If you’ve ever been an RTO and whipped around, smacking the face of your PSG or PL with the antenna of your radio, you’re likely familiar with the term “antenna discipline.” It’s not a doctrinal term, but it’s one that I’ve heard used so often that it ought to be.
Antenna discipline is being aware that you have a 3-foot long floppy stick poking out of your backpack, and that when you move around, it moves too. An RTO with good antenna discipline is generally aware of where his antenna is at all times. It’s like another appendage; his tail. He moves slowly and cautiously, and he’s aware of the people around him. When he moves, he moves in such a way that his antenna glides through the air. When it droops, he adjusts it as needed.
An RTO with poor antenna discipline moves wildly, his antenna flailing around with him, smacking everyone in the face.
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