Proper communication follows a set of rules, described below:
Always identify yourself first, then your intended target. - "Alpha to Bravo, what is your status?"
Keep communications brief, exactly to the point with no extra fluff. - "Alpha to First, requesting permission to pull armor."
Always "copy" a comm. directed towards you. This helps keep comm. channels clear, and assures that the other party's message has been heard and understood. - "Alpha copies First, moving to Tumas Skylance Battery."
We do not say "Over" or "Acknowledge."
CALL SIGNS AND OTHER SHORTCUTS
A call sign is an agreed upon phrase that a certain position or individual will always respond to. Call signs may not be deviated from, ie: "FIRST" cannot become "ONE".
FIRST- First platoon leader.
SECOND- Second platoon leader.
ALPHA- Alpha squad representative for the used channel. Alpha Squad Leader in channel commander, Alpha forward air controller in AIRCON. Same pattern for all other squads.
ALPHA ONE, ALPHA TWO, ALPHA THREE, etc. - Alpha squad member #1, Alpha squad member #2, etc. This always represents the squad number of the member, never the vehicle position.
AIRCON- Air combat controller within the AIRCON channel.
Facility Name (i.e.: "RASHNU")- Refers to all squad leaders currently stationed at the named base (ie: Rashnu Bio Lab).
ALL- All operators listening to the channel. Generally used for general notices or for a platoon leader to give all leaders a single order.
FIRST PLATOON- Refers to all members or leaders of Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta.
SECOND PLATOON- Refers to all members or leaders of Echo, Foxtrot, Golf or Hotel.
SQUAD LEVEL COMMS.
Squad leaders need to relay pertinent information to platoon, other squads, and their squad members. Because of this volume of communication, we need to keep Channel Commander use to a minimum.
When communicating with platoon, make sure you get your point across as quickly and precisely as possible. Platoon doesn't need to be told when the base is captured, but rather when the objective is secured (ie: no remaining OpFor.) Platoon is constantly reading the map to ensure the best strategic use of our forces, and will easily recognize when a base has been taken or lost.
When assaulting or defending a base with other squads, make sure your own objective is known to the other squad leaders (ie: Horizontal Generator.)
When receiving an order, make sure to pass it along to your squad so they know what your objective is. Don't be afraid to call out squad members who deviate from that objective!
Examples of Squad Level Comms.
"ALPHA to FIRST, being overrun, requesting reinforcements."
"ALPHA to BRAVO, Alpha has vertical, please move on horizontal."
"ALPHA to TUMAS TECH, where are we needed?"
"ALPHA to FIRST, we're ready to roll."
PLATOON LEVEL COMMS.
Platoon leaders need to relay objectives and overarching goals to squad leaders and other platoon leaders.
When communicating with squads, make sure you are setting the platoon waypoint on the objective as you are calling it out. It helps speed up the squad leader's map reading, and significantly lowers the chance for error.
When communicating with other platoon leaders who are in a separate channel from you, make sure you are not flooding them with information before they are ready. Always give a "FIRST to SECOND" and wait for a positive response before going on. Remember, they have squad leaders they are talking and listening to that you can't hear!
Examples of Platoon Level Comms.
"FIRST to ALPHA, please move to Tumas Tech, platoon waypoint set."
"FIRST to SECOND, can your squad assist at Tumas Tech?"
"FIRST to ALL squads, redeploy to warpgate and pull galaxies. Inform when ready."
"FIRST to ALPHA, BRAVO, move on Vanu Archives, platoon waypoint set. FIRST to CHARLIE, DELTA, start the prep on Tumas Tech, platoon waypoint set