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All of the Military forces in the region use the same establishment and rank system. Twenty member platoons plus a commander, ten platoons to a company with a commander and radio operator; thus a company of two hundred and twelve troops. A regiment of six companies with a command unit of a regimental commander, a regimental sergeant major, a five person communications squad, and a medical support platoon with a doctor in command. Making a regiment of one thousand three hundred men and officers. A brigade consists of five regiments. The brigade commander is a general supported by a five person communications squad, three officers as assisting staff, plus a platoon of troops as the headquarters security. New troopers enlist as recruits who graduate basic training as a private, with some as an acting junior corporal in training. Corporals, Sergeants, and Warrant Officers wear their rank on the upper arm of all their uniform shirts and jackets. Commissioned Officers wear shoulder epaulettes, or plastic shirt collar studs when serving in a non-combat unit. The rank symbols are corporal: junior or lance, one V shaped stripe; full, two stripes; senior, two stripes with a hat - a small upturned V stripe. Sergeant: junior, three stripes; full, three stripes with a hat; senior three stripes with two hat stripes. Warrant Officer: junior, one small crown; full, two small crowns; senior, one large crown; the Regimental Sergeant Major has a falcon above the crown. Lieutenant: junior, one thin bar; full, two thin bars; senior, two thick bars. Captain: junior, one diamond; full, two diamonds; senior; three diamonds. Major: junior, one small crown; full, two small crowns; senior one large crown. Lieutenant Colonel: one small falcon; Colonel: one large falcon. General ranks wear one to five stars. All personnel on training courses are called trainees, and no rank isn’t worn by them. Officers start as privates, and serve as non-commissioned officers before becoming officers. Most go from sergeant to commissioned officer via tests and courses. Warrant Officers equate to a lieutenant or captain, depending upon assigned duties.
Army members swear an oath of allegiance to the parliament, and are controlled by the Minister of Defence - a cabinet level post. The military commander is the Chief of General Staff, a four star general. There are five brigades of ground troops, four brigades of armoured troops, and one brigade of logistics and transport troops. The Army has a different communications network and radio frequencies to the Royal Guards, and there is a third set of radio frequencies for their combined operations. The Army insignia is a rectangular patch on the right shoulder consisting of the Berant flag with the words ‘Berant Army’ under it. Unit insignia is a rectangular coloured patch on the left shoulder with a unit number.
Army entry standards are below those for the Guards, many people who miss out on joining the Guards join the Army. On a per unit basis the Army is regarded as being about half as combat effective as the Guards, because of lower performance standards and less training exercises. The most common Army duty is to aid the community during an emergency. Army HQ would like to have higher standards and training levels, but they’re severely restricted by parliamentary budget limits.
The Royal Guards
The Royal Guards (Guards) are very effective combat troops, and are very loyal to the King as their oath of allegiance is to the King they’re his personal troops. Each year staff travel the world to study troop training methods in other countries, and they see the best aspects are included in training the Royal Guards. All of the Guards are trained as combat troops then their specialist skills: including the medical and rescue troops. The Guards wear two insignia. The right shoulder has an oval patch with a horizontal main axis showing the Royal Falcon. The oval has a crown on its centre top, and the words ‘Royal Guards’ along the bottom curve. The left shoulder has the unit insignia with the regimental and unit symbol on it, the unit name around the top edge with its short name along the bottom edge. There are five brigades. An individual is called a ‘Sword,’ because they’re the King’s Sword who smites the enemy. Each regiment specialises in something. As a group name the troops are called ‘Swords.’ Civilian contractors do the equipment repairs and maintenance for all Guards units while the Guards do the combat field repairs.
The Claymore are ground troops, the core of the Guards. Their unit patch is a coloured horizontal sword with the regimental number below the blade’s centre with a symbol above it. Three regiments. The 1st, the Kings Own, a crown: they protect the royal family and embassies; thus it has extra companies. The 2nd, the Foresters, a tree: jungle warfare. The 3rd is a newly raised unit of mountain climbers, they’ve no symbol or informal name yet.
The Raptors, Royal Armoured Guards, a brigade of five armoured regiments. Each has a different level of armoured tank or armoured car, some have less tanks with their own trained support troops in similarly armoured transports. Each regiment uses a particular combat style or vehicle type. The unit insignia of an attacking velociraptor side on with claws and fangs showing has the regiment number on its side. The colour of the raptor matches that of the regiment’s colour code. The 1st, Royal Raptors, imperial purple. The 2nd, Black Raptors. The 3rd, Brown Raptors. The 4th, Green Raptors. The 5th, Red Raptors. The Raptors’ organisation varies in that each tank has a five person crew with two or more tanks per platoon, depending upon the regimental mix. All units use the same type of troop transport while the engine power, amount of armour, and mounted weapons varies between the units to suit their job.
The Fishers, Royal Rescue Service, are Search and Rescue (SAR) specialists of three regiments of one thousand three hundred troops. Each platoon has its own medical support and each regiment specialises in a type of SAR work. 1st, the Sky Hooks, air rescue using helicopters. The 2nd, the Gophers, land rescue using multi-terrain ground vehicles, climbers, and cave work. The 3rd, the Otters, water rescue close to shore and waterways using light patrol boats. All of the units are based on a five member team with a sergeant or officer commanding it. Four teams to a platoon. The regimental commander has an oversized equipment support platoon instead of a medical platoon, and no security unit. The unit patch is a Falcon carrying a first-aid kit with the unit number on the falcon’s chest. No colour coding is used in the Fishers.