Squad
283 ratings
Military Terms Guide
By Ricards3
Want to talk like a real soldier? Well, this guide explains all the essential military/radio terms in detail.
 
Rate  
Favorite
Favorited
Unfavorite
Responses
"AFFIRMATIVE" OR "AFFIRM" - Yes.
"NEGATIVE" - No.

"ROGER" OR "COPY" - I have received and understood your last transmission.
"WILCO" - I 'will comply' with your last transmission's orders.

"STAND-BY" - Alternative to 'wait'.
"WAIT ONE" - Military alternative to 'wait a second', wait a few seconds. (P1: 'Hey, can you come to the defence flag?' P2: 'Wait one.)
Questions/Statements/Orders
"HOW COPY?" - How do you copy my last transmission? Usually used to check if the receiver of the message has received it correctly, in cases of distortion or interference. Can be replied with "GOOD COPY" if you copy their full message or with "NO COPY" if you did not receive their full message.

"SAY AGAIN" - Please say your last transmission again. NOTE: This CAN NOT replace 'repeat' (can be confused with fire discipline pro-word); unless in the middle of a sentence ('Five soldiers, repeat five soldiers, to go west'), although it is more efficient to use 'say again' ('Five soldiers, I say again five soldiers, to go west').

"DANGER CLOSE" - Friendly's are in close proximity of the target.

"BREAK-BREAK" - Tells all other listeners that next message is of high priority, can be used to get through other transmissions.

"TANGO" - Target, tango is also the 'T' in the NATO Alphabet. ('I have one tango in my sights')

"CORRECTION" - There was an error in my last transmission, the following is the corrected information. ('There are two tangos west, correction, there are three tangos west.')

"SITREP" - A situation report ('Can I get a SITREP?'). A response would typically include things like bearings or cell locations of enemies and what you are attempting to achieve at the moment, like move on a flag.
Special
"RADIO CHECK" - What is my signal readability? ('Can I get a radio check?'). If they sound perfect, you can respond with "Lima Charlie" OR "Loud and clear" ('I read you loud and clear.'). Otherwise, reply with a 1 to 5 assessment of readability ('Copy 4 out of 5'). NOTE: This technically refers to signal readability AND signal strength, but as this cannot be measured in Squad as of now, it has been ignored (see more here[en.wikipedia.org]).

"FOB" - Forward Operating Base. A spawn point for the whole team with reduced spawn times compared to rally points. FOBs are not limited to amounts of spawns but are vulnerable to enemies with the icon on the map turning red when under attack. FOBs also allow for deployables to be placed within a certain range. Squad Leaders can place them every 400 meters in the (default keybinds) T menu. (Read more here[squad.gamepedia.com]).

"KLICK" - Military alternative for 'kilometre' (or kilometer). Used to prevent confusion with the word 'metre' over the radio, for example, if the radio cuts out for the first half of kilometre.

"MIKE" - Military alternative for 'minute'. NOTE: When saying times over 9 minutes, say the digits individually ('FOB will be down in one zero mikes')

"ETA" - Estimated Time of Arrival (P1: 'Can I get an ETA?' P2: 'ETA is one zero mikes').
Map Calls
"GRID REF." - Short of 'Grid Reference' ('Grid ref Delta Six, Keypad Two.').

Map Call: GRID REFERENCE [Delta] [One], KEYPAD [FIVE].
]
NATO Phonetic Alphabet
Using a phonetic alphabet is much preferred to be used for GRID REFERENCE and spelling out anything.

The numbers are all the same with the exception of 9, pronounced 'niner'.
Letter Phonetic Letter
A Alpha
B Bravo
C Charlie
D Delta
E Echo
F Foxtrot
G Golf
H Hotel
I India
J Juliet
K Kilo
L Lima
M Mike
N November
O Oscar
P Papa
Q Quebec
R Romeo
S Sierra
T Tango
U Uniform
V Victor
W Whiskey
X X-Ray
Y Yankee
Z Zulu
^This took forever
Extra
Please don't hesitate to comment if I have missed anything or if you have enjoyed the guide. Rating my guide also helps!

Note that completely irrelevant comments may be removed.
< >
60 Comments
Nano May 9 @ 3:05am 
"danger close. In close air support, artillery, mortar, and naval gunfire support fires, it is the term included in the method of engagement segment of a call for fire which indicates that friendly forces are within close proximity of the target."

DONT USE IT TO CALL ENEMIES CLOSE TO YOU. ITS MEANT TO BE USED WITH ARTILLERY
Heercamelot Apr 8 @ 3:14am 
ginge
Xenice Mar 25 @ 11:04am 
how come it says 'delta 6, keypad2' but the 5 is highlighted?
Wavefront Mar 21 @ 10:21am 
please don't use "Danger Close" to describe anything other than an artillery fire mission in your vicinity
Narkenstein3D Mar 6 @ 6:23pm 
Copy that Copy
Mag. Feb 22 @ 7:55pm 
Military member here, accurate guide. Good job. Although in reality it doesn't always work this efficiently lol
Winter Jan 19 @ 2:08am 
Break Break means for all persons on the frequency / radio to hold comms to let you speak a priority message or relay information of high imporatance without being blocked
Psychobagger Jan 1 @ 3:55pm 
Can anyone explain the map calls to me? I'm having difficulty understanding it.
CoconutPalm™ Dec 29, 2016 @ 3:07am 
Great!
Red Player Dec 25, 2016 @ 9:17am 
great guide