Policy: Chain of Command - Administration - United Task Force (UNITAF) Arma 3

P15-127 Policy: Chain of Command

UNITAF / Arma 3 / Administration Procedures

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    Introduction to Chain of Command

    UNITAF is a hierarchical organization, meaning that every entity in the organization, except one, is subordinate to a single other entity. An entity can be both a member of group of members. This arrangement is a form of a hierarchy. Members chiefly communicate in a official capacity with their immediate superior and with their immediate subordinates this is both true when we are in game and when we are out of game. Structuring organizations in this way is useful partly because it can reduce the communication overhead by limiting information flow.

    In UNITAF there are two distinct parts of the Chain of Command

    • Organisational Chain of Command (ORGCOC) - The ORGCOC consists of all staff who together execute the strategic direction of UNITAF by enforcing and promoting the policies, procedures and directions as set by the Commanding Officer. They administer all of the key functions of the unit across the Personnel, Operations, Training and Service Commands handling all matters within their echelon.
    • Operational Chain of Command (OPCOC) - In game, a temporary command structure operates on a per-operation/deployment basis. While on operations from STARTEX to ENDEX, role always precedes rank as dictated by the Order of Battle (ORBAT) and in accordance with the units standard operating procedures.


    Communication in the Chain of Command

    All official communication, whether in-game or out, must follow the Chain of Command (COC) at all times.

    • To avoid overloading the COC, ask general questions publicly on Discord in a relevant channel.
    • Use the website's Roster to locate the right people in the ORGCOC
    • Use ORBATs to locate the right people in the OPCOC for a specific operation.

    For personal matters contact the relevant staff unit (in this case Personnel Command) first by using the Roster or the Unit Structure as a guide below. If you can't reach them or have an urgent issue which requires attention, contact an Officer directly, such as the Personnel Officer or Commanding Officer. Do not contact Officers directly if you do not report directly to them without first following the Chain of Command.

    For requests related to a specific operation (e.g. questions, attendance issues, reporting lateness), follow the OPCOC starting with the Field Leader.


    Unit Structure

    UNITAF is a large organisation and the task of running it is overseen by Central Command (CC) a command unit comprising of the Commanding and Executive Officers. Under Central Command are other command units which oversee the 4 main areas of the units operations, each command unit is overseen by an Officer and each unit comprises a number of staff groups (J Groups) with specific purpose - the below graphic explains how the structure works and what each of the command units and groups do.

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    Roles and Responsibilities

    The ORGCOC is ultimately responsible for enforcing policy and conduct standards across UNITAF, but specifically they manage all matters pertaining to the matters delegated to them under their command. Their dedication of extra time helps to share the load of all the administrative tasks of running UNITAF.


    Acting in the best interests of UNITAF

    It's common for members of the ORGCOC to take breaks or periods away from either the ORGCOC or the unit itself. In the case that a member of the ORGCOC cannot meet the duties of the ORGCOC, they should immediately inform their upper chain of command, stepping down, vacating a position for someone to take is the most common action in the case of long term situations. All members of the ORGCOC must act in the best interests of UNITAF at all times.

    For short term situations, members of the ORGCOC can be put on finite leave, or Retired out of service in their current rank, affording them the option of re-activating in-rank so long as the ORGCOC allows at the time of re-activation. Ultimately the method of Discharge or Leave, is decided by the upper chain of command, or at least - the closest Officer in the ORGCOC to the person in question.


    Joining the ORGCOC

    • All positions in the ORGCOC are subject to a 6 month rolling term process whereby every 6 months applications made by all members to rostered positions are reviewed (i.e. applications can be made at any time, but are only reviewed at the next review window.).

    • J-Groups and Unit Commands decide on the best persons to manage the group for the following 6 months, be they new candidates or existing (in-post) candidates and make their recommendations to Unit Command / Central Command. In-post NCOs and Officers can apply each six-months for an extension in-post, a transfer to a different post or to step down from the post, or any ordering of those preferences

    • There are no term-limits.

    • The required number of NCO positions in a group will fluctuate with task-force size and J-Groups and their respective command units can request to Central Command to add or remove positions from a Group as required.

    • Joining a J-Group will require some level of involvement with it before selection to it’s NCO group is possible.

    • Selection to a Unit Command will have required some experience managing a J-Group under it’s command before selection is possible.

    • If a vacancy arises “mid-term” then a “mid-term” selection can be advertised by the relevant command if desired.

    • All appointments are reviewed by J-Groups, discussed by Command Units and approved by Central Command.


    Requirements of ORGCOC Candidates

    1. You are willing to dedicate time to UNITAF and its members.
    2. You are a team player.
    3. You can help push UNITAF in the direction decided on, even if you might have done it differently.
    4. You have a good understanding of our unit policies and SOPs
    5. You like to help other people and are not shy to talk about negative aspects of a member's behaviour.
    6. You have a track record of good personal conduct and compliance with unit policies

    This SOP has been contributed to by 1 editors:
    Major James

    UNITAF Standard Operating procedures (SOP)
    are adapted primarly from US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). Our written and audio procedures are a combination of the following primary source materials, as well as our own learnings, modifications and adaptations:
    - US Army Techniques Publication, Infantry Platoon and Squad (ATP 3-21.8)
    - Soldier’s Manual of Common Tasks Warrior Leader Skills Level 2, 3, and 4 (STP 21-24-SMCT)
    - The Warrior Ethos and Soldier Combat Skills (FM 3-21.75 / FM 21-75)
    - Leadership Development (FM 6-22)
    - Dyslexi's Tactics, Techniques, & Procedures for Arma 3 (TTP3)

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