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.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table_of_organization_and_equipment 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'.
For example a standard Australian Army infantry battalion is as follows:
- Battalion Headquarters
- 3 Rifle Companies – 'A', 'B', 'C'
- Support Company
- Administration Company
- 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.
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.LTG Arthur S. Collins Jr, US Army Ret. wrote:I have never seen a company, platoon or squad take a hill at full strength.
So now for the point of this thread: Discuss thoughts and opinions on TOE and actual strength in training and combat.