- Reaction score
This is in following with some of the other threads which discuss the way that pre-1914 Battalions were made up of larger numbers of smaller companies and that the consolidation into larger companies was a direct result in the attritional warfare that was experienced in WWI.What is the advantage of 8x50 over 3x133? Larger span of control to keep the CO exercised?
The idea is that with smaller, more specialized forces in a modern battle space dispersion is of greater importance in order to avoid being picked apart by precision fires which will identify and target concentrated forces.
It's also a case of "different horses for different courses". The Mechanized Brigades and the Reserve Infantry Brigades would continue to have the larger (modern) company sizes, but only the Light Reaction Forces would have the smaller Company groups. This would give you flexibility to respond with different types of forces in different situations as well as possibly more realistically representing the size of rapid reaction force we could be able to quickly deploy and support by air considering the size of our transport fleet.