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  • Queen's Regular Forces, Army Recruiting

    Denizens of Castle Marrach,

    Her Majesty's Regular Army is looking for active, trustworthy and honorable denizens of the Realm to join its ranks.

    The Queen's Regular Army (QRA) is the backbone division of Her Majesty's Royal Army, containing the bulk of the Realm's professional soldiery tasked with defending the realm and maintaining order within its borders. As the Crown's martial law enforcement organization, the Regular Army is tasked with upholding the law and protecting the realm from both internal and external threats.



    Maintaining the Peace

    During times of peace, the Queen's Regular Army is tasked with upholding and enforcing the law of Castle Marrach as per the Capitulary. The soldiery is tasked with patrolling the castle halls and gathering areas to ensure that the castle populace is safe and that Peace and Order are maintained throughout the keep, and to answer emergency calls for aid (ie: duckcalls) when summoned. Soldiers are tasked to investigate into any instances in which they believe the law has been broken, and in some cases, dispense the Queen's Justice should those investigations result in confirmation of criminal activity.

    The Queen's Regular Army also maintains a rigorous training schedule to ensure that all members meet the standard expectations impressed upon them as professional soldiers charged with defending the realm. Even in times of peace, the Regular Army is more than just an agency of law enforcement, but first and foremost a military organization, expected to protect the interests of the Realm from all external threats. Professional training in martial combat and military tactics is exercised regularly in times of peace, such that the Regular Army can perform its most important duties in times of war without hesitation or error.



    Times of War and Emergency

    At times of war or castle wide emergency the Queen's Regular Army is called to the forefront as the primary agency responsible for the Realm's defense. During times such as these, the chief responsibility of the Regular Army is to protect the realm of Castle Marrach from foreign threat and/or invasion. Frequency of patrols increase substantially, and all members of the Queen's Regular Army are expected to stand ready for orders to engage with and destroy the enemy.

    During these times of crisis or castle wide threat, officers from amongst the QRA's ranks shall meet to discuss plans for battle, as well as review existing plans and battle scenarios. Less immediate tasks such as the training of new recruits are put on hold unless otherwise so that the Army might focus itself on the more dire tasks at hand.

    During some castle wide crises the Castle Militia may be called to arms to aid in the castle defense. During such times, the Castle Militia, formed of civilian martial volunteers, shall supplement the Army's professional soldiery to aid in castle defense. Additionally, the Queen's Rangers may also supplement the Queen's Regular Army in defending the realm.



    Ranks and Positions in the Regular Army

    The Regular Army rank structure is divided into a 4-tiered system, and while each consecutive rank is senior to the rank that precedes it, the ranks should not be viewed simply as promotions in prestige and authority. Some ranks have different jobs, duties and roles to fill in the Army, all equally necessary to keep the Army functional as a whole.

    Private

    Uniform: Royal blue clothing & cloak
    Armaments: truncheon


    The Private, short for "Private Soldier", refers to any denizen who has pledged military service to the Crown but holds no special rank or authority within their designated command structure. In the case of the Queen's Royal Army, Privates are denizens who have taken up pledge to serve in the QRA but have not yet been acknowledged as Yeomen by completing their training. Privates wear the QRA uniform and are considered soldiers within the Army but are granted no weapons or armor unless called to battle. They are however permitted to carry and/or wear any personal weapons and armor they legally own.

    Yeoman

    Uniform: Royal blue clothing & cloak, steel mail hauberk, steel nasal helm,
    Armaments: long spear
    Shield: Kite shield, emblazoned blue

    The Yeoman is the basic entry rank granted to all fully trained and sworn in soldiers in the Regular Army. The Yeoman is the basic Regular Army footsoldier, equipped with mail armor, a tall kite shield and a long spear and tasked with basic castle patrol, guard duty, law enforcement and engaging with the Realm's enemies.


    Serjeant

    Uniform: Royal blue clothing & cloak, steel mail hauberk & chausses, steel gauntlets & greaves, steel nasal helm
    Armaments: long spear, shortsword
    Shield: Kite shield, emblazoned blue & white, parted per pale

    The title Serjeant is given to a Yeoman who has acquired live experience in life and death combat and can be said to be a 'veteran' of warfare. Though the Serjeant's duties remain identical to that of the Yeoman, the Serjeant status denotes increased martial skill and experience compared to the Yeoman. The Serjeant is additionally issued a sword to carry into combat and trained in its use, and is further granted gauntlets and greaves of steel to use in combat.


    Lieutenant

    Uniform: Royal blue clothing & cloak, steel mail hauberk & chausses (tinted black), steel gauntlets & greaves (tinted black), steel nasal helm (tinted black)
    Armaments: long spear, shortsword
    Shield: Kite shield, emblazoned blue & white, parted per cross

    (if knighted, a Knight-Lieutenant may instead wear personal armor if owned, so long as royal blue fabric is worn to display Army colors, preferably as a cloak, tabard, surcoat or warskirt)

    The Lieutenant is a senior rank within the Regular Army, assigned to experienced Army officers who possess leadership capabilities and have demonstrated an ability to take on increased responsibilities within the Regular Army. While Yeomen and Serjeants focus on the soldiery aspects of Army life, the Lieutenant is focused on the administrative and organizational side of the Army. In addition to the duties of a footsoldier, the Lieutenant is also charged with maintenance of the Army records and archives, recruiting new Army recruits and holding training for current Yeomen and Serjeants, investigating of High Crimes and interfacing with the Winter Court and people of rank. Lieutenants are officers who aid the Captain in leading the Regular Army and require leadership and organizational skills, and strong work ethic. The armor of a Lieutenant is tinted black to denote officer status.


    Captain

    Uniform: Royal blue clothing & cloak, steel mail hauberk & chausses (tinted white), steel gauntlets & greaves (tinted white), steel great helm (tinted white)
    Armaments: shortsword
    Shield: Kite shield, emblazoned blue & white, parted per cross within a gold border

    (if knighted, a Knight-Captain may instead wear personal armor if owned, so long as royal blue fabric is worn to display Army colors, preferably as a cloak, tabard, surcoat or warskirt)

    The Captain is the Commanding Officer of the Regular Army, to whom the Lieutenants answer to. The Captain is an Army sub-minister charged with overseeing the Regular Army as a whole as well as all organizations operating within. The Captain reports directly to the Lord Marshal and Royal Family on all pertinent Army related business, and interfaces with the Court when necessary. Though the day to day mundane happenings of the Regular Army are generally left up to the Lieutenants to manage, the overall success and direction of the Regular Army is the responsibility of its Captain,


    Benefits and Responsibilities of Joining the Regular Army

    By joining the Regular Army, you receive the following benefits:
    • Elevated rank on the Great Chain of Being
    • Access to the Inner Bailey
    • Opportunity to receive intrinsic rank promotion for dedicated service
    • Army issue weapon and privilege to legally bear arms within the realm
    • Army issue armor and opportunity to train in armor otherwise expensive to acquire elsewhere
    • First hand training and lessons in swordplay under the tutelage of a Knight of Castle Marrach
    • Limited access to crossbows and lessons in their use
    In turn for these benefits, the Regular Army expects the following from its members:
    • Regular waking presence in the castle, with an attendance of at least 2 Army functions per week divided between practices, meetings and lectures
    • Whenever possible, attendance of major events where Army security presence is requested (ie: Royal Court)
    • Prompt upkeep of Army and Justice Archive records, warrants, prisoner logs and reports
    • Readiness at all times to risk life and limb in combating threats to the security and lawful order of the realm
    • Willingness to prioritize the Army and its oaths first and foremost at all times, before all personal and/or extracurricular affairs
    Last edited by Galatea; 09-19-2017, 09:13 PM.

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    The Training Procedure

    Parties interested in joining the Army are taken on as Recruits and trained in accordance with the Army Training Manual, the standard training guideline for new members of the Regular Army. The Regular Army training program takes approximately 2 moons to complete from recruitment until swearing of Yeoman oaths. Training includes a series of lectures in Capitulary Law and Chancery Procedure, as well as physical combat training using a variety of weapons, primarily the spear and shield. Students will be assessed during all of these lectures, and on their essays throughout the course.

    Recruits who have completed their requirements are inducted into the Royal Army during induction ceremonies overseen by the Captain of the Regular Army, in which new Yeomen swear their oaths, are issued their equipment, and are welcomed as brothers and sisters in arms. Note that the Army oath is binding unto permanent death, and can only be relinquished by the acting Captain, Lord Marshal, or the Crown directly.


    Irregular Inductions

    Induction as Serjeant: An individual with confirmation of advanced martial skill and experience in live combat and possessing at least Honored Guest intrinsic status may apply to enlist directly as a Serjeant upon completion of training if approved by the Captain of the Regular Army.

    Induction as Lieutenant: A Courtier with the same qualifications may apply to enlist directly as a Lieutenant upon completion of training. A Knight of Castle Marrach, upon completion of training, is always sworn in as a Knight-Lieutenant.

    Applicants to the Queen's Rangers: Individuals wishing to apply for the Queen's Rangers must first complete basic Army training and give at least 3 moons of active service to the Regular Army and possess recommendation from the Captain of the Regular Army before being considered for Ranger membership. If applying for the Regular Army with the intent of later transfering to the Rangers, applicants should make this known to the Captain of the Regular Army when applying, so that proper review and assessment can be prepared.


    How To Apply

    Parties interested in joining Her Majesty's Royal Army can send an application to the Army recruiting officer or the acting Captain of the Regular Army. Blank application forms can be found on the royal blue application pad on the desk in the Lecture Hall.


    By My Hand,
    Dame-Ordained Galatea Raines,
    Captain of the Queen's Regular Army

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