Military Sayings

By SSG

MURPHY'S LAWS OF COMBAT

1. YOU ARE NOT A SUPERMAN.
2. IF IT'S STUPID BUT WORKS, IT ISN'T STUPID.
3. DON'T LOOK CONSPICUOUS- IT DRAWS FIRE. (THIS IS WHY AIRCRAFT
CARRIERS ARE CALLED BOMB MAGNETS.)
4. WHEN IN DOUBT, EMPTY YOUR MAGAZINE.
5. NEVER SHARE A FOXHOLE WITH ANYONE BRAVER THAN YOU ARE.
6. NEVER FORGET THAT YOUR WEAPON IS MADE BY THE LOWEST
BIDDER.
7. IF YOUR ATTACK IS GOING REALLY WELL, IT'S AN AMBUSH.
8. NO PLAN SURVIVES THE FIRST CONTACT INTACT.
9. ALL 5-SECOND GRENADE FUSES WILL BURN DOWN IN 3-SECONDS.
10. TRY TO LOOK UNIMPORTANT BECAUSE THE BAD GUY MAY BE LOW
ON AMMO.
11. IF YOU ARE FORWARD OF YOUR POSITION, THE ARTILLERY WILL
FALL SHORT.
12. THE ENEMY DIVERSION YOU ARE IGNORING IS THE MAIN ATTACK.
13. THE IMPORTANT THINGS ARE ALWAYS SIMPLE.
14. THE SIMPLE THINGS ARE ALWAYS HARD.
15. THE SIMPLE WAY IS ALWAYS MINED.
16. IF YOU ARE SHORT OF EVERYTHING EXCEPT ENEMIES, YOU ARE IN
COMBAT.
17. WHEN YOU HAVE SECURED AN AREA, DON'T FORGET TO TELL THE
ENEMY.
18. INCOMING FIRE HAS THE RIGHT OF WAY.
19. FRIENDLY FIRE- ISN'T.
20. IF THE ENEMY IS IN RANGE "SO ARE YOU!!!!!"
21. NO COMBAT READY UNIT HAS EVER PASSED INSPECTION.
22. BEER MATH IS: 2 BEERS TIMES 37 MEN = 49 CASES.
23. BODY COUNT MATH IS : 2 GUERRILLAS PLUS 1 PORTABLE PLUS 2 PIGS
= 37 ENEMIES KILLED IN ACTION.
24. THINGS THAT MUST BE TOGETHER TO WORK, USUALLY CAN'T BE
SHIPPED TOGETHER.
25. RADIO'S WILL FAIL AS SOON AS YOU NEED FIRE SUPPORT
DESPERATELY.
26. ANYTHING YOU DO CAN GET YOU SHOT, INCLUDING DOING NOTHING.
27. TRACERS WORK BOTH WAYS.
28. THE ONLY THING MORE ACCURATE THAN INCOMING FIRE IS
INCOMING FRIENDLY FIRE.
29. MAKE IT TOUGH FOR THE ENEMY TO GET IN AND YOU CAN'T GET
OUT.
30. IF YOU TAKE MORE THAN YOUR FAIR SHARE OF OBJECTIVES, YOU
WILL HAVE MORE THAN YOU FAIR SHARE OF OBJECTIVES TO TAKE.
31. WHEN BOTH SIDES ARE CONVINCED THAT THEY ARE ABOUT TO
LOSE, THEY ARE BOTH RIGHT.
32. PROFESSIONAL SOLDIERS ARE PREDICTABLE, BUT THE WORLD IS
FULL OF AMATEURS.
33. MURPHY WAS A GRUNT.
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF SPECWAR
ACCORDING TO RICHARD MARCINKO

I AM THE WAR LORD AND THE WRATHFUL GOD OF COMBAT AND I WILL ALWAYS LEAD
YOU FROM THE FRONT, NOT THE REAR.
I WILL TREAT YOU ALL ALIKE - JUST LIKE SHIT.
THOU SHALT DO NOTHING I WILL NOT DO FIRST, AND THUS YOU WILL BE CREATED
WARRIORS IN MY DEADLY IMAGE.
I SHALL PUNISH THY BODIES BECAUSE THE MORE THOU SWEATEST IN TRAINING, THE
LESS THOU BLEED IN COMBAT.
INDEED, IF THOU HURTETH IN THY EFFORTS AND THOU SUFFERS PAINFUL DINGS, THOU
ARE DOING IT RIGHT.
THOU HAS NOT TO LIKE IT - THOU HAST JUST TO DO IT.
THOU SHALL KEEP IT SIMPLE, STUPID.
THOU SHALL NEVER ASSUME.
VERILY, THOU ART NOT PAID FOR THY METHODS, BUT FOR THY RESULTS, BY WHICH
MEANETH THOU SHALL KILL THINE ENEMY BY ANY MEANS AVAILABLE BEFORE HE
KILLETH YOU.
THOU SHALL, IN THY WARRIORS MIND AND SOUL, ALWAYS REMEMBER MY FINAL AND
ULTIMATE COMMANDMENT: THERE ARE NO RULES - THOU SHALL WIN AT ALL COST.


MY RIFLE: THE CREED OF A UNITED STATES MARINE

THIS IS MY RIFLE. THERE ARE MANY LIKE IT BUT THIS ONE IS MINE.

MY RIFLE IS MY BEST FRIEND. IT IS MY LIFE. I MUST MASTER IT AS I MUST
MASTER MY LIFE.

MY RIFLE WITHOUT ME IS USELESS. WITHOUT MY RIFLE, I AM USELESS. I MUST
FIRE MY RIFLE TRUE. I MUST SHOOT STRAIGHTER THAN MY ENEMY WHO IS TRYING TO
KILL ME. I MUST SHOOT HIM BEFORE HE SHOOTS ME. I WILL.

MY RIFLE AND I KNOW WHAT COUNTS IN THE WAR IS NOT THE ROUNDS WE FIRE,
THE NOISE OF OUR BURST, NOR THE SMOKE THAT WE MAKE. WE KNOW IT IS THE HIT
THAT COUNTS. WE WILL HIT.

MY RIFLE IS HUMAN, EVEN AS I AM HUMAN, BECAUSE IT IS MY LIFE. THUS, I
WILL LEARN IT LIKE A BROTHER. I WILL LEARN IT'S WEAKNESSES, ITS STRENGTH, ITS
PARTS, ITS ACCESSORIES, ITS SIGHT, ITS BARREL. I WILL GUARD IT AGAINST THE
RAVAGES OF WEATHER AND DAMAGE. I WILL KEEP MY RIFLE CLEAN AND READY, EVEN
AS I AM CLEAN AND READY. WE WILL BECOME A PART OF EACH OTHER. WE WILL.

BEFORE GOD I SWEAR THIS CREED. MY RIFLE AND I ARE DEFENDERS OF OUR
COUNTRY. WE ARE THE SAVIORS MY LIFE.

SO BE IT, UNTIL VICTORY IS AMERICA'S AND THERE IS NO ENEMY, BUT PEACE!


MAJOR ROGER'S STANDING ORDERS

1. DON'T FORGET NOTHING
2. HAVE YOUR MUSKET CLEAN AS A WHISTLE, HATCHET SCOURED, SIXTY ROUND
POWDER AND BALL, AND BE READY TO MARCH AT A MOMENTS NOTICED.
3. WHEN YOU'RE ON THE MARCH, ACT AS YOU WOULD IF YOU WAS SNEAKING UP ON A
DEER. SEE THE ENEMY FIRST.
4. TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT WHAT YOU SEE AND WHAT YOU DO. THERE IS AN ARMY
DEPENDING ON US FOR CORRECT INFORMATION. YOU CAN LIE ALL YOU PLEASE WHEN
YOU TELL OTHER FOLKS ABOUT THE RANGERS, BUT DON'T LIE TO A RANGER OR
OFFICER.
5. DON'T NEVER TAKE A CHANCE WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE TO.
6. WHEN WE'RE ON THE MARCH WE MARCH SINGLE FILE, FAR ENOUGH APART SO ONE
SHOT CAN'T GO THROUGH TO MEN.
7. IF WE STRIKE SWAMP, OR SOFT GROUND, WE SPREAD OUT ABREAST, SO IT'S HARD TO
TRACK US.
8. WHEN WE MARCH, WE KEEP MOVING TILL DARK, SO AS TO GIVE THE ENEMY THE
LEAST POSSIBLE CHANCE AT US.
9. WHEN WE CAMP, HALF THE PARTY STAYS AWAKE WHILE THE OTHER HALF SLEEPS.
10.IF WE TAKE PRISONERS, WE KEEP 'EM SEPARATE TILL WE HAVE HAD TIME TO
EXAMINE THEM, SO THEY CAN'T COOK UP A STORY BETWEEN 'EM.
11. DON'T EVER MARCH HOME THE SAME WAY. TAKE A DIFFERENT ROUTE SO YOU
WON'T BE AMBUSHED.
12. NO MATTER WHETHER WE TRAVEL IN BIG PARTIES OR LITTLE ONES, EACH PARTY
HAS TO KEEP A SCOUT 20 YARDS AHEAD, TWENTY YARDS ON EACH FLANK, AND
TWENTY YARDS IN THE REAR, SO THE MAIN BODY A SUPERIOR FORCE.
14. DON'T SIT DOWN TO EAT WITHOUT POSTING SENTRIES.
15. DON'T SLEEP BEYOND DAWN. DAWN'S WHEN THE FRENCH AND INDIANS ATTACK.
16. DON'T CROSS A RIVER BY A REGULAR FORD.
17. IF SOMEBODY'S TRAILING YOU, MAKE A CIRCLE, COME BACK TO YOUR OWN TRACKS,
AND AMBUSH THE FOLKS THAT AIM TO AMBUSH YOU.
18. DON'T STAND UP WHEN THE ENEMY'S COMING AGAINST YOU. KNEEL DOWN, LIE
DOWN, HIDE BEHIND A TREE.
19. LET THE ENEMY COME TILL HE'S ALMOST CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH. THEN LET HIM
HAVE IT AND JUMP OUT AND FINISH HIM WITH YOUR HATCHET.



THE SPECIAL FORCES CREED

I AM AN AMERICAN SPECIAL FORCES SOLIDER!
A PROFESSIONAL!
I AM A VOLUNTEER, KNOWING WELL THE HAZARDS OF MY PROFESSION;
I SERVE WITH THE MEMORY OF THOSE WHO HAVE GONE BEFORE ME;
ROGER'S RANGERS, FRANCIS MARION MOSBY'S RANGERS, THE
FIRST SPECIAL SERVICE FORCES, AND RANGER BATTALIONS OF
WORLD WAR 2, THE AIRBORNE RANGERS CAMPAIGNS OF KOREA.
I PLEDGE TO UPHOLD THE HONOR AND INTEGRITY OF ALL I AM IN ALL I
DO.
I AM A PROFESSIONAL SOLIDER: I WILL TEACH AND FIGHT WHEREVER
MY NATION REQUIRE.
I WILL STRIVE ALWAYS TO EXCEL IN EVERY ART AND ARTIFICE OF WAR.
I KNOW I WILL BE CALLED UPON TO PERFORM TASKS IN ISOLATION,
FAR FROM FAMILIAR FACES AND VOICES; WITH HELP AND GUIDANCE
OF MY GOD I WILL CONQUER MY FEARS AND SUCCEED.
I WILL KEEP MY MIND AND BODY CLEAN, ALERT, AND STRONG; FOR THIS
IS MY DEBT TO THOSE WHO DEPEND UPON ME.
I WILL NOT FAIL THOSE WITH WHOM I SERVE.
I WILL NOT BRING SHAME UPON MYSELF OR THE FORCES.
I WILL MAINTAIN MYSELF, MY ARMS, AND MY EQUIPMENT IN AN
IMMACULATE STATE AS BENEFITS A SPECIAL FORCES SOLIDER.
I WILL NEVER SURRENDER THOUGH BE THE LAST; IF I AM TAKEN I PRAY
THAT I HAVE THE STRENGTH TO SPIT UPON MY ENEMY.
MY GOAL IS TO SUCCEED IN ANY MISSION AND TO LIVE TO SUCCEED
AGAIN.
I AM A MEMBER OF MY NATION'S CHOSEN SOLDIERY; GOD GRANT THAT I
MAY NOT BE FOUND WANTING, THAT I WILL NOT FAIL THIS SACRED TRUST.