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approved Changed Squad Layout

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1.     Change the infantry squad layout, reduce size to 9 or 10.

2.     Reduce the size of fireteams to four men each and the SL team to either two slots or one. Additionally, if the BFT can be made to work that way, collapse all groups into one, but still track each FTL slot on the map as we do now.

 

Proposed layout inspired by the Army, but still fantasy so that it works in our game:

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The intel operative could become an entirely new element or compromise our AT capabilities by taking the medic's position with the SL, while the medic replaces either LAT or AT in one of the teams. Either way, medics have little to do nowadays, so condensing them down to one seems reasonable.

 

3.     n/a

4.     For meta reasons, smaller squads mean more squads sooner. Having fewer slots to fill in Alpha enables us to have Bravo on a more regular basis, offering increased flexibility. It might also discourage taking arguably unnecessary roles as a fallback option when Alpha is just about full, but player count is still limited; an often overheard reason for not filling Bravo is, "I don't want to be alone there, let's do Logi, Torch, PUBG instead."

 

For gameplay reasons, smaller squads are easier to manage. SL will be less distracted by his own fireteam, and TLs are encouraged to advance as part of a buddy team rather than as a detached coordinator.

 

Case in point, there's anecdotal evidence that the USMC platoon (with similar numbers per squad) could benefit from an overhaul. As a rule of thumb, a leader's span of control should bear responsibility for 3 to 5 elements. This is already exhausted by our ASL on a regular basis by caring for three team members (each one element) as well as two fireteam leaders, and very often Vortex, Logi, etc, too.

IRL Marines are facing the same issue we have, in that squad leaders regularly detach themselves from the fight in order to overlook and manage a situation of ~5 manoeuvre elements (three teams and CSW vehicles), evidencing that the upper limit of that rule of thumb is stretching it already. And we aren't even trained Marines.

Attachments such as CSW teams, medics or operatives are already accounted for in the Army layout, hence only two fireteams under one lone SL. So it would most closely fit our style of play, too.

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