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Squad

Squads, sections, and crews generally are the smallest organizations in tactical units. While size can vary greatly, most range from four, as in a tank crew, to ten or twelve soldiers, as in a rifle squad or mortar section. Generally, Staff Sergeants are the leaders of squads, sections, and crews.








Squad Crew/Manning Criteria
Type Squad/Crew RequiredAuthorized / Minimum
Qualified IndividualsFill Level*
M1TC & Gunner qualified as a crew**4 / 3
M2Vehicle CDR & Gunner3 / 3 ***
M3 w/dismountsVehicle CDR & Gunner5 / 4
M3 w/o dismountsBC & Gunner4 / 4 ***
INF SQD (ABN/AASLT/RGR)Squad LDR9 / 7
INF SQD (Light)Squad LDR9 / 7
INF SQD (M2)Squad LDR9 / 7
RECON SQDSquad LDR5 / 4
CBT EN SQDSquad LDR8 / 6
Wheeled EN SQDSquad LDR 7 / 6
Howitzer, M119/M102SEC Chief & Gunner7 / 6
Howitzer, M109A3/4/5SEC Chief & Gunner9 / 8
Howitzer, M109A6SEC Chief & Gunner9 / 7
Howitzer M198SEC Chief & Gunner10 / 9
MLRSSEC Chief & Gunner 3 / 3 ***
Mortar, 120 mmSquad LDR & Gunner4 / 4 ***
Mortar, 81 mmSquad LDR & Gunner 5 / 3
Mortar, 60 mmSquad LDR & Gunner3 / 3 ***
TOWSEC/SQD LDR & Gunner3 / 3 ***
AH 64A/DPilot & Co-Pilot/Gunner2 / 2 ***
AH 1Pilot & Co-Pilot/Gunner2 / 2 ***
OH58A/C/DPilot & Co-Pilot/Gunner2 / 2 ***
UH 60Pilot & Co-Pilot4 / 4 ***
EH 60Pilot & Co-Pilot5 / 5 ***
UH 1HPilot & Co-Pilot3 / 3 ***
CH 47Pilot & Co-Pilot4 / 4 ***
Stinger/AvengerTeam Chief & Gunner2 / 2 ***
BSFVVehicle CDR & Gunner5 / 5 ***
UAV(See note)(See note)
MAV(See note)(See note)
Fox(See note)(See note)
LAV(See note)(See note)
PatriotCrew28 / 28 ***
*Minimum fill levels are determined by TRADOC Systems Managers for each weapons system.
**Qualified together as a TC/Gunner combination.
***In some units (e.g., aviation units) with specific weapon systems the fully manned and minimally manned criteria are the same.
Note. TRADOC will add new squads/crews or weapon systems to the above listing and will establish the squad/crew manning criteria, as required.



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