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    I've been trying to lead some squads since the game came out (at times when I'm not burned out on TeamSync specifically) and I've noticed that some of our regs here need a refresher on how to play as a squad MEMBER. I'm not picking on anybody, pointing fingers or laying blame. Hopefully people will read this post, pick up on some key details and make for a better squad :)

    **COMMUNICATE**
    I cannot stress this enough. When playing in a squad get on our teamspeak server! It is vitally important to be able to hear what the Squad Leader is saying but just as important to be able to communicate to the SL. If you don't have a microphone, I suggest getting one, but get on teamspeak anyway so you can listen for orders. If you do have a microphone, USE IT. Obviously I don't mean you should spam the squad comms with innate babble every 5 seconds but if you spot a squad, armor, or an entrenched enemy position the SL may not have seen it and you NEED TO REPORT IT. When I SL I spend a lot of time looking at the map and it's easy to miss something critical.

    **FOLLOW ORDERS**
    It's a TG staple and just about everybody does this part well. Get in teamspeak, listen for orders and follow them. Orders can be "come in as an engineer", "get on flag radius", "take up a defensive posture" or just about anything mission critical. If you're in a squad and you hear and order, follow it. You don't get to decide that an assault kit might be better for your KDR so you'll bring that instead, for example.

    **STICK WITH YOUR SQUAD**
    Unless told to do otherwise stick with your squad. This means if you aren't the SL you should be stuck to his/her hip or at least close by. I know it's easy to get lost on the new maps or drawn into a fire fight as the SL moves away but do your best to disengage and catch up with your squad. This is, by far, the worst offense I've seen during BF3's early days and I'm guilty of failing at it too. Even if your SL isn't giving orders and is roaming the map randomly you stand a much better chance of winning fire fights if you have 4 people instead of just 1.

    **ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE**
    This if the most important one, closely followed by communication. Enjoy being in a squad and having a leader. It's a magical feeling when you join into a squad and, lowe and behold, the SL is telling you what to do, is moving your squad around the map and you're getting stuff done.

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    Re: How To: Be A Squad Member

    I like.

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    • #3
      Re: How To: Be A Squad Member

      I like as well. You could almost cut and paste this into a thread called "how to be a SL"....with the addition of:
      SL's must spot the flag they are attacking or defending! Cannot stress that enough...especially in mixed squads when all parties are not on TS!!!
      "Everyone makes fun of us rednecks with our big trucks and all our guns........until the zombie apocalypse"

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        Great post +rep

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        • #5
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          Good reminder! It's hard to get back in the swing of it after so much time without squad leaders, but it's something on which we all can work, myself definitely included.

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          • #6
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            +rep

            Excellent summary of basics. Following can be added.

            Cohesion (Stick with Your Squad)
            - Always deploy on SL and follow his lead unless specified otherwise. This means he is the pointman unless someone else is assigned as one.

            Follow Orders
            - Dont change your assigned kit without SL`s knowledge and confirmation.
            - Follow ROE (Rules of Engagement). Dont spoil a stealth attack (code red)
            - Fire discipline: Focus on objective. If possible, avoid engaging and alerting OpFor until the objective is captured.

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            • #7
              Re: How To: Be A Squad Member

              Originally posted by Arithea View Post
              Good reminder! It's hard to get back in the swing of it after so much time without squad leaders, but it's something on which we all can work, myself definitely included.
              I can't even fathom the game w/o SL's. This was a primary reason I didn't get into 2141. True....the game is what you make it but hats off to the TG'ers that turned 2142 into a TG worthy title.
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              • #8
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                Originally posted by Grunt 70 View Post
                I can't even fathom the game w/o SL's. This was a primary reason I didn't get into 2141. True....the game is what you make it but hats off to the TG'ers that turned 2142 into a TG worthy title.
                You mean BC2? 2142 had SL's :D

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                • #9
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                  Originally posted by WhiskeySix View Post
                  You mean BC2? 2142 had SL's :D
                  That makes much more sense.. I was confused. lol. But yeah, no SL's in BC2 was the worst part.

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                    Re: How To: Be A Squad Member

                    Yes! +1..

                    I am glad you can realize you are also guilty(as am I) of not sticking with the squad, as you were annoying me badly yesterday, as you were flying around while JusB and I were getting our butts handed to us over and over. :) I guess I will have to break out the whip.

                    Since we are stuck with 4 man squads, it becomes even more imperative that the squad sticks together. As a SL it is very. . . no, extremely annoying to have that one person who is always off in the distance, attacking other control points, spawning on aircraft, or running toward their favorite spot for setting up a tent.

                    I know I have been guilty of falling behind my squad, as I tend to be the mop up on the tail end. . . and I am always the one who gets shot when I am with in 10 feet of a squad mate. It used to drive LuckyShot crazy that I was always bringing up the rear and too far from him for the revive. I also seem to get spawned at home when the squad mate I was going to spawn on dies at that precise second I hit the spawn button. There are things that happen in game that we cant control, but avoiding the SL's orders is not one of them.

                    I enjoy leading a squad, not because I get to tell people what to do, but because so many other dont like to give orders, or they like the whack-a-mole attack-n-run style of game. I like defending a point, which is why I usually declare a home for the squad, and even if we move off to help on another flag, our home is what we "have to keep". One of the things I learned from playing with LuckyShot was not to sit directly on a flag you are defending, but float between it and another, either to support the defense there or keep off attackers coming from that point before they get to my point. Same with Rush, you cant defend a point from behind it, you need to be between the enemy and the point you want to keep. It is like a mother bear and her cubs, they keep harm from getting near by their cubs by slapping the threat before they even get close, not after the threat is closer to the cubs than she is.

                    Jack Dempsey, the famous prize fighter is responsible for the quote...
                    "The best defense is a good offense"
                    But that does not mean we have to own every flag. A squad on defense has the upper hand on a squad on the move (unless Badger is on point :row__684:).

                    Back to the topic at hand...
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                    • #11
                      Re: How To: Be A Squad Member

                      Originally posted by ANGELofDEATH View Post
                      I enjoy leading a squad, not because I get to tell people what to do, but because so many other dont like to give orders, or they like the whack-a-mole attack-n-run style of game. I like defending a point, which is why I usually declare a home for the squad, and even if we move off to help on another flag, our home is what we "have to keep". One of the things I learned from playing with LuckyShot was not to sit directly on a flag you are defending, but float between it and another, either to support the defense there or keep off attackers coming from that point before they get to my point.
                      Same here. This is my style of Squad leading as well. I pick a flag and defend that till death with an eye on a neighboring flag that we can support.

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                      • #12
                        Re: How To: Be A Squad Member

                        And this video, inspired by this thread . . .


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                        • #13
                          Re: How To: Be A Squad Member

                          Originally posted by WhiskeySix View Post
                          You mean BC2? 2142 had SL's :D
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                          • #14
                            Re: How To: Be A Squad Member

                            Originally posted by ANGELofDEATH View Post
                            Since we are stuck with 4 man squads, it becomes even more imperative that the squad sticks together. As a SL it is very. . . no, extremely annoying to have that one person who is always off in the distance, attacking other control points, spawning on aircraft, or running toward their favorite spot for setting up a tent.
                            Unfortunately, if you want to fly a jet and follow the suggested SOP (ie. leave squad) BF3 still puts you into a squad when people join the server. It's really irritating.

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