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The number of soldiers in a platoon varies, but is typically 30 to 40 soldiers. There are usually between three to six platoons per troop.
A platoon is the smallest military unit led by a commissioned officer and is typically commanded by a lieutenant assisted by a non-commissioned officer.
A platoon is made up of at least two squads and is smaller than a troop. There are eight to 12 soldiers, sometimes as many as 14, in a squad. A squad covers about 100 meters in open terrain when attacking, and can effectively defend 100 to 200 meters.
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