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Rules of engagement in a post SHTF world?

Hello, my friend and welcome back!  I was recently asked this by a fellow Prepper and I was taken back a little by it, I must admit.  There seems to be a misunderstanding about what exactly “Rules of Engagement “ means and that is the subject of today’s post, so grab a cup of coffee, my friend and have a seat while we visit.

My friend was quite serious when he asked me what I thought the rules of engagement would be in a post-SHTF world. It took me a minute to finally realize just what he was asking.  Being former Military, I am well aware of the true meaning of term, but apparently, others are not.

According to Wikipedia, the term “Rules of Engagement”(ROE) is: rules or directives to military forces (including individuals) that define the circumstances, conditions, degree, and manner in which the use of force, or actions which might be construed as provocative, may be applied.“

Briefly, it is the rules that you need to follow before you can justify shooting someone in a time of war.  While there’s actually a little more to it than that, but you get the idea.  These rules not only apply to the Military, but also to Law Enforcement and Civilians as well.

For example, In the US, you must have a reasonable fear or belief that you or someone else’s life is in imminent danger before you can shoot someone.  This is true anyplace in the US and applies to everyone.

I don’t believe that this is what my friend had in mind when he asked about the ROE in a post-apocalyptic world.  Instead what he was actually wanting to know was what guidelines a person should use when dealing with others in dark times.

Read more at American Preppers Online.

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