I will share some knowledge about squad leading!
Guide to Squad Lead
The Very Basics
Firstly, Squad Leads are of utmost importance to the team. They communicate what other squads are doing and what the Commander is doing. To do this effectively, using your mic is the best option. The ‘X’ key talks in command chat. This is only accessible to Squad Leads and the Commander. Regular squad mates wont be able to hear anything that goes on in this chat, that is why you must communicate back and forth with your squad and other squad leads to see whats going on. The ‘C’ key talks in squad chat. Only YOUR squad can hear you, nothing else. This is effective for telling your squad where you want them to go, or what you want them to do. I.E., if you need supplies you can tell NewbSlayer9000 to go support and place supplies at Lumber Yard. So on and so forth. Lastly, the ‘V’ key is local chat. Only the people around you, excluding the enemy, can hear what youre saying. The farther away you get from a person, the quieter you’ll be, and if you face away from them you’ll be quieter and so will they.
Secondly, do not be afraid to tell your squad what to do. There’s a common mistake between Leading and Commanding. The Squad LEAD must be with his squad, and its expected that the squad must do the same. There are a few exceptions, such as if the SL and the supplies or engineer are going to build nodes somewhere or set up a garrison. In that case, the SL will need to tell the squad they are doing so, and give them an assignment that the SL will shortly join them in. I hate SL’s that sit back and do ♥♥♥ and try and boss their squad around. Be apart of them, joke around with them in squad chat and local chat. It’s nice to form some sort of friendliness with anyone you can on your team. No one likes an ♥♥♥, but if there is one in your squad, dont be afraid to kick them, or ignore them. Also, if your squad mates aren’t listening, tell them up to 3 times what to do, and make sure you type it in chat. If they still dont do it, then kick them. Yes, it might be rude, but you did your part, and that rogue squad member isn’t.
Command Chat and Attacking/Defending
Thirdly, command chat is the best place to know what the ♥♥♥ is going on. Things get hectic in Hell Let Loose quite often. Sometimes you might roll a team, or they might roll you. But its never too late to turn the tide. Unless of course theres 2 minutes left in a match. Usually, 1 squad will stay and defend the point closest to the enemy. Other squads will attack, or try and get garrisons up to flank or get a solid frontline up.
- If you are defending heres what you need to do as an SL. If you have a support or you have a squad member willing to go support, drop supplies and get a garrison up ASAP. If theres one already, get a garrison above and below the objective(will not always be North=Up and South=Down) that way if you lose that garrison on the point directly, you have ways to get the point back. ALSO, if you start getting overrun, make sure to tell command chat that you are, and you need help. Ask for a recon plane, or plead for more squads to come back and help defend. Also, make sure to put your Outpost or OP down. They have a shorter spawn time and you can place them without supplies.
- If you are attacking heres what you need to do as an SL. Have your squad stick with you and chose a side to attack from. If youre attacking ‘X’ point then maybe communicate that you will be pushing south on it, and tell command chat that as well. If you’d like, get a support from your squad and a friendly squad and get a garrison up in enemy territory. Somewhere not far off the beaten path, but not 2 feet from the frontline. Somewhere in a location where you wont get shot, such as a trench or behind a building with cover around it. Open fields and wide open areas are a no go for garrison placements. BTW, if the commander tells you theres a bombing run coming in, make sure to GTFO because that will mess the area up.
Fourthly, This goes along with my 2nd point, but if you dont have a mic as a SL, then make sure you are typing like a madman in the chat. SLing with a mic makes your life and everyone else’s life a lot easier. I would dare even say that its a requirement, but it isn’t if youre willing to type like a madman and you know your squad can read it.