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Gruppe Nato.svg
Standard Estonian military map symbol for a squad.
Active present
Country  Estonia
Branch Estonian Ground Force
Type infantry
Size 10
Equipment small firearms
grenade launchers
tactical transport vehicle
Commander Sergeant ES-Army-OF4.jpg

In the Estonian military, a jagu (English: Squad) is a small military unit led by a non-commissioned officer (NCO) that is subordinate to an infantry platoon. Jagu is bigger than a salk (fireteam) but smaller than a rühm (platoon). It is also one of the smallest military formation among the Estonian Ground Force infantry units.[1]


It usually consists six to ten soldiers, and may be further subdivided into fireteams. A jagu is composed of two fireteams of five soldiers each, as well as a squad leader (jaopealik) who is usually a sergeant (seersant). His second in command is known as a squad sergeant (jaopealiku abi).[2]


One single jagu is meant to operate on a battlefield along with other jagu's on a landscale not greater than 100 x 200 metres. There are no logistical support elements in the structure of a jagu. The formation transport is usually made up by one tactical transport vehicle such as Mercedes-Benz UNIMOG 435.[3]

Other military uses[edit]

A squad can also be an ad hoc group of soldiers assigned to a task, for example, a firing squad. In the Canadian Army, the term "squad" can actually refer to a portion of a drill movement. This is generally used when a group of soldiers is learning a new drill movement, as it is easier to learn step-by-step, rather than all at once.

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-05-17. Retrieved 2008-05-12.  Estonian Defence Forces formations
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-09-20. Retrieved 2008-05-12.  Eesti relvajõudude ametikohtade tunnused
  3. ^ http://sodur.com/?id=412&sid=10 Transport vehicles of the Estonian Ground Forces