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Military Terms Guide
By Ricards3
Want to talk like a real soldier? Well, this guide explains all the essential military/radio terms in detail.
 
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"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 [TWO].
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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
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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.
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54 Comments
Winter | Spearheadgaming 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.
SkeletorPalm † Dec 29, 2016 @ 3:07am 
Great!
Red Player Dec 25, 2016 @ 9:17am 
great guide
Spunk Nov 28, 2016 @ 8:02am 
Sorry for the long chain of comments, there's a 1000 character limit for comments. With some work, this guide is fine, but right now I think you're causing more issues than solving.
Spunk Nov 28, 2016 @ 8:01am 
I haven't played too much Squad lately, but when I did, the chat channels were a cluster fuck. Every few seconds people were talking all over eachother, going on big tangents like "Umm... there's a guy... he's shooting... oh I'm about to die..." and shit like that. If everyone doesn't know these acronyms and terms, then it's just making everything 100x more confusing to introduce them to some of the player population anyways, in my opinion.

Rolvaag, that's all useless shit, and "Splash" means arty rounds should, or are confirmed to, have impacted the target.
Spunk Nov 28, 2016 @ 8:01am 
You forgot some pretty important acronyms/phrases:

Vic - Vehicle
Oscar Mike - On the Move
Charlie Mike - Continue Mission
Pop Smoke - Retreat, leave
Roll Out - Leave, go to
Danger Close - Friendly units near arty zone


Clock directions are also super important, 12 = Front, 3 = Right, 6 = Rear, 9 = Left. These are all relative to the direction of you or your squad's travel. It's always better to give a compass bearing, or at least a direction that anyone can relate to. Saying stuff like "He's over there!" does nothing for anyone hearing that, and clogs up the channel.
Spunk Nov 28, 2016 @ 8:01am 
On top of that, there's a big emphasis on brevity (keeping things short). The military doesn't use acronyms and short-hand just because it sounds cool, or to keep things secret. They use them to get the most amount of information across in the shortest amount of time possible.

You literally do not ever say "Repeat" on any military radio, ever, period, unless you specifically know what that means (hint: you probably don't, because you're probably not artillery). You also might want to do some research on the other terms, such as "Affirmative" and "Wilco".
Spunk Nov 28, 2016 @ 8:00am 
This is more of a guide of "How to get cussed out by a real veteran" than anything. I'm a veteran that worked with communications and gave tons of classes during my time, so I'm going to pick this guide apart here.

People are going to be using these terms without any real context or concept of how they should be applied to real conversations. Simply sounding cool means nothing if it's utter nonsense. A better guide would give example sentences and the situations in which they'd be used. The only way to get this stuff down is to practice with a competent trainer.
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Ødonata Nov 13, 2016 @ 1:54pm 
I am glad you put a GRID REF into the guide, I learned normally by playing but it took a while for me to really gasp how to read it, esp now I use meters.