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  Community Update No.9
Posted by: B. Horner - 09-14-2019, 06:42 PM - No Replies

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Community Update No.9

14SEP19 1943 hrs UTC+1



We welcome all of the new recruits who have recently joined us and congratulate those new privates who have completed the challenge that is Module III - well done! We have quite a few changes happening within the group.

Uniforms across the board are going to be overhauled: new insignia for infantry, fixing some errors the uniforms were throwing, and RAF getting some really nice gucci kit. I suspect more changes and improvements are on the way but we will have to wait for those. We, unfortunately, won't get to try these until another week has passed as tomorrow we won't be using our regular modpack.

No.4 Platoon will be receiving a small organisation change where we are going to reduce the section sizes down to 9 men each and add three men into the Platoon HQ (this is also historically accurate - it was done different ways per platoon). The extra men in the platoon HQ will be an AT team with one additional man to be assigned wherever the Platoon OC needs them. 

The Assault Platoon is being dissolved (RIP) but will be reborn! Hurrah! The Assault Section will form under No.4 Platoon as No.3 Section (Assault). This is to facilitate better communication and hierarchy within the group as the Assault Section often found themselves operating under No.4 Platoon anyway.

Weapons Platoon, No.3 Section will be receiving an updated look also. Weapons Platoon itself is a mix of three different historical platoons merged into one (MG, Mortars, and AT) but we are going to be giving No.3 Section their historical ranks of Gunner, Lance Bombardier, and Bombardier (equivalent to Pte, LCpl, and Cpl).

The distinguishing "Support Company" tag that separates the Weapons Platoon from B Company is also going to be removed. This is not historically accurate, nor is the assault platoon being part of No.4 Platoon. However, it is being done for the sake of gameplay and organisation as we are playing with much fewer numbers than the military structure was designed for. This change should also tidy the TeamSpeak 3 server up a bit.

We have a few doctrinal changes for infantry that will be worked through before Market Garden (which may introduce some delays - but we want to do this right). Some changes include formations being referred to as their 100% historically accurate names, where even "Blob" will be taught. We have to still make some adjustments at the higher levels before this gets fully filtered down, but expect this very soon.

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  RAF Positions Open
Posted by: B. Horner - 08-28-2019, 10:42 PM - No Replies

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Two pilot positions have now opened within No.74 Squadron RAF. You can apply here: http://reddevilsarma.org/forumdisplay.php?fid=67

Please ensure that you send your applications to myself rather than Sgt. G. Gustas as he is currently away.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me.

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  Awards and Promotions No.18
Posted by: B. Horner - 08-24-2019, 09:36 PM - No Replies

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Awards and Promotions No.18

24AUG19 1945 hrs UTC+1


The following personnel have been removed from the group...

J. Rostedt [Retired]


T. Hunter [Removed]

E. Espitia [Removed]

M. Cuff [Removed]

B. Jacobs [Removed]

The following personnel have been moved to reserves/ELOA...

Pte. L. Smith [ELOA]

Pte. S. Heikkinen [Reserves]

Pte. N. Masterson [Reserves]

The following promotions have been made...

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Recruit T. Barker has been promoted to Private.

Pte. T. Barker has been assigned to B Company, No.4 Platoon, Platoon Batman.

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Recruit J. Brown has been promoted to Private.

Pte. J. Brown has been assigned to 16th (Parachute) Field Ambulance, No.4 Section.

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Recruit B. Cereal has been promoted to Private.

Pte. B. Cereal has been assigned to Support Company, Weapons Platoon, No.1 Section.

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Recruit D. Davies has been promoted to Private.

Pte. D. Davies has been assigned to Support Company, Weapons Platoon, No.3 Section.

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Recruit M. Firefox has been promoted to Private.

Pte. M. Firefox has been granted Extended Leave of Absence.

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Recruit D. John has been promoted to Private.

Pte. D. John has been assigned to B Company, No.4 Platoon, No.2 Section.

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Recruit I. McGuffin has been promoted to Private.

Pte. D. McGuffin has been assigned to Support Company, Weapons Platoon, No.2 Section.

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Recruit M. Thompson has been promoted to Private.

Pte. M. Thompson has been assigned to Support Company, Weapons Platoon, No.3 Section.

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Pte. A. Aamar has been promoted to Acting Lance Corporal.

A/LCpl. A. Aamar has been assigned to B Company, No.4 Platoon, No.2 Section, Gun Group Commander.

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Pte. B. Powell has been promoted to Acting Lance Corporal.

A/LCpl. B. Powell has been assigned to B Company, No.4 Platoon, No.2 Section, Second-in-command.

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Pte. M. Shardonia has been promoted to Acting Corporal.

A/Cpl. M. Shardonia has been assigned to Support Company, Weapons Platoon, No.3 Section, Section Commander.



The following personnel have changed roles...

Rct. F. Marshall has been moved to Recruit (Training) Section.

Pte. J. Bear has moved from B Company, No.4 Platoon, No.1 Section to 16th (Parachute) Field Ambulance, No.4 Section.

Cpl. M. Patterson has come out of retirement and will be commanding B Company, No.4 Platoon, No.2 Section.

The following personnel have taken on additional roles...

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The following commendations have been awarded...

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The following medals have been awarded...

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  Community Update No.8
Posted by: B. Horner - 08-23-2019, 07:56 PM - No Replies

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Community Update No.8

23AUG19 2056 hrs UTC+1


This community update comes after a period of downtime within the group- with generally some more 'casual' missions and some more training than usual. We've also had many people leave and many people join the group; I'm glad we've not had anyone voluntarily leave on bad terms and many people who have left can be traced down to work commitments or is just due to the summer holidays, which was anticipated by the staff team. We've recently had lots of new personnel join us and we look forward to integrating them directly into the group. Although we should all ponder the life question: who really knows if they have passed module III or not? I guess we'll have to wait until tomorrow to get the answer.

We have recently just opened up a reserve section within the group - as part of the Company Assets. This has very limited space and is not a norm we will be falling into. Reserves will be for people who have been members for a good time and have displayed active engagement with continued effort being put into the group, but who have then had to step away from Arma 3 for whatever reason. Transfer into reserves is by full OC discretion.

No.4 Platoon, No.2 Section will be opening again soon and we are excited to see this Section grow back into what it should be. New Privates joining into No.4 Platoon will likely be placed into here.

We are changing our format for Module III slightly. We are going to put more pressure on recruits to finish their planning within 30 minutes - either make a plan or don't have a plan at all. We're also limiting the event to two objectives only - this change should allow a more in-depth plan rather than a broader plan. This change will begin in Class No.17.

Platoon and Company trainings in the near future will focus on FISH (Fighting in someone's house) and later Navigation. We have found these to be the two weakest areas within the last recruit group and will work on these to ensure our standards are raised. After the ceremony tomorrow I will be conducting a JNCO course with all of our new half and full screws around.

In the theme of trainings, I will be making a 'British Lingo' manual which will detail a lot of British terminologies and even some phrases to keep people in the mood and away from wholey American sayings. With a lot of people coming in who are so familiar with US doctrine, it is important that you give this a read. Do you have any sayings you think should be added- let me know!

We are continuing our search into the Sherman bug we are experiencing as other groups have not reported any issues or crashes. We expect a mod we use is causing a conflict.

As always please check the Enlisted Careers Category on the forums ( http://reddevilsarma.org/forumdisplay.php?fid=67 ) to have a look at different roles within the group. The ORBAT can also be used for browsing. If you would like any role please apply as we are especially in need of NCOs. If any of you would like to get on the mission creation side of things please do apply as this would be greatly appreciated.

Unfortunately, I cannot update you all much on the coming events as many are still in their planning stages and require further confirmation until I will get anyone's hopes up.

Do you have any questions, queries, concerns, ideas, observations, or criticisms for the group? Let us know either on the Forums (Questionnaires and Polls) or Discord (#member-ideas) - you can always PM your Section Commander too, but it's good to put ideas out into our community base so others can have their input too.

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  Awards and Promotions No.17
Posted by: B. Horner - 07-28-2019, 07:42 PM - No Replies

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Awards and Promotions No.17

28JUL19 1945 hrs UTC+1


The following personnel have been removed or have left the group...

C. Hutton

J. Ross (Ret.)

M. Meijerink

N. Monahan

J. Woll

N. Jorg

G. Robertson


The following personnel have been moved to inactives...

We are currently in the process of changing how 'inactives' works and this will be detailed in an upcoming community update. 


The following promotions have been made...

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Recruit P. Bell-Smith has been promoted to Private.

Pte. P. Bell-Smith has been assigned to Support Company, Weapons Platoon, No.2 Section.

This promotion is occurring retrospectively as it was, in error, missing from the previous ceremony.


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Recruit A. Jacobs has been promoted to Private.

Pte. A. Jacobs has been assigned to Support Company, Weapons Platoon, No.1 Section.


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Recruit A. Oscar has been promoted to Private.

Pte. A. Oscar has been assigned to Support Company, Assault Platoon, No.1 Section.


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Recruit D. Allison has been promoted to Private.

Pte. D. Allison has been assigned to B Company, No.4 Platoon, No.1 Section.


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Recruit D. O'Donnell has been promoted to Private.

Pte. D. O'Donnell has been assigned to Support Company, Weapons Platoon, Batman. 


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Recruit J. Hale has been promoted to Private.


Pte. J. Hale has been assigned to Support Company, Weapons Platoon, No.2 Section.


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Private A. Baz has been promoted to Acting Lance Corporal.

A/LCpl. A. Baz has been assigned to Support Company, Weapons Platoon, No.2 Section, Section Second-in-Command.


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Private E. Schmidt has been promoted to Acting Lance Corporal.

A/LCpl. E. Schmidt has been assigned to Support Company, Weapons Platoon, No.1 Section, Section Second-in-Command.


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Private B. Kaiser has been promoted to Acting Lance Corporal.

A/LCpl. B. Kaiser has been assigned to Support Company, Weapons Platoon, No.1 Section, Section Commander.


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Acting Corporal L. Allen has been promoted to Corporal.


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Acting Corporal N. Masterson has been promoted to Corporal.


The following personnel have changed roles...

Rct. E. Espitia has been moved to B Company, Recruit (Training) Section.

Rct. M. Firefox has been moved to B Company, Recruit (Training) Section.


The following personnel have taken on additional roles...

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The following commendations have been awarded...

L. Allen has received an Overseas Service Chevron for six months of service with Red Devils.

R. McArthur has received an Overseas Service Chevron for six months of service with Red Devils.

L. Smith has received an Overseas Service Chevron for six months of service with Red Devils.

M. Ward has received an Overseas Service Chevron for six months of service with Red Devils.


The following medals have been awarded...

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  Community Update No.7
Posted by: B. Horner - 07-10-2019, 07:50 PM - No Replies

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Community Update No.7
10JUL19 2051 hrs UTC+1

The first change in the community is a simple one - we're now numbering our Community Updates and Awards and Promotions posts - this should make it easier to identify a post in the future. Not a major change but definitely helps for some administration.

We will be transitioning into using a Recruit Section. This section will be the responsibility of Company and will be where all of the new recruits get placed. Company staff will then be able to monitor the recruits more directly and prevent any inactive personnel from entering into the platoons. 

We've currently got quite a few positions that are in high demand:
  • We need more NCOs - each section within No.4 Platoon can have three NCOs and we may need to open No.3 Section soon. Therefore, we are in need of more NCOs. 
  • One of the most difficult jobs within the group is the manufacture of missions and scenarios - if you'd like to help out please send in an application to be a Game Master.
  • We are going to be running a Signals course soon for those interested in becoming either a Wireless Operator or just signals trained. There will be limited spaces available for this course. 
  • We are going to be opening the fourth and final medic slot. Your application for this slot should be the best it can be, as no other slots will open for 16th (Parachute) Field Ambulance.

If you are interested in any of the roles above please find more information about the role here: http://reddevilsarma.org/forumdisplay.php?fid=67 and if you have any additional questions please contact the appropriate NCO or Officer.

I want to congratulate all of the members in attendance to the last recruit evaluation as you could have easily started commanding recruits about, however, you left them to their own devices and this helped us in evaluating their individual performances. 

With my recent promotion and move to Company Headquarters, we will begin to operate more as a company structure. Each platoon should be given more freedom in how they operate, within limits, allowing commanders throughout more flexibility.

From CSgt. N. Barden: "This is a team game and we need to work together to achieve the best outcome. Take the failures in your trainings and turn them into lessons. This goes especially for all of leadership, now is the time to up the game to the next level and strive to make your platoon the best platoon. It is not a competition but a challenge and if every platoon is doing that we become a better company as a whole".

The events coming up are an Attack of Carentan mission and then a PvP with 7th Armoured Division and 23rd Panzer Division. In August we will be joining the 82nd Airborne Division [B/1/504] in a joint operation - the Battle of Anzio. We will be portraying the British forces but exact details are still being decided on. 

Please continue to use the 'Questionnaires and Polls' category on the forums and the #member-ideas channel on Discord so we can tailor this experience for the community. If you want to do something let us know, we can gauge interest, do a side event, or something else in order to help deliver the experience you want. If you want to gauge interest for an idea you have you can also post in these channels. 
http://reddevilsarma.org/forumdisplay.php?fid=67

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