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I'm looking for the word for a military unit that provides the communication service in the battlefield. This unit has to transport, encrypt and decrypt information for other units in the battlefield.

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    I'd try searching for "signal corps", "field signal battalion", "signal troops". May 12, 2015 at 12:49
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    a military word for this unit is scout
    – user6951
    May 12, 2015 at 13:41
  • @pazzo - please provide a reference for this. May 13, 2015 at 0:36

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This unit, according to Wikipedia, is called "Signal corps" or "Corps of signals":

A signal corps is a military branch, responsible for military communications (signals). Many countries maintain a signal corps, which is typically subordinate to a country's army. Military communication usually consists of radio, telephone, and digital communications.

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You need to specify how large a unit is being discussed. Just as an infantry unit can be anywhere from a fire team (4 persons in the US Army) to a division (up to 20,000 for the US), a signal unit (or signals unit for the Brits) can be of various sizes. In terms of numbered units, these range from companies to commands (equivalent to division). Generally, a signal brigade supports a corps (a collection of divisions). The smallest signal unit is the section, equivalent more or less to a platoon.

There is no such unit as the Signal Corps. The Signal Corps is a branch, not a unit.

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