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Battalion Organization

UA NROTC is organized into a Battalion. The Battalion is then divided into two Companies (Alpha and Headquarters). Headquarters will be composed of members who hold any billets from S1-S6. In Alpha Company, each platoon or division is designated by the company letter and its' platoon number(e.g. A-1, A-3, etc.). In Alpha Company, Alpha 1 and Alpha 2 will follow Navy's Organization and be called Divisions while Alpha 3 will remain as Marine designated platoon. Each platoon or division is then further divided into two-three squads. Members of the Battalion are assigned to a new company, battalion, and squad each semester to ensure that they see as many leadership styles as possible.

This organization is based on the combination of Marine Corps 'Rule of Threes' and US Navy Divisions which allows for good division of labor and makes for a streamlined chain of command.

The Battalion chain of command is structured much like a traditional Navy/Marine Corps command. At the top is the Battalion Commander (BNCO). The BNCO has a Battalion Executive Officer (BNXO) who is responsible for overseeing the administrative aspects of the command. The BNCO also has a variety of company staff officers at his disposal, to assist in the smooth operation of the unit. And finally the Battalion Sergeant Major(SgtMaj) is responsble for the well being of every member and taking control of planned events so they go smoothly as possible.

For each company, there is a Company Commanding officer (COCO) and a Company Executive Officer (BNXO). Under their command, there exists platoons where there is a Platoon Commander (PC), each of whom has a Platoon Sergeant (PS) who is responsible for the conduct of the platoon and conducting drill practice. Each squad within the platoon is assigned a Squad Leader (SL) who is the first link in a marching member's chain of command.

A graphical representation of the chain of command is displayed below.

Chain of Command