Rules of Engagement of Warfare

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Warfare is a devastating quality of the human condition. Nowhere in nature do other species hunt and kill their fellow members for political reasons and at a mass scale. Attempts to systemize and standardize the rules and regulations of warfare are difficult if not impossible to appease every key player involve. The purpose of this essay is to examine the rules of engagement of warfare as a guiding principle that is subjective and not uniform throughout the system of war itself. This inconsistency will be discussed by presenting the Vietnam War through six different levels of perception located in the chain of command. This exercise will prove that each segment of the war fighting contingency has its own subjective reasons to follow rules of engagement. Individual Soldier The individual soldier that fought during the Vietnam War must be viewed in a unique perspective unlike today's circumstances. A great majority of the individual soldiers that saw combat in Vietnam were drafted and had no legal recourse to avoiding this duty. Rules to such a fight seen at this level were seen as temporary rule changes to normal life. Here the individual soldier must survive for one year in order to escape the hell of combat. This is a limited but understandable view of this situation. Enemy combatants were viewed almost as peers suffering through a temporary struggle much like their situation. Rules in this case are merely a means to an end, at the end state is survival and removal from a
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