The Volunteer Commando Battalion is a co-op military simulation squad modelled on a British Army light infantry platoon. We closely emulate contemporary tactics, techniques and procedures but we also understand the difference between working in the real army and having fun playing a computer game.
Formed in 2003, VOLCBAT has been playing coop milsim in Operation Flashpoint and the ArmA series for over 10 years. Headed up by a leadership team with operational military experience in the combat arms, our aim is to emulate British military tactics as closely as possible within the limitations of the game while still having fun. We host internally made missions and campaigns on our dedicated server every Wednesday and Sunday between 20:00 and 22:30 UK Time. We maintain around 50 active members and have a consistent mission turnout of a full platoon.
3 (Morton) Platoon, A Company, 1st Battalion The Volunteer Commandos (ORBAT) is a fictional unit, nominally attached to 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines, providing plenty of options for different mission scenarios whilst supported by a realistic amount of Combat Support. The current Platoon Commander is a former Captain in the British Army and is ably assisted by the Platoon Sergeant, a serving Royal Marine Commando. The platoon has three rifle sections each with its own distinctive heritage and culture. See the About VCB page for further information.
Operations & Training
Our operations are planned and conducted in a series of month long campaign deployments. Each mission typically takes 2 to 3 hours during which we tackle a wide variety of tasks depending on the current operational objectives. Our standard TTPs cover everything a light infantry platoon might be expected to do on operations, including section and platoon attacks, ambushes, counter-insurgency, litoral assaults, airborne ops, route clearance or close target reconnaissance. Campaigns are generally persistent, with the outcome of each mission affecting the overall success of the deployment.
We have a progressive training schedule which will teach all recruits everything they need to know to operate effectively as a rifleman. We regularly conduct collective training as a platoon and all of our training courses are created and delivered by serving or former military personnel to ensure what we teach is realistic, relevant and up to date with current British military doctrine.
The success of VOLCBAT depends on the quality of our members and not mere numbers. Recruitment is always open but we have an upper limit on the number of members we have at any time in order to maintain high a level of competence and enjoyment on operations. Only the best applications will be considered so it pays to put in a little effort. If you are interested in joining, please refer to the Joining VCB page for further details.