November

Any advice for squad management?

First and foremost, I am relatively new to the game. However, this is an element that I've seen nearly all levels of players struggle with.

 

How do I effectively manage a large squad?

I often find it difficult to get everyone on the same page. It's hard to put people where I need them (ie. gunners on a choke point, marksman in a high spot to provide support). It gets worse if I ever want to split the squad up, for whatever reason. On top of this, my job is to relay information to other squads and keep everyone alive. 

 

Typically as SL, I spend a large amount of time on the map dropping markers for the team. When I'm not dropping markers, I'm on the binos scanning for hostiles and guiding support fire. And when it's clear, we formulate plans and advance or defend.

 

Tl;Dr I find it challenging to effectively give precise orders and relay accurate information between all levels (local, squad, and command) while maintaining good situational awareness of what my squad is actually doing. Any advice, veteran players? 

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Ha, well part of the appeal of being an SL is that it is complete chaos always. Most of your squadmates have never been in SL, so they don't really consider the amount of information you are constantly having to process, especially when you are in a server with active Squad Comms.

 

First piece of advice I would give, accept that you never have full control and that your plans will constantly go to hell. With that in mind it is much easier to keep your cool and try to see all the possible options/risks. 

 

Outside of assaulting or when the enemy gets close, I find myself rarely using my weapon. I honestly think 90% of my time is spent with binos and looking at the map. Some guys are good at leading from the front, and there are certainly situations where that is most appropriate. But most of the time, I try to stay in the middle of the pack and view my guys as my primary weapon... 

 

I truly can't understate the importance of the map. It is your primary tool as SL. Also, mark your targets not only with mini map icons, but move and attack icons.

 

Enforce comms discipline when it is most important. It is so easy to get overloaded by information by all your hunks trying to be helpful and call out targets, call for medics, etc. Just tell them you need comms and try to work through SL and Squad members one by one in quick order rather than consume all that information as one. 

 

Exact orders rarely work, and that might be where you are having the biggest issue. The problem with exact orders, is you can't see what your guys are seeing, you can't know what is over the horizon, and you are many times not going to be in a position to make a decision better than those who are in the middle of the shit. So instead, focus on parameters.

 

We are holding this flag, right now, do not engage from the rally/fob area, do not advance past these areas (that helps you keep folks in a position where you can quickly and effectively retask them without having to worry about their every movement), medics to hold closer to me, etc. This will liberate you to focus on what to do next, observe enemy movements, etc.

 

Most importantly... Squad leading is more about not completely screwing it all up and looking like you know what your are doing and have control... because you sure as hell don't.   

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  1. this is the objective
  2. move in this direction then this to avoid x or search for y
  3. Squad x has ask us to .../has been wiped
  4. Enemies in this area

i think that covers everything. Expect people to know but check on them, help them learn.

The most micro management should be "spread out so you don't all die at once" or "[name], [name] come to me for a rally/fob" or "keep moving"

markers are just communication aids, don't over use them.

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