Arm and Hand Signals

The signals in this section are the most common and effective means of communicating while under combat conditions and in high noise (battle) areas.  Signals should be given correctly and distinctly so they are not misunderstood.  Practicing them will enable you to better look the part you are trying to portray.  This form of communicating is designed, for the most part, to be used face to face in direct eye contact, so do this when signalling even if it means turning around from the direction of movement.  Some of the signals indicate basic formations within a squad, like Echelon Left and Wedge.  These are usually directed by a Team, Squad or Platoon Leader.  In a patrol the Platoon/Squad Leader and Point man are the members who would be signalling the most.  Leaders should position themselves within the formation so that they can easily communicate with their whole teams.  This usually means in the middle.  Remember a Platoon/Squad leader will also communicate through oral commands and audible signals as well.  Maintain a designated distance between team members so that they can still communicate and be effective given a change in situation.  This reduces vulnerability to direct and indirect compromises.  Team members may need to repeat signals back to other members of the team if the whole team cannot see the leaders signals.

Attention Ready? I Do not Understand Disregard Previous
Assemble or Rally Join Me Follow Me Right (Left) Turn
Halt or Stop Increase Speed
or Rush
Extend (Open Up) Close Up
Move Over or Shift Fire Column Disperse Cover our Advance
Enemy in Sight Fix Bayonets Prepare for Action Action Front
(Right, Left or Rear)
or Assault Fire
Commence Firing Cease Firing V Formation Echelon Right (Left)
Mask Line Formation
Wedge Formation

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