Infantry Drills

2-99: Platoon File

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2-99. This formation may be set up in several methods. (See figure 2-17, page 2-36.) One method is to have three-squad files follow one another using one of the movement techniques. Another method is to have a single platoon file with a front security element (point) and flank security elements. The distance between Soldiers is less than normal to allow communication by passing messages up and down the file. The platoon file has the same characteristics as the fire team and squad files. It normally is used for traveling only.

Figure 2-17. Platoon file

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