1. The level of unit of command. As compared to a platoon, a company is a higher echelon than a platoon. (AFPM 3-8-1) 2. a. A subdivision of a headquarters (such as forward echelon, rear echelon). b. Separate level of command. As compared to a brigade, a division is a higher echelon; a battalion is a lower echelon. c. A fraction of a command in the direction of depth to which a principal combat mission is assigned (such as attack echelon, support echelon, reserve echelon). d. A formation in which its subdivisions are placed one behind another, with a lateral and even spacing to the same side. (PAM 3-071:S-2008) 3 A formation of troops; group of soldiers or individual vehicles. (PAM 1-15)

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