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Any Idea What These Military Terms Mean?

Fri Jan 11, 2002 7:28 pm

Most of the terms below represent groups of planes,soldies donuts etc.But how many things are there in each:
Platoon
Company
Battalion
Brigade
Division
Section
Squadron
Wing
Battle Group
Group

Any more military terms that I have missed out?
 
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RE: Any Idea What These Military Terms Mean?

Fri Jan 11, 2002 7:41 pm

Let me try and field some of these. I was Air Force, but stationed with Army for a few years, and since most of these are Army terms, let me give it a shott.

Platoon: A group of soldiers usually around 50 or so.

Company: Smaller than a Platoon. Soldiers grouped together that have similiar skills and such.

Battalion: On the command level a Battalion is a large group of soldiers comprising many career fields grouped together. Approx. numbers I can't remember.

Brigade: Battalion but bigger.

Division: The highest on the Army's Command list I believe. Meaning that the Army is broken down into divisions. 10th Montain division, 2nd and 3rd infantray divisions (of which I was a part of).

Section: Not sure, but sounds self-explanitory

Squadron: A group in the Air Force that comprise career fields that all help each other. My last squadron was the 10th OSS (Operations Support Squadron). It was comprised of Weather (me), ATC, Flight Ops, Admin, Pilots, ect.

Wing: Where an Air Force "Command" is equal to an Army divison, the Wing in the AF heirachy is just one step lower than a Major Command.

Battle Group: Sounds self-explainitory, but can't be specific

Group: See above.
 
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RE: Any Idea What These Military Terms Mean?

Fri Jan 11, 2002 7:51 pm

not strictly true. I was an officer in the Army so I'll help out.
Section - up to about 10 guys. 3 sections form a platoon.

As a rule of thumb, my platoons were of 30ish strength, usually nearer 40 with attachments such as mortar fire controllers etc.

A company is made up of 3 or more platoons. My company I was in actually had only 2 platoons at one point, and occasionally they combine companies when needs must. Also depending on regiment.

A battalion is formed from companies, plus lots of other specialist units thrown in to create the all round fighting machine!!
The Brigade is the administerative unit, that controls the batallions.
Commanded by the Brigade commander, or Brigadier for short.

Its been a while since I left so feel free to rip it all apart!
 
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RE: Any Idea What These Military Terms Mean?

Fri Jan 11, 2002 7:52 pm

I'll just add.... my pov is British Army, if it contradicts anything KROC said... just to be clear.
 
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RE: Any Idea What These Military Terms Mean?

Fri Jan 11, 2002 7:56 pm

These terms vary depending on which army you happen to be in. These terms usually don't have a fixed number of troops in them but are more for orginzational purposes

starting from the basement.

A squad 8 to 12 guys
A platoon 4 squads
A company 3-5 Squads
A Battalion multiple companies
A Brigade Multiple Battalions
A Division Multiple Brigades
A Corps Multiple Divisions
An Army Multiple Corps.

My understand is that Section, Squadron, Wing, Group, Battle ground where the Air Force equivelents of Company, Battalion, Brigade, Division, Corps respectivly.

But like I said this can and will vary depending on which military you are in
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RE: Any Idea What These Military Terms Mean?

Fri Jan 11, 2002 8:05 pm

Air Force from Highest to lowest is Major Command, Wing, Group, Section (not sure about this one), Squadron, Flight, Element.
 
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RE: Any Idea What These Military Terms Mean?

Fri Jan 11, 2002 11:55 pm

I think it goes in this order for the US Marines

Fireteam (4-5 guys)
Squad (multiple fireteams)
Platoon (multiple squads)
Company (multiple platoons)
Battalion (multiple companies)
Regiment (multiple battalions)
Divison (multiple regiments)
Corp (multiple divisions)
The US Marines are a Corp of the US Navy

I'm not sure, but I think the Marines have 3 divisions. Can anyone confirm or correct any of this?
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RE: Any Idea What These Military Terms Mean?

Sat Jan 12, 2002 1:27 am

Hey KROC:

USAF structure goes like this (lowest to highest):

Section (informal term)
Flight
Squadron
Group
Wing
Numbered Air Force
Major Air Command

The number of personnel, aircraft or equipment assigned depends on mission.

The only reference I've used for Battle Group is a fighting force of Navy ships i.e. Carrier Battle Group.

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RE: Any Idea What These Military Terms Mean?

Sat Jan 12, 2002 1:38 am

The US Marines are a Corp of the US Navy

From my understanding is that the USMC is a separate branch of the military with a separate command sructure and independent from the Navy, but works in conjunction with the USN. However, its budget is derive from the U.S. Navy.



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