300-1,000 Personnel

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Battalion/Squadron Size Symbol

The Battalion is a unit that is both tactically and administratively self-sufficient. In warfighting, Battalions are capable of independent operations of limited duration and scope.

The Battalion is typically composed of four to six companies, and is commanded by a Lieutenant Colonel (O-5), with a Command Sergeant Major (E-9) as the primary non-commissioned officer assistant. The Commander has a Battalion Staff of officers and non-commissioned officers to oversee missions, training, administration and logistics. The size of a Battalion can vary between 300 - 1,000 soldiers. A Battalion Task-Force (TF) is a Battalion-size unit with additional companies attached in direct support to enhance mission capability.

Lieutenant Colonel

Command Sergeant Major

In Cavalry units (both air and ground), the Battalion is referred to as a Squadron.