activity.

6. Destroy all maps and reference materials.

7. Play dumb when you return to firebase.

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 & dine ‘key’ Congressmen, invite DOD & 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


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5 Responses

  1. UK army rules:

    1. Deploy

    2. Drink tea.

    3. Complain about American army. Offer them tea anyway.

    4. Do a few patrols, kill a few insurgents.

    6. Recall, because the people back home are losing interest in the war.

  2. Correction:

    6. Lose one soldier, see his face all over the news, be recalled because the moment there is a human face on friendly casualties the public loses its stomach.

  3. john cummings says:

    14. Conserve ammo. Use knife.

  4. kenny komodo says:

    RE: U.S Navy Rules

    4. Deploy Coasties (sometimes we carry coast guard crews when engaged in drug interdiction ops)

    5. Launch aircraft.

    6. Recover aircraft.

    7. Celebrate deaths of terrorists.

  5. Jason says:

    Canadian Army
    1. Drink beer
    2. Clean your Lee Enfeild
    3. Go into combat horribly unprepared
    4. Win anyway
    5. Repeat