Every Special Forces soldier is cross-trained in multiple disciplines. One of the most important is communications. These days, with modern satellite communications and locations systems, it’s rare for a team to be lost or out of touch with HQ, but for most of the history of Special Forces and special operations forces in general, it wasn’t unusual for a team to be both.
Your team might have made every mission tasking with flying colors, and brought everybody home safe, but if you didn’t make commo, you might as well have failed at everything. Your name was mud with the Colonel (generally called The Boss, unless he was disliked), the staff, and just about everybody.
So we all cross-trained in commo, first. And we became familiar with various communications concepts, including the signal to noise ratio. This is essentially the ratio of desired signal to undesired signal. The internet in general, on the subject of weapons, has a pretty lousy S/N. Here’s how we’re going to try to keep the S/N high on here.
- Stick to what we actually know
- Document and source facts where we can
- Explain the reasoning, as well as source the facts, behind our opinions.
I know, hare-brained, radical ideas. Fortunately, for those who want unsourced, unsupported snark,it’s never more than a click away on this set of tubes. De gustibus non disputandum est