Squadron vs Platoon - What's the difference?

squadron | platoon |


As nouns the difference between squadron and platoon

is that squadron is (obsolete) primarily, a square; hence, a square body of troops; a body of troops drawn up in a square while platoon is (military) a unit of thirty to forty soldiers typically commanded by a lieutenant and forming part of a company.

As a verb platoon is

(baseball) to alternate starts with a teammate of opposite handedness, depending on the handedness of the opposing pitcher.

squadron

English

(Webster 1913)

Noun

  • (en noun) (abbreviated to: sqn)
  • (obsolete) Primarily, a square; hence, a square body of troops; a body of troops drawn up in a square.
  • "Those half-rounding guards Just met, and, closing, stood in squadron joined." -Milton.
  • (military, army) A body of cavalry comprising two companies or troops, and averaging from one hundred and twenty to two hundred soldiers.
  • (military, navy) A detachment of vessels employed on any particular service or station, under the command of the senior officer; as, the North Atlantic Squadron.
  • (military, air force) A tactical air force unit; consists of at least two flights; multiple squadrons make up a group or wing (depending on particular air force).
  • Derived terms

    * flying squadron * squaddie / squaddy * Squadron Leader, squadron leader

    platoon

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (military) A unit of thirty to forty soldiers typically commanded by a lieutenant and forming part of a company.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • (baseball) To alternate starts with a teammate of opposite handedness, depending on the handedness of the opposing pitcher
  • Taylor has been hitting poorly against left-handers, and Morgan has been hitting poorly against right-handers, so they will platoon .

    See also

    * platoon system