Application of RoE

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Comment on RoE by General Petraeus plus lots of other interesting comment by a man who certainly has a new approach.
Rules of engagement (ROE), highly criticized as being too restrictive and sometimes endangering our troops, have been “clarified.” “There were unintended consequences with ROE for too long,” Petraeus acknowledged. Because of what junior leaders perceived as too harsh punishment meted out to troops acting in the heat of battle, the ROE issued from the top commanders were second-guessed and made more restrictive by some on the ground. The end result was unnecessary - even harmful - restrictions placed on the troops in contact with the enemy.

“I’ve made two things clear,” Petraeus emphasized: “My ROE may not be modified with supplemental guidance lower down. And I’ve written a letter to all Coalition forces saying ‘your chain-of-command will stay with you.’ I think that solved the issue.”
 

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#2
Sounds encouraging, but as the man says, still very early days. Hope it continues to go well...
 
#4
Oracle - the General says "“I’ve made two things clear,” Petraeus emphasized: “My ROE may not be modified with supplemental guidance lower down. And I’ve written a letter to all Coalition forces saying ‘your chain-of-command will stay with you.’ I think that solved the issue.” I suppose we come under coalition forces. However, I'm sure we would have heard if our RoE were being drawn up by Americans - or would this be an OPSEC Matter. Without knowing the full details it is not realistic to comment but my observation would be that they have a higher level of tolerance than we do but if an American serviceman cocks up and goes for trial, he gets it pretty stiff.
 
#5
And I’ve written a letter to all Coalition forces saying ‘your chain-of-command will stay with you.’ Unless the sh1t gets a bit think and then your on your own lads, I've a pension to think about.

Hang 'em high.
 
#6
OldRedCap said:
Oracle - the General says "“I’ve made two things clear,” Petraeus emphasized: “My ROE may not be modified with supplemental guidance lower down. And I’ve written a letter to all Coalition forces saying ‘your chain-of-command will stay with you.’ I think that solved the issue.” I suppose we come under coalition forces. However, I'm sure we would have heard if our RoE were being drawn up by Americans - or would this be an OPSEC Matter. Without knowing the full details it is not realistic to comment but my observation would be that they have a higher level of tolerance than we do but if an American serviceman cocks up and goes for trial, he gets it pretty stiff.

Mmm. I'm not convinced.
 
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