Signals: Smoke Colors - Core Infantry - United Task Force (UNITAF) Arma 3

P3-210 Signals: Smoke Colors

UNITAF / Arma 3 / Core Infantry Procedures

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Each person in a deployment carries a variation of smoke grenades. This section aims to explain their standardized meaning, which should be assumed to be in use unless an alternate meaning is stated in the OPORD.


Smoke Color Meaning Carried by
Red Enemy Position Team Leaders+, FAC/FO
Blue Friendly Position/LZ Team Leaders+, FAC/FO
Green LOGPACK/Ammo drop Support Callsigns
Purple MASCAS / MEDEVAC LZ All Medical Roles
Yellow/Orange Damaged Vehicle in need of repairs All Crew Roles
White Concealment All Infantry
Black Only used by OPFOR OPFOR


It is paramount that any non-standard or alternate meaning of these colors is noted in the OPORD and repeated by the Field Leader during the briefing.

If a smoke grenade is thrown in error or used due to the lack of the correct color, it should be immediately reported upwards in OPCOC to avoid or minimize confusion, especially when CAS/Air Assets are in use.

This SOP has been contributed to by 4 editors:
Major James
First Lieutenant WhiteWolf
Second Lieutenant Zuka
Sergeant Jochem

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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