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1stMIP FTM Hanbook (PR v0.5)

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  • 1stMIP FTM Hanbook (PR v0.5)

    As we announced a while ago, 1stMIP terminated its BF2 activities and completed its transition to Armed Assault.

    As per request from Wimpinator (A TGU instructor), we are publishing all 1stMIP BF2 related documentation.

    These documents were going to be published on TG forums when completed but since we no longer work on them, it is better to put them in this incomplete/unedited form rather than letting them collect dust in our archives.

    We hope these will be help TGU training efforts. Good luck gentlemen. It was a pleasure to share the battlefield with you all.

    1stMIP HQ


    1st Mechanized Infantry Platoon
    Fire Team Member Handbook.


    * The purpose of this guide is to provide a standardized squad combat capability with minimum verbal communication (=economy of words) and maximum tactical understanding (=knowing what you and your team members will do in response to various combat situations).

    * Abbreviations
    ** SL: Squad Leader
    ** FTL: Fire Team Leader
    ** FTM: Fire Team Member

    * A 1stMIP FTM is expected to read and digest the information given in this handbook.

    * FTMs are like key parts of a complex machine. If you fail to follow this guide during the battle, the whole system will collapse, lives of other squad members will be risked and the mission will fail.

    * Your character (discipline, dedication, reliability and patience) as well as your performance (SOP knowledge and practice) are observed and evaluated. Your future participation in 1stMIP operations depends on your attitude, actions and performance on the battlefield.

    * Focus on keeping yourself and your teammates alive, NOT on killing the enemy.

    * Think of our gaming sessions as a training, as if you were in the army and participating in a virtual training program. This should put you into the proper mind set. We enjoy playing seriously; being serious makes us very coordinated and coordination brings success, making it even more fun.

    * Operation of 1stMIP squads is based on three fundamental functions: Leadership, Combat and Support.
    ** As a FTM, you must primarily focus on support and only after that, combat.
    ** Support involves split-second responsiveness to your fire team leader's orders and cohesion, the ability to locate and follow your FTL in an appropriate formation from the start to the end of the battle [Fire team level situational awareness and cohesion].

    Fire Teams

    * Review Fire Teams section of 1stMIP SOPs

    * You are no longer on battlefield as an individual, you are PART of a body called FIRE TEAM ! You are responsible to keep your fire team buddies alive. To do this, you must focus on and develop your cohesion and fire team level situational awareness skills.

    * Memorize your unit code (A2, A3, B2 or B3) and name of your FTL.

    * Cohesion: The first thing you are expected to do when you set foot on battlefield is to find and group on your FTL using an appropriate formation (Open terrain: wedge, Urban setting: Column). Synchorinize your actions (movement and engagement) with your FTL. Unless you are assigned to a specific position, you go where your FTL goes, you fight where your FTL fights. Sometimes, there is simply no time to give verbal cues or orders such as "regroup" and "lets go". This would slow down the whole team and make us very vulnerable. For maximum speed and efficiency, you must be able to follow your FTL even under the most chaotic situations. Let your FTL decide where and when to fight, you will have plenty of chance to do the actual combat.

    Cohesion is the backbone of 1stMIP SOPs. If there is only one thing you will excel, this should be it ! Think of yourself as the escort or bodyguard of your FTL. If he is killed, it means you failed. Your task is to follow, protect and support your FTL.

    * To be able to follow your FTL, you must always keep him in sight. Therefore unless specified by a formation order, you must keep your FTL in front of you and position back at a reasonable distance (not too close, not to far away). Remember, FTL is the head, FMs are the arms of a body. Neither can survive alone.

    * Responsiveness: Learn the meaning of standard 1stMIP commands and execute them properly in the shortest time possibble

    * If you cannot find your FTL, use your radio and ask. Your FTL will report his position using the base or SL as a reference point. Use your map/compass to locate and form on your FTL.


    * Fidelity: One thing must be very clear from the beginning. Once you are assigned with a weapon, vehicle, position or mission, you are expected to keep it until a new assignment is given; after every single re-spawn and until the end of the battle.

    * Never change your assigned kit without contacting your FTL. Feel free to make kit change suggestions. But leave the decision to FTL.

    * Never change your assigned position without contacting your FTL. If you are watching a door, that door is your responsibility. Even if it takes watching it for one hour. If you lack this kind of patience and discipline, 1stMIP is the wrong team for you.

    * Even if enemy breaches from a side defended by another squad member or fire team, DO NOT leave your post. It is SL’s job to adapt to such dynamic situations. Your job is to stick to the specific position assigned to you.

    * If you had a vehicle assignment, get back it when you lose it.

    * If you are assigned to a specific position and direction to watch, immediately go to the same spot after you spawn. Feel free to request a change. Another squad member will be assigned to your position before relieving you.


    * Review Formations section of 1stMIP SOPs

    * When a formation command is issued you are expected to form on your FTL in specified formation and watch your "direction of responsibility"

    Tactical Movement and Maneuvers

    * Review Tactical Movement section of 1stMIP SOPs.

    * During tactical movements, your FTL will coordinate with the other fire team's leader. All you need to do is follow the lead of your FTL in the specified formation. Remember to keep the safety distance. When your fire team halts, watch your "direction of responsibility". Stay cohesive and move with your FL as soon as he moves.

    * Execution of standard maneuvers is your FTL's responsibility. As a FTM, your job is to follow the lead and directions of your FTL.

    Rules of Engagement (ROE)

    * Fire discipline: If team leader didnt specify ROE, it is by default Code Red.

    * List of ROE orders:
    ** Code Red: Hold fire. Even if you are spotted and engaged by enemy, take cover, keep low, report contact and wait for new ROE orders from team leader.
    ** Code Yellow: Return fire. Engage if only you are spotted and engaged by the enemy.
    ** Code Green: Fire at will. No need to wait for ROE orders from team leader.

    Radio Communication

    * Prefer commo rose for:
    ** Spotting
    ** Ammo/Med Pack requests

    * Acknowledge your orders using "roger" key. If you dont, your FTL will not be sure that you received and understood the orders.

    * If you cannot follow an order immediately report back to SL and explain the reason
    ** Ex: "A2 cannot advance to assigned position...enemy is blocking the path"

    Defensive Operations

    * Your FTL will assign you a specific position and watch direction. These positions will be designated with numbers such as "Bravo...position 1". Memorize the spot/direction assigned to you and immediately return to that position when the order is issued.

    Offensive Operations

    * Default rules of engagement is code red. Do not engage enemy until your FTL gives code green.

    Station Procedures

    * When you are assigned to a station (AT, AA or MG), position at the station but DO NOT man the station until a target is in range. Go prone and use the closest cover (sandbags or other). If you have a transport vehicle and a station assigned to you, park the vehicle near the station and use the either one depending on the situation (Ex. B2 is assigned a vodnik and AT station. He will park the vodnik next the TOW (if possible find use cover/concealment) and man the .50 cal of the vehicle against enemy choppers/infantry, TOW against enemy armor)

    Most Common SOP Violations

    The following procedures are the most commonly forgotten or violated ones. Pay special attention not to commit these violations.

    * After respawning, FTM forgets fire team and cohesion principles and engages his own targets alone instead of finding and regrouping on his FTL.

    * Not giving a "roger" confirmation when you get an order,

    * Continuing the radio (VOIP) use after "radio silence" order is issued. This will make it very hard for your SL to communicate with CO.

    * Inability to synchronize your actions (movement, engagement) with your FTL. Needing constant "follow me" and "regroup" orders.

    * Forgetting "safety distance" concept and staying too close to other fire team members.

    * Forgetting to return to your assigned position or take your assigned vehicle after re-spawn.

    * Leaving your assigned position to engage enemy elsewhere, risking the whole defensive plan.

    * During an offensive operation, engaging enemy without FTL orders and ruining the element of surprise and stealth.

    Important Discussion Topics

    * [ So You Want To Play in a 1stMIP Squad?]
    Last edited by John CANavar; 07-18-2007, 04:35 PM.



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