These principles always apply, regardless of context.
- Use accuracy, brevity, and clarity.
- Think before you speak.
- Keep the airways free of unnecessary chatter.
- If information is crucial, or communications are unreliable, say it twice.
Long Range Radio Procedure
While squad and platoon level communications are often relaxed, bordering on informal, communication over the Long Range Radio is more tightly controlled. When communicating over the LRR, troopers should...
- Begin by identifying who they are addressing by their call sign (E.g. "MOBCOMM...")
- Identify themselves (E.g. "MOBCOMM, this is CAVALIER...")
- State their message concisely (E.g. "MOBCOMM, this is CAVALIER. Requesting resupply...")
- Sign off using the correct procedure word (E.g. "MOBCOMM, this is CAVALIER. Requesting resupply. Over.")
These are common procedure words (prowords), usually used at the start or end of a transmission.
- BREAK-BREAK: Used to interrupt conversation and demand silence. Used for priority messages.
- WILCO: "I understand and will comply".
- ROGER: "I understand."
- OVER: Used to indicate that the speaker is done speaking, and expects an answer.
- OUT: Used to indicate that the speaker is done speaking, and no answer should be given. Should be spoken by the operator who initiated the communication.
- SAY AGAIN: Used to request a radio message be said again.
Advanced Procedure Words
These are more niche prowords, sometimes used by experienced radio operators.
- CORRECTION: Used before correcting previous information.
- INTERROGATIVE: Used before asking a question.
- REPEAT: Used to request a fire mission be repeated.
- WAIT OUT: Used to indicate that the speaker must pause, but will be back.