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Sometimes I'll notice in a game that I'm the squad leader. What advantages do I get from being squad leader though? I've never seen a way to mark objectives or anything like that

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As the squad leader, you can set objectives by sighting in a target and pressing the 'back' button (left of the guide button). (You receive additional points when those orders are executed.) The easiest example would be in a game of Conquest. Point yourself at a capture point on hit the Select button. (Xbox) You can also set WayPoints, and at some point the Squad Leader can call in artillery strikes. I'm sure there are additional commands, and other methods based on the platform that you are playing on.

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  • Some servers only allow squadmates to spawn on the squad leader, but the squad leader can spawn on anyone else – SSumner Nov 1 '11 at 19:42
  • @SSumner in hardcore mode you can only spawn on the squad leader, although this is also a standalone server setting that can be toggled on or off -- you're most likely to see it working on a hardcore server. – Jeff Atwood Nov 1 '11 at 21:46
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    This answer only partially answers the question - I think OP wants to know how to '...mark objectives or anything like that'. And without even a meaningful manual, I'm as equally mystified myself. – CJM Nov 3 '11 at 12:44

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