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National Military Establishment

Overview
The National Military Establishment is the formal name for the numerous branches of the Oceanian military and gendarmerie. It consists of the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Marine Corps, the Space Corps, the National Guard, and the Coast Guard, as well the reserve and auxiliary components of each force. The President of the Republic is the commander-in-chief of the Military, with subordinate authority delegated to the Secretary of Defense, the Attorney General, and the Chief of Staff for each force.

The Military draws its personnel from paid volunteer servicemembers; conscription was discontinued in 1966 and permanently abolished in 2004. Active forces comprise 521,000 members while there are 260,000 reserve members, as well as 219,000 guardsmen in the national military police force.

Oceania spends about 10 percent of its annual budget on defense, about even with the world average in terms of military expenditures as a percent of gross domestic product. The Republic has adopted a doctrine of power projection in recent years, but sequestered military spending significantly in 2020 in response to a change in leadership. Still, the Oceanian Military is widely regarded as a significant force with broad capabilities.

Command
The President of the Republic is the commander-in-chief of the National Military Establishment. They are supported in command and control, as well as in the defense policy apparatus, by numerous advisors, including the National Security Council and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as officials who oversee certain branches of the Military.

The Secretary of Defense directs the Department of Defense, under which falls the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force. Each of these three forces is led by its own Chief of Staff the Chief of Staff of the Army, the Chief of Staff of the Navy, and the Chief of Staff of the Air Force. Subordinate to the Navy is the Marine Corps, led by Commandant of the Marine Corps. Subordinate to the Air Force is the Space Corps, led by the Commandant of the Space Corps.

The Attorney General, as the head of the Department of the Interior, oversees the National Guard and the Coast Guard, each of which performs federal policing duties in its respective jurisdiction. The National Guard is led by the Chief of Staff of the National Guard, and the Coast Guard is led by the Chief of Staff of the Coast Guard.

Chiefs of Staff are, by law, the highest ranking general of each force. Each force has numerous deputy chiefs of staff, overseeing departments within the service, and the Reserve Corps and Auxiliary Corps of the Army, Navy, and Air Force are each led by a Commandant.

All five Chiefs of Staff, as well as the Commandants of the Marine Corps and the Space Corps, are members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, which advises the President on military strategy.

Services
The Army
The Army is the land service branch of the National Military Establishment. Its strength comprises 188,000 soldiers, and its Chief of Staff is James Grinston. The Army's five core competencies are prompt and sustained land combat, combined arms operations, special operations, to set and sustain the theater for the joint force, and to integrate national, multinational, and joint power on land.

The Navy
The Navy is the maritime service branch of the National Military Establishment. Its strength comprises 132,000 sailors, and its Chief of Staff is Gilday Williams. The Navy has several hundred of deployable vessels and several thousand operational aircraft. The Navy's five enduring functions are sea control, power projection, deterrence, maritime security, and sealift.

The Air Force
The Air Force is the air service branch of the National Military Establishment. Its strength comprises 126,000 airmen, and its Chief of Staff is Barbara Charles. The Air Force controls several thousand operational aircraft and several hundred ICBMs. The Air Force articulates its core missions as air superiority, global integrated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, rapid global mobility, global strike, and command and control.

The Marine Corps
The Marine Corps is the expeditionary service branch of the National Military Establishment. Its strength comprises 71,000 marines, and its Commandant is David Black. The Marine Corps works closely with its parent force, the Navy, to conduct expeditionary and amphibious operations through combined arms, implementing its own infantry, armor, artillery, aerial and special operations forces.

The Space Corps
The Space Corps is the space service branch of the National Military Establishment. Its strength comprises roughly 4,000 space corpsmen, and its Commandant is David Rogers. The Space Corps works closely with its parent force, the Air Force, to secure space security, combat power projection, space mobility and logistics, information mobility, and space domain awareness.

The National Guard
The National Guard is the national gendarmerie of the National Military Establishment. Its strength comprises 179,000 national guardsmen, and its Chief of Staff is Marc Whitehorse. The National Guard is tasked with carrying federal policing functions on land nationwide, and serves as a military police force.

The Coast Guard
The Coast Guard is the coastal and maritime gendarmerie of the National Military Establishment. Its strength comprises 40,000 national guardsmen, and its Chief of Staff is Douglas Schultz. The Coast Guard is tasked with carrying federal policing and immigration functions in Oceania's national waters, and serves as a search and rescue force.

Reserves and Auxiliaries
Reserve Corps
The Army, Navy, and Air Force respectively hold the Army Reserve Corps, the Navy Reserve Corps, and the Air Force Reserve Corps. These reserve forces can be called into service by the President of the Republic, as well as by the governors of each province in times of emergency. There are approximately 260,000 service members in the Reserve Corps.

Auxiliaries
The Army, Navy, and Air Force are also respectively assisted by the Army Auxiliary, the Navy Auxiliary, and the Air Force Auxiliary, which consist of unpaid volunteers who assist in operations for each branch. The National Guard is assisted by provincial auxiliaries, which are jointly commanded by the governor of each province and the President of the Republic.

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