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Military Symbology

This guide's intent is to provide general knowledge about standard NATO markers and symbols and their usage within Arma 3.

Units Symbols

Shape and Color

GROUND UNITS

FRIENDLY ENEMY NETURAL
BLUE RED GREEN

Usually you will need to mark with colors, however you don't have to.

Markers

We will use FRIENDLY units to display different markers, however they can be used with ENEMY and NETURAL units.

ARMOR INFANTRY MECHANIZED INFANTRY ARTILLERY RECON HEADQUARTERS

Units Size

­ Fireteam Squad Platoon Company Battalion
Modifier Ø ••• I II
Size 4 9 ~ 13 25 ~ 40 60–250 300–1,000
Typical rank of leader LCpl Cpl ~ Sgt Lt ~ 2nd Lt Capt ~ Maj Lt Col

Example:

MECHANIZED INFANTRY BATTALION HEADQUARTERS



If you want you can check this wikipedia page about NATO Joint Military Symbology


Tactical Control Measures

Name Symbol Description
Friendly Area
Enemy Known/Confirmed Area
Assembly Area
Drop Zone DZ followed up with the Dropzone name
Landing Zone LZ followed up with the Landing Zone name
Battle Position The unit size is marked at the bottom, Can also be assigned a name
Strong Point Can be assigned a name
Engagement Area (EA) An area where the commander intends to contain and destroy an enemy force with the massed effects of all available weapons
Main Attack The principal attack or effort into which the commander throws the full weight of the offensive power
Supporting Attack Carried out in conjunction with a main attack and designed to achieve: 1. Deceive the enemy; 2. Destroy or pin down enemy forces which could interfere with the main attack; 3. Control ground whose occupation by the enemy will hinder the main attack; or 4. force the enemy to commit reserves prematurely or in an indecisive area.
Boundary Line In land warfare, a boundary is a line by which areas of responsibility between adjacent units/formations are defined.
(In the example, 2nd Infantry division (US) North and 52nd Infantry division (UK) South)