I haven't played on the server in awhile - probably a solid year or so. I played for a good 5 hours the other day and immediately noticed that the squad, platoon and coy leadership has seemingly forgotten a required part of leadership. UO leadership used to follow this rule, but now seems completely unaware of it:
It is your responsibility to keep up your CO's situational awareness
Why? The CO cannot make decisions without knowing the tactical picture. He can gain a partial understanding from tools, but the most valuable input comes from leaders.
During the entire time I played I did not once hear an informational report to the CO. How is the CO supposed to make decisions then? Bad information, OR his personal observations only. If the CO is reliant on his own observations, he has to put himself in danger.
You should routinely be telling your CO:
- Enemy contact
- Enemy positions, actions and how you are dealing with them
- Changes in your readiness (be it casualties, ammo or equipment)
- Your position and actions, if it differs from the plan in any way
Today i'll focus on arguably the most important of these, a contact report. The contact report's purpose is to inform your CO you are in contact so that he can direct the rest of the force to support. It's also to share SA with other leadership and allow them a chance to spontaneously support you. Lastly, it updates the CO on the enemy's disposition, strength and course of action, which are VITAL for his decision making process. The CO constantly maintains a table of equipment and strength in his head of what the enemy has, and where they are. He would want to know that an enemy squad is in one position or another, because it means they cannot be in another position - it allows him to make a sound decision regarding next actions.
As soon as you get in contact (within seconds), you should IMMEDIATELY give a contact report, even if you have incomplete information. The initial report should be:
"Callsign, CONTACT, WAIT OUT" or "Callsign, CONTACT, FIGHTING, OUT" - something to that effect.
Your next priority as leadership should be to employ your element against the contact and win the fight. As soon as a picture emerges as to the location, size, activity and equipment of the enemy force you should send a full contact report:
1. Start comms:
"6, Callsign, contact report, over"
2. Send SALUTE report:
In ARMA the "uniform" part is usually omitted, I use this construct in my head:
[enemy time - omit if its immediate],
[enemy special equipment - such as tanks, RPGs, any force multipliers etc],
[your action and any requests, this should also include a brief BDA of how many you killed] "
"This is 21,
Enemy inf platoon attacking into BP A time now, with a BTR-80, we are fighting them, I have 1 KIA, 2 non-ambu casualties need medic, destroyed 1 squad, over"
"This is 21,
Enemy infantry squad moving west to east along ASR gold reference hill 14, 5 mikes ago, we are observing but have lost contact, over"
"This is 21,
Engaged/destroyed t-80 section vicinity of OBJ FOX, continuing on to secure OBJ, over"
Edited by krause, 2016-08-09 @ 10:24.