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USJTF Hand and Arm Signals

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Terminal Learning Objective • Action: Hand and Arm Signals • Conditions: With a USJTF Unit Worldwide • Standards: Conduct Basic Hand and Arm Signals • Source: Citadel (USMC/USN) Officers Academy

• USJTF Directive: All hand and Arm Signals will be conducted the same in the USJTF regardless of location

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USJTF STANDARDIZED HAND AND ARM SIGNALS

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Three Types of Signals 1. WHISTLE

- EXCELLENT FOR SMALL UNIT LEADERS. - FAST TRANSMITION TO A LARGE GROUP

- PREARRANGED AND UNDERSTOOD - REDUCED BY BATTLEFIELD NOISES

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Three Types of Signals 2. SPECIAL SIGNALS - SPECIAL METHODS AND DEVICES - FLAG - PYROTECHNICS - GROUND-TO-AIR SIGNALS

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Three Types of Signals 3.

HAND AND ARM SIGNALS - RAPID TRANSMISSION

- PRE ARRANGED - SHORT DISTANCE - SILENT

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DECREASE SPEED

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CHANGE DIRECTION OR COLUMN

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ENEMY IN SIGHT

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RANGE

One Finger per 100 Meters (1.25 Football Fields)

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COMMENCE FIRING FASTER/SLOWER

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CEASE FIRING

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ASSEMBLE

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FORM COLUMN

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ARE YOU READY? I AM READY

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ATTENTION

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SHIFT Formation

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ECHELON LEFT (RIGHT)

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SKIRMISHERS OR ON LINE

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WEDGE

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VEE

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STRIKE TEAM / STRIKE GROUP

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Calling USJTF Company!

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CLOSE UP / OPEN UP

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DISPERSE

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LEADERS JOIN ME

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I DO NOT UNDERSTAND

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FORWARD / ADVANCE

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HALT / FREEZE

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DISMOUNT, DOWN, TAKE COVER / MOUNT

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DISREGARD PREVIOUS COMMAND

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RIGHT / LEFT FLANK

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INCREASE SPEED, DOUBLE TIME

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HASTY AMBUSH RIGHT / LEFT

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OBJECTIVE RALLY POINT

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DANGER AREA

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HEAD COUNT

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PACE COUNT

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