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Military Symbology

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Intent Statement and scope:

  • This guide's intent is to provide general knowledge about what standardized NATO markers are commonly used at UO, their correct meaning, use and identification.
  • The scope of this guide extends only to in-game map assets.

Marking on the MAP

Marking on the "map" or "briefing screen" (essentially the same display only in 2 different situations) should only occur while the following criteria are met:

Briefing Screen

WHO:

  • The missions commanding officer (CO)
  • Players cleared to do markings by the CO
  • Roles required to make markings in the boundaries of their responsibilities (JTAC/FAC, FO/FO RTO, PL, PSG, Plt Medic, EOD, etc.)

WHAT:

  • Markers which show info about mission content that is not offered through the briefing are not allowed (Meta Gaming)
  • Do not place markers which are unnecessary (derping)
  • Do not place markers which disrupt markings of another person
  • If there is an established naming convention in the briefing or already set by preset markers, use it instead of your fancy one

Ingame Map

WHO:

  • The missions commanding officer (CO)
  • Players cleared to do markings by the CO

WHEN:

  • If there is a gathering of element leaders or all element leaders have been informed that a specific location or marker (like a CCP, AXP, IP, BP, etc.) has changed purpose, name or position.

Identification

There are multiple ways of identification for NATO markers.
Currently the most commonly used at UO is the following:
Shape + Color + Marking

... by Shape

FRIENDLY
GROUND
ENEMY
GROUND
INDEPENDENT
GROUND
Markerbluforempty.png
Markeropforempty.png
Markerindforempty.png

As the Unknown type is rarely used on the server will omit it.
We also will omit the Types Air and Space, Subsurface and Sea Surface and will only show Ground.

... by Color

FRIENDLY ENEMY INDEPENDENT

Markings

Now we are going to look a bit closer at markings.
ALL these markings can be used in combination with the colors and shapes mentioned above.

FRIENDLY
GROUND
INFANTRY
FRIENDLY
GROUND
ARTILLERY
ENEMY
GROUND
INFANTRY
ENEMY
GROUND
ARTILLERY
Markerbluforinfantry.png
Markerbluforartillery.png
Markeropforinfantry.png
Markeropforartillery.png

Modifier - Asset

Once we understood that simple markings represent different types of army branches (or rather types of forces),
we can go one step further and add different modifier markings.

FRIENDLY
GROUND
INFANTRY
M:MOTORIZED
FRIENDLY
GROUND
ARTILLERY
M:ARMORED
FRIENDLY
GROUND
INFANTRY
M:MECHANIZED
ENEMY
GROUND
INFANTRY
M:MOTORIZED
Markerbluforinfantrymotorized.png
Markerbluforartilleryarmored.png
Markerbluforinfantrymechanized.png
Markeropforinfantrymotorized.png

Modifier - Size

Additionally we can go ahead and add another modifier to these markers.
The following unit sizes (MIL-STD-2525D - D.5.3.3.2.2) are some of the available ones and placed centered on top of the marker:

Fireteam Rifle
Squad
Rifle
Platoon
Company Battalion
Modifier Ø ••• I II
Size 4 9 40 ~166 ~670
FRIENDLY
GROUND
INFANTRY
M:MOTORIZED
S:SQUAD
ENEMY
GROUND
INFANTRY
M:MOTORIZED
S:PLATOON
INDEPENDENT
GROUND
INFANTRY
M:MORTAR - LIGHT
S:FIRETEAM
Markerbluforinfantrymotorizedsquad.png
Markeropforinfantrymotorizedplatoon.png
Markerindependentinfantrylightmortarfireteam.png

Further Reading

Joint Military Symbology (MIL-STD-2525D)