The Basic Military Rules

The Basic Military Rules:

Marine Corps Rules:

01. Be courteous to everyone, friendly to no one.

02. Decide to be aggressive enough, quickly enough.

03. Have a plan.

04. Have a back-up plan, because the first one probably won’t work.

05. Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.

06. Do not attend a gunfight with a handgun whose caliber does not start with a ‘4.’

07. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammo is cheap. Life is expensive.

08. Move away from your attacker. Distance is your friend (Lateral & diagonal preferred.)

09. 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.

Navy SEAL 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 LTs; it can get you killed.

6. Call in air strike on suspected targets.

7. Curse bitterly.

US Air Force Rules:

01. Have a cocktail.

02. Adjust temperature on air-conditioner.

03. See what’s on HBO.

04. Ask ‘What is a gunfight?’

05. Request more funding from Congress with a ‘killer’ Power Point presentation.

06. Wine & dine ”key’ Congressmen, invite DOD & defense industry executives.

07. Receive funding, set up new command and assemble assets.

08. Declare the assets ‘strategic’ and never deploy them operationally.

09. 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

Go Navy!

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18 comments


  • Salinas

    In France for the air force (armée de l’air ) we say : little army, a lot of air…(un peu d’armée, beaucoup d’air.)
    French Troupes de Marine.


  • RT

    Numbers 4 and 7 are BS. Vietnam 1966/1967 in Leatherneck Square and the only army around were some twin 40’s for perimeter guard…..RT


  • Nick 0311

    At some point during my short time in “The Corps” I heard this,not really a rule. but “When you’re marching you ain’t fighting ” Nick 0311 67-68


  • Rustytruck

    Sgt. Grit missed this part, because nobody ever sees it which means it was successful:

    US Army Spec Forces rules:

    1. Curse bitterly when receiving operational order.

    2. Make sure there is extra ammo and extra coffee.

    3. Curse bitterly.

    4. Curse bitterly while providing forward recon for Marines and Seals to come in safely.

    5. Do not listen to 2nd LTs; it can get you killed.

    6. Call in air strike on suspected targets.

    7. Curse bitterly when the media gave credit to Marines and Seals but happy you were undetected. Not even sure Marines and Seals knew you were even there. Hooah!


  • HM3 David Stahmer

    You left out a small sub branch: Devil Docs 1. Patch up the winning Marines after all E-club fights with Navy personal. Fill out toe tags for the two other branches. LOL 2. Follow all Marine rules 3. Lay down life to save a Marine.


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