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anonymous asked:

Could you give me a basic rundown of how radio callsigns work in practice?

Sure. I’m remarkably surprised by how little information is accessible on this on Google.

The tl;dr of call signs is that they’re numerically designated to specific personnel and often titled based on the unit.

Units will have a specially designated call sign. It’s usually based on the name of the unit, but not the letter, meaning Charlie company wouldn’t use Charlie or C. But if Charlie Company’s like…title mascot thing is Warriors, then the call sign might be Warrior, or something thematically related to warriors like Sword. 

The highest ranking officer, in most cases a company commander, will be call sign number 6. So to call your officer it’d be Warrior 6. The senior NCO, typically a first sergeant, would be Warrior 7. 1-4 will usually refer to the various platoon leaders, so Warrior 1 might be first platoon. There might be an additional designation for the platoon sergeant, such as Warrior 1A, or the platoon sergeant might be Warrior 1. Depends on the unit. 5 would usually be the XO. 

So a call sign list might look something like:

Warrior 1 - 1st Platoon
Warrior 2 - 2nd Platoon
Warrior 3 - 3rd Platoon
Warrior 4 - 4th Platoon
Warrior 5 - Company XO
Warrior 6 - Company Commander
Warrior 7 - Company First Sergeant

Not every soldier has a unique call sign and surnames are not used as call signs. You might have a unique codeword to refer to your specific section, but that’s about it. For units with less than four platoons, Warrior 4 might be delegated to someone else, maybe logistics or maintenance or something.
Supposedly saying “Actual” is supposed to indicate that the person speaking is the actual person speaking rather than a commo guy doing it in their stead, but I’ve got no personal experience with this. 

Finally, a note to remember that all soldiers are trained to use a radio. There’s not always going to be a commo guy (probably a 25C) with complete control over the radio. Everyone should know how to use radio etiquette as well, which is another mythical TBA original post I’d like to make at some point.

I hope this is enough to get you started!


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Sim Q&A Tag

Ok so I had a lot of fun coming up with details for Ash so I thought that I would go ahead and play around with Ellie.

Sim’s name: Elena Reyna

1. What is your sim’s favorite food? Fajitas!

2. What is your sim’s favorite color? Burgundy    

3. What is your sim’s zodiac sign? Taurus

4. Does your sim believe in “love at first sight”? Absolutely! She is a bit of a romantic.

5. What is your sim’s sexuality? Heterosexual

6. Is your Sim a cat or dog person? (or both?) Ellie has a deep abiding love for all animals; cats, dogs, cows, horses, llamas etc.

7. Adding to the previous question, if your sim were to have a cat and/or dog, what kind/breed(s) would it be? Ellie doesn’t really care. If she sees an animal that needs help, love, and/or affection she will be right there!

8. Does your Sim have a best friend? She has a few. Ash Booker has been her bestie growing up. Little bit of trivia, he was the first one to call her “Ellie” as a nickname for Elena and it stuck. She is also close to her younger sister Eloise, who she calls Lou.

9. Does your Sim have a favorite life stage? No.

10. What is your sim’s ethnicity? She is of mixed heritage. Her mom is Caucasian and her dad is Hispanic.

11. If your Sim could travel to anywhere in the world, where would they visit? Anywhere with a beach where she can relax.

12. If your Sim was a castaway on a distant, uncharted island, who would they bring? This is so hard! She can’t imagine living without her friends and family! However, I think she could live happily on the island if she brought her mom, Lou, Ash, and Ms. Booker.

13. Does your Sim have a favorite tv show and/or movie? Ellie goes for escapism in her entertainment. She gravitates towards sci-fi or supernatural dramas. Her favorite movie is Ghost (1990).

14. Does your sim believe in the “simulation theory”? “What? Like The Matrix? Hahaha! No not really.” But she never really thought about it too much either. She would be open to learning more about it though.

15. Does your Sim have a favorite kind of clothing to wear? Pajamas!! Ellie is one of those people who as soon as she gets inside the work clothes come off and jammies are donned.

16. Does your Sim have a lucky charm? Not really. But she is rather sentimental for someone who prides herself on being practical and has numerous keepsakes decorating her desk and home.

17. What kind of music or singers does your sim listen to? My girl loves to jam to music from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Especially the blues and classic country. When she was young and traveling those long Texas country roads to visit her grandparents her dad had complete control over the radio and exclusively listened to the Oldies station. She also likes modern artists who are heavily influenced by that time.

18. Does your Sim have a favorite family activity to do together? When they have the time (Ellie is a detective and her mom and sister are both nurses) the three girls gather at the family home on the big overstuffed couch and will have a movie night. They usually go all out with popcorn, candy, and other finger foods. They stay up practically all night watching the movie and talking about it afterwards. They take turns picking the movie.

19. What is your sim’s age? 29

20. Does your Sim have a dream job? Ellie loves being a detective, but sometimes she wishes she could own a small bookshop/café and spend all day baking and talking to patrons about books.

21. What is your sim’s favorite beverage? She is seriously addicted to Diet Coke. Really. It’s a problem.

22. What is your sim’s favorite dessert? Pretty much any kind of ice cream.

23. Does your Sim have any siblings? if so, do they get along with all of them? She has one younger sister who she calls Lou. They are very close. As Ellie moved into her teen years her father, who was also a detective, started to burn out and struggled with alcoholism. As he increasingly alienated himself from the family, Ellie’s mom Christine began to rely more and more on her older daughter. Part of this was taking care of Lou. She loves her sister dearly and even though they are both grown she still is rather protective of her baby sister.

24. What activity/hobby makes your sim the happiest? Though she would never mention this in the boy’s club that is the police station, Ellie loves to shop! Nothing is better than finding a good deal too.

25. If you could meet your sim, would you be friends with them? Well Ash is a bit more like me, personality wise, and Ellie was created to be his close friend. So yes! She is based on several of my besties.


My appearance on the new TV-style version of “Complete Control Radio”, hosted by Joe Sib. Taped on March 6, 2012 in Los Angeles in front of a live audience.