Counting to Ten Using Military Hand Signals

In close quarter combat, silence is necessary. In order to remain silent during operations, military hand signals have been formed by combat forces to communicate with their squad without being detected. Here is a brief explanation of some of the military hand signals used by some of the top forces in the world. If you’re interested in the military or just want to understand military hand signals when you see them, here is a description of what each signal means and the movements involved. One – similar to how one is represented universally, simply make your hand into a fist and raise your index finger. Two – Also similar to how the number is visually represented in everyday life, the hand is once again made into […]

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Can Hand Signals be Mistaken for Bribery in Foreign Countries

Bribery is the act of offering money or other perks to government officials or other public figures in order to sway their opinion or policymaking. A felony in the US, different foreign bribery laws are in place in different countries. A large problem in the world today, the laws are placed in order to provide protection against corruption in government or any other body that is elected or appointed to govern the people. Preventative measures have been implemented in nearly every country, but these don’t always prevent all instances of bribes and the influencing of policymakers. Preventative measures in the UK include regulatory bodies to deter and detect all forms of money laundering and require customer identification to keep track of suspicious transactions. Similar measures have […]

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Communicating Using Military Sign Language

Continuing upon our first post, here is another list of important signs commonly used in combat situations: You – When the squad leader points at an individual, they are addressing them directly, and it is important that they pay close attention to the next order. Me – By pointing at themselves, the squad leader can give commands that are led by him or communicate something about himself to the rest of the squad. Come – Looking at the squad or addressing a single member of the squad, the leader makes an open hand motion and swings his arm toward his shoulder. Listen or hear – Another pretty universal signal, the squad leader will put his hand to his ear like he himself is listening. This instructs […]

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