b. The light infantry division differs from other divisions in both design and concept of
employment. It is rapidly deployable and is organized to fight as part of a larger force, in conventional
conflicts, or independently in a low intensity conflict (LIC). The ability of its command and control
structure to readily accept augmentation forces permits task organizing for any situation from low to
c. The airborne division conducts combined arms parachute assaults to seize and secure
objectives in the enemy's rear. It is ideally suited to seize, secure, and repair airfields to provide a
forward operating base for follow-on air-landed forces.
d. The air assault division conducts combat operations to strike over extended distances and
terrain obstacles to attack the enemy. These operations involve insertions and extractions under hostile
e. The light infantry brigade is organized with three infantry battalions and the required CS and
CSS to effectively operate in a LIC scenario, or as part of a larger conventional force.
f. The light infantry maneuver battalion is organized with three rifle companies and the
required CS and CSS to support brigade operations.
g. The mechanized infantry maneuver brigade is organized with three mechanized infantry
battalions and the required CS and CSS to fight successful battles on the battlefield in conventional,
nuclear, or chemical environments.
h. The mechanized infantry maneuver battalion is organized with four mechanized infantry rifle
companies and the required CS and CSS to support brigade operations.
i. The heavy and light force mix allows the commander to maximize his combat power by
offsetting the inherent weaknesses of one type unit with the inherent strengths of another type unit.