I feel as if I have a lot to say on this topic. I will continue to brainstorm and add onto this, and I encourage you to contribute what you've seen. I am attempting to adapt modern military concepts into GW2.
I’m writing this section because after participtaing in WvW, there needs to be a better exchange of information between subordinates and leaders. The importance of timely, accurate reporting cannot be stressed enough in both small and large scale operations. A good leader listens to his soldiers and their observations and acts upon them in good faith. In a time sensitive engagement, the leader has to make snap decisions based upon that information. Thus, a standard and concise way of reporting up information is a requirement. Report facts FIRST and then add any speculation afterwards. A leader will ask for more details if he needs more substance to paint a picture of how the enemy is arrayed on the battlefield.
Enter the “SALT-R” report.
SIZE: (number/type of enemy)
ACTIVITY: (what the enemy is doing)
LOCATION: (where the enemy is observed)
TIME: (how long ago it was observed, or if it’s currently happening)
-REMARKS: (your speculation)
Once you use a SALT-R report it becomes second nature. Do it.
Once reporting has been mastered, this segways into my next topic of discussion that is extremely important: Recon. There is a lot that we can determine from viewing the map of the borderlands areas, but sometimes we will need to find out information that can’t be seen on the map, e.g. the location of enemy artillery, if a supply depot has defenders or not, etc. The two requirements for a recon patrol is to obtain the commander’s required information and to avoid enemy detection. This can best be accomplished with two players in my opinion. Two sets of eyes is always better than one on a recon because one person might see something the other doesn’t and vice versa. Also, one may have to bait or kite enemies in the case of detection, allowing his battle buddy to continue on and complete the recon. It’s important to avoid detection because if an enemy knows he is being observed, he may move, change his plans, or increase his security measures. Move no closer than necessary and use any stealth abilities you have at your disposal.
In conclusion, I feel that if we can master reporting and employ effective recon, we will be able to increase our combat effectiveness greatly.