Identification & Readback's - Communication - United Task Force (UNITAF) Arma 3


Identification & Readback's

UNITAF / Arma 3 / Communication Procedures



Version 2 / 5min read / Updated Fri 13 Mar 2020 / 229 views


Hearing someone say over the command net that there are "Enemy infantry, bearing 210!" is fairly worthless in a high-playercount player game with the platoon spread out over hundreds of meters if not more. Because of this, and other considerations, we use a simple set of radio procedures to keep things running smooth.

If you are communicating across the radio, you initiate each transmission with who you're talking to, followed by your own callsign, wait for an acknowledgment, and then send your message. 
For example, if Bravo Lead is contacting Command to tell him that they took a casualty in a firefight (post-fight, most likely), the transmission would be as follows:
 

Bravo SL: "Command, this is Bravo."

Command: "Bravo, send it."

Bravo SL: "Be advised, Bravo took one KIA."

Command: "Command copies."
 

This simple procedure keeps command chat organized and allows for the various leadership elements to know when they're specifically being talked to. Not waiting for an acknowledgment often results in a repeated message being required, since the receiving unit may have been too busy at the time to listen to the message intended for it. This radio procedure is generally employed during combat situations, where any given element may be engaged or busy. When the action is less intense, it may be abridged as needed - it's up to the leaders to be able to make these decisions themselves.

 

Readbacks

A readback is used to ensure that an element has understood or heard correctly a request, order or message, a readback is requested when the calling callsign uses the term READBACK?

 

Readback Requests & How Copy
If you want to make sure your target station understands, use READBACK!
"Saber 1 Bravo this is Outlaw 3-1, READBACK TARGET is figures 1-1-9-3-1-6?"
"Outlaw 3-1 this is Sabre 1 Bravo, COPY TARGET Figures 1-1-9-3-1-6"
"Saber 1 Bravo this is Outlaw 3-1, READBACK CORRECT - OUT"
or if incorrect use "NEGATIVE, I SAY AGAIN" and rinse and repeat - until correct

 



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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