LC — Battle Damage Assessment (BDA)

A PL and his platoon are conducting BDA as part of a QRF and they come upon two IED emplacers that have been engaged by friendly forces. The two emplacers are likely to expire due to their injuries; the PL must decide whether to initiate CASEVAC or not.

Topics covered:

  • Treatment of wounded enemy

  • Leader as moral compass

  • Ethics & emotions in combat

  • Unit culture

  • Kill vs let die

  • Moral injury

What’s the Situation?

  • You are an infantry platoon leader. A soldier in your company lost his legs in an IED attack the previous day.
  • A group of IED emplacers are observed in the act by a surveillance asset. Attack helicopters engage them, and your platoon is sent as the QRF to conduct Battle Damage Assessment.
  • Your platoon finds two severely wounded IED emplacers. The two emplacers are likely to expire due to their injuries so you must decide whether to initiate CASEVAC or not.
  • One of your squad leaders asks the PL to “just walk away” and let the soldiers deal with the insurgent [implying that they will cause him to die].

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