Difference between an Exercise and an Operation

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  1. msr

    msr LE

    Dear Wisdom of ARRSE,

    Under which circumstances can a set of activities be considered an exercise and when are they considered a operation?

    msr
     
  2. Sit ups or pressups = excercise

    Apendix taken out = operation



    Im assuming your joking?
     
  3. When you provide the MEL it's an exercise

    When history/reality provides the MEL it's an operation

    Exercise:Targets fall when hit

    Operation:Targets scream and bleed when hit
     
  4. In an op you dont need the DS to tell you when you need casevacing.
     
  5. msr

    msr LE

    Is there a doctrinal definition?

    FS: I like your definition.

    msr
     
  6. msr, you are usually the epitomy of sensible debate, clever and well thought out posts and generally a pretty sound bloke. But, this thread must rank as the daftest one ever. Prey tell why you would need a doctrinal definition of the bleedin obvious??

    Ex = Practice
    Op = Real

    Gren.... *snigger* :D
     
  7. msr

    msr LE

    So an Army in Society event: Ex Public Exposure or Op PUBLIC EXPOSURE?
     
  8. Are you practising public relations?
     
  9. A military exercise (also called war game in American English) is the employment of military resources in training for military operations, either exploring the effects of warfare or testing strategies without actual combat.
    Military operations are the combat executions of military plans

    When you provide the MEL it's an exercise

    When history/reality provides the MEL it's an operation

    Exercise:Targets fall when hit

    Operation:Targets scream and bleed when hit
     
  10. It should be an OP.

    How hard is it???? :roll:
     
  11. Fugly

    Fugly LE DirtyBAT

    Operation: We get a medal for it.
    Exercise: Yanks get a medal for it.
     
  12. msr

    msr LE

    So where does an Army in Society event go?

    I have written the MEL, however, it is the execution of a military plan,

    msr
     
  13. So you want to name your perverted pastimes now?



    In serious mode however, the context of your question now makes sense.

    And thinking about it, I think we were all a bit quick to judge, as often things are called "OPs" and are nothing like "OPs" as we take them to be.

    Such as Operation trading places, something we did many years ago, where the top brass swapped roles with the junior ranks for a day.
    It was neither an OP or an EX, but names mean nothing really.

    In the context you have now pointed out, I would have to say it depends on the the manner of the said public exposure!

    Is it like KAPE or what exactly?
     
  14. It should be written as an Op.
     
  15. Involving Combat ? (Amritsar or Bloody Sunday?)