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Sent by Mike Gottert If you can see the flashes from the enemies' guns in battle, he can see yours too.

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Flashlights, lighters and matches don't just illuminate the surrounding area; they illuminate you too. Just because you have nearly impenetrable body armor and a hard-ass Kevlar helmet, doesn't mean you don't have exposed areas. There are few times when the enemy can't hear you: When he's dead, you're dead, or both.

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Addendum: When he's not there, when you're not there, or both. Never cover a dead body with your own in hopes of looking like you're one of the casualties. Even using his cadaver is a stretch to avoid being shot "just in case. The last seven laws were sent by Charlie. Complain about the rations all you want, but just remember; they could very well be your last meal. Never underestimate the ability of the brass to foul things up.

You have two mortal enemies in combat; the opposing side and your own rear services. You think the enemy has better artillery support and the enemy thinks yours is better; you're both right. Three things you will never see in combat; hot chow, hot showers, and an uninterrupted night's sleep. The last six laws were sent by Donald J. Don't be a hero Sent by Bo Zhang Once you are in the fight it is way too late to wonder if this is a good idea.

NEVER get into a fight without more ammunition that the other guy. Cover your Buddy, so he can be around to cover for you.

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Decisions made by someone over your head will seldom be in your best interest. Sometimes, being good and lucky still is not enough. If the rear echelon troops are really happy, the front line troops probably do not have what they need. If you are wearing body armor they will probably miss that part. Happiness is a belt fed weapon. Having all your body parts intact and functioning at the end of the day beats the alternative If you are allergic to lead it is best to avoid a war zone.

Hot garrison chow is better than hot C-rations which, in turn, are better than cold C-rations, which are better than no food at all.

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All of these, however, are preferable to cold rice balls even if they do have little pieces of fish in them. A free fire zone has nothing to do with economics. Medals are OK, but having your body and all your friends in one piece at the end of the day is better.

Being shot hurts. Thousands of Veterans earned medals for bravery every day. A few were even awarded. There is only one rule in war: When you win, you get to make up the rules. C-4 can make a dull day fun. There is no such thing as a fair fight -- only ones where you win or lose. If you win the battle you are entitled to the spoils. If you lose you don't care.

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Nobody cares what you did yesterday or what you are going to do tomorrow. What is important is what you are doing -- NOW -- to solve our problem. Always make sure someone has a can opener. Prayer may not help. Flying is better than walking.

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Walking is better than running. Running is better than crawling. All of these, however, are better than extraction by a Med-Evac even if it is, technically, a form of flying. If everyone does not come home none of the rest of us can ever fully come home either. Carrying any weapon that you weren't issued e.

A combat vet will know the sound of an unfamiliar weapon in an instant and will point and shoot. Not only that, AKs use green tracers which mean "shoot 'em all and let God sort them out". As has been noted, "Friendly fire isn't! Sent by Joe Garcia Always keep one bullet in the chamber when changing your magazine. Sent by J. In peacetime people say, "War is Hell". In combat, under fire from artillery, airplanes, or whatever, a soldier thinks, "War is really really really LOUD as Hell!!!

When you get the coveted 1, yard stare, don't forget about the enemy who is 30 yards away and about to pop your ass. Stay away from officers in combat, they're clever decoys for noncoms. If you think you don't need something for your combat load for an OP PLAN, you'll probably wish you had it after the shit hits the fan in combat.

Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. The last six laws were sent by Michael Desai Failure of plan A will directly affect your ability to carry out plan B. Sent by Lenny Quites If you drop a soldier in the middle of a desert with a rock, a hammer, and an anvil, tell him not to touch any of it, and come back two hours later, the anvil will be broken.

Sent by Darrell A. Pierce War does not determine who is right, war determines who is left. Sent by Quenya. Lackland's Laws: Never be first. Never be last.

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Never volunteer for anythin An escaping soldier can be used again. Sent by Asier Zabarte If you think you'll die, don't worry you won't. Near death, but still a live? There is nothing wrong with physics.

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God doesn't like you. It is better to be lucky than good in the battlefield. Sent by Rob If it's worth fighting for Sent by former Lt. Harper Vietnam '65 if god wanted boots to be comfortable he would have designed them like running shoes. Sent by Pv1 Goetze If you survive the extraordinary things, it will often be the little things that will kill you.

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Give an order, then change the order, will get you disorder. Sent by Samuel You never have fire support in heavy firefight but you always have it on a silent recon mission Sent by Roswell Revision to Marine Corp.