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Encyclopedia > Platoon leader

Platoon is a term from military science. In an army, a platoon is a unit of thirty to forty soldiers typically commanded by a lieutenant assisted by a non-commissioned officer. Military science concerns itself with the study of the diverse technical, psychological, and practical phenomena that encompass the events that make up warfare, especially armed combat. ... Army (from French armée) can, in some countries, refer to any armed force. ... A soldier is a person who has enlisted with, or has been conscripted into, the armed forces of a sovereign country and has undergone training and received equipment (such as a uniform and weapon) to defend that country or its interests. ... A Lieutenant is a military, paramilitary or police officer. ... A non-commissioned officer (sometimes noncommissioned officer), also known as an NCO or noncom, is a non-commissioned member of an armed force who has been given authority by a commissioned officer. ...


A platoon is formed by at least two sections or squads (usually 3 or 4) and is smaller than a company. Typically, there are three or four platoons per company. Most platoons are infantry platoons; some carry other designations such as mortar or heavy weapons platoons. A section is an infantry unit in the British Army consisting of eight soldiers, including a Corporal as section commander, a Lance-Corporal as second-in-command, and six privates. ... A squad is a small military unit subordinate to an infantry platoon. ... // US Army In the United States military, infantry companies are usually made up of three rifle platoons and a heavy weapons platoon; tank companies are usually made up of three tank platoons and a command element. ... Infantry of the Royal Irish Rifles during the Battle of the Somme in World War I. Infantry are soldiers or marines who fight primarily on foot with small arms in organized military units. ... US soldier firing an M224 60-mm mortar. ... Heavy weapons platoon is a term from military science which refers to an infantry platoon equipped with machine guns, light mortars, rocket-propelled grenades, flamethrowers, grenade-launchers, anti-tank weapons, and/or other portable heavy weapons. ...


A platoon is the smallest military unit led by a commissioned officer. In military organizations, a commissioned officer is a member of the service who derives authority directly from a sovereign power, and as such holds a commission from that power. ...


The word is derived from the 17th-century French peloton, meaning a small ball or small detachment of men, which came from pelote, a ball. As a means of recording the passage of time, the 17th century was that century which lasted from 1601-1700 in the Gregorian calendar. ...

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British organization

In the British Army, the infantry platoon commander is a lieutenant or second lieutenant, assisted by a platoon sergeant (who usually actually holds the rank of sergeant). It is usually divided into three eight-man sections. Specialist platoons may be led by a captain, assisted by a warrant officer or colour sergeant. The British Army is the land armed forces branch of the British Armed Forces. ... This article is about the rank of sergeant. ... A section is an infantry unit in the British Army consisting of eight soldiers, including a Corporal as section commander, a Lance-Corporal as second-in-command, and six privates. ... Captain is both a nautical term and a rank in various uniformed organizations. ... A Warrant Officer (WO) is a member of a military organization holding one of a specific group of ranks. ... Colour Sergeant (CSgt or C/Sgt) is an non-commissioned rank in the Royal Marines, ranking above Sergeant and below Warrant Officer Class 2. ...


The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Royal Army Medical Corps, Intelligence Corps and Royal Military Police also use platoons. The Household Cavalry, Royal Armoured Corps, Special Air Service, Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers, Royal Corps of Signals and Royal Logistic Corps use troops instead, as do the Royal Marines. The equivalent unit in the Royal Air Force and Army Air Corps is the flight. Ñ The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers cap badge The Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME; usually pronounced phonetically as Reemee) is a corps of the British Army that has responsibility for the maintenance of all electrical and mechanical equipment. ... The Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) is a specialist corps in the British Army which provides medical services to all British Army personnel and their families in war and in peace. ... Intelligence Corps camp flag The Intelligence Corps (often called Int Corps) is one of the corps of the British Army, responsible for gathering, analysing and disseminating military intelligence and also for counter-intelligence and security. ... The Royal Military Police (RMP) is the military police branch of the British Army. ... The term Household Cavalry is used across the Commonwealth of Nations to describe the cavalry of the Household Divisions. ... The Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) is currently a collection of ten regular regiments, mostly converted from old horse cavalry regiments, and four Yeomanry regiments of the Territorial Army. ... It has been suggested that SAS Troops be merged into this article or section. ... The Royal Regiment of Artillery, generally known as the Royal Artillery (RA), is, despite its name, a corps of the British Army It is made up of a number of regiments. ... The Corps of Royal Engineers, usually just called the Royal Engineers (RE), and commonly known as the Sappers, is one of the corps of the British Army. ... The Royal Corps of Signals (sometimes referred to incorrectly as the Royal Signal Corps and often known simply as the Royal Signals, R Signals or R Sigs) is one of the arms (combat support corps) of the British Army. ... The Royal Logistic Corps is a British Army corps that provides the logistical support for the Army. ... A troop is a military unit, originally a small force of cavalry, subordinate to a squadron and headed by the troop leader. ... Her Majestys Royal Marines, usually just known as the Royal Marines (RM), are the United Kingdoms amphibious force and a core component of the countrys Rapid Deployment Force. ... The Royal Air Force (often abbreviated to RAF) is the air force branch of the British Armed Forces. ... The Army Air Corps is a vital component of the British Army. ... A flight is a military unit in an air force, naval air service, or army air corps. ...


Canadian organization

In the Canadian Forces, the infantry platoon commander is a lieutenant or second lieutenant, assisted by a platoon warrant (who usually actually holds the rank of Warrant Officer). It is usually divided into three eight- to ten-person sections and a heavy weapons detachment which will deploy either a GPMG, Carl Gustav, or 60mm mortar depending on mission requirements. Specialist platoons may be led by a captain, assisted by a warrant officer. Some very large specialist platoons will actually have a lieutenant as the second-in-command. In many corps, platoon-sized units are called troops instead. The Canadian Forces (French: Forces canadiennes) are the combined armed forces of Canada. ... A Warrant Officer (WO) is a member of a military organization holding one of a specific group of ranks. ... A section is an infantry unit in the British Army consisting of eight soldiers, including a Corporal as section commander, a Lance-Corporal as second-in-command, and six privates. ... Caliber: 7. ... Carl Gustav recoilless rifle The Carl Gustav is the common name for the 84mm recoilless rifle anti-tank weapon from the Carl Gustav company in Sweden. ... Captain is both a nautical term and a rank in various uniformed organizations. ... A corps (a word that immigrated from the French language, pronounced IPA: , but originating in the Latin corpus, corporis meaning body; plural same as singular) is either a large military unit or formation, an administrative grouping of troops within an army with a common function (such as artillery or signals... A troop is a military unit, originally a small force of cavalry, subordinate to a squadron and headed by the troop leader. ...


U.S. organization

In the United States Army, a platoon is commanded by a platoon leader — a first or second lieutenant — assisted by a platoon sergeant, usually of the rank of Sergeant First Class (pay grade E-7). In infantry units, rifle platoons are generally made up of four nine-man squads (three rifle squads and one weapons squad). The United States Army is the branch of the United States armed forces that has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... First Lieutenant is a military rank. ... Second Lieutenant is the lowest commissioned rank in many armed forces. ... Sergeant First Class insignia Sergeant First Class (SFC) is the seventh enlisted rank in the U.S. Army, just above Staff Sergeant and below Master Sergeant, and is a non-commissioned officer. ...


In the United States Marine Corps, platoon leaders are called "platoon commanders," but hold the same rank and function. In Marine infantry units, rifle platoons usually consist of three rifle squads. United States Marine Corps seal The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is a branch of the U.S. military. ...


See also

A military unit is an organisation within an armed force. ...

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