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A rifle platoon is led by a platoon commander, typically a 2ndLt, and consists of how many rifle squads

three rifle squads and a platoon headquarters


Each rifle squad is made up of

three fire teams and a squad leader, typically a sergeant


A platoon also has a headquarters element, made up of a

platoon sergeant, platoon guide, radio-transmitter operator (RTO) and corpsman


The Rifle Platoon Commander carries out the orders of the

Rifle Company Commander.


Platoon Commander must be

 A man or woman of exemplary character
 Devoted to leading Marines 24/7
 Able to decide, communicate and act
 A Warfighter
 Mentally and physically tough


The Platoon Guide is the

senior sergeant in a rifle platoon.


The Platoon Guide assists the platoon sergeant with

administration and logistics of the platoon


The Platoon Sergeant, Infantry Platoon, carries out the orders of the

Platoon Commander and Company Commander


Platoon Sergeant is capable of performing all the tasks required of an infantry unit leader and assumes the position of the

Platoon Commander in his absence


Platoon Sergeant advises the Platoon Commander on

the discipline, appearance, control, conduct, and welfare of the platoon


The Squad Leader carries out

the orders issued to him by the Platoon Commander


Squad Leader in combat is responsible for

the tactical employment, fire discipline, fire control, and maneuver of his squad


The Fire Team Leader carries out

the orders of the Squad Leader


In addition to his primary duties as a leader, and as per unit SOP, the Fire Team Leader may serve as

a Grenadier and is responsible for the effective employment of the grenade launcher, his rifle, and for the condition and care of his fire team’s weapons and equipment.


The RTO is responsible for

establishing and maintaining communications between higher, adjacent, and supporting units


The Platoon Corpsman is responsible for

the health, sanitation, first aid training, and casualty care of the platoon.


A rifle company is led by a

company commander, typically a captain, and consists of three rifle platoons, a weapons platoon, and a company headquarters


The company headquarters is led by a

company executive officer, typically a first lieutenant, and includes a company first sergeant, company gunnery sergeant, company clerk, police sergeant, and company corpsman


The Rifle Company Commander, Infantry Battalion, carries out the orders of

the Infantry Battalion Commander


The Executive Officer, Rifle Company carries out the orders of

the Rifle
Company Commander and serves as Company Commander in his absence.


The Company Gunnery Sergeant carries out the orders of

the rifle company commander


The Company First Sergeant assists the commander as

senior enlisted Marine in the unit, and acts as principal enlisted assistant to the commander; the first sergeant may be of any MOS background.


Marine Corps units normally undertake offensive operations to:

 Destroy enemy forces, equipment, and resources
 Disrupt enemy actions or preparations
 Deceive and divert the enemy
 Deprive the enemy of terrain relevant to his objective
 Fix the enemy in place
 Gain information on the enemy


The four general types of offensive operations are

 Movement to Contact
 Attack
 Exploitation
 Pursuit


Movement to contact is an offensive operation conducted to

establish or regain contact with the enemy


The purpose of the attack is to

defeat, destroy, or neutralize the enemy


An attack emphasizes maximum application of combat power, coupled with:

 Bold maneuver
 Shock effect in the assault
 Prompt exploitation of success


eight different types of attacks are

Hasty Attack
Deliberate Attack
Spoiling Attack
Reconnaissance in Force


Exploitation, an offensive operation usually following an attack, is designed to

disorganize the enemy in depth


Pursuit is an offensive operation designed to

catch or cut off and destroy the enemy attempting to escape


the defense achieves one or more of the following purposes:

 To force the enemy to reach his culminating point without achieving his objectives
 To rapidly gain and maintain the initiative for friendly forces
 To create opportunities to shift to the offense


A key characteristic of a sound defense is the ability of the commander to aggressively seek opportunities to

take offensive action and wrestle the initiative from the enemy


two general types of defensive operations are

 Position defense
 Mobile defense


Position defense focuses on

the retention of terrain by absorbing the enemy in an interlocking series of positions and destroying him largely by fires.


In position defense, the commander

 Employs security forces
 Depends on his static forces to defend their positions
 Position the bulk of his combat power in the static defensive positions and small mobile reserves
 Has sufficient time to prepare positions


A mobile defense is the defense of

an area in which maneuver is used together with fire and terrain to seize the initiative from the enemy.


In a mobile defense, the commander

 Commits minimum forces to a pure defense
 Employs a strong, mobile counterattack force to strike the enemy at his most vulnerable time and place


The following circumstances favor the conduct of a mobile defense.

 The frontage exceeds the defender’s capability to establish an effective position defense
 Time for preparing defensive positions is limited
 The mission does not require denying the enemy specific terrain