[TLB] [Official] Murphy's Laws of Combat

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Murphy’s Laws of Combat are known as the “Dummies” guide to combat.

In it you will find all the “bare-bone” skills needed to survive in combat.

Rules 1-10

#1 - You are not Superman

  • Do not think you can “do it alone” because you can’t

#2 - If it’s stupid but works, it isn’t stupid

  • Get the job done…that’s all that is important. Performance over appearance

#3 - Don’t look conspicuous - it draws fire

  • The bigger target/threat you pose the Enemy, the more you risk being targeted

#4 - When in doubt, empty your magazine

  • If you think a situation is going “SOUTH” (bad), do what you have to do to be safe

#5 - Never share a foxhole with anyone braver than you are

  • If you’re “stuck” with someone braver than you…you’ll be sucked into the Enemy’s wrath

#6 - Never forget that your weapon was made by the lowest bidder

  • Be prepared for Plan “B” because if something can break in combat, it will…

#7 - If your attack is going really well, it’s an ambush

  • Be wary of an “easy” fight as it might be the Enemy luring your into a trap

#8 - No plans survives the first contact intact

  • Military planning is important but are simple words on paper, executing those words is much harder to do…

#9 - All five-second grenade fuses will burn down in three seconds

  • Expect the unexpected. If things can go wrong…they will

#10 - Try to look unimportant becuase the bad guys may be low on ammo

  • The higher priority target you present, the higher priority target YOU become

Rules 11-20

#11 - If you are forward of your position, the artillery will fall short

  • Don’t blame others is you fail to coordinate correctly

#12 - The Enemy diversion you are ignoring is the main attack

  • Sometimes, things are simplier than you think

#13 - The important things are always simple

  • Drive the tank to the OBJ…

#14 - The simple things are always hard

  • Do NOT flip tank

#15 - The easy way is always mined

  • Be wary of Avenues of Approach that might just be bait…

#16 - If you are short on everything but Enemy. You are in combat

  • Do not expect to have everything you need to fight…because you won’t.

#17 - When you have secured an area, don’t forget to tell the Enemy

  • Expecting an Enemy counter-attack should ALWAYS be the norm…

#18 - Incoming fire has the right of way

  • You cannot escape effective fire so seek cover, conceal, move and then attack

#19 - Friendly fire - isn’t

  • Make sure you coordinate well with friendlies because friendly fire kills too

#20 - If the Enemy is in range, “SO ARE YOU!!!”

  • Once you have “eyes” on the Enemy…so do they ! !

Rules 21-33

#21 - No combat ready unit has ever passed inspection

  • Stop worrying about shining boots…worry about combat skills

#22 - Beer math is: 2 beers times 37 men = 49 cases

  • This helps remind us of the importance of planning supplies correctly

#23 - Body count math is: two guerillas plus one portable plus two pigs = 37 Enemy killed in action

  • I have no idea what this means…

#24 - Things that must be together to work, usually can’t be shipped together

  • Be wary of equipment that has several components to it (mortar, tripod, heavy machine gun etc)

#25 - Radio’s will fail as soon as you need fire support desperately

  • Always have Plan “B” in case your equipment fails you…

#26 - Anything can get you shot - including doing nothing

  • Remember to always improve your current situation, remaining static may not help you

#27 - Tracers work both ways

  • Tracers and IR lasers help you sight -in the Enemy AND yourself…

#28 - The only thing more accurate than incoming fire is incoming friendly fire

  • If you give your grid coordinates instead of the Enemy’s (always give distance and direction, not grids), expect to be targeted

#29 - Make it tough for the Enemy to get in and you can’t get out

  • A FOB must always have an emergency entrance/exit (and always have alternate ORPs, Rally Points, LZs, DZs etc)

#30 - If you take more than your fair share of objectives, you will have more than your fair share of objectives to take

  • Be realistic in setting your objectives or you might bite off more than you can chew

#31 - When both sides are convinced that they are about to lose, they are both right

  • Stay positive and always search for “work” to improve your situation. 1 rifleman can make the difference

#32 - Professional Soldiers are predictable, but the world is full of amateurs

  • Think outside the “box” as the Enemy might do the unexpected

#33 - Murphy was a Grunt

  • This simply let’s you understand that that Murphy is a SME (Subject Matter Expert)


As we see, Murphy’s Laws of Combat remind us to return to the “simple” combat skills.

To become great Soldiers you must “master the basics”…

Murphy’s Laws of Combat remind us just what those “basic” Soldiers skills really are ! !