Proper Radio Communication

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.

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  1. Brian Elliott Says...

    On July 27, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    A few more things to add onto this post:

    Copy – Write down everything after, not generally used in place of Roger or Wilco, but only high speed commo specialists will call you out on it.

    Repeat – This is an artillery term, it means fire on location again. Don’t use this unless you WANT artillery fire on location! Usually artillery officers are smart enough to know a slip up, but I wouldn’t want to take that chance…

    Roger Wilco – NOT something you should use over the radio.
    Over and Out – You just gave two different signals over the radio… you expect a response, and then don’t? Again, don’t use this over the radio.


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