Sub-subunit

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Typical units Typical numbers Typical commander
fireteam 2–4 lance corporal /
corporal
squad /
section
5–14 corporal /
sergeant /
staff sergeant
platoon /
troop
15–45 second lieutenant /
first lieutenant /
lieutenant
company /
battery /
squadron
80–150 first lieutenant /
captain /
major
battalion /
cohort
300–800 lieutenant colonel /
major
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 /
lieutenant general
army group /
front
2+ field armies field marshal /
general of the army /
general
region /
theater
4+ army groups field marshal /
general of the army /
general /
admiral

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.

Types of sub-units[edit]

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

single
point
Fireteam Nato.svg
Single point above a laying rectangle
Trupp 2–7 men,
Tank crew
UnteroffizierHauptgefreiter Team
(e.g. Fireteam)
Équipe de combat Группа (gruppa)[1]
Звено (zveno)[2]
Расчёт (raschot)[3]
Działon
Obsługa
● ●
two
points
Gruppe Nato.svg
Two points above a laying rectangle
Gruppe,
Halbzug
8–12 men,
2 tank crews
Oberfeldwebel ⇒ Unteroffizier Squad Groupe de combat Отделе́ние (otdelenie)
Экипаж (ekipazh)[4]
Расчёт (raschot)[5]
Drużyna
Rotte 2 aircraft Two-ship flight/Pair Patrouille légère Пара (para) N.N.
● ● ●
three
points
Platoon Nato.svg
Three points above a laying rectangle
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
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  •   Air Force

References[edit]

  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