Intra-Team Tactical Communications

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(This article was written with a great deal of input from the “local” 18E, MSG Dan Morgan. My gratitude, as always, for his input on this area that my own experiences leave a lot to be desired in. On my teams, it was generally a matter of looking at the commo guy and going, “Dude, can you plug the fills into this thing for me?” –J.M.)

 

Intra-team communications, at the tactical level, are fulfilled during small-unit patrols, largely through the use of visual hand-and-arm signals. The requirement for utter silence in all things, and the dispersion between individuals and teams necessary to maximize the chances of survival, together mandate their use. Since there is something in the vicinity of 500+ possible hand-and-arm signals, doctrinally speaking (actually, I don’t have any clue what the number is, I just know it’s a metric butt-load), I tend to…

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