Squad

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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

Section (military unit)

Military sub-subunit.

Military sub-subunit.

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

A British Army section is equivalent to a NATO squad, and the British Army has no organization equivalent to a NATO section.

Standard NATO military map symbol for a friendly infantry platoon.

Platoon leader

Officer in charge of a platoon.

Officer in charge of a platoon.

Standard NATO military map symbol for a friendly infantry platoon.

Platoons normally consist of three or four sections (Commonwealth) or squads (US).

Standard NATO military map symbol for a friendly infantry Section.

Squad leader

Standard NATO military map symbol for a friendly infantry Section.

In the United States military, a squad leader or squad commander is a non-commissioned officer (NCO) who leads a squad of typically 9 Soldiers (U.S. Army: squad leader and two fireteams of 4 men each) or 13 Marines (U.S. Marine Corps: squad leader and three fireteams of 4 men each) in a rifle squad, or 3 to 8 men in a crew-served weapons squad.

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.

M249 para equipped with an ACOG scope

M249 light machine gun

American adaptation of the Belgian FN Minimi, a light machine gun manufactured by the Belgian company FN Herstal (FN).

American adaptation of the Belgian FN Minimi, a light machine gun manufactured by the Belgian company FN Herstal (FN).

M249 para equipped with an ACOG scope
Initial Belgian-designed Minimi prototype delivered to the U.S. Infantry Board for evaluation, before it received its XM249 designation (note the difference)
An early model of the M249
A U.S. Marine firing an M249 from an M122A1 tripod at a training range in November 2003
The different rounds that can be successfully loaded into the M249 SAW
A cloth pouch in Universal Camouflage Pattern used for holding belts of linked ammunition, this one being capable of holding 200 rounds.
A "fully improved" U.S. Army-issue M249, circa July 2010
Early M249 "Para" equipped with a M145 Machine Gun Optic, October 2005, Koshk Kowl, Afghanistan
A Ranger with 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment armed with a Mk 46 machine gun provides overwatch security on an objective during a mission in Iraq, November 2006.

The M249 provides infantry squads with a high rate of machine gun fire, combined with the accuracy and portability of a rifle.

Rifle with a wooden handguard/gas tube cover and skeletonized stock used before the change to synthetic black furniture

Dragunov sniper rifle

Semi-automatic designated marksman rifle chambered in 7.62×54mmR and developed in the Soviet Union.

Semi-automatic designated marksman rifle chambered in 7.62×54mmR and developed in the Soviet Union.

Rifle with a wooden handguard/gas tube cover and skeletonized stock used before the change to synthetic black furniture
Russian PSO-1M2 military issue 4×24 telescopic sight with the Warsaw Pact rail mounting system.
PSO-1's unique reticle. The rangefinder is in the lower left, chevrons for distances higher than 1km are found in the middle, and stadia marks for windage to the left and right of the center reticule. The reticle is illuminated by a small battery-powered lamp.
Russian-made SVD (top) and SVDS (shortened variant with folding stock) rifles featuring modern synthetic furniture
Ammunition used by SVD, 7.62x54mmR
Pair of Dragunovs imported to the U.S. as Tigers. The top rifle has a cheek pad, two 10-round magazines, and a flash suppressor. The bottom rifle was marketed as a hunting "carbine". It has no cheek pad, two 5-round magazines, and no flash suppressor.
Russian SVDM sniper rifle
A United States Marine receives instruction on the SVD.
Gold plated Al Kadesiah rifle found in one of Saddam Hussein's palaces, on display at the Parachute Regiment exhibition of the Imperial War Museum in Duxford. Gold-plated Al Kadesiah were a common gift for VIPs of the Ba'athist-era Iraqi regime.

The Dragunov was designed as a squad support weapon since, according to Soviet and Soviet-derived military doctrines, long-range engagement ability was lost to ordinary troops when submachine guns and assault rifles (which are optimized for close-range and medium-range, rapid-fire combat) were adopted.

IDF Rank: סמ"ר samar (staff sergeant)

Staff sergeant

Rank of non-commissioned officer used in the armed forces of many countries.

Rank of non-commissioned officer used in the armed forces of many countries.

IDF Rank: סמ"ר samar (staff sergeant)
Staff sergeant insignia in the Army of Norway.
Rank insignia of Staff Sergeant (中士) in Taiwan.
Rank markings of a Staff Sergeant in the British Army.
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Staff sergeants are generally placed in charge of squads, but can also act as platoon sergeants in the absence of a sergeant first class.

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.

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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.
Venezuelan insignia
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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 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.
Sierżant shoulder strap
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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).