Scout’s Guide

# Tips

Always travel lightly armed, but with enough good equipment. In a usual 10 man battle over a good 25 acre neighborhood you won’t need a machete, a compass, or normally even binoculars. There are many times though, that I have needed these utensils when fighting in forest, swamp, and dense fields. One must be always prepared as a scout; not bring unnecessary items, but definitely not underpack. A weapon is needed as always, a backup is usually just bound to get in the way. If you forget things, or are taking notes in a huge war of how strong the enemy’s force is I reccomend a pencil and paper. Be swift, yet travel silently like a sniper; and only fire when fired upon or noticed.
# Silent Movement

Now, the secret of silent movement. You will look pretty goofy doing it. If you do it right, no one will see you doing it. When the battle starts, start off running down your route. If the enemy team is made of a bunch of greenies they will be making a lot of noise to cover your noise. After you have made it about 1/4 of the way to the enemy fort, you need to begin moving silently, and quickly. Get into about a half crouch. This will test the strength of your leg muscles. Plant the heel of your foot, firmly, on the ground and move forward on the outside of your foot. You should look like a monkey running if you are doing it right. The “monkey run” will make a minimal amount of noise. If you are in close proximity of the enemy and you need to move, the key is weight distribution and how quickly you distribute it. Try to put your foot underneath anything that will make noise if you step on it. This includes twigs, large leaves, etc. After you have moved a foot under anything that will make noise, slowly put your weight down on that foot and relax the weight on the other. Repeat this process over and over. The slower the better. It could take several minutes to move just a few feet.
Make sure you don’t have any loose gear that makes noise or will catch on something. Don’t wear anything reflective that can be seen. Silence means nothing if your gear or something you have with you makes noise or gives you away.
# Distraction

If an enemy soldier doesn’t see you and you would like him to look a different direction, try chucking a large rock towards where you would like him to look. Human instinct will get him to look where the noise is. This should give you the opportunity for a quick shot. This usually works a little too well. Caution – make sure there aren’t any other soldiers anywhere near where you are throwing the rock. I assume no liability if you hit another person with a rock.
# Communication

Communication is paramount for any team or squad. A scout or ranger squad should have good hand signals to show the other members of their team what they can see or are intending to do without making any noise.

To tell someone what you see-
Point to the middle of your chest for – “I”
Use two fingers and point to your eyes for “see”
Hold up the appropriate number of fingers to represent how many of the other team you see
Point to the direction where you see enemy soldiers

To ask if another soldier sees anyone-
Point to the other soldier
Use two fingers and point towards your eyes
Hold one palm towards the sky

To tell someone what you hear-
Point to the middle of your chest for – “I”
Use two fingers and point to your ear for “hear”
Hold up the appropriate number of fingers to represent how many of the other team you hear
Point to the direction where you hear enemy soldiers
To tell another soldier to give you cover fire-
Point towards the middle of your chest
Move two fingers in a scissor-like motion to simulate running
Point to where you are going to run to
Point towards the other soldier
Use your thumb and pointer finger to make a gun and fire with your thumb
Hold up three fingers on your hand and count down 3, 2, 1
Your teammate begins cover fire and you move To tell the other soldier to move in and you’ll give cover fire-
Point towards the middle of your chest
Use your thumb and pointer finger to make a gun and fire with your thumb as if it’s the hammer on a pistol
Point towards the other soldier
Move two fingers in a scissor-like motion to simulate running
Hold up three fingers on your hand and count down 3, 2, 1
You begin cover fire and your teammate moves

# Shooting – a good or bad idea?

Your primary role as a scout is to locate the enemy, not engage it. This is important to remember. However; fighting off an enemy scout or ranger, or firing back at an enemy who is chasing you is definitely a good idea. Do not fire unless you have to. If you are being pursued then I urge you to run in a zigzag like manner to base; but try a roundabout way to get their unless they know where your troops are, or you are trying to lore them in for an ambush.

# Recommended Equipment
# a good carbine or light assault rifle: XP 70, XP 110, SS 100 m2, XP 270, Max D 5000, etc.
# binoculars for sighting the enemy (I use premium bird watching binoculars and they are excelent)
# a pocket knife, always comes in handy
# a machete or sword to cut through thick vegetation (yes I’ve actually used a sword for this before)
# duct tape for anything broken
# dental floss and a sewing needle

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