Radio Use: In The Field

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Call Signs

  • Call Sign word = Company Code Name
  • First Numeral = Platoon (1 or 2) or (6* or 7**)
  • Second Numeral = Squad Number (1, 2 or 3)
  • The Numeral 6 equals Unit Leader (Platoon or Company level only)
  • The Numeral 7 equals NCO (Platoon Sergeant or Company Sergeant)

Designations Charlie, Charlie 1 and Charlie 2 are designations for units, not individuals. Charlie is Company HQ, Charlie 1 is CP1 HQ and Charlie 2 is CP2 HQ. If these are called, one of the HQ members will respond. In a sense this also goes for squad Call Signs.

Example: "Charlie 2-2" is the Squad Leader of CP2S2, but can also be used as a Call Sign for the squad, "Move Charlie 2-2 to the left and hold position east of town". It is even possible to hear it used as part of a call from HQ, "Get Charlie 2-2's AT up here"!

"Actual" is the active commander. Each Squad, Platoon and Company has an "Actual", but at squad level the term is usually saved for clarification during a change of command. "Charlie Actual" would be acting company leader, "Charlie 1 Actual" would be acting CP1 leader and "Charlie 2-3 Actual" would be acting CP2S3 Leader. It is possible for a individual to answer to multiple names.

  • Company Leader should normally be called Charlie Actual, Charlie 6 when not in command.
  • Company Sergeant should be referred to as Charlie 7, unless responding to a "Charlie"(Company HQ) call. Company Sergeant would be Charlie Actual in the event of the Company Leaders absence.
  • Platoon Leaders should be called Charlie 1 Actual or Charlie 2 Actual, or Charlie 1-6,1-7 when not in command.
  • Platoon Sergeant should be referred to as Charlie 1-7 or 2-7, unless responding to a "Charlie 1 or 2"(Platoon HQ) call. Platoon Sergeant would be Charlie 1 or 2 Actual in the event of the Platoon Leaders absence.
  • Squad Leaders are called by their squads name, and should be the one responding normally when their squad is called.


Also be aware HQ members who are assigned to squads will should respond to their assignments name, not their normal Call Sign. Example: FSgt. is assigned to CP2S1 as a Automatic Rifleman(AR), he would respond to "Charlie 2-1's AR". The exception to this is when that FSgt. is called for duties that pertain to his roll as Co. Sergeant.

Battalion Headquarters

Battalion HQ
Call Sign Assignment Unit
Duckie BN CO BN HQ
Beaver BN XO BN HQ
Platapus BN Sgt. BN HQ

Charlie Headquarters

Company HQ
Call Sign Assignment Unit
Charlie Company HQ Co. HQ (Any)
Charlie 6 CO Co HQ
Charlie 7 SNCO Co. HQ

First Platoon

Call Sign Assignment Unit
Charlie 1 Plt. HQ CP1 HQ (Any)
Charlie 1-6 Plt. Ldr. CP1 HQ
Charlie 1-7 Plt. Sgt. CP1 HQ
Charlie 1-1 SL or Squad CP1S1
Charlie 1-2 SL or Squad CP1S2
Charlie 1-3 SL or Squad CP1S3

Second Platoon

Call Sign Assignment Unit
Charlie 2 Plt. HQ CP2 HQ (Any)
Charlie 2-6 Plt. Ldr. CP2 HQ
Charlie 2-7 Plt. Sgt. CP2 HQ
Charlie 2-1 SL or Squad CP2S1
Charlie 2-2 SL or Squad CP2S2
Charlie 2-3 SL or Squad CP2S3

Radio Etiquette

WIP - Charlie Squad Level Discussion