Sunday, April 5, 2015

Beginning Life in UEF Defense Force

Unlike the old Earthling military forces of old, the modern day Army of the UEF works on merit vice social standing.  It's members are not classed upon education, wealth or who their parents are but strictly on how good a soldier he or she is.

All members of the UEF-DF enter basic training at Camp Basilone in North Africa, Earth. Basic instruction lasts 9 weeks (1 week of orientation, followed by 2, 4 week cycles of training.) Instruction here covers physical fitness, nutrition, customs & courtesies, marching, marksmanship and all aspects of becoming a soldier.  Recruits enter with no rank on their shoulders but all graduate with their green bars and a select few with their first golden stripe as private first class.

After basic the next 7 weeks are spent in technical training for the soldiers chosen career field. Upon graduating most "greenies" privates are promoted to private first class. Only those who failed to make satisfactory progress or are troublemakers keep their green bars and stay privates if they are retained at all are offered one further chance and recycled.

After a year in the fleet of honorable service (1 year from Tech School graduation) most PFCs can petition to be sent to the NCO school at Sandhurst Military Academy, England, Earth. NCO school is a very rigorous 12 weeks of classroom, field and parade ground training. After graduation all PFCs gain their second gold stripe and become corporals and are then returned to the fleet.

Promotion to sergeant is strictly merit based and only after a year of honorable service following graduation from Sandhurst. Combat experience is one of the requirements for sergeant. However after gaining their third gold stripe any honorably serving sergeant can petition for Officer School or the Senior NCO School. Selection for each is highly competitive most first time petitioners are turned away. The NCO School is located at the American Military Academy at Fort Benning, Georgia, Earth while the Officer School has several campuses of instruction throughout the UEF. With the first campus set at the Imperial Military Academy in Berlin, Germany, Earth.

Officer School lasts one year while the Senior NCO School is 24 weeks. Sergeants at the NCO School spend much of their time in a classroom environment, along with advance field courses and ship work before completing one cycle as junior drill instructors at Camp Basilone. Upon graduation from the Senior NCO School graduates gain their red bars and retain one gold stripe to show their new rank as Staff Sergeants. Many of the newly minted red bar NCOs return to the fleet however a special few are selected to become senior drill instructors at both Camp Basilone and Sandhurst Military Academy.

Sergeants at the Officer School like their brethren at the Senior NCO school spend most of their time in classroom instruction, along with advanced field and shipboard courses. Upon graduation these sergeants too receive their red bars but with a horizontal gold bar with a large silver star in the center marking them as officers and newly promoted second lieutenants. All graduates of the Officer School return to the fleet for service.

All ranks of the UEF are automatically enrolled in the Fleet Services School and are given monthly courses in a myriad of subjects. Most courses are self-paced but a few have a set time period. However all will expire with messages of incomplete sent to the soldiers chain of command.  Courses range from simple reading lists to school courses on finance, infantry tactics, language, computers, armory maintenance and thousands more.  It is said that a soldier is one of the most highly trained people in the federation.

An instructor at the Infantry School demonstrating a point, in this case a sharp point.