Related Rule
Practice Relating to Rule 8. Definition of Military Objectives
Section B. Armed forces
The Military Manual (1993) of the Netherlands notes that “combatants who are part of the armed forces” are military objectives “under all circumstances”. 
Netherlands, Toepassing Humanitair Oorlogsrecht, Voorschift No. 27-412/1, Koninklijke Landmacht, Ministerie van Defensie, 1993, p. V-3; see also Handboek Militair, Ministerie van Defensie, 1995, p. 7-36 (“combatants”).
The Military Manual (2005) of the Netherlands states that “the armed forces constitute a military objective”. 
Netherlands, Humanitair Oorlogsrecht: Handleiding, Voorschift No. 27-412, Koninklijke Landmacht, Militair Juridische Dienst, 2005, § 0509.