12 April 2037 - present
Office of the Army,
"Sietto on meie Hágttu"
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Chief of Staff
AM Mirja Kass
Yes; 4 years
The People's Defence Army (Albalian: Väkimestekaitsehaer) is the sole military organisation responsible for the national defence. It is only a land-based force, having no warships and only a small number of aircraft to speak of. As of 1 January 2041, the Army had 973,111 active personnel and almost 3 million reservists.
The present-day Kaitsehaer was created from the Albalian 19th Army; following the decision to go into hiding, Dictators Suurewie and Eskola transformed the 19th into a new military organisation responsible for defending Roulons. Its numbers were bolstered significantly with the introduction of conscription for four year terms. Now, the Kaitsehaer is an army group-strength force made up almost entirely of mechanised infantry and tanks, mixed with various supporting forces such as medical and signal battalions.
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The Army employs various individual weapons to provide light firepower at short ranges. The most common weapon used by the army is the T-55 Directed Energy Rifle/Advanced. The primary sidearm in the Army is the T-25 Directed Energy Pistol. Soldiers are also equipped with various hand grenades, such as the T-1 plasma grenade and T-2 smoke grenade.
Many units are supplemented with a variety of specialised weapons, including the Type-42 Directed Energy Support Weapon, to provide suppressive fire at the squad level. Indirect fire is provided by the Type-50 Directed Energy Rifle/Heavy. The Type-52 Directed Energy Rifle/Close Combat is used for door breaching and close-quarters combat. Snipers use the Type-50 Sniper Rifle System for anti-materiel and anti-personnel operations.
Anti-armour fire is provided by the Type-33 Light Anti-Armour Weapon and the Type-52 Guided Munitions Launcher/Explosive. Anti-aircraft fire is also provided by these weapons. The T-34 HAAW is an automatic variant of the T-33 LAAW, and is normally mounted on vehicles, though it may be used by infantry with a tripod.
The Kaitsehaer's combat doctrine puts a premium on mechanised warfare.
The Army's most common vehicle is the T-29 Troop/Vehicle Transport, which is capable of serving as a cargo/troop carrier, weapons platform and ambulance, among many other roles. In addition, the Army has a huge number of trucks to transport supplies and troops. The T-26 Assault Gun Carriage is the army's main armoured vehicle for land engagements. Other vehicles include the T-30 Light Anti-Fortification Platform and the T-52 Anti-Aircraft Artillery vehicle. The Army's principal artillery weapons are the T-26 assault gun and the T-48 Light Assault Gun Carriage.
While the Army operates few aircraft, an aviation branch does exist. The Army's most common aircraft is the T-52 Troop Carrier and its variants. This includes variants which are capable of carrying a mixture of anti-tank weapons and air-to-surface plasma missiles, and equipped with chin-mounted machine guns or automatic plasma cannons.
The Army Battledress Uniform (ABU) is the utility uniform worn in garrison and in combat zones by the Kaitsehaer. While under Albalian command, the uniform originally featured a digital gray and green camouflage pattern, which was designed for use in woodland, plains, and urban environments. Today however, the Kaitsehaer mainly uses a more green-coloured multicam camouflage. Active camouflague systems are also present on all uniforms, allowing the soldier to become invisible. The actual camouflage on the fatigues is simply for redundancy. The ABU jacket uses attachments to secure items such as name tapes, rank insignia, and shoulder patches and tabs, as well as recognition devices such as the flag patch of a respective district/home planet and an IFF tab.
In the field, the jacket is usually replaced with the flame-resistant Army Combat Shirt worn directly under a set of T-13f/g Powered Assault Armour. Additionally, soldiers are issued a T-13g helmet, specially designed for the powered armour. The helmet comes equipped with a variety of accessories such as night-vision or IR optics, a microphone, a gas mask and a rebreather. The T-13 powered armour is usually factory grey or camouflaged the same way their uniforms are, complete with the active camouflage.
The Kaitsehaer is made up of three components: one active—the Regular Army; and two reserve components—the National Guard and the Territorial Reserve. Both reserve components are primarily composed of part-time soldiers who train once a month, while typically conducting two to three weeks of annual training each year. While the National Guard is organised, trained, and equipped as a component of the Regular Army, individual units are under the command of the Civil Dictator. However, units of the National Guard can be called into full-time service by order of the Military Dictator and against the Civil Dictator's wishes.
The Kaitsehaer is led by the Military Dictator, who has the statutory authority to conduct all the affairs of the army. The chief of staff of the Kaitsehaer, who is the highest-ranked military officer in the country, serves as the principal military adviser and executive agent for the Military Dictator, i.e., its service chief; they advise the Civil and Military Dictators and the National Defence Committee on operational military matters. Activated in 2039, Article 4 of MP-001 mandated that operational control of the services follows a chain of command from the Military Dictator directly to the unified combatant commanders, who have control of all armed forces units in their geographic or function area of responsibility, thus the Military Dictator and the secretaries of the military departments (and their respective service chiefs underneath them) only have the responsibility to organise, train and equip their service components.
The brigade is the basic combat formation within the Kaitsehaer as opposed to the division; the division now exists for organisational purposes only. Division lineage is retained, but the divisional headquarters will be able to command any brigade, not just brigades that carry their divisional lineage. The central part of this idea is that each brigade will be modular, i.e., all brigades of the same type will be exactly the same and thus any brigade can be commanded by any division. The two major types of ground combat brigades are:
Mechanised infantry brigades, with strength of 4,500 troops as of 2042.
Armoured brigades, with strength of 4,743 troops as of 2042.
Under Roulon law, all citizens are obligated to serve four years in the armed forces, followed by reservist duty for a further ten years. Reservists train for two to three weeks per year. Citizens are typically conscripted once they complete their education; those who have university degrees are encouraged and incentivised to go through officer training, or to otherwise take a role that best suits their education. The minimum age is 16, although soldiers under 18 may not serve in operations. The maximum recruitment age is 55 years, and the maximum age for reservists is 72 years old, as of February 2041. Exceptions to conscription are granted to those who are unable to serve; i.e. citizens who are disabled. Conscientious objection is legal, but these forms of exceptions are not liberally granted - typically, conscientious objectors are forced into non-combat roles, yet are still trained to the same standard as any other soldier. The Kaitsehaer is an equal-opportunity employer (with some exceptions due to its medical standards), and does not discriminate based on race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.
Oath of Allegiance
There are two types of soldiers serving in the Kaitsehaer: regular units and conscripts. Consequently, there are also two types of oaths. That for conscripts is a pledge, since the latter may bind soldiers against their own will. The oath for regular units is an oath in the word's proper sense. A conscript who has completed their required term yet chooses to remain in the Kaitsehaer must swear by the second variation of the oath.
"I, [soldier's name], pledge to devote my abilities to faithfully serve the Free City of Roulons and the Albali Republic, to bravely defend the rights and the freedoms of the Albalian people against all enemies, and to observe and obey all orders of the officers set over me."
Any conscripted soldier is allowed to deny taking the pledge. In this case, however, they will forfeit any chance of promotion during their service; this refusal is not to be mistaken for conscientious objection.
Oath for other professional personnel, non-commissioned officers and officers:
"I, [soldier's name], swear to devote my life and my abilities to faithfully serve the Free City of Roulons and the Albali Republic, to bravely defend the rights and the freedoms of the Albalian people against all enemies, and to observe and obey all orders of the officers set over me."
Candidates and conscripts for the Kaitsehaer undergo common training, beginning with initial military training, known as Phase 1, to bring all personnel to a similar standard in basic military skills, and further specialist training, called the Military Occupational Speciality (MOS) is delivered according to the Corps for which the individual has been identified as a candidate. Completion of Phase 2 training brings the individual onto the trained strength.
Much training in the Kaitsehaer has been accredited by various awarding bodies, resulting in the opportunity to gain civilian qualifications through service training activities.
Phase 1 training features basic training for all new recruits, enlisted and trainee officers alike. Phase 1 covers the skills and fitness needed to survive and operate in a field environment, and seeks to imbue the ethos and principles of the Kaitsehaer. The trainee is required to demonstrate competence in thirteen training objectives over the fifteen-week course. Phase 1 training is intended to bring all recruits to a base level of military competency, capable of operating in the field, providing force protection, operational security and displaying the other characteristics of a member of the Kaitsehaer. For officers, this also includes the professional competencies required for command. During this period, recruits pass in and receive their regimental berets; they then pass out and continue to phase 2 to undergo job training. The training embeds the core values:
Respect for others
Phase 2 is where the new soldier or officer receives training for their military occupational specialties (MOS). The length of Phase 2 training varies by the MOS; some individual's MOSs can last anywhere from four weeks to nearly a year, but the exact length of time spent in Phase 2 depends on the MOS of the soldier and some highly technical MOS training may require many months (e.g., officer courses).
Following their basic and advanced training at the individual-level, soldiers may choose to continue their training and apply for an "additional skill identifier" (ASI). The ASI allows the Kaitsehaer to take a wide-ranging MOS and focus it into a more specific field. For example, a combat medic, whose duties are to provide pre-hospital emergency treatment, may receive ASI training to become a cardiovascular specialist, a dialysis specialist or a licensed practical nurse.