A battalion is a military unit. The use of the term "battalion" varies by nationality and branch of service. Typically a battalion consists of 300 to 800 soldiers and is divided into a number of companies. A battalion is typically commanded by a lieutenant colonel. In some countries the word "battalion" is associated with the infantry.
The term was first used in Italian as battaglione no later than the 16th century. It derived from the Italian word for battle, battaglia. The first use of battalion in English was in the 1580s, and the first use to mean "part of a regiment" is from 1708.
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Venari: How does http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Battalion answer the initial question(s) "Exactly how many troops make a battalion? or is there a standard number?"
That article stub says this: "A battalion was a large military unit of ground troops. Both the Confederacy of Independent Systems and the Galactic Republic deployed battalions of troops during the Clone Wars."
Yes I get that, however you can not command any more then 84 NPCs at one given time. Now you could RP it. Or if you are a larger group like say the GE you might be able to pull off those kinds of numbers. However a single player can not.
As far as RL goes, a Platoon is roughly 35-40, (at least in the USMC). # platoons make up a Company and 3-4 Companies make up the Battalion.
It's been so long since I did military RP that I was a bit fuzzy on the details, completely skipped companies altogether. Good to know that.
And yeah, 84 is the limit unless you're working with another player. A bit unfortunate, certainly, but it'd be a little ridiculous if one man started running around with about 500 NPCs on his tail, mowing down anything that glanced at them sideways.
Guess the only thing for it is to get yourself a Sergeant in that kind of situation. Kind of like you would in the real deal.
yeah, i guess you could have a Platoon leader (PC) lead two platoons (NPCs). Have 2 PCs per company.. and so on. It would still take a few PCs to do it. But could be done in a good amount of the factions.