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The situation report, or SITREP, is a quick way for a leader to get information on his troops.
It is intended to be a very concise and quick way for an entire element to report their status to their leader.
For our purposes, a SITREP means: "What is your LOCATION and what is your ACTIVITY?"
SITREPs can be asked for at the fireteam, squad, platoon, and company level.
Calling for a SITREP as a leader is as simple as saying "(element you are asking for), send a sitrep" or "(element you are asking for), report in".
Examples of how this call can be made are as follows.
- Platoon-level, via platoon radio net: "Squads, send sitreps."
- Squad-level, via squad radio net: "Team leaders, give me a status report."
- Fireteam-level, via squad radio net: "Alpha 1, report in."
Sitreps are generally asked for during lulls in the action, at the close of an engagement, or when a higher-level leader asks for them.
If a leader wants the status of a specific member or element, he will ask them directly.
- When a sitrep is asked for, the elements involved respond in numerical or alphabetical order - for example, squads report in alphabetical order - Alpha, Bravo, Charlie - while Fireteams report in in numerical order.
- It is important that leaders do not constantly ride their junior leaders regarding sitreps.
- Waiting for a lull in the action helps to ensure that the need to report in does not compromise the leadership of the junior leader, or distract him from the combat task he's directing.
- When being asked for a situation report, a junior leader can reply with "Stand by", "Busy" or a variation thereof to let the senior leader know that he must deal with the situation at hand before he can report in detail.
- SITREPs are not intended to be incredibly in-depth, unless necessary. When a leader wants a more detailed report, they typically ask for an ACE report, as described next.
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)