Murphy’s Laws of Combat…

I know most of you have heard of these but I had no idea the list was SO LONG!  I found these all over the internet and just chose several of them.

  • Friendly fire – isn’t
  • If it’s stupid and it works, it isn’t stupid
  • If at first you don’t succeed, call in an air strike
  • Never share a foxhole with anyone braver than yourself
  • Never forget that your weapon was made by the lowest bidder
  • If your attack is going well, it’s an ambush
  • The most dangerous thing in a combat zone is an officer with a map
  • The enemy diversion you’re ignoring is their main attack
  • The enemy attacks on two occasions…when they’re ready and when you’re not
  • Five second fuses always burn three seconds
  • The important things are always simple…the simple always hard
  • The easy way is always mined
  • Never draw fire; it irritates everyone around you
  • If you are short everything but the enemy, you are in a combat zone
  • When you have secured the area, make sure the enemy knows it too
  • Incoming fire always has the right of way
  • No combat ready unit has ever passed inspection
  • If the enemy is within range, so are you
  • The only thing more accurate than incoming enemy fire is incoming friendly fire
  • Things that must be shipped together as a set, aren’t
  • Radios will fail as soon as you need fire support
  • Make it too rough for the enemy to get in and you will not be able to get out
  • Professional soldiers are predictable; the world is full of dangerous amateurs
  • Military intelligence is a contradiction
  • The one item you need is always in short supply
  • Interchangable parts aren’t
  • When in doubt, empty your magazine
  • The worse the weather the more you are required to be out in it
  • To steal information from a person is called plageurism.  To steal information from the enemy is called gathering intelligence
  • 2 beers times 37 men = 49 cases
  • Don’t ever be the first, don’t ever be the last and don’t ever volunteer for anything
  • If your ambush is properly set the enemy won’t walk into it
  • The more stupid the leader is, the more important missions he is ordered to carry out
  • There is always a way and it usually doesn’t work
  • Success occurs when no one is looking, failure occurs when the CO is watching
  • As soon as you are served hot chow in the field, it rains
  • Odd objects attract fire…you are odd
  • Mine fields are not neutral
  • The only time suppressive fire works is when it is used to abandon positions
  • When the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade is not your friend
  • When the enemy is closing, the artillery will always be too long
  • Smart bombs have bad days too
  • Uncrating and assemble instructions are always inside the crate
  • If you have a personality conflict with your superior…he has the personality and you have the conflict
  • If you enter the CO’s presence with an idea, you will leave his presence with the CO’s idea
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