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Getting Around the Rules of Engagement: Observer Training


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I don’t think a lot of people in the military understand the absolutely devastating effect of all this weaponry. Some weapons, bombs, missiles, guns are lethal beyond description.

That description extends to the grief and anger that the death of a loved one creates. If you guide an artillary shell, and it kills someone’s son, brother or father, they will never support us. And a Soldier will probably get killed.


Ok, so this has been one of my more favored blogs as of late, but this post doesn’t make any sense to me. At first you say that observer training is a vital skill to have and has been since World War One. Then, at the end, you say that observer training doesn’t work. Not to mention that the last paragraph seems to come out of no where and is supported with no evidence. I don’t even know why it’s there. Unless you meant observer training as a way around the RoE? I’m not trolling, I’m just not sure if I understand your point. It feels disjointed.


@Walrus- OK I think I just didn’t do a good job explaining my argument, and I appreciate the feedback. I am also going to rewrite the last paragraph to reflect the changes.

To be clear, I am addressing to things: the first is Observer Training—which is training Soldiers to call for fire. In other words, coordinating with artillery and mortars to bring their firepower to the battle. This is a necessary and vital skill for Soldiers, especially in Afghanistan.

The second thing is when units say they are conducting Observer Training as a way to skirt ROE issues. In this case, units fire rounds on suspected enemy locations, but call them up as observer training missions. A subset of this is when units fire on suspected positions believing they are egress routes or OPs, but have no intelligence to back this up.

We appreciate the feedback though and like it when our readers keep us honest.