TOE strength vs Actual field strength

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TOE strength vs Actual field strength

Post by jimothy_183 » Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:57 am wrote:A table of organization and equipment (TOE or TO&E) is a document published by the U.S. Department of Defense which prescribes the organization, staffing, and equippage of units. Also used in acronyms as 'T/O' and 'T/E'.
Otherwise known as "paper strength" it is basically how the unit is to be organised in theory including the number of men and equipment. We all know at least some of them as they are set out in various military doctrine.

For example a standard Australian Army infantry battalion is as follows:
  • Battalion Headquarters
  • 3 Rifle Companies – 'A', 'B', 'C'
  • Support Company
  • Administration Company
Another example at the small unit level is the standard US Army rifle platoon which is organised as prescribed by FM 3-21.8:
  • Platoon Headquarters: 3 or more; Platoon Leader, Platoon Sergeant and RTO. Usually augmented by a Platoon Medic.
  • Rifle Squad (X3): 9 men; Squad leader, 2 Fireteam leaders and 6 Privates.
  • Weapons Squad: 9 men: Squad leader, 4 gunners, 4 assistant gunners.
This all looks theory...however as we all know things don't always work out like it is set on paper, in fact you could say it almost never does. Shit happens, people get sick or go on leave etc.
LTG Arthur S. Collins Jr, US Army Ret. wrote:I have never seen a company, platoon or squad take a hill at full strength.
From the preview of this book, chapter 2 entitled "Common excuses for inadequete training". Recommend that what is shown of the chapter in the preview be read for a better understanding of the context of this thread.

So now for the point of this thread: Discuss thoughts and opinions on TOE and actual strength in training and combat.
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