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A rifle platoon is organised into three rifle squads and a platoon headquarters. Each rifle squad has a squad leader and is divided into three four-man fire teams, one with an M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW), a team leader with an M16 and an M203 grenade launcher, and two men with M16 assault rifles. The platoon headquarters consists of a platoon leader and three men all with M16 assault rifles.
Though the Marine rifle company has little transport of its own they can be provided with transport from the division's assault amphibian battalion AAVP7 assault amphibious vehicles or by the helicopters of the Marine aircraft group supporting their division. However, they are equally adept at moving and fighting on foot.
The primary mission of the infantry battalion and its subordinate companies is to locate, close with, and destroy the enemy by fire and manoeuvre or to repel enemy attacks by fire and close combat. With the addition of elements from the company's weapons platoon and battalion's weapons company, this could be further boosted with the addition of M60 general purpose machine-guns (GPMG), M47 Dragon anti-tank missile teams, M224 60mm mortars, and MK153 SMAW shoulder-launched multi-purpose assault weapons. All this firepower combined with the esprit de corps and natural tenacity of the Marine rifleman will make a Marine rifle platoon hard to stop.
Please note: Miniatures are supplied unpainted and some assembly may be required.
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