Being able to communicate silently in the field using Visual Signal is good skill survival skill whether you’re a Soldier or a Prepper. I was lucky to learn about hand and arm signals, a subset of Visual Signals (also includes light signals, flags, panel systems and the like) at the Fort Benning School For Boys. In fact, the Army has developed an entire Hand and Arm Signals vocabulary and this hand and arm signal vocabulary is actually pretty intuitive. This vocabulary is also worth learning to keep in that preparedness library between your ears.
Scroll through the gallery below to review a selection of U.S. Army Hand and Arm Signals that I’ve gathered for the Prepper crowd from the September 1987 edition of the Army’s FM 21-60 Visual Signals. This manual has been “Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.”
I hope that you’ll find some of these Hand and Arm Signals useful and don’t forget to practice with your preparedness group or family because while most of these signals are pretty intuitive… to most people…not all are of the signals are intuitive…and neither are all people.
Check out FM 21-60 Visual Signals if you need additional signals for maritime operation or mounted operations.. there’s even an entire vocabulary for tracked vehicle operations.. FM 21-60 does a good job covering one of the five tactical communications methods. Just as an aside, the other methods of tactical communications can be useful to the preparedness community as well. They include: Wire, Sound, Radio & Messenger.