SOAK Tactical Handbook
(Metaperson's Warning: The tactics and signals given below are not identical
to official U.S. Army doctrine. Swords and battle axes obviously call for
different tactics than semiautomatic rifles, and some hand signals were
changed when I thought of more obvious substitutes.)
Individual Movement Techniques:
Visual Hand Signals:
1) Assembly area/Campsite. An easily defensible area with as much
as possible to put in place in the time allowed. Should have concealment,
to spread out a bit (can we say flame strike?),
good forward departure routes and security from ground and
air attack. This is where orders are issued, plans are made, maintenance
done, the unit resupplies and rehearses and rests.
2) Attack position. A covered and concealed place just behind the line of
departure for attack where final preparations are made if they couldn't be
completed earlier or where the unit waits if they're ahead of schedule for
3) Rally point. A place where members of a unit can reassemble and
if dispersed during movement. The default rally point for SOAK is usually
the pick-up point, but others may (and should) be set.
By Nool Pyat.