General unit policies and rules - Core Infantry - United Task Force (UNITAF) Arma 3


General unit policies and rules

UNITAF / Arma 3 / Core Infantry Procedures



Version 7 / 11min read / Updated Tue 22 Sep 2020 / 1115 views


Code of Conduct

In order to enjoy our time together, all members of UNITAF must abide by this code of conduct. Common sense should prevail, but this code sets out expectations of our behaviour and represents the values of UNITAF. Values which as members it is our responsibility to defend.

  1. I am a part of UNITAF, a group of people with diverse backgrounds and cultures. I will show respect to all members.
  2. In order to facilitate the administrative activities and operational leadership of UNITAF I will respect and uphold the chains of command.
  3. I will make a conscious effort to learn our SOPs over time and apply them.
  4. I will strive to demonstrate good sportsmanship and integrity at all times.
  5. If conflict should arise between members, I will step back, inform a member of Staff or a NCO and abstain from retaliating.
  6. If I believe a member did something well, I will praise them in public.
  7. If I believe a member did something wrong, I will talk it out and correct it in private.
  8. I will never forget that I am a member of UNITAF, a member of one team with one goal.

 

In addition to the Discord Community Guidelines we expect you avoid the discussion or debate of the following topics on our services;

  • race & culture
  • religion or belief(s)
  • sexuality
  • politics (including geo-politics and gender politics)

 

If in doubt, don't say it and remember to respect everyone.

 

Our culture

We have no intention to codify each and every aspect of interpersonal relations within our unit. Some members have been playing together for more than 10 years. Obviously their interactions between each other are going to be different from interactions between new members. Taken out of context those might seem disrespectful. 

There is no quick and easy way to learn this, but if you are a new member and are unsure if something might be considered disrespectful, it is probably best to show restraint. Observe and get used to our culture. It will come in due time.
 

Realism and experience

In order to enjoy the game how we want to play it to the fullest, we:

  1. Stay in character during all official deployments. We try not to do things that make no sense given the scenario and briefing.
  2. Are realistic, cooperative and we do not act in a way that ruins the experience of others.
  3. Remain in the position and the kit which we were assigned by our team leader.
  4. Listen to and act on any and all commands from our element leader.
  5. Know we can offer our honest opinion, but we never criticize other players during operations. If in doubt, we place it in our after action report and we remember that we praise in public and correct in private.
  6. Abstain from using enemy equipment, unless authorized by your operational chain of command.

 

 


 

Voice activation

In UNITAF, you can openly choose between using voice activation or push-to-talk during operations. Voice activation allows for free-flowing natural communication and for many people allows you to multi-task much better. However, sounds emitting from you; irrespective of whether they come from your mouth or from the ambient background must not be disruptive to operations. In order to maintain a great all-round experience, please adhere to the following guidelines

 

Guidelines

  • When using voice-activation, set-up a "push-to-mute" key, so you are able to mute your microphone in the event of unexpected noises such as coughs/sneezes, eating or drinking, your neighbors chainsaw etc.
  • Ensure you activate your push-to-mute when you go AFK, when you don't need to talk, during briefings and as required to avoid any unintended transmission or disruptions.
  • Set your voice activation level appropriately so it picks up your voice and not background music, ambient noise, cutlery etc
  • If you have a directional microphone, ensure it's pointed at your mouth, and not where it will pick up non-vocal sounds
  • If your microphone has a pop-filter or sponge, ensure it does not rub against the microphone

 

Disruptive Communications

  • Any noise coming from your microphone that is
    • not your voice
    • not understandable
    • not considered to be reasonably accidental
       
  • Or any comment or communication you make that is;
    • not observing a BREAK COMMS or HOLD COMMS procedures
    • considered excessive in nature; such as shouting or repeated loud reactions or comments to battlefield events

 

Tactical Gag

Should you not follow the above guidelines, in order to preserve the immersive and structured nature of UNITAF operations, any UNITAF Officer, SNCO or NCO is able to apply a Tactical Gag (T-GAG) to you. A T-GAG will remove your ability to use voice activation immediately, and for the remainder of this operation you'll need to use push-to-talk in order to communicate.

  • When on-deployment
    • You'll be verbally warned once by the Officer, SNCO or NCO to give you an opportunity to cease disruptive communications
    • It's the sole discretion of the Officer, SNCO or NCO in question as whether to apply a T-GAG or not
    • The T-GAG cannot be removed in the same operation by any other Officer, SNCO or NCO than the one that applied it
    • At the end of the operation and when out of game; you can ask the Officer, SNCO or NCO who applied the T-GAG if it can be removed and they will offer you advice and or guidance on how to avoid this in the future.
       
  • Outside of deployment
    • An Officer, SNCO or NCO may additionally apply through the COC to have your T-GAG applied for up to 2 future operations
    • If you continue to violate the guidelines set here you'll either receive a permanent T-GAG, or further escalating action will be taken by your COC.

 


 

Your participation and activity

In UNITAF you can attend any mission you wish to attend and has free slots. Your activity status will be managed by your chain of command:

  • Regular (Deployed last 30 days)
  • Reserve (Deployed 30-60 days)
  • Inactive (Deployed 60+ days)

 

No-shows

As UNITAF is an opt-in, session based group, if you opt-in and do not attend, you will be given a no-show mark against your dossier for each offense. Racking up too many no-shows takes positions away from other players, and will be addressed. We appreciate it if you click “Can’t attend” if you know that you cannot.

 

"Multi-clanning" & recruiting

UNITAF does not prohibit "multi-clanning" simply put, we aim to be the best at what we do and we don't want to force anyone to leave or stay based on a rule. However, be mindful that we have a zero tolerance towards recruitment or poaching using UNITAF services or the network. Inviting other players to other servers for other games is generally fine, doing so for other Arma Units is not, and will likely get you a direct discharge from UNITAF - if you're unsure, check with a member of staff and they'll be able to help.

 

Being Present on Discord

If you leave the UNITAF discord server you will be automatically discharged from UNITAF under standard discharge terms.

 


 

Representing UNITAF

While UNITAF has no "multi-clanning" rules, when you participate in UNITAF activities and on UNITAF servers, you must represent yourself according to the following standards.

Arma 3 Unit

You must join the UNITAF unit on Arma 3 Units and use it when playing with us, this gives the UNITAF unit patch to uniforms and vehicles.
https://units.arma3.com/unit/unitaf
 

Naming conventions

In order to make our automated systems work, you must set the following profile names to the UNITAF standard;

  • Teamspeak name
  • Arma 3 Profile name

Discord is the easiest way to check if your name is correct.The format is RankShortName [SPACE] Username for example Pvt John Smith

 


 

Chain of Command

What is a Chain of Command?

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

In UNITAF no matter how many active members there are, they are divided up into smaller groups, where NCOs and SNCOs are given the responsibility to support and administrate them, NCOs in turn report to SNCOs and SNCOs to Officers. These leaders manage any conflict, disputes, entry and exit of members of the organisation, but only for those members who specifically fall under them in the chain. This avoids centralising these tasks and helps to spread the workload.

Ranks scale with the size of the total force, so for leaders to maintain rank, they must have more than the minimum number of required subordinates under them. This not only promotes recruitment and retention at the mid-level, but creates a unform system of authority.  

 

  • Organisational Chain of Command (ORGCOC) - Comprises all NCOs, SNCOs and Officers, 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 the entire membership as represented by the personnel chart, they also represent their chain of command when advising the leadership, as well as handling all personnel matters within their echelon.
     
  • Operational Chain of Command (OPCOC) - A temporary command structure that operates on a per-operation/deployment basis. It’s understood that on operations from STARTEX to ENDEX, role precedes rank. As dictated by the Order of Battle (ORBAT) and in accordance with standard operating procedures.

 

How to communicate in the Chain of Command

When communicating up or down the Chain of Command (COC), irrespective of whether you are a member of the ORGCOC or not, it's important to understand why it exists. All "official" communication must follow the COC at all times. "Official" communication depends on the situation, but as a general rule, if your asking someone something in private or via a direct message, then it falls within the scope of COC. If you have a general question, best practice is to ask it publically on Discord, since this avoids overloading your COC with information.

When a request is in-scope, such as personal questions about progression, personal information and so on, it should follow the ORGCOC, that means contacting the person you report to first (typically a Assistant Section Commander or Section Commander), you should only contact your Troop Commander if you can't get a hold of your ASC or SC, or if your issue is urgent, in which case contact your Troop Commander, or Commanding Officer in exceptional circumstances.

When a request is related to a specific Operation, you'll need to follow Operational Chain of Command (OPCOC) first, this is typical of 1UP requests or role changes, no-shows or issues with your attendance of a specific operation. OPCOC is simply following the seniority of the ORBAT of the operation.

 

 


 

How we deal with a violation of the code of conduct

While we will do our best to outline what we expect, it is unavoidable that interpretations of our code of conduct are different between people. If we believe that anyone is in breach of our code of conduct following measures will be taken, based on the severity of the case.
 

  1. Team Leader’s Warning
    You can be verbally warned by your immediate superior in the chain of command.
     
  2. Section Commander’s Warning
    A verbal warning from your Section Commander, usually in tandem with your team leader, which is officially a 2nd warning.
     
  3. Platoon/Company Commander’s Warning
    Typically an intervention from one or two more senior members of your chain of command, senior NCO or officer. Acts as a 3rd and final warning.
     
  4. Punitive Reduction of Rank
    Your rank and/or privileges can be removed by the TFCO.
     
  5. Suspension
    Your place in the task force can be suspended by the Task Force Commanding Officer (TFCO) for a period of time to be determined.
     
  6. Discharge
    If an offense is severe, or following a continuous pattern of misconduct, the member will be referred to the TFCO for Permanent Discharge. A dishonorable discharge precludes a person from being present in any unit operated/owned medium by UNITAF.
     

If you have any questions on the contents of this document, please do not hesitate to contact your organisational COC and ask.



UNITAF Standard Operating Proceedure (SOP) is adapted from two primary source materials - in addition to our own experience and past learnings:
US Army Techniques Publication, Infantry Platoon and Squad (ATP 3-21.8) ->view online
Dyslexi's Tactics, Techniques, & Procedures for Arma 3 (TTP3) -> view online



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