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The Brilliance of Military Warnings

  • "Aim towards the Enemy." – Instruction printed on U.S. Rocket Launcher
  • "When the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade is not our friend." – U.S. Army
  • "Cluster bombing from B-52s is very, very accurate. The bombs are guaranteed to always hit the ground." – U.S.A.F. Ammo Troop
  • "If the enemy is in range, so are you." – Infantry Journal
  • "A slipping gear could let your M203 grenade launcher fire when you least expect it. That would make you quite unpopular in what’s left of your unit." – Army’s magazine of preventive maintenance
  • "It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you just bombed." – U.S. Air Force Manual
  • "Try to look unimportant; they may be low on ammo." – Infantry Journal
  • "Tracers work both ways." – U.S. Army Ordnance
  • "Five-second fuses only last three seconds." – Infantry Journal
  • "Bravery is being the only one who knows you’re afraid." – Col. David Hackworth
  • "If your attack is going too well, you’re probably walking into an ambush." – Infantry Journal
  • "No combat-ready unit has ever passed inspection." – Joe Gay
  • "Any ship can be a minesweeper … once." – Anonymous
  • "Never tell the Platoon Sergeant you have nothing to do." – Unknown Army Recruit
  • "Don’t draw fire; it irritates the people around you." – Your Buddies
  • "If you see a bomb technician running, try to keep up with him." – U.S. Ammo Troop