Core Infantry Roles - United Task Force (UNITAF) Arma 3
Core Infantry Roles
First and foremost everyone is an infantryman, but beyond specialised roles there are core infantry roles common throughout all fireteams, squads and platoons.
Assistant Automatic Rifleman Tier 0 Core Infantry Role
The assistant automatic rifleman, or "AAR", is the right-hand man of the automatic rifleman. They help spread-load the ammunition duties with the AR by carrying additional ammunition for that weapon. The AAR's role is to stick with the AR and provide support - the two always form a buddy team. The AAR supports the AR in the form of providing security, helping to spot, engage, and adjust fire on targets.
Total Combat Hours: 1505hrs
Times Deployed: 550
MVP Chances: 3.2%
Every member of the platoon is a rifleman first and foremost. In a fireteam, the rifleman is the lowest ranking or newest member of the team. This role is a great way to get new players into the action, without burdening them with additional responsibilities such as those carried by the AR and AAR.
Total Combat Hours: 1434hrs
Times Deployed: 541
MVP Chances: 2.6%
The assistant machinegunner, is the right-hand man of the machinegunner or MMG. They help spread-load the ammunition duties with the MMG by carrying additional ammunition for that weapon. The role is to stick with the MMG and provide support - the two always form a buddy team. The AMG supports the MMG in the form of providing security, helping to spot, engage, and adjust fire on targets.
Total Combat Hours: 95hrs
Times Deployed: 33
MVP Chances: 0.2%
A Grenadier uses their UGL to carry out a number of tasks, such as firing high-explosive shells at significant enemy positions, screening friendly movement, marking or masking the enemy with smoke shells, or using illumination shells in low light conditions. More esoteric grenade types, such as buckshot or teargas, can also be found from time to time.
Total Combat Hours: 255hrs
Times Deployed: 94
MVP Chances: 0.6%
Interpreters are dedicated personnel that communicate in role-play with civilians, hostages, HVTs and various other units to better interact with deployed units on behalf of the unit commander, they may speak English or other languages and serve to increase the immersion of all involved. They are still Riflemen, and ultimately fall back into this role as required.
Automatic Rifleman (2IC) Tier III Core Infantry Role
The automatic rifleman is the fireteam's heavy firepower, giving them the ability to throw hundreds of rounds downrange in short order. The AR is second in command of the fireteam. In the event that the team leader becomes a casualty, the AR immediately takes charge of the fireteam and communicates their new role to the squad leader. The AR is responsible for employing their weapon in a manner that maximizes the killing and suppressive power of it, allowing their teammates to maneuver with the support of their fire.
Total Combat Hours: 1705hrs
Times Deployed: 610
MVP Chances: 7.5%
The Heavy Machinegunner or HMG is the senior member of a heavy machinegun team. He carries and employs a .50 calibre weapon system, Heavy machineguns give infantry a tremendous range and a powerful punch - capable of defeating light armored vehicles as well as punching through heavy cover. The HMG chooses where to employ the weapon and is responsible for relocating as required, in coordination with higher leadership. A HMG is usually supported by multiple assistants.
Total Combat Hours: 6hrs
Times Deployed: 3
MVP Chances: 0.0%
A Medium Machinegunner or MMG has the ability to place sustained accurate fire in high volume on the enemy is capable of inflicting a large number of casualties in short order when properly employed. Medium machineguns typically fire a 7.62x51mm caliber bullet or larger - significantly more powerful than the infantry's normal rounds. An MMG has a longer range than an automatic rifle, and by default are loaded to fire daylight-visible tracer ammunition every fifth round. When employed in a base-of-fire or support-by-fire position, or when employed in the defense, MMGs are a powerful asset to any unit.
Total Combat Hours: 174hrs
Times Deployed: 65
MVP Chances: 0.7%
Special forces operators are core members of special operation force units. In regular infantry terms an Operator is similar to a Rifleman, but operators are much more experienced and along with all special operations personnel, demonstrate an elevated understanding of all concepts, including of other disciplines such as unconventional insertion methods, medical and leadership.
Another vital difference is the equipment they use and have access to, which is far superior and more flexible than regular forces. Like other special operations roles, the SF Operator is tasked with performing the most complex, classified, and dangerous missions directed.