S.O.Tech has three new additions to their full line of tactical symbology which was designed as a Mil Std 2525C supplement to accurately represent specialized job functions at the individual level. S.O.Tech has also adapted the symbols for use on patches which can be worn to designate various functions at the small unit level. This can be an excellent way to identify special skills often found in attachments to a patrol or to cut through the “fog of war” during chaotic situations. Additionally, they have affixed the symbols to prints and T-shirts to facilitate pride in one’s job.
Of course, the best use of these symbols is as they were originally intended; on maps and other operations graphics. S.O.Tech produces the excellent TMPST (Tactical Mission Planning Set) system. Designed as the ultimate portable sane table, its magnets include blank arrows and blank tiles for users to draw on their own symbols and names. This encourages Soldier creativity and gives S.O.TECH feedback on potential new symbols. In fact, they are always looking at new designs so if you need a special symbol for your job function let us know in the comments. We know they’ll be reading. The best suggestion will win a prize from SSD. Finally, keep an eye peeled for the Battalion-level TMPST, currently in development.