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Default Ground to air signal

i was always taught from my b.s.a. days until adulthood
that "X" meant "unable to proceed"

now i'm told that "X" is "badly injured- need urgent medical assistance"
and to use "V" if you're still mobile but need your butt rescued.

anyone know for sure certain what it is ? any military ?

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I'm as confused as you are.

Google "ground to air signals" and start clicking on the websites and you'll find different explanations for so-called "standard" International symbols.

Most say X means you need medical assistance to one degree or another. Some say V means non-medical assistance needed, some don't even include V in the listed symbols.

One site says if in doubt just use SOS - maybe that's the most foolproof! I suppose most any knothead knows what SOS means (notice I said MOST)!!

Starting a forest fire would undoubtedly result in the quickest and largest response - the downside is you may have to spend some time in jail, but at least you'd be alive (make sure you start it downwind of you)!!!
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From a Military manual (FM 3-05-70).

While land markings are great, a signal mirror may be even better. With ground markers you are dependent on the pilot or spotters (if they are searching) to see your marker, with a signal mirror you flash them. They come in different sizes so putting one in your B.O.B or emergency kit is the way to go.



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yeah, i was really concerned with a passive means of signaling
instead of something active.
( i'll probably never need to find out )
i still remember "X" and "LL" , but seeing the "V" recently kinda
threw me for a loop.
i have some field manuals and an air force survival manual and
the old boy scout manuals (somewhere) and they all used "X"
as "require assistance".
i most always have a mirror, and have whistles and a signal panel
and ribbon, and had a strobe and pen flares in my PFD when
we used to go out in the gulf pretty often in addition to the CG required
flare & signal kit in the boat.

i guess the recent things are based on the premise that nearly everyone
has a smart phone in hand most every waking hour, and that it will be
charged and receiving a signal wherever that person may be standing
(or floating) at the time.

i guess if i were in the position to need to do so, i'd just
use "X" and not fret over it

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