Give a structured Contact Report - Skill - UNITAF Force Manual (FM)




Give a structured Contact Report
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Current Version (20 days ago)

Skill
FM/BS-40.V3.02 - Give a structured Contact Report
Skill

1. ALERT: Begin with an alert pro-word. 

  • Use "Contact!" for entities in contact with the reporter
  • Use "Sighting!" for entities sighted but not in contact.

2. ORIENT: Provide direction using one of the following:

  • Relative direction (e.g. Front, Left, Right, Rear) if movement direction is established.
  • General compass bearing (e.g. South, South-east, South-south east).
  • Specific compass bearing in degrees for high precision (e.g., "BEARING 265").
  • Clock bearing for vehicle crews (e.g. "1 O'Clock"), though relative bearings are preferred.

3. DESCRIBE: Clearly and succinctly describe what you see (e.g. Infantry, Enemy patrol, APC, MBT, Machinegun nest).

4. EXPOUND: Give additional details such as:

  • Range (from general, e.g. "Close", to specific, e.g. "523 meters").
  • If only a relative bearing was initially given, provide a specific degree bearing.
  • Actions of the target (e.g. "They're flanking us").
  • Specific target positioning (e.g. "two soldiers on the roof, one in the building").

Example Contact Report: "Contact front! Enemy infantry in the open, bearing 210, three hundred meters!"

Published by Sgt Jochem on 26/05/2024 at 12:24

Previous Versions

Skill
FM/BS-40.V3.01 - Give a structured Contact Report
Skill

1. ALERT: Begin with an alert pro-word. 

  • Use “Contact!” for entities in contact with the reporter
  • Use “Sighting!” for entities sighted but not in contact.

2. ORIENT: Provide direction using one of the following:

  • Relative direction (e.g. Front, Left, Right, Rear) if movement direction is established.
  • General compass bearing (e.g. South, South-east, South-south east).
  • Specific compass bearing in degrees for high precision (e.g., "BEARING 265").
  • Clock bearing for vehicle crews (e.g. "1 O'Clock"), though relative bearings are preferred.

3. DESCRIBE: Clearly and succinctly describe what you see (e.g. Infantry, Enemy patrol, APC, MBT, Machinegun nest).

4. EXPOUND: Give additional details such as:

  • Range (from general, e.g. "Close", to specific, e.g. "523 meters").
  • If only a relative bearing was initially given, provide a specific degree bearing.
  • Actions of the target (e.g. "They're flanking us").
  • Specific target positioning (e.g. "two soldiers on the roof, one in the building").

Example Contact Report: "Contact front! Enemy infantry in the open, bearing 210, three hundred meters!"

Published by Maj James on 15/01/2024 at 22:45
Skill
FM/BS-40.V3.00 - Give a structured Contact Report
Skill

1. ALERT: Begin with an alert pro-word. 

  • Use “Contact!” for entities in contact with the reporter
  • Use “Sighting!” for entities sighted but not in contact.

2. ORIENT: Provide direction using one of the following:

  • Relative direction (e.g. Front, Left, Right, Rear) if movement direction is established.
  • General compass bearing (e.g. South, South-east, South-south east).
  • Specific compass bearing in degrees for high precision (e.g., "BEARING 265").
  • Clock bearing for vehicle crews (e.g. "1 O'Clock"), though relative bearings are preferred.

3. DESCRIBE: Clearly and succinctly describe what you see (e.g. Infantry, Enemy patrol, APC, MBT, Machinegun nest).

4. EXPOUND: Give additional details such as:

  • Range (from general, e.g. "Close", to specific, e.g. "523 meters").
  • If only a relative bearing was initially given, provide a specific degree bearing.
  • Actions of the target (e.g. "They're flanking us").
  • Specific target positioning (e.g. "two soldiers on the roof, one in the building").

Example Contact Report: "Contact front! Enemy infantry in the open, bearing 210, three hundred meters!"

Published by Maj James on 15/01/2024 at 22:41
Skill
FM/BS-40.V2.00 - Give a structured Contact Report
Skill

When giving a contact report, provide the following 4 components in order:

  • ALERT 
  • ORIENT
  • DESCRIBE
  • EXPOUND

Below, an example of a correct contact report (where the colours relate to the 4 components):

Contact front! Enemy infantry in the open, bearing 210, three hundred meters!

Published by 1Lt WhiteWolf on 10/11/2023 at 19:18
Skill
FM/BS-40.V1.02 - Give a structured Contact Report
Skill

The 4 components of a contact report are, in order: 

  • ALERT 
  • ORIENT
  • DESCRIBE
  • EXPOUND

Below, an example of a correct contact report (where the colours relate to the 4 components):

Contact front! Enemy infantry in the open, bearing 210, three hundred meters!

Published by Maj James on 02/09/2023 at 00:14
Skill
FM/BS-40.V1.01 - Give a structured Contact Report
Skill

The 4 components of a contact report are, in order: 

  • ALERT 
  • ORIENT
  • DESCRIBE
  • EXPOUND

Below, an example of a correct contact report (where the colours relate to the 4 components):

Contact front! Enemy infantry in the open, bearing 210, three hundred meters!

Published by Maj James on 31/08/2023 at 18:02
Skill
FM/BS-40.V1.00 - Give a structured Contact Report
Skill

The 4 components of a contact report are, in order: 

  • ALERT 
  • ORIENT
  • DESCRIBE
  • EXPOUND

Below, an example of a correct contact report (where the colours relate to the 4 components):

Contact front! Enemy infantry in the open, bearing 210, three hundred meters!

Published by Maj James on 31/08/2023 at 18:01
Skill
FM/BS-40.V0.03 - Give a structured Contact Report
Skill

The 4 components of a contact report are, in order: 

  • ALERT
  • ORIENT
  • DESCRIBE
  • EXPOUND
Published by Maj James on 31/08/2023 at 17:28
Skill
FM/BS-40.V0.02 - Give a structured Contact Report
Skill

The 4 components of a contact report are, in order: 

ALERTORIENTDESCRIBEEXPOUND
Published by Maj James on 31/08/2023 at 17:24
Skill
FM/BS-40.V0.01 - Give a structured Contact Report
Skill

The 4 components of a contact report are, in order: 

ALERTORIENTDESCRIBEEXPOUND
Published by Maj James on 31/08/2023 at 17:23
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