Practice Relating to Rule 8. Definition of Military Objectives
Australia’s Defence Force Manual (1994) lists among military objectives “all persons taking a direct part in hostilities, whether military or civilian”.
Australia’s LOAC Manual (2006) states:
5.27 The term “military objective” includes combatant members of the enemy armed forces and their military weapons, vehicles, equipment and installations.
5.31 Military objectives may include a very wide range of persons, locations and objects. Some examples are:
• all persons taking a direct part in hostilities, whether military or civilian.
The LOAC Manual (2006) replaces both the Defence Force Manual (1994) and the Commanders’ Guide (1994).