Hello everyone, it's time for another edition of the STAF news.
We will give you a short recap of everything that has happened in the past few weeks, and give you some other important information!
Last week STAF brought their first campaign to a successful ending: Operation "Insurgency"
The insurgency in Takistan has been struck down, and its leaders are either dead or captured. The President of Takistan has personally thanked Mr. Maru for the great work of his operators.
A small ceremony was held after the mission to celebrate the ending of STAF's first campaign, and to commend the operators.
A recap of this first campaign can be found here for those who are interested. It has been an interesting first operation for the PMC, but Mr. Maru said he was "Glad to get out of this stinking desert" and we are sure many operators share his feeling.
Now STAF has secured their place on the global security market, and looks forward to many more operations in the future.
We can see a positive trend in many areas, but like always there is still a lot of work to be done to improve further.
Following here is a recap of the most important things that went wrong often during the last campaign, and need to be worked on in future campaigns.
Listening to orders
During missions you will be assigned to a Team Leader. This TL is in charge of his fireteam, and therefore will give them orders.
In order for a team to function, it is vital that the team members listen to orders given by the TL, and immediately act upon them.
We have seen many instances where certain members of a team either do not act after receiving an order, or need to be told multiple times to do something before they act.
It is extremely hard for a TL to successfully lead his team when half of them do not listen to his orders. Therefore we call upon everyone to stay alert during missions, and listen closely to what your TL is telling you.
Furthermore, if you notice that someone in your team is not listening to an order, help your TL by repeating the order to these people. If everyone starts doing this, it relieves some pressure from TL, and they can focus on leading their team through the mission. If you are unsure about what the order is, ask your TL and he will happily tell you what the order is. Also when we hold in a compound or a street, disperse and form a 360 coverage.
Call out which direction you are covering as well.
Movement in & towards compounds
During missions we will often have to clear compounds of enemy forces. It is important that everyone knows what is expected from them in order to prevent unnecessary casualties.
When we are moving towards compounds we will mostly make use of bounding, where a few people cover while others move. If you are told to move, simply say "moving" so the others know you are moving. When you arrive at your destination say "covering" so that others know they can move safely.
After making it to the compound your TL will most times order you to stack up on the wall of a compound prior to entering it. This means that you will column up on the wall next to the compound entrance. Mostly the MG Gunner will go first, followed by the rest of the team.
When entering the compound it is important that both sides are covered & cleared. It is vital that you communicate with your team.
If someone is clearing the left side of the compound they have no idea what is happening on the right side of the compound. So if your side is clear you simply say "clear". If there is an enemy you will obviously call this out aswell.
Furthermore it is important that you always call it in when you are entering a compound, this is to prevent friendly fire.
The last few weeks we have been trying to work with buddy teams. The TL's will assign you to a buddy at the start of the mission, it is important that you stick with this person during the mission. See it as a pet dog, you are responsible for eachother.
This means that if your buddy is hit, you will communicate this to the Medic. You will also clear compounds and buildings together, and cover eachother. To make this system work, you will have to have to have good communication with your buddy throughout the entire mission.
We will further work and train with this system during future campaigns.
The most important part of a successful mission in Arma is good communication. During the Operation Insurgency campaign we have noticed a lot that people don't communicate enough.
For people who are playing TL or Medic it is important that people communicate in order for them to successfully do their job. If you are not sure what you have to do ask your TL, if you spot an enemy or something important tell your TL, if you are hit tell your Medic.
If it helps you, try to see yourself as a shoutcaster for your own gameplay. Communicate everything you are doing & seeing to your audience (In this case your other team members) It is better to communicate too much than too little.
We really hope that people will start paying attention to this and become more self-aware, as this will improve the co-operation of a team (and again releases some pressure from the TL).
Jeromer and I came up with the idea of organizing some trainings after we have unlocked the training island.
This would mean that we select an evening where we go on the training server with a few interested people, and train some important skills.
Firstly we would train some things that were mentioned in the debrief like movement, communication & clearing. After this people can ask more experienced members for help with specific skills (like medic, mg, launcher training etc.) or other specific things.
We think these trainings would really help with preventing certain things that often go wrong during missions, and hope that a lot of people are interested in doing it.
Operation 'White Dagger'
As many of you have seen already we are starting a new campaign this week, Operation 'White Dagger'.
STAF operators will be travelling to the Island of Malden, where they will work alongside police to fight the criminal organization 'Syndikat'.
With the spending money from Operation Insurgency, STAF has purchased a license for the G36 rifle, alongside two MD500 Helicopters which will be available during the campaign.
This campaign will be very different from the Insurgency campaign, and we hope everyone is looking forward to it.
We had another new member joining us.
It is Augis, he came from watching a stream of one of our other members (No advertising )
He has already become a very active member of STAF we hope he will continue to be!
We again have some people that deserve a higher rank, we already had a short ceremony for these, but nevertheless I am pleased to announce these promotions:
Killerfish: You are a veteran of STAF, and we are very pleased to see you returning to active duty. You have been very active, and constantly help less experienced members on the battlefield, therefore you are promoted back to Master Sergeant
Liffy: You have joined almost every single mission during the last campaign, and developed into a valued member of the STAF Medical team. Therefore you are promoted to Staff Sergeant
Lucas: You have had a good activity lately, and are improving in many areas. Therefore you are promoted to Sergeant
Augis: You are our newest member, yet you have immediately been very active, and really show you are willing to improve. Therefore you are promoted to Corporal
All in all we liked te way in which everyone played the last campaign. We have grown in size but also in our gameplay so good job people!
Lastly please tell us if you are joining more than 2/3 hours ahead. This makes it a lot easier to plan and create the missions.
Cheerio and till next time.
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