Definition/Scope: In military terminology, a squad is a small military unit led by a non-commissioned officer (NCO) that is subordinate to an infantry platoon. In countries following the British Army tradition (Australian Army, Canadian Army, and others) this organization is referred to as a section. In most armies a squad consists of eight to fourteen soldiers, and may be further subdivided into fireteams. In the United States Army, a squad is 4 - 10 soldiers and possibly composed of two fireteams of four or five soldiers each, as well as a squad leader who is a Staff Sergeant. In the United States Marine Corps, a squad is typically composed of three fireteams of four Marines and a squad leader who is typically a Sergeant or Corporal.
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