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Groups of soldiers

advance guard

noun

a small group of people, especially soldiers, that is sent to a place before other people to start the work that needs to be done there

battalion

noun

a large group of soldiers that consists of three or more smaller groups called companies

brigade

noun

a large group of soldiers, larger than a battalion

cavalry

noun

used in the names of some groups in modern armies

command

noun

a section of the armed forces that does a particular job and has its own leader

company

noun

a group of soldiers that is usually divided into two or more smaller groups called platoons: can be followed by a singular or plural verb

contingent

noun

a group of soldiers, police, vehicles etc from a particular place, forming part of a larger group

corps

noun

a part of an army that has particular responsibilities

corps

noun

a part of an army that consists of at least two divisions (=large units)

detachment

noun

a group of soldiers sent to perform a special job separately from the rest of their group

detail

noun

a group of soldiers or police officers given a particular job

division

noun

a large section in a military force that consists of several smaller units

expeditionary force

noun

a group of soldiers who go to fight in a foreign country

firing squad

noun

a group of soldiers who shoot and kill someone as a punishment

force

noun

a group of people doing military or police work

garrison

noun

a group of soldiers living in and defending a particular place

general staff

noun

a group of military officers of middle rank who are under a commanding officer (=an officer of high rank)

guard

noun

a unit of soldiers or police officers, especially one that has a particular job

Guards

noun

used in the names of some units in an army, especially the British army

guard of honour

noun

a group of soldiers who stand or march together at an important official occasion

headquarters

noun

used for referring to the people in charge of a military operation: can be followed by a singular or plural verb

legion

noun

a large group of soldiers who are part of an army, especially a Roman army in ancient times

legionary

adjective

relating to a legion of soldiers

line

noun

a row of soldiers, ships, or weapons facing an enemy

militia

noun

a group of ordinary people who are trained as soldiers to fight in an emergency

mujahedin

noun

soldiers belonging to an Islamic armed group

muster

noun

a group of people brought together in one place, especially soldiers

paratroops

noun

soldiers who are paratroopers

picket

noun

a soldier or group of soldiers who are guarding a place

platoon

noun

a small group of soldiers that a lieutenant is in charge of

presence

noun

a group of people, especially soldiers or police, who are in a place for a particular purpose

rank

noun

a line of people, especially soldiers

rearguard

noun

the part of an army that is responsible for preventing it from being attacked from behind

regiment

noun

a group of soldiers that can be divided into smaller groups called battalions and whose leader is called a colonel

reinforcements

noun

extra soldiers or police officers who go to help an existing group of soldiers or police officers

reserve

noun

a soldier or a group of soldiers who are not fighting but who are available to fight

scouting party

noun

a few members of a large group who are sent to get information about an area or about an enemy’s movements or position

soldiery

noun

soldiers

squad

noun

a small group of soldiers who do a particular job

squadron

noun

a particular section of the armed forces, especially of the air force

task force

noun

a group of people chosen from the armed forces to deal with a particular military situation

troops

noun

soldiers, especially in large numbers

troop

noun

a group of soldiers

vanguard

noun

the part of an army or navy that leads a battle

the fallen

the soldiers who have been killed in a war

pre-cation

a paid holiday given to a new employee before they start their job

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