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Sub-subunit or sub-sub-unit is a 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. Fire and maneuver teams, fireteams, squads, crews, sections and patrols are typically sub-subunits.

Military organization
Latvian platoon at Camp Lejune.jpg
Typical Units Typical numbers Typical Commander
Fireteam 2–4 Lance Corporal /
Corporal
Squad/
Section
8–14 Corporal/
Sergeant/
Staff Sergeant
Platoon/
Troop
15–45 Second Lieutenant /
First Lieutenant /
Lieutenant
Company/
Battery/
Squadron
80–150 Captain /
Major
Battalion /
Cohort
300–800 Lieutenant Colonel
Regiment /
Brigade /
Legion
1,000–5,500 Colonel /
Brigadier General
Division 10,000–25,000 Major General
Corps 30,000–50,000 Lieutenant General
Field Army 100,000–300,000 General
Army Group /
Front
2+ field armies Field Marshal /
Five-star General
Region /
Theater
4+ army groups Six-star rank /
Commander-in-chief
Canadian sub-subunit[further explanation needed]

Types of sub-unitsEdit

Sub-subunits (de: Teileinheit; ru: подразделение/ podrazdelenie) in various languages and armed forces
Designation & symbol   Bundeswehr English French Russian Polish
basically as sub-subunit Designation Structure Commander/ leader

single
point
single point above a laying rectangle / (example)   Trupp
gun crew/ combat tank
2–7 men UnteroffizierHauptgefreiter Team
(e.g. Fireteam)
Équipe de combat Группа (gruppa)[1]
Звено (zveno)[2]
Расчёт (raschot)[3]
Działon
Obsługa
● ●
two
points
two points above a laying rectangle / (example)   * Gruppe
* Halbzug
* 8–12 men
* 2 crew combat tank
Oberfeldwebel ⇒ Unteroffizier Squad Groupe de combat Отделе́ние (otdelenie)
Экипаж (ekipazh)[4]
Расчёт (raschot)[5]
Drużyna
Rotte 2 air craft Two-ship flight/ Pair Patrouille légère Пара (para) N.N.
● ● ●
three
points
three points above a laying rectangle / (example)   * Zug
* Hörsaal
ca. 40 men[6] HauptmannHauptfeldwebel * Platoon
* Lecture hall
Section[7] Взвод (vzvod) Pluton
Schwarm/ Kette 3–4 aircraft Flight Patrouille[8]
Peloton[9]
Звено (zveno) Klucz
Remarks
Army / Air Force

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Usually as a translation, rarely used in post-WWII Soviet and Russian infantry tactics due to small squad size
  2. ^ In historical context, e.g. 1930s Red Army teams
  3. ^ When referring to infantry teams crewing collective weapons: HMGs, grenade launchers, ATGMs etc.
  4. ^ Crew in most military branches, e.g. aviation, armour, automobile troops etc.
  5. ^ Crew in artillery and all kinds of missile troops
  6. ^ The personal strength, e.g. of self-contained platoons, training platoons, technical platoons, or Bundeswehr sub-subunits with platoon structure, might contain different staff.[citation needed]
  7. ^ A section with group-structure (e.g.: US Marine Corps, 8–12 soldiers) may contain, in opposite to a "Section" in France armed forces, decisive less personal strength.[citation needed]
  8. ^ In fighter aviation
  9. ^ In bomber and military transport aviation