The four-tank platoon is employed as an entity.
Companies are single-weapon organizations. This reflects a consideration of
Four line companies provide the capability to conduct
wider or deeper actions.
They also attack on two axes or defend on two
The tank (armor) battalion is especially suited for operations that require:
Direct fire power.
The tank (armor) battalion is also well adapted for the following:
Disruption of the enemy's rear.
The tank (armor) battalion contributes mobility, firepower, and shock effect
to the combined arms team.
Armor shielding reduces the vulnerability of
rapid exploitation through
mechanized and infantry battalions.
They also have more trouble crossing
difficult terrain and barriers.
Armored vehicle launched bridges (AVLBs)
used to be organized in the tank battalion. Now they have been consolidated
in the division engineer battalion in the J-series organization.
missions, and training.
Division Artillery (DIVARTY) Structure
Earlier in this learning event we discussed the division base. We alluded
to the heavy division's artillery (DIVARTY). At this point, we need to look
closer at the DIVARTY organization and its support for the divisional
maneuver forces. Figure 9 illustrates DIVARTY structure. The major units
of the DIVARTY are
Headquarters and headquarters battery (HHB).
Target acquisition battery (TGT ACQ).
Three direct support artillery battalions (FA).
Multiple launch rocket system battery (MLRS).