Accession Number:

ADA456629

Title:

Rules of Engagement for Land Forces: A Matter of Training, not Lawyering

Descriptive Note:

Research thesis

Corporate Author:

JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL'S SCHOOL CHARLOTTESVILE VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1994-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

295.0

Abstract:

This thesis examines the difficult problem of imparting rules of engagement ROE to individual soldiers and Marines. It argues that the present method of imparting ROE relies too heavily on a legislative model of controlling behavior. As a result, the present method suffers from a series of defects, culminating in a failure to account for the cognitive limits of humans under stress. The author concludes that commanders and judge advocates can minimize these defects by adopting a training model. Such a model would include a set of standing rules on the use of force for soldiers, a series of training scenarios designed to reinforce the standing rules across the spectrum of potential conflict, and a format by which units may supplement the standing rules for particular operations.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE