Ok with the other threads such as Fk's excellent Sl thread I thought I'd post one about how to be a good Squad Member, based on my experiences as an SL and a good/sometimes not so good SM.
- Announce yourself on joining the squad and do a very quick mic check.
- Hold spawn. Critical. Do not randomly spawn at a firebase or at main.
- Wait for the SL to acknowledge you and then if not already told ask what kit the SL needs and where he would like you to spawn.
- If your new to PR, say so, you will get help. People generally like helping new players.
- Don't take a requestable kit without asking. They are not MW2 unlocks, they are not inherently better than the rifleman kit. They are task specific equipment. If you are not designated to carry out that specific task you may not need that specific kit.
Movement and contact
- Check your fire condition with your SL, are you free to fire, only to fire when fired upon etc. This is critical as half hour of cautious movement can be undone in a moment of "I have a gun and I am going to stand up and shoot it loud and proud".
- Cover your sector. Even if your SL hasn't designated you an area to cover or a fire sector take a look around. Where are the gaps in coverage? Is your rear covered? Is someone watching East? Find an area that is not covered and watch your squad mate's backs.
- Be disciplined on comms but don't be afraid to speak. When engaging, identify your target and confirm when it is down. This isn't bragging, this is intel. It let's your SL know which targets are eliminated in which areas and allows him to focus on the remaining threats (plus it is a bit braggy and sounds cool)!
Relay information quickly, accurately and concisely, the Sl may have other comms ongoing. If he does not immediately acknowledge you, wait, don't assume he has not heard you or is ignoring you. Only repeat the message if the threat is immediate, as in pulling his bayonet our of your back when you are behind the SL.
General comms guidelines
- When the Sl is chatting freely, join in, get to know people, have a laugh. When the Sl says, "Hold Comms", "Break", "Wait one" or "Silence Earthlings" stop talking immediately, mid word if necessary. Let the SL deal with his additional comms and process the information and formulate his plan. Be patient, you will be able to chat later.
- Mumble usage and the wandering SM. If you are in a squad, be in that squad. Do not wander off and freelance as an appendage to another squad because you can talk to them on mumble. In doing that you are leaving your actual squad a man short, worse still if you are a medic.
- If you are running medic, realise your importance to the squad and the fact that it is not a rifleman kit with extra bandages, this ain't BC2. You literally are life and death for your squad and the difference between success and failure. You are the second most important kit in the squad, in bad times the most important. Treat the role with respect and give it 100%.
- If you want to use a requestable kit, ask. The Sl may be able to find a use for you in that role but don't pester him about it. He isn't denying you the chance to shoot the giant rocket gun because he just wants to spoil your fun, there may be a genuine reason.
- If you have a question about the plan or a particular tactic, ask, but ask at the right time.
-If you are under fire and the SL seems preoccupied, don't be offended, it's because your SL is preoccupied with being shot at. It will hopefully pass and you can chinwag after.
- If you have had a good round, say so. Your SL will love to hear that you enjoyed yourself and will appreciate the feedback.
- Lastly if your SL says he is going for a smoke or to get more ice for his drink, make absolutely no comment whatsoever, at all. That's your best policy on that one, trust me.