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July 9, 2013

Rules of Engagement Gone Wild: “Boots on the ground BDA”!?

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The powers that be have finally gone full-stupid on this one.

This is a new sexy term you may never have heard before, BOTG-BDA or boots on the ground battle damage assessment. In layman’s terms it means physically sending troops into a post-detonation site to put eyeballs on the damage. When this is done in war zones like Afghanistan, it is understandable why troops cringe at the mentioning of boots on the ground BDA.


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is poised to publish the first book detailing experiences of Marine special operators in Afghanistan. And unlike career writers who drop into an outpost for a quick embed, Golembesky was there, as a member of Marine Special Operations Team 8222 during one of its hardest deployments. He plans to tell the team’s story through the words of the operators on the ground. The working title is “Level Zero Heroes.”

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  • GWH1979

    For the most part N. Alliance knew friend from foe. Mazar e Sharif was fucked up though. We sat at some crappy base in Uzbekistan awaiting orders.

  • GWH1979

    For the most part N. Alliance knew friend from foe. Mazar e Sharif was fucked up though. We sat at some crappy base in Uzbekistan awaiting orders.

  • GWH1979

    I remember in the early days of Afghanistan when the ROE wasn't a big problem due to the N. Alliance knowing enemy from friend. Iraq was a complete Charlie Foxtrot. I remember talking to my father (a Vietnam veteran) who had to follow ROE. There was a couple times during OIF invasion that everyone including top CO's where the ROE was lifted. I remember civilians watching us and mortars would rain in. Then Petraeus came along with COIN. McChrystal was great in Iraq but when we got to Afghanistan in 2009 ROE was actually getting soldiers killed. As bad as this may sound I would rather fuck up once and ensure there is no weapon on a Afghan to shoot me, or one of my men than to know I had to have a weapon pointed or fired at me before engaging .

  • GWH1979

    I remember in the early days of Afghanistan when the ROE wasn't a big problem due to the N. Alliance knowing enemy from friend. Iraq was a complete Charlie Foxtrot. I remember talking to my father (a Vietnam veteran) who had to follow ROE. There was a couple times during OIF invasion that everyone including top CO's where the ROE was lifted. I remember civilians watching us and mortars would rain in. Then Petraeus came along with COIN. McChrystal was great in Iraq but when we got to Afghanistan in 2009 ROE was actually getting soldiers killed. As bad as this may sound I would rather fuck up once and ensure there is no weapon on a Afghan to shoot me, or one of my men than to know I had to have a weapon pointed or fired at me before engaging .

  • RVN SF VET

    ArcticWarrior JHR13 Recon6 Surf375 Some SF Teams get all the luck. Hell, she could be on my team anytime. Damn French!