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#1 Posted at 2010-05-11 04:44        
     



The French Army organization is not easy to describe and is rather different from the American Army.

Moreover there is a lot of difference between theory and what you see in the battlefield.

Basically from the bottom to the top:

  1. 2 fireteams per combat group: the 300m team and the 600m team (the numbers describe the engagement distance)
  2. 3 combat groups + 1 command group + 1 support group per combat platoon
  3. 3 combat platoons + 1 command platoon + 1 support platoon (mortars and Milan) per company
  4. The company level

The composition is adaptable at the platoon level according to the platoon type (wheeled, tracked or VBL)

In practice, a combat platoon consists of 39 men:

Note: I'm using the French military ranks.

1 Command Group (5 men):

  • 1 platoon commander (lieutenant)
  • 1 platoon deputy commander (sous-officier adjoint)
  • 1 radio operator
  • 2 marksmen (FR-F2)

1 Support Group (5 men):

  • 1 group leader
  • 2 Eryx gunners
  • 2 Eryx assistant gunners

3 Combat Groups (21 men):

  • 1 group leader (sergent)
300m team:
  • 1 team leader (caporal or caporal-chef) (Famas Aimpoint)
  • 2 AT4 CS launchers (+Famas)
600m team:
  • 1 team leader (Famas J4)
  • 1 Minimi gunner (Minimi)
  • 1 LGI soldier - Personal Grenade Launcher (+Famas)

4 Armored vehicle crew (8 men):

  • 1 radio gunner
  • 1 driver

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Notes:

  • The FAMAS is the standard assault rifle of the French Army.
  • COS are Spec Ops soldiers, COS is equivalent to USSOCOM.
  • In the French Army and armies based on the French model, the section is the sub-division of a company (equivalent to a platoon).
  • The French equivalent of a US/UK squad/section is a group.
  • The word "peloton" (platoon) is still used for the French Armor unit, equivalent in size to an infantry section.
  • The word platoon is derived from the 17th-century French peloton, meaning a small detachment of soldiers.
  • A lot of English words and especially military vocabulary come from the French language.

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This post was edited by Lonestar (2011-11-30 12:11, ago)


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#2 Posted at 2011-05-14 08:34        
     
Updated with French Army ranks.






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