SQUAD FIELD MANUAL

Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures

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NEW PLAYERS PLEASE READ

Before you join a server as a new player


Content

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Installation, Setup

Installation

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Settings

Game

Setting Name Value
Field of View 95 (a higher field of view will decrease the size of your rifle optic)
Mouse Smoothing Off
Mouse Global Sensitivity 0.30 (my mouse is set to 700dpi, lower mouse sensitivity will help with aiming)
Mouse Freelook Sensitivity 4 (set this as high as possible, you want to be able to quickly look around)
Helicopter Sensitivity Pitch/Roll 4
Use Zoom Sensitivity Scaling Yes
No Zoom 1
1x Zoom 1
4x Zoom 0.5
Vehicle Sensitivity No Zoom 1, 4x Zoom 0.5
Hold To Aim Down Sights Toggle
Lean Mode Hold
Sprint Mode Hold
Double-Tap To Auto Walk Off
Crouch Mode Toggle
Jump Causes Uncrouch Off
Jump Causes Unprone Off
Freelook Mode Hold
Freelook Recenters Weapon Off
Keyboard Double Tap Time 175
Highlight Keyboard Off

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Graphics

Setting Name Value
Window Mode Borderless (easier to alt-tab out of the game; seems to perform better)
Resolution 2560x1440 (set your screen’s native resolution, if your PC can handle it)
Resolution Scale 125 (if your PC can handle it, makes spotting far enemies easier)
V Sync Off
Max FPS Menu 60
Max FPS In-Game 80 (or set your screens native refresh rate)
AA Quality Off (less blur)
AA Samples -
Shadow Quality Low
Contact Shadows Off
Far Shadows Off (otherwise reduces FPS like crazy)
Texture Quality Low
Anisotropic Filtering 2
Uncap Texture Poolsize Off
Particle Quality Low
AO Quality Low
Screen Space AO Off
Post Processing Quality Low
Lens Flares Off
Motion Blur 0
Screen Sharpening 0
Brightness 1
Contrast 1.1
Saturation 1.1

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Audio

Please use values that are comfortable for you. Check out Protect Your Hearing.

Setting Name Value
Audio Quality Epic (Epic = locate enemies easier)
Audio Output Device PulseEffects(apps) (set your output device, in my case I am using the output from the PulseEffects Audio Compressor)
Master Volume 100%
Effects Volume 30%
UI Volume 0%
Music Volume 0%
Out of Game Volume 100%
Audio Input Device Default Device
Command Voice Volume 200% (Hearing voice communication is very important in this game)
Command Voice Balance -50 (mostly left ear)
Squad Voice Volume 200% (you might want to lower this value)
Squad Voice Volume 80% (mostly right ear)
Local Voice Volume 140% (you might want to lower this value)
Priority Speaker Ducking 50%
Radio Filter On
Command Beeps On
Squad Beeps On
Only Apply Balance When Leading Off

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Controls

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Interface

Setting Name Value
In-Game Help On
Show Stance Indicator On
Show Vehicle keybinds On
Skip Give Up Confirmation Off
Radial Menu Tips On
Menu Tooltips On
Show Mode Intro Animation Off
Play Capture Sounds On
Disable On-Screen Chat Off
Name Tag Opacity 1
Name Tag Scale 1
SL Marker Always Visible On
Show Name Tag Text On (shows name tag over friendlies most of the time; still check your map before firing)
Show Name Tag Kit On
Show Name Tag Fireteams On
Map Marker Scale 1
Show Map Marker Fireteams On
Show Weapons In Deployment On
Show Deployment Tutorial Off
Streamer Modes (all) Off

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Backup Your Settings

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Protect Your Hearing

Windows Audio Compressor

VoiceMeeter Banana

Linux Audio Compressor

Setting Name Value
Attack 0ms
Release 100ms
Threshold -31db (if you reduce this towards 0db (e.g. -12db) loud noises will be louder)
Ratio 6
Knee 0db
Makeup 0db

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Show FPS, Find Hardware Bottlenecks

In the console type:

Value name Value description
Frame The total amount of time spent generating one frame of the game.
Game The game thread on the CPU.
Draw The render thread on the CPU.
GPU The time the GPU takes to render the scene.

Whichever matches the Frame is what’s holding performance back. If Frame time is very close to the Game time, you are bottlenecked by the game thread (CPU). If Frame time is very close to Draw time, you are bottlenecked by the rendering thread (again CPU). If neither time is close while GPU time is close, then you are bottlenecked by the video card. Some more technical information can be found here: How to improve game thread CPU performance in Unreal Engine

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Fix Performance Issues

Performance issues can occur after Squad was updated. The following tips can help to improve performance.

XMP Memory Profile

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Reset Settings

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Sudden FPS Drops/Stuttering

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Clear Shader Cache

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Steam File Verification

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Remove Mods

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Remove and reinstall Steam

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OBS Setup

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Before Joining A Game

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Training

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Steam Workshop Maps

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Good Roles And Jobs For New Players

Finding a Server

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Server Rules

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Joining a Squad

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Communication

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I Am Too Shy To Speak

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I Cannot Speak (I Am A Mute)

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Callouts

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Lyrics

Take Me Home, Country Roads - John Denver

    Almost Heaven, West Virginia
    Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River
    Life is old there, older than the trees
    Younger than the mountains, growing like a breeze

    Country roads, take me home
    To the place I belong
    West Virginia, mountain mama
    Take me home, country roads

    All my memories gather 'round her
    Miner's lady, stranger to blue water
    Dark and dusty, painted on the sky
    Misty taste of moonshine, teardrop in my eye

    Country roads, take me home
    To the place I belong
    West Virginia, mountain mama
    Take me home, country roads

    I hear her voice in the morning hour, she calls me
    The radio reminds me of my home far away
    Driving down the road, I get a feeling
    That I should have been home yesterday, yesterday

    Country roads, take me home
    To the place I belong
    West Virginia, mountain mama
    Take me home, country roads
    Country roads, take me home
    To the place I belong
    West Virginia, mountain mama
    Take me home, country roads

    Take me home, (Down) country roads
    Take me home, (Down) country roads
Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival

    Some folks are born made to wave the flag
    Ooh, they're red, white and blue
    And when the band plays Hail to the Chief
    Ooh, they point the cannon at you, Lord

    It ain't me, it ain't me
    I ain't no senator's son, son
    It ain't me, it ain't me
    I ain't no fortunate one, no

    Some folks are born silver spoon in hand
    Lord, don't they help themselves, no
    But when the taxman come' to the door
    Lord, the house lookin' like a rummage sale, yeah

    It ain't me, it ain't me
    I ain't no millionaire's son, no no
    It ain't me, it ain't me
    I ain't no fortunate one, no

    Yeah, some folks inherit star spangled eyes
    Ooh, they send you down to war, Lord
    And when you ask 'em, "How much should we give?"
    Ooh, they only answer "More, more, more, more!"

    It ain't me, it ain't me
    I ain't no military son, son, Lord
    It ain't me, it ain't me
    I ain't no fortunate one, one
    It ain't me, it ain't me
    I ain't no fortunate one, no no no
    It ain't me, it ain't me
    I ain't no fortunate son, no no no

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Radio

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Building Deployables

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Supplying a FOB (aka Logi runs)

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Running Around

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Map

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Identifying The Enemy

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Firefights

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I’m Dead, Now What?

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Tactical Respawning

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Being a Fireteam Lead

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What If I’m Given SL?

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Best Practices

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Do Never

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How To Make Friends in Squad

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Game Mechanics

What’s this game about?

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Tickets

Your Team Opposite Team Event
0 0 Player goes into incapacitated state
-1 0 Player dies or gives up
-2 0 Commander dies or gives up
60 -10 Capture a Control Point in game mode X

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Control Points

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Flags

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Capping Mechanics

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Ticket Bleed

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Double Neutral

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Game Modes

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(Random) Advance and Secure

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Invasion

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Skirmish

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Territory Control (TC)

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Infantry

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Rifleman

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Medic

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Automatic Rifleman

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Grenadier

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HAT and LAT

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HAT Tactics

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LAT Tactics

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Engaging The Enemy With AT

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Marksman

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Combat Engineer and Sapper

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Mines

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C4

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IED

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Raider

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Crewman

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Pilot

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Mortar

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Vehicles

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Vehicle Types

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Vehicle Basics

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Training

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Moving Around

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How To Identify A Vehicle

How to read the information below: If you see a vic that looks somewhat like a tank (since it has the hull of a tank), check if it has wheels or tracks. If it has wheels, check how many wheels it has on its side (2 or 4). If it has 2 wheels it’s most likely an APC. If it has 4 wheels, can you determine if it has a .50 cal or 30mm gun? If it has a 30mm gun it’s most likely an IFV. Also, if it has tracks, is the gun longer or shorter than the hull? If its gun is shorter than its hull it could be an IFV or an APC. If in doubt, rather say IFV than APC since an IFV poses a bigger threat and usually has stronger armor. Better to be cautious and call out a stronger/better-armed vehicle class, so your SL/Commander can respond appropriately.

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Engaging The Enemy

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How to Destroy/Disable A Vehicle

Truck/Pickup/Motorbike:

MRAP

APC

IFV

MBT

Helicopter

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Damage and Repair System

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Helicopter 101

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Squad Leading

The Squad Leader is a command and support role whose primary responsibility is to lead his squad of up to 9 players in coordination with other SLs to accomplish their team’s objectives. It is available to all factions.

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What is a Squad Leader?

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Squad Leader Meta

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Creating a Squad

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Leading a Squad

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Leadership Tips

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Where Should You Go?

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SL Best Practices

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Fireteams

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Building FOBs and HABs (Spawn Points)

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Team Communication

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Communicating With Other SLs/Commander

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Squad Tactics

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Offensive Squad Tactics

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Defensive Squad Tactics

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Rush Tactic

Rushing The Enemy’s Flags

Counter-Rushing

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Guerilla/Recon Squad

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Strategy To Win Games

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How To Use Helicopters

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Staying Sane

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SL Cheat Sheet

NEW SQUAD

OBJECTIVES

DO ALL THE TIME

COMMUNICATION w/Squad

COMMUNICATION w/other SLs, Commander

BUILD FOBs

Build Points

Image here

Print version here

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Commander

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Abbreviations, Lingo

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NATO Phonetic Alphabet

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Console Commands

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Admin Commands

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Public Commands

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Admin Camera

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Sources and Resources

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Websites

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YouTube Channels

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About

See you in Squad!

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 (O_o_o_o_o_O) Munster, 2021

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