Basic Squad Formations


This guide will help you to be a better Squad Leader and helps you understand how to move across the map. These are some of the basic formations that are being used in the matches. You will learn how to employ them, when to use them and why to use them in the courses that are made by our Academy Instructors. One important thing to remember is the spacing within these formations. If members are packed too tightly, they become the dream target of an enemy machine gunner. However, if members are spread out too far, the essence of the formation is lost and the risk of losing cover from your fellow squad members becomes a lot higher.


Fire Team Formations

Fire Team Wedge

Wedge is main FT formation. Commonly used for travelling areas which are not safe.



Fire Team File

File is travelling formation used for travelling in safe areas.

The flanks are covered, but the formation is vulnerable to attack from the front or the rear. This formation encourages tunnel vision, so remain vigilant to your flanks.

Composition: FTL, MG/GR, Rifleman, medic. 


Fire Team Line

The Fireteam Line formation is the main battle formation. When the squad is being engaged or when approaching a known enemy position, this is the formation you can use to utilise all assets within the fire team.



Staggered Column

The Staggered Column is the formation commonly used for travelling or escorting an asset. This formation is often used travelling alongside a road.


Squad Formations

The following chapter provides information about formations used within a squad and their application. Notice the difference between squad formations and fire team formations. Spacing matters a lot more for the squad formations compared to the fire team formations due to having more people in the formation.

Squad Column

Squad column is main travelling formation. Commonly used for travelling areas which are not safe,it consist of 2 fireteam wedges one behind each other.



Squad Line

The Squad Line is the main formation for approaching a known enemy location, it consists of 2 fireteam wedges next to one another.

Great coverage and volume of fire to front.Hard to keep in formation, view map to check postitioning.Allows Fire Teams freedom of movement and mutual support, one covering whilst other moves. Exposed to flanks and rear. Composition Alpah Fire Team, left Bravo Fire Team, right (however this will be mirrored if contact rear)


Squad File

The Squad File is the travelling formation used for travelling in safe areas. It consists out of 2 fireteam files behind each other. It may also consist out of two staggered columns.

Composition: The first 4 men are Fire Team Alpha, which is the Fire-Support Group consisting of the FTL, MG/AR, Grenadier, and the Medic. The SL can be found in the center. The 4 men in the rear are Fire Team Bravo, which is the Assault/Flanking Group containing the 2ic FTL, Rifleman, MG/AR, and the Medic.

Squad Line

Squad main battle formation. You can hear your squad leader shout LINE UP!!! This is what he wants you to do. It consist of 2 fireteam lines.



The Arrowhead formation provides volume of fire to the front and the flanks of the squad. The Arrowhead protects against incoming enemies from all directions except the rear. In addition it is able to break into flanking Fire Teams easily. This formation is easier to maintain as the extended line since you can see the person to the front and the side of you. This formation is used for non-urban areas and excels in areas without lots of cover.



Here you will see main battle tactic for all infantry, known as bounding. Also known as leap-frogging.

Fire Team Bounding

In this picture you see how bounding within a fireteam works: Pair 2 provide base of fire cover while pair 1 advance to another covering position (move out)


Squad Bounding

In this picture you see how bounding works within a squad: the blue fireteam (2) provides a base of covering fire while the red fireteam (1) advances to another covering position (move out). Once team (1) moves to cover, they report on comms: “team (1) set”, and provide a base of fire while team (2) move out.