What is platoon?

  • (noun): A military unit that is a subdivision of a company; usually has a headquarters and two or more squads; usually commanded by a lieutenant.
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A platoon is a military unit typically composed of two to four sections or squads and containing 26 to 50 soldiers. Platoons are organized into a company, which typically consists of three, four or five platoons. A platoon is typically the smallest military unit led by a commissioned officer—the platoon leader or platoon commander, usually a lieutenant. He is usually assisted by a senior non-commissioned officer—the platoon sergeant.

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Anti-Terrorism Battalion - Organization
... Bessemer, Alabama Company A Rochester, New York Company B (-) Amarillo, Texas 3rd Platoon, Company B Reno, Nevada Company C Jackson, Mississippi Company D (-) Anchorage, Alaska 2nd 3rd Platoon, Company D ...
Platoon Leader (memoir)
... Platoon Leader is a memoir written by James R ... in the Vietnam War as a lieutenant in command of 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company, 4th Battalion, 503rd Infantry(Airborne) ...
List Of Dad's Army Characters - Other Platoon Members
... In addition to the seven featured players, 1st Platoon 'B' Company also included a "Second Section" and a "Third Section" who filled the platoon up to size while on parade or display ... The men of the platoon wear the cap badges of the Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment ... A handful of platoon members had a secondary but significant role in particular episodes- Private Sponge (Colin Bean) - a sheep farmer, and de facto leader of the platoon's Section Two (the ...
List Of Dad's Army Characters - Main Platoon Members - Lance-Corporal Jack Jones
... Jones was the oldest member of the platoon (born 1870), but was played by Clive Dunn, a younger actor ... Jones was leader of the platoon's first section ... Despite being the oldest member of the platoon, Jones demonstrates an almost boyish enthusiasm for combat and is the first to volunteer for anything, no matter how ill-advised that may be ...

More definitions of "platoon":

  • (noun): A group of persons who are engaged in a common activity.
    Example: "Platoons of tourists poured out of the busses"; "the defensive platoon of the football team"
  • (noun): A team of policemen working under the military platoon system.