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THE RIFLE COMPANY

The rifle company ( Example taken from a 1980 manual) consists of a Headquarters and three platoons. It is capable of operating on its own but would usually need outside specialist help, depending on the task.

Normal attachments would be:

  • Regimental Medical orderly

  • RAPC Clerk

  • Cooks

  • REME vehicle mechanics

The company may well also require support from tanks, artillery, mortars and anti-tank weapons.

Over the years the platoon organisation has changed to reflect tactics, operational requirements and to suit the introduction of new equipment. Also the platoon strength differs between Mechanised Infantry and regular infantry .


 DLI at Seaham Show 1983 
 By kind permission © G.Foggin 2014 

COMPANY HEADQUARTERS

  • CO - Major
  • 2IC - Captain
  • CSM - Warrant Officer 2nd class
  • CQMS - Colour Sergeant
  • Clerk - Lance-Corporal

 

  • Storeman - Corporal
  • Storeman - Lance-Corporal
  • Signal NCO - Corporal
  • Driver Radio Operator - Lance-Corporal
  • Signaler - Private
  • Driver (for CQMS) - Private
  • 1x 3/4 ton GS FFR
  • 1x 3/4 ton GS

 

 

Total: 2 Officers and 9 Soldiers

A regimental medical orderly (CPL) will join the CHQ in the field. In time of war a LCPL and 3 Privates will join from the reserve, as defence section.

RIFLE PLATOON

Organisation #1

Platoon HQ:

  • Platoon Commander - Subaltern

  • Platoon Sergeant - Sergeant

  • Signaler - Private

  • Light Mortar No.1 - Lance-Corporal

  • (Light Mortar No.2 - Private (Type B Battalion))

 

 

Infantry Section (x3):

  • Commander - Corporal

  • 2nd In Command - Lance-Corporal

  • GPMG No.1 -  Private

  • GPMG No.2 - Private

  • MAW No.1- Private

  • MAW No. 2 - Private

  • 2x Rifleman - Private's

Total: 1 Officer and 27 Soldiers

The Platoon with have 1x Light Mortar in the platoon HQ and each rifle section will contain 1x 84mm MAW and 1x GPMG. The platoon will also have 1x SF conversion kit for a GPMG.

Organisation #2

Platoon HQ:

  • Platoon Commander - Subaltern

  • Platoon Sergeant - Sergeant

  • Signaller - Private

  • Light Mortar No.1 - Lance-Corporal

  • (Light Mortar No.2 - Private (Type B Battalion))

  • MAW No.1- Private

  • MAW No. 2 - Private

 

 

Infantry Section (x3):

  • Commander - Corporal

  • 2nd In Command - Lance-Corporal

  • GPMG No.1 -  Private

  • GPMG No.2 - Private

  • 4x Rifleman - Private's

Total: 1 Officer and 27 Soldiers

The Platoon with have 1x Light Mortar  and 1x 84mm MAW in the platoon HQ and each rifle section will contain 1x GPMG. The platoon will also have 1x SF conversion kit for a GPMG.

 


 West Germany 1989 
 By kind permission © K.Morland 2014 

RIFLE SECTION 

The rifle section is organised either into a gun group and a rifle group or into two equal-sized fire teams.

Fire Team Organization

Fire Team A

Fire Team B

Section Command Corporal Rifle Section 2IC/Gun Controller Lance-Corporal Rifle
Rifleman Private Rifle GPMG No.1 Private GPMG
Rifleman/No.1 MAW Private SMG GPMG No.2/Rifleman Private Rifle
Rifleman/No.2 MAW Private Rifle Rifleman Private Rifle

 

Rifle and Gun Group Organization

Rifle Group

Gun Group

Section Command Corporal Rifle Section 2IC/Gun Controller Lance-Corporal Rifle
Rifleman Private Rifle GPMG No.1 Private GPMG
Rifleman Private Rifle GPMG No.2/Rifleman Private Rifle
Rifleman/No.1 MAW Private SMG      
Rifleman/No.2 MAW Private Rifle      

 

 

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