Staggered Column Formation
Staggered column is just a "sloppy" column formation. Every other man is slightly offset to the left or rightand able to cover and see just a little bit more than in a column formation. If you're in a desert or open area,then the staggered column could be more useful than the strait and narrow column formation.
A line formation is when all your men come up shoulder-to-shoulder with you. You still can keep a setinterval but for explanation purposes, we will say shoulder-to-shoulder. This formation is best for heavyforward firepower, like when assaulting a forward objective. But this formation leaves your flanks completelyopen, and if you don’t control the battlefield you can easily be outflanked and eventually destroyed. It’salways best to have other fire teams or squads on your left and right to control the flanks, or move up to your forward target's flank while your line formation of heavy fire keeps the enemy suppressed.