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Friday, June 24, 2011

We're Oscar Mike

In any situation where you and a group of survivors are doing just that, surviving, it is vital to have some kind of code system worked out. As in the title, Oscar Mike meanings "On the Move" in military lingo while Tango Down means "Target Down". While using the exact same signals and codes isn't necessary, it is definitely easier than coming up with an entirely different system. Knowing the codes and signals is one thing, the question is, does your team know them by heart? Can they execute and follow these signals like pros? I stress the importance of this because it only takes one person who doesn't know the codes or signals well enough to mess up and get everyone killed. The most recognized would be the phonetic alphabet for the military, where a different word is used for each letter as a universal signal. They go as follows: Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf, Hotel, India, Juliett, Kilo, Lima, Mike, November, Oscar, Papa, Quebec, Romeo, Sierra, Tango, Uniform, Victor, Whiskey, X-Ray, Yankee, and Zulu. During times where silence may be required hand signals will be brought into play, this is where each team would use their own system of commands or simply use the system established by the SWAT team of the USA, GSG 9 of Germany, or the hand signals of military corps. Thinking you know them is not enough, you must know each and every single deigned by your team by heart to survive. Depending on availability the ZSC may devise our own set of codes and signals but for now me and my team are using basic army and swat team codes/ signals. This is survival, be prepared, know the signals, and stay strong my friends

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