D

Marine Corps Small Units

The Marine Corps considers small units to be at the company level and below. Of these small units, the committee focused on the leaders of companies, platoons, and squads. Although the actual size and organization of these units depend on the type of unit and mission, Figures D.1, D.2, and D.3 provide the organizational diagrams of a typical rifle company, rifle platoon, and rifle squad, respectively.



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D Marine Corps Small Units The Marine Corps considers small units to be at the company level and below. Of these small units, the committee focused on the leaders of companies, platoons, and squads. Although the actual size and organization of these units depend on the type of unit and mission, Figures D.1, D.2, and D.3 provide the organizational diagrams of a typical rifle company, rifle platoon, and rifle squad, respectively. 104

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105 APPENDIX D 182 Marines (including the Rifle Company Company Commander) Company 5 Navy Corpsmen Commander Company Property NCO X.O. Company Headquarters Company Messenger/ 1stSgt Driver Company Navy GySgt Corpsman Weapons 1st Platoon 2d Platoon 3d Platoon Platoon 43 Marines 43 Marines 43 Marines 47 Marines Navy Corpsman Navy Corpsman Navy Corpsman Navy Corpsman FIGURE D.1 Organizational diagram of a typical U.S. Marine Corps rifle company. The company commander is usually a captain. 43 Marines (including the Figure D-1 Platoon Commander) Rifle Platoon 1 Navy Corpsman Platoon Commander Platoon Platoon Platoon Messenger/ Headquarters Sergeant Radio Man Platoon Guide Navy Corpsman Rifle Squad Rifle Squad Rifle Squad 13 Marines 13 Marines 13 Marines FIGURE D.2 Organizational diagram of a typical U.S. Marine Corps rifle platoon. The platoon leader is usually a second lieutenant. Figure D-2

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106 IMPROVING THE DECISION MAKING ABILITIES OF SMALL UNIT LEADERS Rifle Squad 13 Marines (including the Squad Leader Squad Leader) Fire Team Fire Team Fire Team Team Leader Team Leader Team Leader Automatic Automatic Automatic Rifleman Rifleman Rifleman Assistant Assistant Assistant Automatic Automatic Automatic Rifleman Rifleman Rifleman Rifleman / Scout Rifleman / Scout Rifleman / Scout FIGURE D.3 Organizational diagram of a typical U.S. Marine Corps rifle squad. The squad leader is usually a sergeant or corporal. Figure D-3