SQUAD FORMATIONS

Relationship between fire teams in the squad.

• Squad column
• Squad line
• Squad file

SQUAD COLUMN

• Most common formation
• Provides good dispersion laterally and in depth without sacrificing control with good manageability
• Squad moves the rifleman in the rear trail fire team provides rear security.

SQUAD LINE

• Provides maximum firepower to the front

SQUAD FILE

• Squad leader can be moved from normal position to the first or second position:

– to increase control over the formation
– greater moral presence by leading from the front
– immediately available to make key decisions

• Additional control over rear by moving team leader to last position

 

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