Infantry Drills

2-91: Primary Platoon Formations

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2-91. Platoon formations include the column, the line (squads on line or in column), the vee, the wedge, and the file. The leader should weigh these carefully to select the best formation based on his mission and on METT-TC analysis. Comparisons of the different formations are in table 2-4. The figures below are examples and do not dictate the location of the platoon leader or platoon sergeant.

Table 2-4. Comparison of platoon formations
Table 2-4. Comparison of platoon formations (continued)

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