This will be the first of (hopefully) many posts that I use to spotlight a very important piece of theory for Arma 3. These posts will be long, yes, but I am filtering over 100 pages of the Shactac guide so you guys don’t have to read it all. Please consider taking the time to stick with me in this.
Without further delay, here we go:
Brevity is the art of saying a lot with few words. One must always strive to be frugal on the number of words needed to convey a message – there’s a lot that needs to be said by many people in a fight, and it’s all important. Utilizing brevity allows for all the important things to be communicated as rapidly as possible.
In addition to brevity, one must strive to be very clear in their language. This requires the usage of defined tactical language terms, brevity words, a clear and loud voice, and so forth.
3.) Confirmation and read-back
It’s important to confirm that you heard orders, so that leaders know that they are being understood. Additionally, it can be helpful to provide a ‘read back’ of an order to confirm that you fully understand what is being asked of you.
4.) Alerting and Identifying
Alerting is the act of using key words to get the attention of people before you start saying something important. For example, a squad leader might say “Squad, listen up!”. Identifying is the act of saying who you are and who you’re trying to contact when speaking over a radio. This helps reduce confusion and alerts people that someone is attempting to tell them something. For example, a squad leader saying “Alpha, this is Bravo, be advised, you have enemy infantry on your west flank” is utilizing the alert/identify concept.
5.) Standard operating procedures and tactical language
Being familiar with the standard formats of SITREPs, CASREPs, contact reports, etc, as well as being familiar with the wide range of brevity words and tactical terms, helps to ensure that communication is easy to understand by all involved participants.
Feel free to discuss, I’ll be writing more of these in the future.
Next up: Which channel to use when, and a list of brevity words and tactical terms.