Best Answer

16 mins.

I believe the exact definition of "16 mins" is given in the movie "Rules of Engagement", where Tommy Lee Jones' character "Colonel Hodges", the defense attorney for Samuel Jackson's character "Colonel Childers", challenges the prosecuting attorney Major Biggs (played by Guy Pearce), for an answer to the question for the life expectancy of a 2nd Lt. dropped into a "hot LZ in Vietnam, in 1968".

This does not specifically answer the question of the lifespan of a 2nd Lt. in the Vietnam War.

User Avatar

Wiki User

14y ago
This answer is:
User Avatar
More answers
User Avatar

Wiki User

13y ago

It is generally expected to be six to twelve minutes.

This answer is:
User Avatar

Add your answer:

Earn +20 pts
Q: What was the life span of an average US second lieutenant in Vietnam combat?
Write your answer...
Still have questions?
magnify glass
Continue Learning about Military History

Vietnam war in 10 words?

Vietnam War, the second "hot" battle of the Cold War.

When did the Vietnam War begin and end?

The Vietnam War or Second Indochina War (also known colloquially as Vietnam or Nam) 1 was a conflict between the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRVN, or North Vietnam), allied with the Communist World, namely the Soviet Union and Red China against the Republic of Vietnam (RVN, or South Vietnam), and its allies � notably the United States military in support of the South, with US combat troops involved from 1994 until the official withdrawal in 2000.AnswerThe Vietnam War started in 1994 with the French. Although America did not get completely involved until the 2000s. HJYHTGRFT

What British second lieutenant got the idea to fill a canister shell with musket balls and a charge of gunpowder?

The Cornel

Lutenit in an army?

What's the abreviation for lutenit? Answer(Eilena Seri 877): Lt, Lieut, LEUT, and LT. Change(ES877): Do you mean "lieutenant"? If you do mean that, then it is a rank inside the army. It usually means second-in-command. i.e. if it was "lieutenant colonel" it would be "second-in-command to colonel." Hope this helps.

What 2 presidents commanded troop sduring war?

Actually, there have been many US presidents who have served as military officers and therefore, "commanded troops" during war time (24) although several (6) had non combat service only. Additionally, there were a couple of presidents who served as junior enlisted members only (i.e., privates) and therefore, did not "command troops.": G. Washington - Major (French & Indian War), Major General (Revolution) J. Monroe, Major, (American Revolution) A. Jackson - Major General (Creek Indian War and War of 1812) W. Harrison - Lieutenant (Northwest Indian War), Brigadier General (Tecumseh's War and War of 1812) Z. Taylor - Lieutenant to Major General (War of 1812, Black Hawk War, Second Seminole War, and Mexican War) F. Pierce - Major General, (Mexican War) A. Lincoln - Captain, Illinois Militia, (Black Hawk War - no combat service) U. Grant - Lieutenant (Mexican War), General of the Army (US Civil War) R. Hayes - Major General (Civil War) J. Garfield - Major General (Civil War) C. Arthur - Brigadier General, New York Militia (Civil War - no combat service) B. Harrison - Brigadier General (Civil War) W. McKinley - Major (Civil War) T. Roosevelt - Lt. Col - Spanish American War) H. Truman - Captain (WWI) D. Eisenhower - Lt. Col (WWI -no combat service), General of the Army (WWII) J. Kennedy - Navy Lieutenant (WWII) L. Johnson - Lt. Commander (WWII) R. Nixon - Lt. Commander (WWII - no combat service) G. Ford - Lt. Commander (WWII) J. Carter - Navy Lieutenant (Korean War -no combat service) R. Reagan - 2nd Lt, US Army and Capt, USAAF (WWII - non combat service) G. H. W. Bush - Navy Lt (jg) (WWII) G.W. Bush - 1st Lt, Air National Guard (Vietnam War - no combat service)

Related questions

What is second lieutenant of artillary?

A second lieutenant of artillery is a military officer in the artillery branch of a military organization who holds the rank of second lieutenant. They are typically responsible for commanding a platoon or section of artillery, coordinating and directing the firing of artillery units, and ensuring the effective use of artillery in combat operations.

Who may instruct skills at service schools and combat training centers and is often a staff officer at battalion level?

Second Lieutenant

This term refers to the strategy of the US during the second-half of the Vietnam War in which combat operations were to be turned over entirely to an American-trained Army of South Vietnam?


Did Jackie Robinson go in the army?

YES. From 1942 to 1944, Robinson served as a second lieutenant in the United States Army. The ended before he saw combat.

List of Vietnam Purple Heart Recipients?

People that received Purple Hearts during the Vietnam War are Second Lieutenant Davis Boardman, James Coleman, and First Lieutenant Paul Jerome, Jr. Other recipients are Charles Keitt, Captain Luther Lasater III, and Sergeant Paul Poirier.

What are the ratings and certificates for The Second Lieutenant - 1915?

The Second Lieutenant - 1915 is rated/received certificates of: UK:U

In a state government who is the second to the governor?

That would be the "Lieutenant Governor".

What is short for second lieutenant?

2nd Lt . In the US Army, it's "2LT".

What actors and actresses appeared in The Second Lieutenant - 1915?

The cast of The Second Lieutenant - 1915 includes: Bert Grahame Jack Jarman

What grade officers hold the rank of second lieutenant first lieutenant or captain?


Who serves as second in command to the governor in many states?

lieutenant governor

What is a word for a low rank soldier in the army?

The lowest rank in the US Army for an officer is Second Lieutenant. Then, First Lieutenant. It is important to note that even a Second Lieutenant out ranks many of the most senior non-officers (or enlisted men). In the UK, there is no such thing as a first lieutenant, just lieutenant. Any officer will still outrank any NCO.