|Branch||Estonian Ground Force|
A salk (English: fireteam) is a small military unit led by a senior soldier that is subordinate to an infantry squad. Salk is bigger than a lahingpaar (fire and maneuver team) but smaller than a jagu (squad). It is also one of the smallest military formation among the Estonian Ground Force infantry units.
It usually consists of three to five soldiers, and may be further subdivided into fire and maneuver teams. A salk is composed of two fire and maneuver teams of two soldiers each, as well as a fireteam leader (salgapealik) who is usually a corporal (kapral).
One single salk is meant to operate on a battlefield along with other salk's on a landscale not greater than 50 x 100 metres. There are no logistical support elements in the structure of a jagu.
Other military uses
In the Canadian Army 'fireteam' refers to two soldiers paired for fire and movement. Two fireteams form an 'assault group' and two assault groups form a section of eight soldiers. Many other armed forces see the squad as the smallest military unit; some countries' armies have a pair consisting of two soldiers as the smallest military unit. In others a fireteam is composed of two pairs of soldiers (fire and maneuver team) forming a fireteam.
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Notes and references
- http://www.mil.ee/kevadtorm/?s=kasulik Estonian Defence Forces formations
- http://www.kaitseliit.ee/index.php?op=body&cat_id=100 Eesti relvajõudude ametikohtade tunnused