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Platoon is a term from military science. In an army, a platoon is a unit of thirty to forty soldiers typically commanded by a first lieutenant[?] who is assisted with either a second lieutenant[?] or sergeant major[?] as platoon lieutenants; a platoon may also be commanded by a second lieutenant with a sergeant major as his platoon lieutenant. A platoon is usually formed of at least two squads and is smaller than a company. Most platoons are infantry platoons; some carry other designations such as mortar or heavy weapons platoons.

A platoon is the smallest military unit led by a commissioned officer.

There was a movie called Platoon which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1986.

In the future, cars may group into platoons to reduce congestion and increase efficiency[?].

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