I fully accept responsibility for the blue on blue, our failure to correctly PID the target kept us engaging. Many of my squad members were convinced that they were engaging enemies, but ultimately I was responsible for my squad and agreed with them that the people we were engaging were hostile. It was a genuine mistake, and we honestly believed that the PSG was incorrect and that we were taking fire from that position.
There were, however, several issues not brought up in this ban thread.
Firstly, the platoon level leadership in this mission fell way short of the standard I would reasonably expect from UO. I understand that Nomad, the PL, was very new, but he led several missions tonight that all had a lack of communication and co-ordination. In this particular mission, there was essentially no plan whatsoever.
There was the bare bones of a plan to attack the town, with vague and contradictory markers on the map (Weapons section had 3 different positions marked on the map that they would apparently be occupying all at the same time). There was no plan as to how we would get to the positions, what the order of march would be, what route we would use, whether or not we were using vehicles, or even what we should do when we got into the position. The plan included no level of co-ordination whatsoever, and it was up to me to check with weapons squad that we were even getting supporting fire into the town - the original plan had weapons acting simply as another rifle squad, and each squad acting completely independently from one another. I believe that a FF incident was almost inevitable in this mission.
Fair play to Nomad for stepping up and leading, but I would suggest that getting more experience would be useful as that was honestly one of the worst co-ordinated missions I have ever played - doubly frustrating for me as I wanted to lead a mission tonight but was unable, while Nomad - who I would suggest should get more experience and watch the better leaders in the community (whether that be Max, Blue, Lancer or, god help me, I guess, possibly, maybe, to a certain extent, Reddish) before stepping up again - led several missions (I think he had a platoon leadership position in every mission).
Secondly, at no point during the briefing or during the game was I informed as to when weapons were moving to their location. I was not aware that they were in front of me, and throughout the mission chaos ruled the platoon - at one point later on my squad was also fired upon by the weapons team, although we suffered no casualties.
Thirdly, after blue on blue was called over the radio I did get my squad to stop firing - before the PSG arrived. We then checked the position with binoculars, and genuinely mistook the weapons squad for an enemy fire team engaging us (we were taking fire at this point). I therefore gave the order to continue firing, and believed that the blue on blue being called was erroneous and due to the fact that our rounds were passing close to a friendly position.
However, while the original ban of a week seems incredibly harsh for what was a genuine mistake with no prior bans that haven't been squashed, I accept the ban as at the end of the day I failed to communicate the contact to the rest of the platoon, failed to correctly identify what my squad was firing at and disagreed with the platoon sergeant leading to us continuing to engage friendlies.