ADV: Recon Operator

Each member of the a recon team must have full capability to command the team and perform all the duties of each of the other members of the team. Due to the small size of the team and the remote operating nature of these teams everyone must be able to operate alone or in any role required by the team and be prepared to change roles on the go. As a recon operator you can potentially end up behind enemy lines on your own without the availability of any external support and you need to know what to do.

Recon Operator skill requirements include:

  • Minimum FTL (fireteam leader) squad level experience.
  • Experience and Understanding in:
    • Navigation, Orientation and Map Reading
    • Camouflage and Concealment Basics
    • Advanced Communications (radios)
    • Long Range Radio (Command Net Comms)
    • Advanced Short Range Radios (Alternate Channels etc.)
    • Marksmanship Principles
    • All insertion types used in ASOR
  • Ideally each team member will have knowledge on:
    • Indirect Fire Support / CAS SOP’s
    • CFA (Combat First Aider) Level Medical Knowledge

The Recon Operator also needs to possess certain attributes the two primary ones being:

SENSE OF URGENCY  

Not to be confused with haste or hurrying but when an order is given you start commencing the task without delay.

RESTRAINT

Primarily holding fire when targets of opportunity present themselves, but also being patient and being prepared to sit still and wait for extended periods of time; just watching and listening.


RECON RADIOS AND COMMUNICATIONS

LONG RANGE RADIO

It is an absolute requirement for a recon operator to be able to use and communicate with the long range radio on the command net. Including the correct use of Overs and Outs and setting up alternate channels where required. Indirect fire and other fire support elements will require the use of the long range radio as well.

SHORT RANGE RADIO

Every recon operator will also need to be able to use the short range with alternate channels, emergency net and net hoping to speak directly to other ASOR teams at times. Recon team being small will communicate primarily on the short range radio to acknowledge commands and issue orders.

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