In the US Army, A Brigade is a body of troops comprised of 2-5 Battalions. The Brigade is headed by a full-bird Colonel (O-6) and a Command Sergeant Major (E-9). Traditionally, a Brigade is the largest body of troops that is not under the immediate command of a General, however some are.

Bri*gade" (?), n. [F. brigade, fr. It. brigata troop, crew, brigade, originally, a contending troop, fr. briga trouble, quarrel. See Brigand.]

1. Mil.

A body of troops, whether cavalry, artillery, infantry, or mixed, consisting of two or more regiments, under the command of a brigadier general.

⇒ Two or more brigades constitute a division, commanded by a major general; two or more divisions constitute an army corps, or corps d'arm'ee. [U.S.]


Any body of persons organized for acting or marching together under authority; as, a fire brigade.

Brigade inspector, an officer whose duty is to inspect troops in companies before they are mustered into service. -- Brigade major, an officer who may be attached to a brigade to assist the brigadier in his duties.


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Bri*gade", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Brigaded; p. pr. & vb. n. Brigading.] Mil.

To form into a brigade, or into brigades.


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