The right way to talk over a radio when airsofting or in the Armed Forces.
The following terms will help aid in the communication of your team, below the terms are listed with definitions.
BREAK: This term is used when someone has critical information be the radio channel is already under use. Just call in and say “Break. Over”. This also may be used when A sender has ended a conversation but is about to engage in a second one.
CORRECTION: This means: “There is an error in this communication and I will start again with the last correct piece of information”.
I SAY AGAIN: This term literally means I am going to say that again.
MESSAGE (Follows/Ends): This is used to state the beginning and end of a specific message. For instance: Message Follows- You are to move to quadrant B and avoid contact at all costs. Message Ends.
OUT: This states the end of a conversation, no reply is needed.
OVER: This is almost the same is out except you are only ending your comment and are waiting for a reply.
RADIO CHECK: What is my radio strength and clarity?
ROGER: I have received your transmission and comprehend.
SAY AGAIN: Please say again your last transmission, I did not understand or hear.
WAIT ONE: I am pausing for a short period of time.
WAIT OUT: I am going to pause for longer than a minute and I will call back soon or when I return.
WILCO: I acknowledged your broadcast, and I will act in accordance.
Other Tactical Terms
CEASE FIRE: Stop firing your weapons.
FIRE: Fire on designated locations.
FIRE AT WILL: Fire on targets of your choice
WEAPONS FREE: You are allowed to use your weapons.
WEAPONS HOLD: Only fire if you receive contact.
WEAPONS SAFE: You are not allowed to fire your weapon
FLANK: The rear or side of an enemy
BOGEY: An mysterious unit or units.
TANGO: Terrorist or a bad guy. Generally an enemy.
FRIENDLY: A unit identified as being on your team or side.
ENEMY: A conflicting unit
OPFOR: Opposition force
GO LOUD: Operational calmness is no longer needed. Any noise is acceptable
INBOUND: Moving towards you
OUTBOUND: Moving away from you
(number) O’CLOCK: A direction, referring to 12 O’clock as being the direction that person is facing
ECHO ECHO: This is more of a last resort command. I really means break contact at all costs and that you don’t have to fight as a unit anymore UNTILL you meet back up at a rally point.
RALLY (at): Meet at a specific location which is usually decided by your squad leader
CONTACT: This does NOT mean that you see an enemy, it means that you are taking fore from a tango.
BREAK CONTACT: Move back away from the enemy, usually to regroup and reengage.
RETREAT: This means to break contact with the enemy and avoid any further contact.
AMBUSH: A pre-determined plan to have your team concentrate their fire on a specific location.
VISUAL: Able to see the enemy or and object.
DOWN: Used to describe the amount of enemies/comrades that have been lost to fighting.
DRY: You have run out of bullets
RADIO DARK: Radio Silence.
When these terms are used properly it will make a tremendous amount of difference on the success of a unit or squad. You will be able to be more exact on what you mean. Always remember to be short and to the point, don’t ramble on forever because chances are by the time your done talking the situation has changed. Out.