Originally Posted by 11B3OJ3
The duties for leaders are a bit different according to branch and Job. In my Anti Armor TOW Platoon we had a total of 10 Lower Enlisted, 5 Non Commissioned Officers and one Commissioned Officer.
- Sgt (E5) is in charge of a squad that has a gunner and a driver (E-1 through E-4),
- Staff Sgt (E6) is in charge of a Section (2 Squads)
- Sgt First Class (E7) is in charge of all enlisted and NCO's in the platoon (2 Sections) (Mostly Logistical)
- 2nd or 1st Lt (O2, O1) is in charge of the The Platoon and Command Vehicles (Mostly Tactical)
The Commissioned Officer has the highest rank but the Platoon Sgt usually has the most experience and generally runs the Platoons daily Soldier activities and ensures supplies and equipment are always on hand. The Commissioned Officer often plans and commands the Battle but not much else. TOWs were a smaller Infantry Platoon but we packed an amazing amount of fire power in 4 Gunships and 2 Command Wheeled Vehicles.
I was in a hotel (anti armor) platoon for a while as an E5 and it was manned slightly diffetently
2x E5 both had 7 soldiers who comprised the vehicle crews
1x E6 who was section sergeant and in charge of the E5's
1x E7 who does exactly what you described above
And of course then the LT who just tried not to look silly lol. I don't know if you were Army or Marine, but in the Army they combined all the infantry aside from 11C (mortar man) into 11B and got rid of the 11M and 11H MOS.[/QUOTE]
I heard 11H were no more, sad but Tanks are not considered a wheeled vehicle target anymore. We were 10th Light Infantry and had M996 HUMVEE's so crews were 3 SM's and Sections were 6.