Unit Formation DEPRECATED

Organization within RMA (Unit Formation)

Below is a chart which illustrates the breakdown, by formation, of the Royal Manticoran Army. The first column of the chart lists the unit formations of the RMA from the smallest to largest unit. The second column illustrates the breakdown per unit for role-playing. That is these numbers should be used for stories and detail out the Army if the RMA of the Honorverse actually existed. The third column illustrates the breakdown per unit for the fan club The Royal Manticoran Navy: The Official Honor Harrington Fan Association, Inc. These are the numbers that the fan organization and consequently the RMA will use to divide the organization by.

While the Army’s “leg” infantry and few battle armored assault units operate with the same organization and doctrine as the Marines, their armored infantry are organized a little differently at the squad level. An armored infantry squad fights dismounted, with two four-man fireteams (often called “quads”) and a sergeant in overall command, supported by the two to three man team in their light skimmer or infantry fighting vehicle.

Armored infantry platoons consist of three squad vehicles plus a command vehicle. A tank platoon likewise consists of four tanks (three plus a command tank). Various support platoons exist at different levels of organization, but the core “three plus command” organization concept remains constant across this level of organization. A company, whether composed of infantry, armored infantry or tanks, consists of three platoons plus a com¬mand element. The command element will include a command vehicle for the staff, and often includes support vehicles (medical, engineering, air defense, etc.) depending on the mission.

A typical Army Battalion will consist of a command element, three standard companies, one support company (often a com¬bination of heavy weapons and mission-specific support) and a fifth company that is normally detached for recruiting and depot duties, including vehicular maintenance and rear area security. Three battalions combine to form a regiment, which is the highest permanent organizational unit, similar to the Marines.

Pure function units above regimental size are not used; but, when necessary, the Army will form mission-specific Regimental Combat Teams, typically consisting of one armored regiment, two armored infantry regiments and one aerospace wing for transport and airspace control.
The numbers below are a generalization and simplification of what an actual breakdown of the units would be. For instance not listed are the various staff members that would be attached to the various formations. Those have not been because they would needlessly complicate this chart. Units in the RMA that are of Company size or larger may have staffs, but those are at the discretion of the officer commanding. All effort should be made to minimize the size of the staff and any staff should be proportional to the size of the unit.

For demonstration purposes, we shall only address the unit formations for designated Armored Infantry Units. Regular Infantry units would have two less solders starting at the Squad level.


Role-Playing Representation

Real-Life Representation

Fire Team

(4 enlisted)

(4 enlisted)


(11 enlisted)

(5 enlisted)

Armored Infantry Platoon

(44 enlisted, 1 officer)

(9 enlisted, 1 officer)

Armored Rifle Company

(171 enlisted, 4 officer)

(13 enlisted, 3 officer)

Armored Infantry Battalion

(860 enlisted, 22 officer)

(21 enlisted, 6 officer)

Armored Infantry Regiment

(2,570 enlisted, 70 officers)

(48 enlisted, 12 officers)

Regimental Combat Team

One armored regiment, two armored infantry regiments and one aerospace wing for transport and airspace control.



Two or more Regimental Combat Teams


Planetary Commanmd

Two or more Battlegroups


Theater Command

One or more Planetary Commands



Minimum Command Ranks
Minimum command ranks for units in the RMA are outlined below.

Fireteam – E-3 (Lance Corporal)
Squad – E-4 (Corporal)
Platoon – O-1 or O-2 (2nd or 1st Lieutenant)
Rifle Company– O-3 (Captain)
Battalion – O-4 or O-5 (Major or Lieutenant Colonel)
Regiment – O-5 or O-6 (Lieutenant Colonel or Colonel)
Regimental Combat Team – F-1 (Brigadier General)
Battlegroup – F-2 or F-3 (Major General or Lieutenant General)
Planetary Command – F-4 (General)
Theater Command – F-5 (Field Marshal)