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Platoons consist of two or more squads, sections, or crews. In Armor a Platoon consist of five tank crews, in Infantry, a platoon consists of three rifle squads and a weapons squad or section. Lieutenants lead most platoons, and the second-in-command is generally a Sergeant First Class.

The light armor platoon consists of four M8 light tanks and 12 personnel organized into two sections of two M8s each. Although the light armor platoon is an integral part of the light armor company, it is capable of detaching from the company and then operating with a light infantry battalion. When the platoon operates with its parent light armor company, its fundamental employment is similar to that of an armor platoon.

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