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A unit of 30-40 soldiers, usually commanded by a lieutenant asisted by an NCO. A platoon is formed by at least two sections or squads (usually 3 or 4) and is smaller than a company. Typically, there are 3-4 platoons in a 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

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In the British Army, a platoon is led by a lieutenant or second lieutenant.
It's the same in the Canadian Forces and the U.S. Army.
by Adrian July 01, 2006
when you got so many people in your squad its so big its became a whole army.
shit man i wouldn't fuck with that platoon, they got like 40 naggas
by thatwhitedude February 19, 2015

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