Infantry Drills

B-49: Rules of Engagement

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B-49. ROE specify the circumstances and limitations under which forces may engage; they include definitions of combatant and noncombatant elements and prescribe the treatment of noncombatants. Factors influencing ROE are national command policy, mission, commander’s intent, the operational environment, and the law of war. ROE always recognize a Soldier’s right of self-defense; while at the same time, they clearly define circumstances in which he may fire.

B-50. For example, during a cordon and search mission, the command may establish a weapons control status of WEAPONS TIGHT for antiarmor weapons. The commander does this because higher command directives explicitly restrict the use of antiarmor weapons as an explosive breach technique.

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