P1. The Basics

How to get good.

Basic Infantry Skills

The Basic Rifleman

As a rifleman, you are the most fundamental element of our combat power. The proficiency you demonstrate a key factor in the survival of yourself, your fireteam, your squad, and ultimately the entire platoon. Every Person plays a role in the bigger picture, and we are only as strong as our weakest link. Our aim is to make even our weakest link into a skilled player.

About the Fireteam & Your Role In It

Fireteams are the most fundamental combat elements of our platoon structure. You will learn much more about them (and everything else about our structure) in the “Platoon”section later on - for now, we will cover the basic premise behind them.Each fireteam consists of six players: a leader and five subordinates. As a new player, you will end up acting as a rifleman in one of the six different fireteams in our standard platoon.As the rifleman, you will be under charge of a more experienced player, acting as the fireteam leader. He, in turn, will be under the command of a squad leader who leads the two fireteams that make up each squad. Likewise, the squad leader will be under the command of the Platoon Commander, who commands the three squads that form the platoon - who is in turn led by the Company Commander, who directs the movements of the platoons.

Working as a Team

The key aspect of our organization is that of closely-knit teams - a rifleman by himself is not nearly as useful as a group of six players working as one cohesive unit. Fireteams look out for their own members as well as those of their fellow fireteams. Fireteams are the tip of the infantry spear.

  • Maintain appropriate interval.

    • Bunching up gets people killed. Keep several meters of distance between yourself and other players at all times. If not, a grenade, rocket, or machine gun is going to have a fun time with you and those you have clustered with.

  • Maintain situational awareness, avoid tunnel vision, and know where friendly forces are.

    • This All helps to prevent being surprised by enemy contacts, prevents friendly-fire incidents, and gives you an idea of what areas may need more observation based upon how the squad or platoon is oriented. More on this in the“Situational Awareness” section, later.

  • Cover your sector.

    • 360° security is needed at all times. This means that with a fireteam of six, every person should be observing or covering a different area. Good security means that your team is that much less likely to be surprised by the enemy, and thus is going to survive longer in combat. When halted, ensure that somebody is paying attention to rear security as well. If nobody else is, take it upon yourself to do so -your team will thank you later.

Basic Responsibilities of a Fireteam Member

In order to play at the highest possible level of coordination, teamwork, and effectiveness, there are many things that each player must be familiar with. This entire guide is an example of those sorts of topics. The Key foundational aspects of this are in the “basic responsibilities” of each fireteam member, and by association, every player in the platoon or company. In order to maintain cohesion and combat effectiveness,every player in our community is expected to abide by these simple ground rules.

As a fireteam member, you must...

  • Know your squad and fireteam.

    • With our structure, squads are lettered and fireteams numbered.Remember what team and squad you are in, as this allows you to pick out, confirm, and act upon voice orders relevant to you. Make sure you are familiar with your fireteam leader’s voice, as well as that of your buddy team member(s). You can find out what group/team you are in via the map screen - the top-right will list your current group.

  • Listen to your team leader and follow their directions.

    • Fireteam and Squad Leaders are typically the more experienced players. Their role is to try to keep you alive and in the fight, while accomplishing whatever mission the squad may be tasked with. Listen to them and stick with your team.

  • Practice fire discipline and know the Rules Of Engagement.

    • Do not be the one to give away a stealthy approach by accidentally firing your rifle or firing at a target without having been given clearance. Once things heat up, and the element of surprise is lost, you’re usually free to shoot at anything that poses a threat. Until then, maintain good fire discipline, in accordance with the instructions of your element leader.

  • Scan for, spot, and call out enemy contacts.

    • Do it concisely via voice so that everyone can hear you.When giving the direction of contacts, relative directions (front, left, rear, right) can be used when friendly forces are moving in a known direction and front, rear, right, left are known to everyone. Otherwise,compass directions and degree bearings should be used. More on this in the “Contact Report” section later on.

  • Know your target.

    • Don’t wildly shoot at everything that moves, as that tends to cause friendly fire casualties. If in doubt, don’t shoot. Ask someone else in your fireteam to check out the questionable contact. Check the map to see if friendly forces are where you’re looking. If you’re still unsure, ask the element leader and he can take it up the chain of command if necessary. Once you pull the trigger, there’s nothing you can do to bring that round back. Don’t be the one to shoot a friendly through carelessness!

  • Be concise on comms.

    • Learn how to speak with brevity on voice channels to avoid cluttering them up when they’re most needed.

  • Avoid crossing lines and lanes of fire.

    • If you need to move past a person, always try to pass behind them. If you ever do need to move in front of someone in a combat situation, ensure that you call them by name and tell them that you’re about to cross their line of fire. Obviously common sense will dictate when this is necessary. Crossing in front of someone during general movement towards an objective is not a huge deal and does not merit a call, whereas running in front of someone during a firefight can get you killed and requires coordination with whoever you need to cross in front of.

  • Always work as part of a buddy team. More info in the “Buddy Team” section next.

    • All of these topics are covered in more depth throughout this guide, so if you’re not 100% sure on any of them, all should be explained by the time you’re through with this.

Buddy Teams

The buddy team concept ensures that every person has at least one other person looking out for them at all times. It simply means that you always move with, watch out for, and fight with at least one other person at your side. Buddy teams are standardized in the platoon, though fireteam leads can choose to change the groupings as the situation dictates.

Your basic responsibilities to your buddy teammate(s) are...

  • Stick with your buddies.

    • When they move,you should be with them. Together you are far more effective than apart.

  • Communicate with your buddies.

    • If it’s important, let them know. If you’re moving,say so, so that they can know to cover you.Good communication keeps everyone working together and aware of each other’s status.

  • Cover your buddies.

    • Cue off of your buddy’s movement, sector of observation,and so forth. If they’re watching one way,cover the other. If they’re going to crossa danger area (such as a street), cover them as they move.

  • Maintain accountability of your buddy.

    • When you change positions, make sure they come with you - leaving a wounded buddy behind in haste is an unpleasant realization to have.

  • Pull your buddy out of the fight if they go down.

    • If you are incapacitated, you can count on your buddy to come to your aid. Likewise, if your buddy is incapacitated, you know to step forward and do your part to save him, or contribute towards someone else, such as the medic, saving him. This may entail dragging him out of a danger area, carrying him to a medic, using smoke to conceal his position, or simply killing whoever tried to kill him. Remember that you are no good to him dead - if the tactical situation doesn't allow you to immediately help him, your task is to help make the situation more favorable - typically accomplished by killing the enemy, or coordinating with others to help kill or suppress the enemy. If your buddy is hit, a rapid assessment must be made as to whether he is dead or wounded, and whether the situation allows for you to safely pull him to cover. A dead teammate can wait, whereas a wounded one may need immediate attention from a medic and your action may be the deciding factor between life and death. If your buddy goes down, call out to the other fireteam buddy team and get them to cover you while you drag him to safety. Once you’ve made it to cover, call out to the squad medic and ensure that your buddy is treated. Depending on the tactical situation, you may want to stay to provide security for the medic, or move back to the fireteam and continue fighting.

Living by these guidelines is a key factor of success in battle. Learn them, know them, and be sure to always practice them.