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Tactical hand signals

Средства невербальной коммуникации

Before the group performing the tactical task there is a problem of mutual understanding and communication. Naturally, during the search events, no one will be able to fully discuss the sequence of door passages, the options for stripping corners or informing companions that the suspect has lurked around the corner. Meanwhile, it is impossible to do without information exchange, and it will be transmitted by means of non-verbal communication.

A means of non-verbal communication of paramount importance is physical contact with a partner, thanks to which the direction of his movement is literally felt and, accordingly, a conclusion is made about which zone he controls. If someone notices something suspicious, the simplest thing is to put your hand on your partner’s shoulder or stop him by grabbing his belt.

Signal language is used to transmit abstract signals. The variants of the signals given by hands, offered below, are broken into two parts. The first is a simplified one, consisting of a small number of basic signal gestures, for law enforcement officers who are not members of special groups, but duty-bound, who are faced with teamwork problems. The second option is a system of signs of special SWAT units that use real sign language.

Attention! For non-verbal communication, use only a hand-free arm, and the barrel should always be directed towards the danger zone.

27 basic signals / gestures for tactical groups

Non-verbal communication


  1. “I am ready” - the signal is used to attract attention to yourself, (the hand is raised up, and you simply wave back and forth, it seems, when we greet a friend)
  2. “I understood” - a gesture is used, the fighter has accepted the information, or has completed the task, and is ready to proceed. (Thumb up)
  3. “I did not understand” - the gesture says that the fighter did not accept the information. (The hand rises to the level of the face, and with the palm out, we drive it, in front of the face, from the ear to the nose).
  4. "Cease fire" - a gesture of an immediate cease-fire. (With the palm of your hand out, you move your hand in front of your face, up and down).
  5. “Forward” means all members of the group must move forward. (The hand goes up and a swing is made in the direction. You can use the arm bent at the elbow).
  6. “Stop” - the group stops moving, but the fighters can move to the shelter. (The signal is served with an open palm in the direction of the recipient, as if you are giving up something).
  7. "Freeze" - this signal means to freeze in the literal sense of the word. Do not run for cover, do not fall to the ground, nothing at all. This signal is given when the enemy patrol passes nearby, or the entire squad is already on a minefield. (The signal is raised with a raised and bent arm, with a clenched fist.)
  8. “Bending down” means bending down to the ground. (Served by hand movement, with open palm, from top to bottom)
  9. "Rise" - the opposite, a signal to "bend" (Move the arms from the bottom up)
  10. “Increase spacing” - this signal is given when a squad goes to an open area, to increase the distance in the formation, or between formations. (Served by two raised hands up. We spread our palms to the sides.)
  11. "Reduce the interval" - served before entering the patrol in dense areas, or, before a decisive attack of enemy positions, with the transition to melee. (Served with raised arms, palms are brought together).
  12. "The movement of the column" - it means the whole detachment is following the guides. (the hand rises up, and waves back. This signal, directly opposite "We leave").
  13. "Wedge" - attacking order. So the fighters must Build a wedge with combat units, and prepare for the attack. (The signal is given, with slightly raised straight arms from the legs, it seems like an inverted "V".
  14. "Movement in line" - attacking order. Served before a decisive attack on the positions of the enemy., So that the squad lined up on the sides of the guide. (Hands bred to the sides at shoulder level.
  15. "Dangerous zone" - served most often in front of an open area, or glade. (The signal is served by chopping the palm of the neck).
  16. “Undercover Movement” - this signal means that the group will cross the open shoulder-to-shoulder areas (This gesture is double tapped on the left shoulder. Make sure everyone sees your left shoulder)
  17. “Report the patrol distance traveled” - in meters. (To do this, you need to pat yourself, on any shoe) In the daytime, point fingers with a distance, 1 finger - 100 meters. At night in the ear.
  18. “Report on the number” - to assess the number of the enemy, and assess the degree of danger. (For this you need to pat on the top). During the day the number is shown with fingers, at night in the ear.
  19. “The commander of the patrol is forward” - this means that the commander of the patrol must go to the vanguard. (Here you have to slap yourself on the forehead, a slap on the chest means - forward is the squad leader, and on the groin is the flight commander.)
  20. "Intelligence forward" - a command for the reconnaissance. (Two fingers pointing from the eyes forward.)
  21. “To gather around me” - means, the fighters must surround in the all-round defense of the pointing man. (Pull the arm up, and draw a circle above the head).
  22. "Assembly point" is this signal, it means a certain point of collection of the detachment, it can be a stone, a fallen tree, a ravine. (Draw a circle above the head, and throw your hand in the direction of the collection point)
  23. "Running" - the patrol moves to an easy run. (Raise the arm bent in the elbow, squeeze the fist, and move the arm up and down).
  24. "Step" - the patrol moves to the step. (Pull the hand to the side, palm down, and move the hand up and down)
  25. “Prepare” - means that the patrol should prepare for contact (but not open fire), with the enemy, in the indicated direction. (As if they are beating their fist in the direction of the enemy).
  26. "Opponent" - is shown, only when the presence of the enemy is confirmed. (It is shown at a short distance with the index finger, at a long one, the machine rises above the head with the magazine upwards.)
  27. “Numbers” are shown with fingers. (100 - one finger, if they report a distance, and 1 tank, if they report on the number of vehicles.)

SWAT OPTION

one two three four five
six seven eight nine ten
You I (me) Go here (here)
I hear (listen) I see (watch) Faster
Stop To freeze This sector
Moving on Enemy Hostage
Sniper Let I take the leader
In the column (battle order) In a row (order of battle) In line (battle order)
Wedge (order of battle) Collection (all to me) Pistol
Rifle Automatic (pump) Ammunition (equipment)
Transport Got it Not understood
Move around crouching
(bend down)
a door Window
Place of entry (direction)