A platoon is typically composed of three squads, for a total of thirty-six men. Platoons are usually led by a Second Lieutenant, with a "platoon sergeant" acting as the assistant leader of the unit, typically a role fulfilled by a Sergeant or Staff Sergeant. ODST platoons may be composed of 40 men instead.
Four platoons compose a Company. Companies typically employ three infantry platoons, bearing small arms such as rifles, shotguns and grenade launchers, though can be reinforced with heavy machine guns and rocket launchers. The fourth platoon in the company is typically a heavy weapons platoon, though these numbers may change depending on the unit type and mission. "T Companies", for example, eschew this model and mix heavy weapons personnel into each platoon so all platoons instead have one weapons squad alongside their other infantry.
Known UNSC platoons