Unit History: New Zealand Infantry
The New Zealand Infantry is the main combat arm of the regular New Zealand Army.
In the New Zealand Army, an Infantry Platoon is commanded by a 2nd Lieutenant or a Lieutenant with a Platoon Sergeant (holding the rank of Sergeant), a Platoon Signaller and a medic (where relevant) comprising the Platoon Headquarters. The Platoon is sub-divided into three sections of between 7–10 soldiers, each commanded by a Corporal with a Lance-Corporal as the Section second-in-command (Section 2iC). Each section can be sub-divided into two fire-teams, commanded by the Section Commander and 2iC respectively, as well as normal two man Scout, Rifle and Gun Teams.
There are three platoons in a Rifle Company, which is commanded by a Major, and three rifle companies within an infantry battalion, which is commanded by a Lieutenant Colonel. An infantry battalion will also contain an organic Support Company (mortars, machine-guns etc.) and a Logistics Company (transport and stores).