The Platoon Leader is an individual that leads the Platoon.
This entails many responsibilities, starting well before the deployment begins. His role is directing the squads withing his Platoon, as well as coordinating any attachments.
He uses his skills and training to accomplish the mission with maximum effect and minimum friendly and civilian casualties.
He works closely with other Platoon Leaders on the battlefield and adapts to the direction of the OIC.
He is usually more in the rear as he is a valuable asset and his main job is coordinating.
He is assisted by his Platoon Sergeant and he often coordinates with support liaisons such as JFOs and FACs.
He is well trained in larger scale tactics and he utilizes his squads to their maximum potential.
The enjoyment of every member of the platoon is ultimately his responsibility, and that his orders, good or bad, will at some point result in a virtual death.
It is important that the Platoon Leaders are able to function as leaders even when things aren't going according to plan and virtual bodies are stacking up.
Cool-headed orders, given in the midst of fights are often the deciding factor between victory and defeat.
The primary weapon of the Platoon Leader is his radio and he usually carries an assault rifle such as a M4, M4A1, AKM, AK-74.