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Military Proposal: Army Unit Organization: Infantry

Posted by Picard578 on December 8, 2017

  • LEVEL 1
  • Fire Team (4)
    • Team Leader
    • Rifleman
    • Automatic Rifleman
    • Marksman
  • Medium Machine Gun Team (2)
    • Machine gunner (GPMG)
    • Assistant machine gunner
  • Rocket / Missile team (2)
    • Gunner (ATGM, unguided rocket, recoilless rifle)
    • Ammo carrier
  • Mortar Team
    • Squad Leader
    • Assistant Mortarman
    • Ammo Carrier
  • Sniper Team
    • Sniper (sniper rifle)
    • Spotter (battle rifle or assault rifle)
    • Flanker (assault rifle)

 

  • LEVEL 2
  • Infantry Squad (9)
    • Squad leader
    • 2 x Fire Team
  • Weapons Squad (9)
    • Squad Leader
    • 2 x MMGT
    • 2 x Rocket / Missile Team
  • Mortar Section (10)
    • Mortar Section Leader
    • 3 x Mortar Team
  • MG Section (5)
    • MG Section Leader
    • 2 x Machine Gun Team
  • LEVEL 3
  • Platoon (42)
    • Platoon Leader
    • Platoon Sergeant
    • Radio Operator
    • Medic
    • Forward Observer
    • Forward Observer Radio Operator (RTO)
    • 3 x Infantry Squad (27)
    • 1 x Weapons Squad (9)
  • Rifle Platoon (36)
    • Platoon Leader
    • Platoon Sergeant
    • Radio Operator
    • Medic
    • Forward Observer
    • Forward Observer Radio Operator (RTO)
    • 3 x Infantry Squad (27)
    • 1 x Mortar Team (3)
  • Heavy Weapons Platoon (36)
    • Platoon Leader
    • Platoon Sergeant
    • Radio Operator
    • Medic
    • Forward Observer
    • Forward Observer Radio Operator (RTO)
    • 1 x Infantry Squad (9)
    • 1 x 81 mm Mortar Section (10)
    • 1 x MG Section (5)
    • 1 x Recoilless Rifle team (2)
    • 1 x ATGM team (2)
    • 1 x MANPADS team (2)

 

  • LEVEL 4
  • Rifle Company (175)
    • Company CO
    • Company XO
    • Company 1st Sergeant
    • Fire Support Officer
    • Senior RTO
    • RTO
    • Supply Sergeant
    • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CRBN) NCO
    • Armourer
    • Senior Company Medic
    • 3 x Platoon (126)
    • 1 x Weapons Platoon (36)
    • 1 x Sniper Team (3)
  • Heavy Weapons Company (121)
    • Company CO
    • Company XO
    • Company 1st Sergeant
    • Fire Support Officer
    • Senior RTO
    • RTO
    • Supply Sergeant
    • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CRBN) NCO
    • Armourer
    • Senior Company Medic
    • 3 x Weapons Platoon (108)
    • 1 x Sniper Team (3)

 

  • LEVEL 5
  • Battalion (1.049)
    • Headquarters Company (118)
      • Battalion HQ (14)
        • Battalion CO
        • Battalion XO
        • Operations Chief
        • Intel Chief
        • Fuel Chief
        • 2 drivers
        • 1 HQ clerk
        • 6 scouts
      • FIST (31)
      • Staff (29)
      • Medical (15)
      • Support (2)
      • Comm (13)
      • Food Service (10)
      • Intelligence Team (4)
    • Communications Section (15)
      • Section CO
      • Comm Chief
      • 6 radio operators
      • 1 radio repair
      • 6 messengers
    • 3 x Rifle Company (498)
    • 1 x Heavy Weapons Company (121)
    • Service Company (255)
    • Signals Platoon (42)

 

  • LEVEL 6
  • Regiment (4.076)
    • Regiment HQ (64)
      • Command Section (14)
        • Regiment CO
        • Regiment Deputy CO
        • Regiment XO
        • CE
        • SJE
        • 5 x Specialist (?)
        • CSM
        • Driver
        • FSO
        • Surgeon
      • S1 (6)
        • Assist S1
        • PSNCE
        • Admin CO
        • Legal Clerk
        • 2 x Clerk Typist
      • S2 (18)
        • Assist S2
        • Tactical Intel Officer
        • OB Tec
        • CI Tec
        • 3 x Intel Sergeant
        • SIGINT Sergeant
        • Ops Sgt
        • CI Agent
        • Intel Editor
        • 6 x Intel Analyst
        • UAV Recon Sgt
      • S3 (17)
        • 2 x Assist S2
        • 2 x LNO
        • Assist S3 Air
        • Assist S3 CNEM
        • Mov Con Off
        • Ops Sgt
        • 2 x Assist Ops Sgt
        • NBC Ops Sgt
        • Assist Ops Sgt Air
        • 2 x Clerk Typist
        • Ops Assist
        • Regt Plans Off
        • MVT Sp
      • S4 (8)
        • Assist S4
        • Resource Mgr
        • Unit Sup Tech
        • Ch Sup Sgt
        • Budget Sp
        • General Supply Sp
        • 2 x Clerk Typist
      • S5 (1)
        • Civil Affairs NCO
      • Recon Platoon (42)
      • Communications Platoon (34)
        • Communications Officer
        • Communications Chief
        • Data Section (9)
        • Radio Section (5)
        • Wire Section (4)
        • Crypto Section (5)
        • Maintenance Section (9)
      • 3 x Infantry Battalion (3.147)
      • Support Companies (663)
        • Service Company (182)
        • Heavy Weapons Company (202)
        • Artillery Company (179)
      • Administrative Section (4)
        • Records and History Office (4)
      • Medical Detachment (122)
        • HQ Section (11)
          • HQ
            • Regimental Surgeon (CO)
            • 7 x NCO Assist
          • Medical Officer (XO)
          • 2 x Dental Officer
        • 3 x Battalion Section (84)
          • Battalion Surgeon
          • Battalion XO
          • Company Aid Men (22)
          • Litter Bearers (4)
        • 3 x Battalion Aid Station (27)
          • CO
          • XO
          • 7 Pvt

 

  • LEVEL 7
  • Brigade (16.022)
    • Brigade HQ (10)
      • CO
      • XO
      • personnel officer
      • intelligence officer
      • operations officer
      • logistics officer
      • plans officer
      • communications officer
      • medical officer
      • legal officer
    • HQ Company (166)
    • Signals Company (166)
    • Intelligence Platoon (42)
    • 3 x Infantry Regiment (12.228)
    • Brigade Artillery (2.746)
      • Artillery HQ Company (166)
      • 3 x Artillery Battalion (1.935)
      • 1 x Heavy Artillery Battalion (645)
    • Support Battalion (664)
      • Field Maintenance Company (166)
      • Supply Company (166)
      • Forward Supply Company (166)
      • Medical Company (166)
    • LEVEL 8
    • Division (54.962)
      • Division HQ (10)
        • CO
        • XO
        • personnel officer
        • intelligence officer
        • operations officer
        • logistics officer
        • plans officer
        • communications officer
        • medical officer
        • legal officer
      • Division HQ Company (166)
      • 3 x Infantry Brigade (48.066)
      • Division Artillery (2.746)
        • Artillery HQ Company (166)
        • 3 x Light Artillery Battalion (1.935)
        • 1 x Medium Artillery Battalion (645)
      • Engineering Battalion (996)
        • HQ and HQ Company
        • 2 x Engineer Company
        • Signal Company
        • Military Intelligence Company
        • Forward Support Company
      • Medical Battalion (730)
        • Headquarters and Service Company (161)
        • 5 x Medical Company (395)
        • Hospital Company (174)
      • Cavalry Recon Troop (121)
      • Signals Battalion (512)
        • Battalion HQ (14)
        • 3 x Signals Company (166)
      • Ordnance Company (166)
      • Quartermaster Company (166)
      • Military Police Platoon (42)
      • Intelligence Battalion (512)
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2 Responses to “Military Proposal: Army Unit Organization: Infantry”

  1. Iz said

    When it comes to Level I, why not reconsidering assault/battle/sniper riffles and light/medium machineguns in a more clever way :
    .243WSSM (Winchester Super Short Magnum) was created to allow serious game hunting with re-barreled light carbines like AR-15.
    Note that 6mm calibers are the typical ones in 1km target shooting.
    Here we have a 3000J round with better drop at 1km than .300winch-mag.
    If initial kinetic energy is inferior to .308NATO, ballistics are far better and velocity gives a better conservation of energy, ending with .308 kinetic energy falling under .243WSSM during the flight.
    .243 has a better and more progressive burn of powder and with a smaller caliber, recoil is on par with the 7.62x39R of habitual AK-47/AKM.

    It fits within STANAG magazines, thus, for sure, case diameter is bigger so you’re likely to have 20 rounds in a 30x 5.56×45 magazine but extended magazines have became common, e.g. the 60 and 100 rounds ‘casket magz’ are currently used by USMC, there are even 150 double snail magz for 5.56.
    Considering a bullpup like FAMAS G2 or Tavor, fitting a 64-65cm barrel like those used for hunting/competition would end with a 90cm only riffle.
    Re-using the type of mechanism from the Korobov TKB-022 would allow to even maintain a size under 80cm BTW

    Well, .243WSSM is very fast (Mach 4) with light 55gr projectiles, it can wear out barrels rapidly, but with 85gr it falls to mach 3, so not worst than XM193 5.56NATO. With chrome-coated inner barrel, it’s OK.
    A 60rd STANAG casket mag will have about 40 rounds, a 100rd one about 65 rounds and a 150rd snail mag about 100 rounds. More than enough to replace a light/mid machinegun including a MiniMi or Rambo’s M60…

    Note that Soviets, just before their collapse, considering the issue they had in Afghanistan, were about to field a 6×49 unified caliber to replace 7.62x54R, 5.45x39R and 7.62x39R.
    An unified machinegun prototype was created and worked very well.

    Note also that the .243WSSM could revive the XM214 MicroGun Gatling: if the 5.56 had no interest compared to M134 Minigun in .308NATO, in .243WSSM, the MicroGun would gain serious interest due to light weight.

    Now it’s clear that you may carry less rounds in .243WSSM than with 5.56, but you also carry more than with .308 and these are more efficient and accurate with more range than both caliber.
    Moreover, you gain weight when it comes to light+mid machineguns, marksmen and snipers (except those using .338 or .50BMG) who carry heavier weapons and heavier rounds, and well, the number of rounds carried may not decrease so much, just think about having bigger pouches for the extended magazines.
    Just think about the 10 French Legionaries who ended ambushed and killed by Talebans with Dragunovs : their FAMAS lacked range, they ended totally outgunned and with posthumous medals.
    Had FAMAS shot .243WSSM, especially with a 64-65cm barrel.

    A combo red-dot + scope sight may be needed since you are really accurate at 1km as much as 5.56 is at 300m.

    One may note that the initial Brit and Belgian researches to create assault-riffles ended absolutely with an intermediate caliber of this kind. .308w was imposed to NATO by the Yankees who wanted to keep a caliber with performance close to 30-06 on M1 Garand but… Just consider the recoil on any .308 riffle shooting burst and soon it became evident that a smaller caliber was needed, so the .223 Remington, initially created for Coyote hunting came on the table. Might be OK for jungle and urban warfare, but the .223 backfired in Afgha etc, especially with short barrels on M4 carbines, by lacking range and terminal energy, so we’ve seen the return of .308w and the limited introduction of 6.5 Grendel and 6.8 SPC

    It makes more sense to me to consider some revisions at Level I, but the problem with the military is they’re not very progressive and end bogged due to their conservatism.

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    • Picard578 said

      Yes, problem is that different weapons are good in different circumstances – while 5.56 may be adequate for urban fighting, you need 6, 7.62 or even 7.92 for mountainous terrain. But militaries often ignore this. That .243WSSM sounds really nice.

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