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The 11 General Orders & Scriptures

Updated: Jan 13

I remember standing sentry (or what is called fire watch in boot camp) over 20 years ago as if it were yesterday. At any moment, a drill instructor might quiz you on the orders - "Recruit Appleton. What is your 3rd General Order?" - which demanded a word-for-word response - or else.

USMC Recruit Standing Fire Watch

Recruits start learning their general orders upon arrival to boot camp. It is paramount that they can memorize and put each order into action. It has been a long time since someone asked me to quote a general order - or has it? I believe that Christ asks us to be ready to respond, scripturally, when confronted with a challenge. 1 Peter 3:15 reminds us, "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have."

During boot camp, it can be very stressful when standing sentry for the first time. The drill instructors are always yelling at you to repeat your orders.

Over the weeks of training, the 11 general orders become a natural part of a recruit's vocabulary and way of life. The recruit begins to utilize the proven principles and realize the importance of following orders. Similarly, God has provided us the scriptures, which like the general orders, are evidenced-based - meaning, if you follow them, they will work - every time.

The 11 General Orders
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The General Orders are essential rules that guide military members throughout their military careers. They contain evidenced-based directives that include every possible scenario a sentry might encounter on duty and how to ensure their safety and that of others. All recruits need to learn these orders to perform their sentry duties without issues.

Throughout our study, we will reference the following five pertinent points about how the general orders, and biblical references, will ensure our success. The general orders (scriptures) will:

• Train you to be alert always.

• Teach you to follow orders.

• Prevent accidents and safeguard lives and property.