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A platoon is formed by at least two squads (usually 3 or 4) and is smaller than a company (typically there are 3 or 4 platoons per company). Most platoons are infantry platoons; some carry other designations such as mortar or heavy weapons platoons.
A platoon is the smallest military unit led by a commissioned officer.
In the British Army, the infantry platoon commander is a Lieutenant or Second Lieutenant, assisted by a platoon Sergeant (who usually actually holds the rank of sergeant). It is usually divided into three eight-man sections. Specialist platoons may be led by a Captain, assisted by a Warrant Officer or Colour Sergeant. In many corps, platoon-sized units are called troops instead.
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