In the Army, the typical Army platoon size is approximately 20-30 Soldiers.
However, the platoon size can fluctuate drastically depending on the mission of the Army platoon.
The largest platoon size I’ve ever seen was approximately 70 Soldiers (maintenance platoon).
And, the smallest platoon size I ever saw was approximately 5-10 Soldiers (EOD).
Each Army platoon normally consists of a Platoon Leader, a Platoon Sergeant, 4 Squad Leaders, 8 Team Leaders and 15 to 20 Soldiers.
In other words, an average platoon has approximately 30 Soldiers.
Nearly one third to one half of an Army Platoon consists of NCOs and officers.
The purpose of these leaders is to supervise the Soldiers.
The Platoon Leader’s duties are to conduct mission planning, write OPORDs, conduct Risk Assessments, manage administrative tasks, and to determine the objectives and goals for the platoon.
Basically, they plan future missions.
The Platoon Leader is normally a newly commissioned Second Lieutenant or junior First Lieutenant.
They work closely with the Company Commander.
The Platoon Sergeant is normally a senior NCO; either a Staff Sergeant or Sergeant First Class.
They normally have 10-15 years of military experience.
The Platoon Sergeant’s duties include individual training, Soldier discipline, work schedules, counseling, and taking care of Soldier issues.
The Platoon Sergeant also teaches and mentors the Platoon Leader.
The number of Squad Leaders varies, depending upon the platoon size.
Normally, there are three to four Squad Leaders.
The Squad Leaders are normally a Sergeant or Staff Sergeant.
Each Squad Leader supervises two Team Leaders.
The Squad Leader is responsible for training their squad and maintaining the health, welfare and morale of their Soldiers.
Next, the amount of Team Leaders varies based upon the number of Squads and Squad Leaders.
Normally, each squad has two Team Leaders.
Most platoons have six to eight Team Leaders. Each Team Leader supervises three to five Soldiers.
The Team Leader is responsible for the health, welfare and morale of their team of Soldiers.
A Team Leader is normally a Corporal or Sergeant.
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Finally, the number of Soldiers in the Army platoon varies, based upon the authorized platoon size.
Each platoon has a manning document dictating the number of troops authorized to serve in the platoon.
As a new Platoon Leader, the size of your Army platoon is irrelevant in my opinion.
It doesn’t matter how big your platoon is.
Don’t worry if your peer has a “larger” platoon than you do.
After all, your job is leadership.
Just because someone leads a larger platoon doesn’t make them a better leader than someone with a smaller platoon.
Leadership is leadership, regardless of how many Soldiers you lead.
The key point to remember is that the job doesn’t make the person.
The person makes the job.
Your objective is to become an effective leader, regardless of the platoon’s size.
Your job is to accomplish the mission, while taking care of your Soldiers at the same time.
You must also develop your NCOs and prepare them for positions of increased responsibility.
Finally, you must maintain a high level of technical proficiency, tactical proficiency, discipline and morale within your platoon.
In summary, a platoon’s size can vary throughout the Army.
Some platoons are large, while others are small.
The mission of the platoon dictates the authorized size of the platoon.
In addition, the actual platoon size is irrelevant.
Your job as a Platoon leader is to ensure your troops are trained to accomplish their wartime mission.
If you are fortunate enough to lead a platoon, consider yourself lucky.
It is a rare privilege that few people get to experience.
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How many Soldiers are in your platoon?
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