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Who, What & Why: Volunteer Commando Battalion


Please read the Info Pack


We pride ourselves on our realistic approach to ArmA while understanding that it is still a game and we're all here to enjoy playing it.  We are fortunate to have a number of serving and former members of the British Army, Royal Marines Commandos and the other HM Armed Forces amongst the Senior NCOs and Other Ranks, who ensure our tactics remain current and as realistic as possible.


We aren’t looking for the most uber-1337 h4xx0r gamer (though we do have one or two), nor are we looking only for people with military experience.  The ideal ‘VCBer’ is one who enjoys playing ArmA, has a laugh, isn’t easily offended (quite important with some of our language!) and wants to have a good time learning and putting into practice the training they receive.


Requirements to Join


If you're interested in applying to VOLCBAT, you must meet the below requirements.


  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • You must own a working microphone and both speak and understand English
  • You must be able to attend 50% or more mission nights in a month (i.e. at least 4) - they run at 20:00 British time Wednesdays and Sundays
  • You must agree never to bring the VOLCBAT name into disrepute on any public forums while a member
  • You must agree to never discuss or share any ArmA addons we are currently beta testing
  • You must agree to check the forum regularly and post your availability and absences in the relevant ops thread
  • You must be a mature individual with a very open sense of humour - you're gonna need it


If this all sounds like something you think you could commit to and would enjoy, then follow the application process below.





Recruitment Process


Step 1: Application

Posted an application using the template provided in the public Recruitment forum.  Your application will be picked up by one of the NCO team and will be reviewed by Pl HQ.  Typically this takes 2 to 3 days but if we are experiencing a high volume of recruits this may take considerably longer.  You will be informed if this is the case.


Step 2: New Recruit Staging & Probation

If your application is accepted, you will become a Recruit and invited to the Recruit Staging forum where you will find a guide on how to get setup for Phase 1 Training.  You should introduce yourself to the platoon and check the training schedule for the next available Phase 1.


Step 3: Mentoring

On acceptance of your application a Senior Rifleman will contact you via a Private Message on the forum & discord, so be sure to check regularly.  SR's are experienced members of the platoon who will help you through your probationary period until you are permanently posted to a Section.


It is your responsibility to ensure your game, mods and shortcut keys are in working order before Phase 1 Training starts.  Your SR can help you if you have any problems.  Please note that if you are not ready by the time Phase 1 starts you will not be able to complete the training.  It is very important that you contact your SR as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.  Do not leave it until the last minute!


Step 4: Initial Training

New recruits must complete the Phase 1 Training package before being able to join in with VCB missions. Phase 1 lasts approximately 2 1/2 hours and is designed to teach some basic infantry skills, along with some VCB specific Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs.)


Phase 1 sessions will be run on the first and third Fridays of every month at 2000Hrs, so you may find yourself in a short waiting period until the next Phase 1 is run. In certain circumstances, Phase 1 may be run at a different time if a recruit is unable to attend due to work commitments (e.g. shift work.)


Step 5: Probationary Period

Upon completion of Phase 1 you're up to speed and will be able to join in VCB mission nights and explore other aspects of our community. You will be on probation for your first four complete missions but once Platoon HQ is happy with your performance you will be posted to one of the infantry sections and become a full VOLCBAT member.

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