It is covered by the simple words - "Rules of Engagement" and is lethal to every person engaged in a combat situation.
The more positive method of survival is "Who shoots first, wins"
In all my extensive knowledge of military history ever since WW1, it seems that only the Western Powers play war games with a rule book. All the other nations do not, they simply go out to win. Germany, Russia, China and Japan in WW2 certainly never had any "Rules of Engagement".
Oddly enough, the brainless people who compile such a restriction on a soldiers capacity to do his duty, have completely forgotten that no referee exists in combat to wave yellow and red cards about for infringing the "rules".
Edited by Queen-Evie, 23 September 2013 - 01:14 PM.
moved from General Chat because this topic is more suited for Speak Easy.