Figure 4-16. Typical organization and staffing of holding platoon, medical support
NOTE: Personnel resources are subject to change and least TOE/MTOE should be
checked for current staffing.
a. Platoon Headquarters. This headquarters provides command/control of the
holding platoon. It is typically staffed with a platoon leader and sergeant.
(1) Platoon leader. This officer commands and controls the operations of
the holding platoon.
(2) Platoon sergeant. This Sergeant assists the platoon leader in
accomplishing platoon operations and supervises the four holding sections enlisted
b. Holding Sections. These holding sections provide the cots for the treatment
and care of minimally ill/injured patients from division units expected to return to duty
within 96 hours. These holding sections are capable of moving forward to the FSB
medical companies to augment their operation to allow holding at forward locations
when the situation permits. These platoons (normally four) are typically staffed with a
wardmaster, a practical nurse, and a medical specialist.
(1) Wardmaster. This NCO supervises holding ward operations. Performs
preventive, therapeutic, and emergency nursing procedures. Provides technical
guidance and training to assigned personnel. When the holding section operates