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SALUTE - a quick refresher
2 May 2013, 17:05,
SALUTE - a quick refresher
SALUTE - a quick refresher

I'm not sure what the standard reporting format is in the UK armed forces, but this is the format used here in the USA...

Ok, from whatever cause, external, false flag, or internal, the S has HTF. Armed and possibly uniformed people, maybe speaking English, maybe not, are wandering through your neighborhood “keeping the peace”. You want to pass this information on to an old friend some distance away with whom you have a regularly scheduled calling appointment (every odd numbered hour at 17 minutes after the hour for example), so you fire up your radio rig, point your antenna in his direction, crank the power down to 10 watts, and… oops! How can you transmit your information in the briefest possible yet most understandable format? Try SALUTE – no, not the military greeting of enlisted men to officers, but the SALUTE format for transmitting information. For us US ex-military types, take this post as a refresher course. For those never in the military, here’s the standard method of transmitting intelligence or other information in the US armed forces.

Size: What is the size of the unit?
- # of personnel
- # of vehicles (highway, rail, etc.)
- # of equipment (tents, weapons, etc.)

Activity: What are they doing?
- Deploying
- Redeploying
- Sustainment activities
- Training
- Defense

Location: Where are they located?
- Grid Coordinates
- Airfield
- Military Base (OP, Kaserne, etc.)
- Terrain Association

Unit/Uniform: What unit do they belong to?
- Company
- Battalion
- Brigade - unit patch description
- Division - unit patch description
What Type of Uniforms do they have on?
- BDU’s
- MOPP Gear
- Special Ops Gear

Time: What time of day/night did you observe?
- Zulu or Local

Equipment: What type of equipment did you see?
- Types of weapons (M16A1’s or M16A2’s)
- Types of Vehicles (Humvee’s, 5 Ton Trucks)
- Types of Aircraft (AH-64’s, C-130’s)
- Types of Gear (Parachutes, Alice Packs)

Obviously I didn't list all possibilities for the answers, but you all get the idea.
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