Sometimes when playing Battlefield 3 I wish that I could force myself to become the squad leader/start a new squad in a given situation, so that people could spawn on me(as I understand it, you can only spawn on squad leaders...is this wrong?) and use my advantageous position(for example, when flanking the enemy). However, I still have absolutely no idea if it's even possible to "make" a new squad mid-battle and what determines whether or not I become a squad leader. Any idea what causes this to happen?

  • You are able to spawn on any squad member. Only the squad leader can issue orders though.
    – Albort
    Oct 30, 2011 at 2:37
  • @Albort Hm, but I can't spawn on every person on the map. What determines which people can be spawned on?
    – Mana
    Oct 30, 2011 at 2:41
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    Some servers limit you to only be able to spawn on your squad leader, some do not.
    – Mr Smooth
    Oct 30, 2011 at 3:09
  • You will only be able to spawn on someone if they are in your squad, alive and not in water
    – Albort
    Oct 30, 2011 at 3:12
  • @Albort: ...and not falling/parachuting/in a full vehicle/in a very small area/off the edge of the map Feb 24, 2012 at 15:33

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As far as I have been able to work out, being assigned to the position of squad leader is a case of "first in". When you join a squad, you may notice that there is an order to it. If someone higher up than you then leaves the squad, everyone lower moves up a space. In this fashion, you can only become squad leader if you are in the second position and the squad leader leaves (you will be notified with a big heads-up "You are now the Squad Leader" notice).

Edit: It is possible to make a squad mid-battle.

  • Actually, it seems to be random or skill/rank based. Many times I'll be the forth person to join a squad, and if the leader leaves, I become the new squad leader.
    – Mr Smooth
    Oct 30, 2011 at 3:10
  • I've also had glitched-out things happen, like I'll join a squad that already has a leader, but I'll be made a leader also. I can't see the other leader in the squad management screen, but I can spawn on him, and the same goes for him. Somehow this causes the player limit to break, and I've had up to 8 people in a squad before. Nov 1, 2011 at 11:18
  • @MrSmooth yeah I thought it might be rank based, that wasn't true, then I thought it was "in order of join" now I am not sure that's true either. Seems to be random? Nov 2, 2011 at 0:23
  • Round points maybe at the time the current leader leaves?
    – Frank V
    Aug 28, 2013 at 16:13

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