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Standard NATO military map symbol for a friendly infantry Squad.

In military terminology, a squad is a sub-subunit led by a non-commissioned officer<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> that is subordinate to an infantry platoon. In countries following the British Army tradition (Australian Army, Canadian Army, and others), this organization is referred to as a section. In most armies, a squad consists of eight to fourteen soldiers,<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> and may be further subdivided into fireteams.

The equivalent to squad is the Gruppe, a sub-unit of 8 to 12 soldiers, in the German Bundeswehr, Austrian Bundesheer and Swiss Army.


Standard NATO symbol – squad (7 or 8 – 12 soldiers) – in NATO armed forces:

  • two single dots (●●  squad in general); respectively
  • a lying rectangle with two dots above (squad as single sub-unit) on military maps

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