Using wikipedia to find this out. If wrong then let me know. In a British rifle platoon there is normally one sergeant and he is the 2ic. Then there are 8 man sections commanded by corporals with a lance corporal 2ic and both lead 4 man fireteams. In an American rifle platoon the 2ic is normally a sergeant 1st class. Then there are 9 man squads commanded by a staff sergeant and 4 man fireteams led by sergeants or corporals. So a British L/Cpl can do the same job as an American sergeant. A British Cpl=an American S/Sgt Does this cause problems during joint exercises? Are American NCO ranks devalued in anyway if they have authority over fewer soldiers than the British equivalent?