Originally Posted by ozmilman
Okay, so you've got your rifle, side-arm, knife, and grenade(s) when you're a soldier, so when you go into combat or on patrol or something that simulates real life, how much ammunition are you given. Say you've got an M-16 and a standard 9mm side-arm, how many magazines/clips would they give you for each? What is your standard armament, like what is your particular piece of hardware? Do you have a choice as to what you take?
First off, your basic soldier does not get a M9 pistol when he goes on patrol. Mainly officers and some NCOs in certain jobs are giving those weapons.
When a soldier goes on patrol in real life, the standard issues for most units is 210 rounds, or 7 magazines at 30 rounds each. I have seen some LRS units will go with 13 magazines totaling 390 rounds each. Carrying ammo is not always fun when you start piling it on. The standard number of grenades is usually 2. In combat, some soldiers are authorized to take additional ammunition if they want to carry it.
When in training, we do not carry live rounds. Sometimes, when we have OPFOR, we will use blanks.
A basic Infantry squad will consist of 2 teams at 4 each with a squad leader as well. Inside each team is usually 2 rifleman, 1 grenadier (also has a rifle) and one Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) gunner. This does not of course, include the possibly of a heavy weapons team and RTO who normally stays with the squad leader.