Combat Survival Hand Signals

These hand and arm signals are absolutely necessary for survival in a milsim battle. Most of them you already know and therefore they are easy to memorize. For a multimedia presentation of all NATO hand signals, refer to the hand and arm signal article at ODJournal.com.

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This hand signal is given to get someone to pay you attention. It is made by holding up the face of your palm to the person you are speaking with.

MeP1070240

This hand signal is made by placing your hand close to your chest, and pointing up at your face.

YouP1070243

This hand signal is made by pointing at the person you are talking with.

Good/YesP1070245

This is the thumbs up signal.

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This is the thumbs down signal.

I SeeP1070248

Point to the corner of your eye.

I Hear

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Point at your ear.

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This signal consists of holding your open hand up and it is used to stop the movement of a unit. Many units’ Standard Operating Procedure is to take a knee behind the nearest cover when the unit is halted.

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This hand signal is given by holding you fist up. It is given to tell all the members of a unit to freeze in their current positions. Members do not move until another signal is given.

Get Down

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This hand signal is given by extending your arm with your palm facing down and lowering it once. The speed at which you give this hand signal indicates the speed at which your unit should get down.

Get Up

This hand signal is the opposite of the “get down signal.” It is given by extending your arm with your palm facing up, and raising it once. The speed at which you give this hand signal indicates the speed at which your unit should get up.

Move Out

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This hand signal is given by extending the hand to the rear and rotating it up and forward, keeping the elbow straight. It is used to order a unit to begin moving.

Come Here

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This hand signal is given by simply beckoning a person to come to your position.

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This signal is given by flipping your weapon upside down and pointing it at the enemy that you can see. An alternate signal is to make an upside down gun with your fingers pointed at the enemy you see.

Rally on MeP1070277a

This hand signal is made by extending your arm up and making a circle with it. All members of the unit should move to the location of the individual that gave the signal and establish 360 degree security.

This concludes the basic Hand Signals. More advanced hand signals can be found here.