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Jahmez April 12th, 2016 12:01am

A soldier in a combat scenario is separated from his unit. Inside a building he hears the chambering of a rifle and fires into the wall, killing both an armed insurgent and, accidentally, a child who was standing beside him. Should he be reprimanded?

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Rosebud Ohio
04/11/16 8:16 pm

How does he know it's not someone in his unit through the wall?

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rickvee Living the dream
04/12/16 4:44 am

A M4 and AK action sound very different. Any vet can/should be able to tell the difference.

Rosebud Ohio
04/12/16 4:50 am

Through a wall with background noise and while in combat though?

rickvee Living the dream
04/12/16 8:13 am

Even if all he heard was "what sounded like it might have been a rifle chambering", it's a war. If you stop for a second to decide what you should do, you're as good as dead. Training takes over. That's why lessons are drilled in as hard as they are... So its second nature. From my point of view, as someone who has killed a teenager in combat, at least I'm alive to regret it.

Rosebud Ohio
04/12/16 8:39 am

I know hesitation can kill you. I wouldn't fault him for firing, but again. What if he'd shot his own mates?

Fwiw, I'm more against war itself than I'd ever be against soldier's actions (aside from things like rape or torture) because it puts people in this situation. It's shitty all around.

rickvee Living the dream
04/13/16 5:47 pm

When you said "separated from his unit", I thought you meant more than field of view...

"It is well that war is so terrible, otherwise we should grow too fond of it" - Robert E. Lee