|Would it be feasible to combine a squad and a team into a single squad-team of six men arranged as follows:
1 x SAW/LMG gunner
1 x SAW/LMG assistant gunner
1 x Marksman
1 x Assault rifleman with an attached grenade launcher
1 x Automatic rifle gunner
1 x Team/Squad Leader with an assault rifle
Note 1: I think SAW uses the same ammunition as assault rifles, while LMG may use higher caliber ammunition and having 2 calibers at the squad/team level, could perhaps pose logistical problems. As such, the SAW may be the better choice.
Note 2: Apparently there has been a revival of usage of dual use grenades that can be fired from the front of normal assault rifles and are also throwable. As such, it seems to me that dedicated grenadiers might no longer be necessary and the soldiers in question could therefore perhaps be given other weapons, such as shotgun attachments (or PDWs or something else) for Close Quaters Combat or in the future perhaps the 20mm Objective Individual Weapons that the U.S. Army has been developing.
OK, back to the organization:
Platoon would be made up of 3 of the above-described squad-teams, plus an additional 'recoilless rifle/rocket' team of 6 men with 3 LAW/RPG class weapons. Additionally, it would have an HQ squad-team of 1 CO, 1 XO, 1 Platoon Sgt, 2 medics and 2 snipers/scouts. This would give the platoon a total of 31 men.
A company would then consist of 3 such platoons, one heavy platoon and a HQ element.
The heavy platoon would have: 37 men
1 x HQ with 1 CO, 1 XO, 1 Platoon Sgt, 2 medics and 2 snipers/scouts.
1 x squad-team of 3 A/T crews of 3 men each plus squad leader
1 x squad-team of 3 Machine Gun (12.7mm) crews of 3 men each plus squad leader
1 x squad-team of 3 Mortar (60mm/61mm) crews of 3 men each plus squad leader
Note 3: It may be necessary to add 1, 2 or even 3 RTOs/Runners/Signallers to each platoon, but with the current miniaturization and digitalization of radios, I am not completely certain.
The company HQ element would consist of 22 men:
1 x CO
1 x XO
1 x Company Sgt
3 x RTO/Runner/Signaller
1 x Arms Technician
1 x Quartermaster
1 x Medical squad-team of 8 men (1 x doctor, 1 x medic and three evacuation crews of 2 medics each)
1 x Sniper/Scout squad-team of 6 men (3 sniper/scout pairs)
The company would therefore have a grand total of 152 men.
I am not going to take this to battalion level at this stage, as I still don't understand how staffs, logistics and various support units are organized and these tend to be present at battalion level.
In any case, do you consider the organization outlined above to be feasible, or does it suffer from some irrepairable flaws? In particular, is the concept of team-squads, where teams and squads are combined into one echelon, viable?