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How One Woman Serves the Military

June 2, 2008 | By | No Comments

Remembering the fallen

Watch the video

courtesy: Military Times

Alert Readers know that Your Business Blogger(R) does not care to see women any where near combat.

Real men fight their own battles.

Real men fight their country’s battles.

Watch how How One Woman Serves. This is why men fight. She is why families sacrifice.


Thank you (foot)notes:


The forward torpedo room Pictured is the Penta-Posse on the retired submarine USS Becuna moored at Philadelphia. This highlights the close quarters men and women would live for months at a time under a Obamanation.

When boys and girls are close together, they get, well, close together.

The Navy will not tell us how many women get pregnant.

Our guess is that the pregnancy numbers are so high that the politically correct Navy will not disclose the prego incidents for fear of feminists. One anonymous service member said that the only women not getting pregnant in the military are the lesbians.

Barack X. Obama, the metro-sexual, girlie-man plans to put women in land combat, in harm’s way and into submarines.

He is not quite a real man.

John McCain does not want women on submarines or in combat. He is a real man. With the scars to prove it.

McCain gives us his body once broken. Obama has never broken a sweat. Never had a blister, the poor sweet man.

Our poor country…

Your Business Blogger(R) was once honored to give a speech to some sub vets,

Submariners’ Memorial Service, Saturday May 13, 2000, Outer Banks, North Carolina

Debt of Honor

It is an honor to join you here today and remember the submariners “still on patrol.” And to remember our debt of honor due. I’ve asked my son, John, to join us today — a day I expect him to remember and take to his grave.

During World War II, my dad, a teenager from New Jersey, left high school, went to submarine school and was assigned to the USS Bonefish.

When John saw previews of the blockbuster movie U-571, he asked if it was about his grandfather. The movie is a story about honor, courage, strength, character, what being a man, a warrior really is. Yes John, your grandfather was in the movie, and so were each of the submariners here today.

But in the movie the men came home. We are here today for the men who didn’t.

The only women on submarines during WWII were the Korean “Comfort Women” used as sex slaves on the Japanese boats. We won that war.

MEDIA ALERT: Charmaine on Martha McCallum at FOX News

May 27, 2008 | By | No Comments


Martha McCallum on FOX Charmaine will be appearing on the FOX News Live Desk with Martha McCallum to discuss today’s hot topics:

Clinton’s undisciplined messaging; McCain invites Obama to Iraq; Allergic to WiFi under ADA?

Alert Readers might be interested in our recent article in National Review Online by Your Business Blogger(R) and Charmaine on Hillary Clinton’s management style: The woman can’t manage. “Bad Management

Hit time is 1pm eastern on FOX News.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Please email us your comments.

See Does Wi-Fi Violate the ADA?

I’m dubious that this is a violation of the ADA. If the plaintiffs feel the effects of Wi-Fi signals even inside their specially protected homes, it’s hard to see how the city (which has got to be an awfully minor contributor to the aggregate Wi-Fi signals within its boundaries) could reasonably modify its policies and practices to avoid the problems these plaintiffs are facing.

USAToday, Allergic to WiFi? Group fights Internet hotspots in Santa Fe,

[t]he World Health Organization says there’s little to suggest that electromagnetic fields are responsible for the “range of non-specific symptoms” that such sufferers have described.

“A number of studies have been conducted where [electromagnetic hypersensitivity] individuals were exposed to [electromagnetic fields] similar to those that they attributed to the cause of their symptoms. The aim was to elicit symptoms under controlled laboratory conditions,” the organization says. “The majority of studies indicate that EHS individuals cannot detect EMF exposure any more accurately than non-EHS individuals. Well controlled and conducted double-blind studies have shown that symptoms were not correlated with EMF exposure.”

The World Health Organization reports on This reputed sensitivity to EMF has been generally termed “electromagnetic hypersensitivity” or EHS,

A number of studies have been conducted where EHS individuals were exposed to EMF similar to those that they attributed to the cause of their symptoms. The aim was to elicit symptoms under controlled laboratory conditions.

The majority of studies indicate that EHS individuals cannot detect EMF exposure any more accurately than non-EHS individuals. Well controlled and conducted double-blind studies have shown that symptoms were not correlated with EMF exposure.

It has been suggested that symptoms experienced by some EHS individuals might arise from environmental factors unrelated to EMF. Examples may include “flicker” from fluorescent lights, glare and other visual problems with VDUs, and poor ergonomic design of computer workstations. Other factors that may play a role include poor indoor air quality or stress in the workplace or living environment.

There are also some indications that these symptoms may be due to pre-existing psychiatric conditions as well as stress reactions as a result of worrying about EMF health effects, rather than the EMF exposure itself.

From TechDirt, If You’re Going To Claim That WiFi Violates The ADA, Shouldn’t You Need To Prove It Actually Hurts People?

Memorial Day: 2008, Danny Boy

May 24, 2008 | By | No Comments


The Penta-Posse at

Arlington National Cemetary, 2005 Our good friend Mackubin Owens, Ph.D., has a terrific article up on NRO, Mystic Chords of Memory, From America’s Founding, to the sacrifices of her sons and daughters, we remember.

This weekend, we mark the 140th anniversary of the first official observation of the holiday we now call Memorial Day, as established by General John A. Logan’s “General Order No. 11” of the Grand Army of the Republic dated 5 May, 1868. This order reads in part: “The 30th day of May 1868 is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers and otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.” Logan’s order served to ratify a practice that was already widespread, both in the North and the South, in the years immediately following the Civil War.

Alas, for many Americans today, Memorial Day has come to signify nothing more than another three-day weekend, a mere excuse for a weekend cook-out. Such an observance of Memorial Day obscures even the vestiges of its intended meaning: a solemn time, serving both as catharsis for those who fought and survived, and to ensure that those who follow will not forget the sacrifice of those who died that the American Republic and the principles that sustain it, might live.

“Mac” continues,

Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address gives universal meaning to the particular deaths that occurred on that hallowed ground, thus allowing us to understand Memorial Day in the light of the Fourth of July, to comprehend the honorable end of the soldiers in the light of the glorious beginning and purpose of the nation. The deaths of the soldiers at Gettysburg, of those who died during the Civil War as a whole, and indeed of those who have fallen in all the wars of America, are validated by reference to the nation and its founding principles as articulated in the Declaration of Independence.

Some will object, claiming that linking Memorial Day and Independence Day glorifies war and trivializes individual loss and the end of youth and joy. How can the loved ones of a fallen soldier ever recover from such a loss? I corresponded with the mother of one of my Marines who died in Vietnam for some time after his death. He was an only child and her inconsolable pain and grief put me in mind of Rudyard Kipling’s poem, Epitaphs of the War, verse IV, “An Only Son”:

I have slain none but my mother, She

(Blessing her slayer) died of grief for me.

Kipling too, lost his only son in World War I.

But as Holmes said in 1884, “[G]rief is not the end of all. I seem to hear the funeral march become a paean. I see beyond the forest the moving banners of a hidden column. Our dead brothers still live for us, and bid us think of life, not death — of life to which in their youth they lent the passion and joy of the spring. As I listen, the great chorus of life and joy begins again, and amid the awful orchestra of seen and unseen powers and destinies of good and evil our trumpets sound once more a note of daring, hope and will.”

This Memorial Day the household of Your Business Blogger(R) will fly our Flag as we always do and remember those who “gave the last full measure” and died in service.


Dad is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. The years on his head stone tell of his full life. Our family was so lucky.

Nearby head stones tell of service men who died far too soon. Far too young. In war for us.

Danny Boy

The BalladThe Irish classic Danny Boy has a long and varied history. The following explanation is my favorite and the simplest,

Once, a long time ago there was an old man who had raised many sons who he loved dearly. A war raged over the land that they lived in and one by one he saw each of them go off to fight and not return. Then one day, as harvest time drew near, he knew that his youngest, and most precious, son would soon be going off to fight just as his brothers before him. The old man was sad and knew that he may never see his last boy alive. He looked intently at the young lad, and with tears in his eyes he sang this song.

The ballad cannot begin to reveal the emotion and the pain of fathers and mothers who bury sons in a time of war.

I do not know how families do this.

But I do know that we must be grateful.

We are so lucky. Happy Memorial Day.


Thank you (foot)notes:

See Meditation on Suffering and Sacrifice,

The famous chapel on the grounds of the United States Air Force Academy nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains is more truly a cathedral. Outwardly, it is all sleek silver-wing metal, with seventeen external buttresses, knifing severely skyward. Designed to evoke an air-frame, the architecture does not immediately summon spiritual devotion.

But cross the threshold, step inside, and one is transported to another plane. The solemn air is bathed in the soft splendor of muted light. While the stern steel silhouette dominates the external view, the interior reveals the fragile panels of stained-glass that the harsh ribs support. The intricate glass panes filter and animate the sunlight, illuminating the sacred space with almost a visual hush.

At the front of the chapel, a single row is roped off. “Reserved” the sign says, for all the United States aviators who are missing in action or prisoners of war. The only occupant of the pew is a single, burning candle.

“Greater love hath no man than this. . .” reads the plaque. The Scripture it alludes to concludes: “that a man lays down his life for his friends.”

My thoughts immediately fly to my boy, my sweet Dude, who wants to be a fighter pilot. And baby Boo, who will almost certainly want to follow his older brother. My heart blanches. How could I bear it? And yet so many other mothers — gold-star mothers — even this very day, must find a way when their sons have given the last measure of devotion.

Be sure to read Charmaine’s post from 2005, Memorial Day: Arlington National Cemetery

Danny Boy Lyrics at the jump

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U.S. Fourth Fleet Re-Establishment

April 26, 2008 | By | No Comments

A product of…

Navy Office of Information


April 24, 2008

U.S. Fourth Fleet Re-Establishment

“Re-establishing the Fourth Fleet recognizes the immense importance of maritime security in the southern part of the Western Hemisphere and signals our support and interest in the civil and military maritime services in Central and South America. Our Maritime Strategy raises the importance of working with international partners as the basis of global maritime security. This change increases our emphasis in the region on employing naval forces to build confidence and trust among nations through collective maritime security efforts that focus on common threats and mutual interests.”

– Adm. Gary Roughead, Chief of Naval Operations

After extensive consideration and consultation, the Secretary of the Navy and the CNO have concluded that there are clear and compelling reasons to re-establish Commander, U.S. Fourth Fleet Headquarters as dual-hatted with Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command.

Conducting the Maritime Strategy in a dynamic maritime region

A Fourth Fleet headquarters would be more effective in conducting the full spectrum of Maritime Strategy missions which promote and strengthen coalition building, develop partner nation capabilities and deter aggression.

• The command will provide enhanced support to U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) Operational and Contingency Plans, which are primarily maritime missions.

• As we have seen in other areas of the world, forward presence of naval forces provides regional stability and understanding of our local partners. The nation has vital interests in this dynamic region and economic stability is an imperative.

Ensuring optimal support to SOUTHCOM

Re-establishing a fleet-level staff will ensure optimal support to U.S. Southern Command through:

• Improved alignment for implementation of the Maritime Headquarters with Maritime Operation Center (MHQ/MOC) to enhance operational collaboration and exchange of information with regional maritime partners to improve regional maritime security activities.

• Operational compatibility with other Fleets including force management and resource allocation.

Demonstrating commitment to the SOUTHCOM region

SOUTHCOM is a maritime theater with more than 30 countries and about 15.6 million square miles of water.

• Designation as a numbered U.S. Navy fleet signals to civil and military maritime services in Central and South America our recognition of the importance of maritime security in the southern Western Hemisphere.

• Recent deployments to the region in 2007 include USNS Comfort, the USS Wasp Expeditionary Strike Group, HSV Swift Global Fleet Station pilot, and Partnership of the Americas (POA).

• Current and upcoming deployments include humanitarian assistance/disaster response deployment Continuing Promise and the ongoing POA 2008 which includes the annual multinational exercise UNITAS, hosted this year by Brazil and Peru; and FA PANAMAX, hosted each year by Panama.

Key Messages

Facts & Figures

• A Fourth Fleet headquarters will be more effective in conducting the full spectrum of operations to promote and strengthen coalition building, develop partner nation capabilities and deter aggression.

• The United States has vital national interests in this dynamic region of the world. Regional economic stability is a must.

• Re-establishing the Fourth Fleet elevates the attention this area will receive.

• Approximately 40% of U.S. trade and 50% of oil imports are within this hemisphere, including more than 33% of U.S. energy imports.

• Approximately 50% of Latin American exports go to the United States.

• The command will initially be in Mayport, Fla. and use existing infrastructure and personnel.

• Fourth Fleet will not control ships in Mayport.

Thank you (foot)note to John Howland.

USS Scorpion Lost A Remembrance

April 24, 2008 | By | One Comment

Your Business Blogger(R) has an old article at National Review Online about the loss of the submarine,

Five Days in May: The loss of the USS Scorpion.

By Jack Yoest

Yolanda Mazzuchi was about the prettiest girl in our school class. Our dads were in the Navy, often gone for months at a time. And they would be welcomed home at dockside with cheers and homemade signs. These gatherings at the D&S Piers at the Naval Base in Norfolk, Virginia, were a regular part of our lives growing up. Families often took children out of school to celebrate a ship’s homecoming.

At 1 in the afternoon on Monday, May 27, 1968, at the height of the Cold War the USS Scorpion was due in port.

Yolanda didn’t know it then, but her dad was already dead….

Follows is an invitation to the 40th Anniversary Memorial Weekend for the USS Scorpion.

April 24, 2008

Dear USS Scorpion Families / Shipmates / Friends:

MaryEtta and I hope you have made your reservations at Norfolk’s Downtown Radison Hotel for the USS Scorpion, SSN-589 40th Anniversary Memorial Service weekend. The program has been finalized and we are honored to have Vice Admiral John J. Donnelly, Commander, Submarine Forces, as our keynote speaker at the memorial service. We have a full weekend planned, thanks to our sponsors and your support of our T-shirt sale.

After checking-in at the Radison, please join us in the USS Scorpion, SSN-589 Hospitality Room. There you can pick up all the information for the weekend activities as well as reuniting with old friends. The room will be open all day and well into the evening, so if you are staying at another location, please come by and say hello.

***Note to USS Scorpion family members and crew***

The Newport News Father Bader Assembly of the Knights of Columbus is hosting a picnic at Fleet Park starting at 1:00 PM on Saturday in honor of the USS Scorpion family and former crewmembers. This is a ticketed event, so please see Barbara Lake in the Hospitality Room to receive your tickets. If you can’t pick them up on Friday, please see me before or after the memorial service.

This will be the last mailing we will be sending out before the memorial service. As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to call Mary Etta…. I will have my cell phone on all weekend if anyone needs assistance or information.

Attached you will find the full schedule events. Look forward to seeing everyone very soon.


Art Nolan

In honor of Wally Bishop, Chief of the Boat

More at the jump.

Thank you to John Howland at USNA-AT-LARGE

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Chief of Naval Operations on PBS Series Carrier

April 9, 2008 | By | No Comments

Our liberal friends at PBS have put together a program on the Navy.

Remember, any time ‘Hollywood’ gets near the military, the result always degenerates to an anti-war film.


USS Nimitz From: Chief of Naval Operations…

Beginning Sunday, April 27, PBS will air a reality-TV documentary

entitled “CARRIER”, filmed while the production company was embarked

during the entire USS NIMITZ’s 2005 deployment. The program will air

over five nights from Sunday, April 27, to Thursday, May 1, 2008,

9:00-11:00 p.m. ET.

Ten hours of film will be aired, selected from almost 2,000 hours that

were shot over the course of a 6-month deployment to CENTCOM. I have

viewed the production and want to share context and some thoughts

with you.

While “Carrier” shows the outstanding work our young Sailors do every

day and the opportunities the Navy offers, it also shows Sailors

making mistakes in their personal and professional lives. The

snapshot is frank and may be somewhat disconcerting to some who came

into the Navy some time ago. However, that said, I believe it will

also resonate with a significant segment of our country, especially

potential recruits and young Sailors serving today.

1) What we did. We provided unprecedented access to our Sailors,

and this production tells their story in a very personal way. There

is no narrator — the stories are told by the Sailors themselves.

You get unvarnished views from junior personnel about their hopes,

aspirations, and challenges of life in the Navy aboard the carrier.

We did not get between the film crews and the Sailors.

2) What we got. The production highlights the racial, gender,

religious, and socio-economic diversity of our Navy. The hard work

our Sailors perform and the remarkable feat of forging thousands of

individuals on a carrier into a truly unique team really shines

through. Culling through hundreds of hours of video, the producers

created a 10-hour reality-TV documentary that shows selected aspects

of our Sailors’ personal and professional challenges. The

cinematography is very high quality and the visuals and music are

sure to appeal to younger audiences.

3) What we did not get. We did not get a Navy “commercial” in the

traditional sense. “CARRIER” is very different from the hardware

documentaries we have supported in the past. This program focuses on

our people and the reality-TV approach gives it a sense of

authenticity and credibility. Since we did not monitor the

individual interviews and ongoing production, the program contains

material that does not always and fully represent the discipline,

values and mission of the U.S. Navy.

You will see some Sailors making personal and professional mistakes,

and expressing opinions that are different from the Navy’s. However,

the production shows that these are the exception, not the norm, and

that leadership is engaged to shape lives and appropriate outcomes.

There are abundant examples of how the Navy changed Sailors’ lives

for the better by giving them opportunities and a disciplined


4) Why did we agree to the project? This production, although not an

all-inclusive picture of the Navy, will give potential recruits and

those who influence them a glimpse of what life is really like in the

Navy. We want the American people to know, understand and appreciate

the contribution our Sailors make each and every day while deployed

around the world. We also want them to know us, not as a monolithic

bureaucratic entity, but as a diverse organization of individual

Americans who have set aside the comforts of home and have put

themselves on the line to serve a greater cause. You already know

how inspiring our people are, but few in our Nation get to see our

people in an operational environment.

Some of you may be called upon to offer public comments about this

film to the media or to community groups. We will soon distribute PA

guidance to support your efforts and will be putting additional

information on in the near future. If you need any

additional information, please contact CHINFO, RDML Frank Thorp.

Thank you for all that you do.

All the best,

Gary Roughead


Thank you (foot)notes:

Thank you to John Howland at USNA-AT-LARGE for sending this out.

See more pictures.

The Mike Huckabee Presidential Campaign Ends

March 5, 2008 | By | No Comments


Governor Huckabee and Charmaine

In the background, Princella Smith and our Diva-girl Watching the Huckabee concession speech and leaving the race Tuesday night made for an emotional evening in the Yoest household.

Charmaine sent short emails to the Huckabee team — their responses were each measured and even-tempered, almost upbeat, having fought the good fight.

Today’s Washington Update, from FRCAction notes:

Despite his exit, no one can deny how influential Mike Huckabee was in championing values issues in this crucial race. While yesterday was clearly a victory for McCain, the Arizona senator acknowledged that his work is just beginning.

To succeed in his bid for the White House, McCain must consolidate his support among conservatives, including social conservatives, which will not happen just because he is the Republican nominee.

In the wake of the Republican scandals that began to surface in 2006 and the failure to advance most of the social conservative agenda, unqualified support for the GOP has diminished.


David Huckabee and Charmaine

A poll released last month by George Barna revealed that if the election were held then, only 45 percent of Evangelicals would vote for a Republican candidate.

That number is down from 85 percent of Evangelicals who voted for George W. Bush in 2004.

John McCain will have to convince social conservatives that their issues matter and that he can talk about them as a candidate and act upon them as president.

Conservatives/evangelicals still have questions about McCain’s stand on the major issues of family values, immigration, campaign finance and women in combat. But McCain is our guy.

Obama-Clinton is not.

# # #

Thank you (foot)notes:

Read Mike and Janet Huckabee’s email at the jump.

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Comparing Air Force and Naval Aviators

March 4, 2008 | By | No Comments


The Dude and Baby Boo circa 2005

USAF Academy The Dude wants to fly military war planes. Never too early to start planning. So which branch? Air Force or Navy?

John Howland who runs USNA-AT-Large has (very) Alert Readers who have written in with suggestions on just this topic. The following deserves a wide audience to aid the high schoolers — and younger — students in picking a military academy.

“Bill Taylor provides this handy guide for young Americans who have the choice –

Great comparison of USAF vs. USN Aviators. Pretty much fits my experience.

Regards, Bill

The piece is written by Bob Norris, a former Naval aviator who also did

a 3 year exchange tour flying the F-15 Eagle. He is now an accomplished

author of entertaining books about U.S. Naval Aviation including “Check

Six” and “Fly-Off”.

Check Six

Bob Norris

In response to a letter from an aspiring fighter pilot on which military

academy to attend, Bob replied with the following:

22 December 2005

Young Man,

Congratulations on your selection to both the Naval and Air

Force Academies. Your goal of becoming a fighter pilot is impressive and

a fine way to serve your country. As you requested, I’d be happy to

share some insight into which service would be the best choice.

Each service has a distinctly different culture. You need to ask

yourself “Which one am I more likely to thrive in?”


Baby Boo, Your Business Blogger, The Dude

P-51 Mustang, USAF Academy

USAF Snapshot: The USAF is exceptionally well organized and well

run. Their training programs are terrific. All pilots are groomed to

meet high standards for knowledge and professionalism. Their aircraft

are top-notch and extremely well maintained. Their facilities are

excellent. Their enlisted personnel are the brightest and the best

trained. The USAF is homogenous and macro.

No matter where you go, you’ll know what to expect,what is

expected of you, and you’ll be given the training & tools you need to

meet those expectations. You will never be put in a situation over your

head. Over a 20-year career, you will be home for most important family

events. Your Mom would want you to be an Air Force pilot…so would your

wife. Your Dad would want your sister to marry one.

Navy Snapshot: Aviators are part of the Navy, but so are Black

Shoes (surface warfare) and Bubble Heads (submariners). Furthermore, the

Navy is split into two distinctly different Fleets (West and East

Coast). The Navy is heterogeneous and micro. Your squadron is your home;

it may be great,average, or awful. A squadron can go from one extreme to

the other before you know it.

Fly Off

Bob Norris

You will spend months preparing for cruise and months on cruise.

The quality of the aircraft varies directly with the availability of

parts. Senior Navy enlisted are salt of the earth; you’ll be proud if

you earn their respect. Junior enlisted vary from terrific to the

troubled kid the judge made join the service. You will be given the

opportunity to lead these people during your career; you will be humbled

and get your hands dirty. The quality of your training will vary and

sometimes you will be over your head. You will miss many important

family events. There will be long stretches of tedious duty aboard ship.


The Chapel at the USAF Academy

Credit: The Diva

You will fly in very bad weather and/or at night and you will be scared

many times. You will fly with legends in the Navy and they will kick

your ass until you become a lethal force. And some days – when the

scheduling Gods have smiled upon you – your jet will catapult into a

glorious morning over a far-away sea and you will be drop-jawed that

someone would pay you to do it.

The hottest girl in the bar wants to meet the Naval Aviator.

That bar is in Singapore.

Bottom line, son, if you gotta ask…pack warm & good luck in



P.S.: Air Force pilots wear scarves and iron their flight suits.”


Thank you (foot)notes:


The Diva on the stick

Women in Combat: Equal Treatment Under Law

December 16, 2007 | By | One Comment

Equal Treatment Under Law, by Steve Myers

Let us have the women join us, as we tumble down to war,

As we spill our blood – and others’ only men have spilled before;

When the sisters see the monster that awaits us – will they cry

As it rushes, hits, and maims us in the twinkle of an eye?

Let the women see us weeping as we view our comrades, dead,

Then, continue to the skirmish with sheer mayhem in our heads,

“Follow me!” courageous mother! Mother Courage, know your name,

You may find yourself a leader when the choice is doom or fame

That takes us down to Hell’s last ring, before we lift our eyes,

To a Nature without nurture – in the cordite-scented skies.

Yes, let us march together as we face the foe and fight,

You, the woman on my left hand I the man there at your right,

We will face the test together, but must struggle each, alone,

As a brother and a sister, but never quite as one.

For, when that moment happens, then the Solider-hood of arms

Confuses war’s dark passion – and may do us deadly harm;

Now, command makes its decision; now the forward line will move,

It matters not this moment, whether talking heads approve,

We set aside the quibbling – take a deep and fearful breath –

The offering’s gender – yours or mine – means naught to Sergeant Death.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Credit: John Howland’s USNA-AT-LARGE, who says, “Maybe we will have to change the game if there are no satisfactory rules in the present contest.”


Rules of Engagement: Marine Corps, Army, Navy SEALS, Army Rangers, Army RECON, Air Force, Navy

November 15, 2007 | By | 5 Comments

The armed services has carefully outlined rules for engagement of the enemy and the use of deadly force. The USNA-At-Large and Don Rockwell have passed along to us this unclassifed (or so Your Business Blogger hopes) listing for each service.

Marine Corps Rules

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

2. Decide to be aggressive enough, quickly enough.

3. Have a plan.

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

5. Be polite. Be professional, but, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.

6. Do not attend a gunfight with a handgun whose caliber does not start with a “4.”

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

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

9. Use cover or concealment as much as possible.

10. Flank your adversary when possible. Protect yours.

11. Always win. There is no unfair fight.

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’s 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 LT’s; it can get you killed.

6. Curse bitterly.


1. Slip silently into area of operations.

2. Kill anything that moves or breathes.

3. Sneak out of area of operations.

4. Haul @ss to the LZ for the pickup.

5 Call in heavy artillery and an air strike to cover up infiltration activity.

6. Destroy all maps and reference materials.

7. Play dumb when you return to firebase.

US Air Force Rules

1. Have a cocktail.

2. Adjust temperature on air-conditioner.

3. See what’s on HBO.

4. Ask “what is a gunfight?”

5. Request more funding from Congress with a “killer” Power Point presentation.

6. Wine & dine ‘key’ Congressmen, invite DOD & defense industry executives.

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

8. Declare the assets “strategic” and never deploy them operationally.

9. 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