War is not a pretty or fun event. It is a necessary but last-resort, used to defeat an enemy at all costs. America’s military is by far the most powerful and efficient military in the world, and our soldiers are trained to protect our nation from threats from foreign threats.

While war is certainly brutal and harsh, there are some rules to warfare that, according to soldiers, must be followed if one wants any chance of surviving battle.

Below are 21 go-to rules of warfare that everyone should follow:

Murphy’s 21 Laws Of Combat. These Could Save Your Life.

1. If the enemy is in range, so are you.

2. Incoming fire has the right of way.

3. The enemy invariably attacks on two occasions:
a. When you’re ready for them.
b. When you’re not ready for them.

4. There is always a way.

5. The easy way is always mined.

6. Try to look unimportant, they may be low on ammo.

7. Professionals are predictable, it’s the amateurs that are dangerous.

8. Don’t look conspicuous, it draws fire.

9. Teamwork is essential, it gives them someone else to shoot at.

10. If you can’t remember, the claymore is pointed at you.

11. The enemy diversion you have been ignoring will be the main attack.

12. A “sucking chest wound” is natures way of telling you to slow down.

13. If your attack is going well, you have walked into an ambush.

14. Never draw fire, it irritates everyone around you.

15. Anything you do can get you shot, including nothing.

16. Make it tough enough for the enemy to get in and you won’t be able to get out.

17. Never share a foxhole with anyone braver than yourself.

18. If you are short of everything but the enemy, you are in a combat zone.

19. When you have secured an area, don’t forget to tell the enemy.

20. Never forget that your weapon is made by the lowest bidder.

21. Friendly Fire Isn’t.

H/T: Tickld

Which rule of warfare do you think is the most important? Share your thoughts below!