The Infantry Section and Fireteam¶
The structures that the BA group infantry into are based on those found in real militaries.
An Element is defined as a structure that is made of people and sub elements with a defined leader.
From smallest to largest, these structures are:
A Fireteam is the smallest element size in the BA.
A fireteam consists of four members and a Fireteam Leader for a total of five personnel.
Fire teams act within a squad, meaning that the squad leader will control their macroscopic objectives and positioning. A Team Leader is therefore responsible for controlling the micro level tactics of the fireteam such as exact positioning ( which tree to hide behind ), ensuring formation, leading MOUT breaches and managing ammunition and medical levels.
An infantry Fireteam in the BA is typically constructed of the following roles:
Responsible for leading the fireteam. (Corporal)
Fire team leaders are trained in radio procedures and will communicate with the squad leader so they can accomplish the mission in line with the squad leader’s intent.
The leader of the fire team is also in charge of sending reports about his teams status to the squad leader.
Grenadiers are regular rifleman armed with under barrel grenade launchers to provide explosive suppression of the enemy using the 40mm grenade.
Grenadiers will also carry an elevated number of both lethal and non lethal grenades to assist the mission objective.
Gunners are armed with the Minimi gun to provide supressing fire using controlled bursts of high volume firepower.
This member of the team will often carry a reduced equipment load relative to the rest of his team to compensate for the additional weight of his weapon and ammunition.
A Section is the most common element of movement in the BA and the smallest assignable element in the unit ( A fireteam cannot be independantly tasked by command ).
Sections are made up of two fireteams and a squad leader for a total of 11 personnel. The two fire teams in the squad will have different specialists which will in turn determine the capability of that squad.
The Squad Leader
A Squad Leader is responsible for receiving an intent from command and implementing that using the two fire teams under his command. (Sergeant)
He is also responsible for receiving information from the fire team leaders below him and effectively reporting that information back up to command.
A squad leader is always Corporal+, normally a Sergeant and is an experienced member of the Army who is able to train and lead his squad in line with BA doctrine.
Finally, Section Leaders serve as points of contact and advice for the troops below them helping them to advance and prosper in the RRF.
A platoon is a grouping of squads under the command of an officer and in most cases accompanied by a Medic.
The number of squads in a platoon from two sections
A Platoon is the mechanism by which multiple sections work together and is the backbone of large scale operations in the BA.
To become an officer and lead a platoon is one of the most prestigious positions in the BA and requires a large percentage of our training programs to have been completed as well as having demonstrated great leadership and problem solving qualities.