I was planning on showing a quick clip of a firefight in Afghanistan. Then I decided to show the clip, and use it to illustrate the squad combat drill, and platoon battle drills. But then I realized, for that part of my audience that isn’t familiar with some of the underlying concepts, I have to explain a little more about what a platoon is, how it is organized, and how it is deployed.
So I’m gonna start a series based on FM 7-8, the Infantry Platoon. For my readers familiar with this basic organization, I ask your forbearance and patience. I’m not going to copy the whole manual and train civilians to lead a platoon, but I do hope to give them a better understanding of how the basic combat arms unit works.
For my readers who are not familiar with the concepts behind this, I’ll try to avoid jargon and make it as simple to understand as possible. But if you do have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask, either in comments or in an email. The entire original purpose of the blog was to help make the Army more transparent to civilians with little or no contact with the Army.
Having said that, I’m going to be on the road today, and probably face limited access for a few days. Please be patient.