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    Applying rules of engagement to real-life scenarios

    From military to clinic, lessons learned can provide valuable experience for future directives

    Take-home message: Rules can serve as invaluable guidelines for the future, as they are lessons learned from experience.


    I have been a faithful follower of “NCIS” for 11 years, ever since it was a spinoff from the “JAG” television series.

    I almost didn’t survive when Ziva David left—but stuck with it, and am still a faithful follower even with all the different scenarios and conspiracy plots. At one point, I even tried to make a running list of “Gibbs’ Rules.”

    The character, Leroy Jethro Gibbs—better known as actor Mark Harmon—is a former Marine Gunnery Sergeant/ex-sniper. He is a no-nonsense leader with a ferocious head-slap and a steely stare, but deep down he loves his team, and to him, they are the only family he has left.

    Gibbs has a rule for everything, and his team knows them by heart. These rules are interspersed throughout various episodes tying his past to the future of the team.

    When “NCIS” first started, I was much younger and thought these rules were a little too restrictive to the investigators’ creative flow. But, they always seemed to tie everything together by the end of the show.

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