I’ve been sifting through pages and pages of statistics lately in order to break them down for another infographic piece based on the war on Iraq. Partly because its a highly controversial subject at the moment, and partly because there are pages and pages of statistics on it.
For example, according to this About.com piece, the U.S. is spending over $270 million a day. In just one week, that’s nearly $2 billion! Think of how many schools that could build, how many hospitals, universities, and other public amenities.
In the statistics I’ve been looking at it says that there have been 3,883 US soldiers killed in Iraq, so far. That’s a pretty big number, but I wanted to see how that broke down, and how many soldiers are in a squad/platoon/battalion/etc. The following are all averages.
- Squad: 5 - 10 soldiers depending on the mission.
- Platoon: 15 - 40 soldiers.
- Company: 60 - 200 soldiers.
- Battalion: 200 -1000 soldiers.
- Brigade: 3,000 - 5,000 soldiers.
- Division: 10,000 - 15,000 soldiers.
- Corps: 20,000 - 45,000 soldiers.
- Army: 50,000 soldiers.
The image below represents an average army squad, made up of 8 soldiers each with one specialist skill. Of course in any squad each soldier will be trained in multiple areas, but for arguments sake in visualising your average squad I’ve given them all one each.
From left to right, a squad leader (in this case a Corporal), explosives expert, sniper, medic, grenadier, communications officer, rifleman, and scout/recon.
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