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A platoon leader (
US Army) or platoon commander (more common in Commonwealth militaries and the USMC) is the officer in command of a platoon. This person is usually a junior officer— a second or first lieutenant, or an equivalent rank. He is usually assisted by a platoon sergeant. Some special units, such as specific aviation platoons and special forces, require a captainas platoon leader, due to the nature and increased responsibility of such assignments.
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