Section (military unit)

A Wehrmacht infantry Gruppe with the MG 34 in the light machine gun role

Military sub-subunit.

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A Wehrmacht infantry Gruppe with the MG 34 in the light machine gun role

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Army corporal

Corporal

Military rank in use in some form by many militaries and by some police forces or other uniformed organizations.

Military rank in use in some form by many militaries and by some police forces or other uniformed organizations.

Army corporal
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PLA Corporal epaulet
Insignia of alikersantti
Insignia of alikersantti
IAF Corporal Arm Insignia
IDF Rank: רב טוראי Rav turai (Rabat)
Shoulder strap of a kapral in the Polish Army.
Singapore Armed Forces' Corporal Insignia
Onbaşı insignia
RAF corporal insignia.
RAF corporal as it appears on dress uniform.
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Air Force - sleeve
Second Corporal/Lance Corporal
First Corporal/Corporal
Master Corporal
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Spanish Army Cabo insignia.
Spanish Navy Cabo insignia.
Spanish Navy Marines Cabo insignia.
Spanish Air Force Cabo insignia.
Civil Guard Cabo insignia.

In some militaries, the rank of corporal nominally corresponds to commanding a section or squad of soldiers.

A Romanian squad of a TAB-77 APC in 2010. This is a typical Soviet arrangement, with a PK general purpose machine gun and a RPK light machine gun in the center and two soldiers with AK-47 assault rifles and one RPG-7 grenade launcher on the flanks. Another soldier provides liaison or extra firepower where needed.

Squad

Amongst the smallest of military organizations and is led by a non-commissioned officer.

Amongst the smallest of military organizations and is led by a non-commissioned officer.

A Romanian squad of a TAB-77 APC in 2010. This is a typical Soviet arrangement, with a PK general purpose machine gun and a RPK light machine gun in the center and two soldiers with AK-47 assault rifles and one RPG-7 grenade launcher on the flanks. Another soldier provides liaison or extra firepower where needed.

NATO and US doctrine define a squad as an organization "larger than a team, but smaller than a section."

Platoon of marines from the United States Marine Corps.

Platoon

Platoon of marines from the United States Marine Corps.
Platoon ("Zug" in German) of the German Bundeswehr

A platoon is a military unit typically composed of two or more squads, sections, or patrols.

Second-in-command

Title denoting that the holder of the title is the second-highest authority within a certain organisation.

Title denoting that the holder of the title is the second-highest authority within a certain organisation.

The second-in-command of a company, squadron, or artillery battery (in which they are called the battery captain) is usually a captain (although infantry company second-in-commands were usually lieutenants until after the Second World War), the second-in-command of a platoon or troop is the platoon or troop sergeant, and the second-in-command of a section is usually a lance corporal.

Royal Anglian Regiment soldiers during a lull in operations in Afghanistan in 2014; their numbers and equipment correspond to a British fireteam of the period (Left to right: L110A2 LMG, L85A2 with L123A2 UGL, L85A2, L129A1).

Fireteam

Small military sub-subunit of infantry designed to optimise "bounding overwatch" and "fire and movement" tactical doctrine in combat.

Small military sub-subunit of infantry designed to optimise "bounding overwatch" and "fire and movement" tactical doctrine in combat.

Royal Anglian Regiment soldiers during a lull in operations in Afghanistan in 2014; their numbers and equipment correspond to a British fireteam of the period (Left to right: L110A2 LMG, L85A2 with L123A2 UGL, L85A2, L129A1).
US Marines on patrol in Afghanistan, 2009; their numbers and equipment correspond to a United States Marine Corps fireteam (Left to right: M4 carbine, M16A4 rifle with M203, M16A4 rifle, M249).
An example of fire and maneuver in actual combat. Here, during the Battle of Okinawa, a US Marine on the left provides covering fire for the Marine on the right to break cover and move to a different position.

Two or three fireteams are organised into a section or squad in co-ordinated operations, which is led by a squad leader.

Royal Anglian Regiment soldiers during a lull in operations in Afghanistan in 2014; their numbers and equipment correspond to a British fireteam of the period (Left to right: L110A2 LMG, L85A2 with L123A2 UGL, L85A2, L129A1).

Sub-subunit

Subordinated element below platoon level of company-sized units or sub-units which normally might not be separately identified in authorization documents by name, number, or letter.

Subordinated element below platoon level of company-sized units or sub-units which normally might not be separately identified in authorization documents by name, number, or letter.

Royal Anglian Regiment soldiers during a lull in operations in Afghanistan in 2014; their numbers and equipment correspond to a British fireteam of the period (Left to right: L110A2 LMG, L85A2 with L123A2 UGL, L85A2, L129A1).

Fireteams, squads, crews, sections and patrols are typically sub-subunits.

Lance Corporal's arm badge (USMC)

Lance corporal

Military rank, used by many armed forces worldwide, and also by some police forces and other uniformed organisations.

Military rank, used by many armed forces worldwide, and also by some police forces and other uniformed organisations.

Lance Corporal's arm badge (USMC)
A lance corporal of the East Surrey Regiment equipped with a Thompson M1928 submachine gun (drum magazine), 25 November 1940
Finnish korpraali insignia
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Lance corporal

In Commonwealth forces, a lance corporal is usually the second-in-command of a section.

A U.S. Army sergeant from the 29th Infantry Division in 2011.

Sergeant

Rank in many uniformed organizations, principally military and policing forces.

Rank in many uniformed organizations, principally military and policing forces.

A U.S. Army sergeant from the 29th Infantry Division in 2011.
The insignia of an Australian police sergeant
OR-5 insignia
OR-5 insignia
OR-6 insignia
Sergeant insignia
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The collar and sleeve insignia of kersantti
German sergeant (Unteroffizier) shoulder board
German Navy sergeant (Maat) shoulder board
Irish Army sergeant's rank slider
IDF Rank: סמל Samal
The metal sergeant rank pin is worn on the collar of the uniform.
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RAF Sergeant's rank insignia
UK Police Patrol Sergeant Epaulette
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U.S. Marine sergeant's sleeve insignia
Old U.S. Air Force sergeant rank insignia.
U.S. Space Force sergeant rank insignia.
Army sergeant
Air Force sergeant
Sergeant insignia

In most armies, the rank of sergeant corresponds to command of a squad (or section).

The Belgian Minimi M249 light machine gun, one of the most widespread modern 5.56 mm light machine guns amongst NATO countries. This one is an M249E3 "Para" model.

Light machine gun

Light-weight machine gun designed to be operated by a single infantryman, with or without an assistant, as an infantry support weapon.

Light-weight machine gun designed to be operated by a single infantryman, with or without an assistant, as an infantry support weapon.

The Belgian Minimi M249 light machine gun, one of the most widespread modern 5.56 mm light machine guns amongst NATO countries. This one is an M249E3 "Para" model.
IWI Negev of the Israeli Army.
Bren light machine gun.
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A Chinese soldier with a ZB vz.26 light machine gun.
The early INSAS LMG, a weapon of Indian origin.
A Romanian soldier instructing a U.S. Marine in clearing a RPK

By the end of World War II, light machine guns were usually being issued on a scale of one per fire team or squad, and the modern infantry squad had emerged with tactics that were built around the use of the LMG to provide suppressive fire.

The FN Minimi/M249 SAW light machine gun.

FN Minimi

Belgian 5.56mm light machine gun developed by Ernest Vervier for FN Herstal.

Belgian 5.56mm light machine gun developed by Ernest Vervier for FN Herstal.

The FN Minimi/M249 SAW light machine gun.
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The Minimi Para with a telescopic sight, spare barrel and ammunition pouches.
Lifting the feed tray cover reveals the rotary bolt locking mechanism.
Feeding schematic of the FN Minimi.
A U.S. Marine fires the PIP-upgraded M249 SAW.
Australian special operations soldier with a Minimi 7.62 TR Sliding Butt in Afghanistan, 2009.
Canadian soldiers training with the C9A1. The C9A1 is a Belgian-made Minimi Standard equipped with a 3.4× C79 optical sight.
A Minimi Para gunner of the French Army
An Australian F89A1 Minimi. Fitted is a blank-firing barrel and the standard issue 1.5× power scope common with the F88 assault rifle.
A Swedish Army soldier with a Ksp 90B leads a CV9040C vehicle out of a simulated forward deployed location at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California, during exercise Bold Quest
Map of FN Minimi operators
An FN Minimi Para from the Norwegian Home Guard in its transport case, along with associated equipment: Blank-firing adaptor, vertical grip, ELCAN Specter DR 1x/4x optical sight, extra barrel, standard sling, 100-round soft pouch, cleaning set, belted training rounds and 200-round pouches with MOLLE system.

🇨🇦 Canada: The Canadian Forces C9 LMG is a standard factory FN Minimi with a steel tubular buttstock. The C9A1 comes fitted with a Picatinny rail on the feed cover mounting a 3.4× ELCAN C79 telescopic sight and can mount a vertical grip on the underside of the stock for added stability in prone firing. The C9A2 mid-life upgrade introduced a second barrel which was shorter (both with an upgraded muzzle device), reduced IR green furniture, a C8-style collapsible stock, folding vertical foregrip and a laser aiming module (LAM) C9-specific TRIAD. Two C9s are carried by each infantry section.