• 📅 November 2022 is YE 44.8 in the RP. 1 IC month = 1 OOC month for the rest of the year.

SYNC SASO Split

Ethereal

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RP Date
YE 44.6
SASO Command,

You may have noticed recently that our mandate and business have organically expanded over the past year or two. While SASO was originally designed for solely managing the training and operations of Special Forces in the Star Army, this is no longer fully the case.

SASO has notably been dabbling in strategic innovations (conjuring up new forces, ways of fighting, integrations with conventional forces, such as the Kamirakurai Project). Additionally, upon review it is likely that several of the units and resources we are managing on a strategic level could be transferred to Rikugun on an Area Army level or to naval Fleets.

In light of this, I've spoken to Ranger General Kanachi Hibe directly and the following has been proposed:
  • Guerrilla Regiment personnel shall be designated to Area Armies and command transferred to them. They will be known as "Rikugun Rangers" or "Star Army Rangers". They will not be deployed on naval postings.
  • Far Line Regiment personnel that are not based on starships shall be designated to Area Armies and command transferred to them. They will be known as "Rikugun Scouts". They will not be deployed on naval postings. The "Rikugun Scouts" will petition to be patrons of the civilian "Kikyo Scouts".
  • Far Line Regiment personnel that are based on starships shall be designated to Fleets and command transferred to them. They will be known as "Scout Ships" if fully staffed or "Fleet Scouts" if individuals are attached here and there. They will not be deployed on ground postings.
  • Garrison Regiment personnel shall be administered by Star Army Reconnaissance and SASO, but be deployed as part of Fourth Fleet, given its recent reorganisation. They will be known as "Mobile Strike Forces" or "System Garrisons". They will not be deployed on ground postings.
  • The training of the above will be moved to the Star Army Training Administration, following a handover from Star Army Reconnaissance. In practice, this may not be possible but it will be attempted.
  • Unconventional Regiment personnel shall be administered by Star Army Reconnaissance and SASO, and deployed directly by SASO. They will be known as "Star Army Insurgents". They will not be deployed on naval postings.

This shall cut down our workload when it comes to Special Forces that have become commonplace as part of Rikugun's strategy, and while being unconventional forces, are better attached and directed locally.

SASO will also split off a sister Corps, known as Star Army Strategic Innovations, jointly controlled by SASO and SARA. They will work with us when it comes to projects such as the Kamirakurai, as well as other responsbilities. They will work closely with SARA too, in terms of ensuring that their innovations have appropriate equipment to operate. This means that orphaned projects such as test batallions can be moved from the precarious situation of being nominally part of SARA's Testing division to a more purpose-built body. The current SARA testing division was designed for technological test runs and is not purpose built for hosting big thinkers and reformers.

Thirdly, PSYOPS will be moved to joint control between SASO and SAINT. While they're yet to be used in conflict, this partnership should help to ensure that the most accurate disinformation is created and distributed. This will help SASO with ensuring the best false covers for special operations and allow SAINT to better conjure intel for this purpose.

Finally, Giretsu, NAV-STRIKE and Katana will be released to their respective parent bodies. These forces are more conventional than not, and often compose part of primary force strategy. While SASO will be available to assist with cross-training of these units, in practice they are not part of the command and control of SASO, being more embedded in local forces than used at a strategic level.

As an addendum, the Kamirakurai project will likely also be part of the localisation plan. They are likely better served as a Rikugun Area Army asset than one utilised on a SASO level.

I'd be very happy to hear your thoughts on the matter.

Iemochi Feyani, Chair, Star Army Special Operations

@demibear, @Glein, and everyone else I forget currently. Also @Wes given Yui would of course be reading in.
 
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Ethereal

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SASO Command,

Given that there have been no rejections, and that our Commander has not given directives one way or the other about the matter, I'd like to officially sanction this reformation. In addition, I have laid out the new uniform identifications for the units listed below. They will consist of standardised pins and badges depending on current and past membership of SASO.

Special Operations Command
Momirobara/Pink Rose - Pin - Gold trim - Command White field​
No other change
TANTO
Sweet Pea - Pin - Gold trim - Cornflower Blue field​
Members of a TANTO team shall always wear Cornflower Blue panels if in uniform
Members of a TANTO may obscure their pin when necessary
PSYOPS
Momo/Prunus persica - Pin - Gold trim - Intelligence Black field​
Moved to joint control between SAINT and SASO

UNIFIERS (Rangers) -> Star Army Insurgents
Shobu/Iris - Pin - Silver trim - Cornflower Blue field​
No other change

SOFT
Ajisai/Japanese hydrangea (Multiple colours) - Pin - Silver trim - Cornflower Blue field​
SOFT teams cannot exist outside of fleet postings
SOFT teams are formulated by the local Captain but MUST be registered with SASO
UMBER
Haibīsukasu/Hibiscus - Pin - Silver trim - Science Green field​
No other change

BATON
Kiku/Chrysanthemum - Pin - Silver trim - MP Navy Blue field​
No other change

CSAR
Peony - Pin - Silver trim - Emergency Services Green field​
No other change
COMMANDOS (Rangers) -> Rikugun Rangers / Teisatsu
Shiroibara/White Rose - Patch - Silver trim - Cornflower Blue field​
Command of the Rangers is transferred to Rikugun Area Armies
Training of Rangers will be done by SASO unless Rikugun deem otherwise
Rangers are no longer considered Special Forces and are considered a Rikugun MOS
KAMIRAKURAI
Red Spider Lily - Patch - Silver trim - Cornflower Blue field​
Command of the Kamirakurai is transferred to Rikugun Area Armies
Training of Kamirakurai will be done by SASO unless Rikugun deem otherwise
Kamirakurai are no longer considered Special Forces and are considered a Rikugun MOS

VANGUARD (Rangers) -> Rikugun Scouts / Fleet Scouts / Sukauto
Lavender - Patch - Bronze trim - Cornflower Blue field​
Command of the Rikugun Scouts is transferred to Rikugun Area Armies
Command of the Fleet Scouts is transferred to local Fleets
Training of Scouts will be done by SASO unless Rikugun or Star Army Command deem otherwise
Scouts are no longer considered Special Forces and are considered a Rikugun MOS or Fleet MOS

WARDENS (Rangers) -> Border Garrisons
Renge/Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera) - Patch - Bronze trim - Cornflower Blue field​
Command of the Fleet Guards is transferred to Fourth Fleet
Training of Garrisons will be done by SASO

GIRETSU (Rikugun)
Sakura - Patch - Bronze trim - Cornflower Blue field​
Command of the Giretsu is entirely transferred to Rikugun
Giretsu are no longer considered Special Forces and this is considered a Proficiency Certification
Awarding of this certification is at discretion of the Rikugun Chief of Staff, or those they delegate
KATANA (Infantry) -> Naval Advanced Infantry Certification
Sumire/Violet - Patch - Bronze trim - Cornflower Blue field​
Command of KATANA is entirely transferred to local Fleets
KATANA are no longer considered Special Forces and this is considered a Proficiency Certification
The Certification requires extra training to be undertaken, a high standard of discipline, consistent exceptional combat performance and a written recommendation to SASO to receive

NAV-STRIKE (Pilots) -> Naval Aces' Certification
Edelweiss - Patch - Bronze trim - Pilot Blue field​
Command of NAV-STRIKE is entirely transferred to local Fleets
NAV-STRIKE are no longer considered Special Forces and this is considered a Proficiency Certification
The Certification requires extra training to be undertaken, a high standard of discipline, consistent exceptional combat performance and a written recommendation to SASO to receive

In addition, the Star Army Doctrine Administration is instantiated as a Shosho-level corps/administration jointly controlled between Star Army Operations, Star Army Special Operations and the Star Army Research Administration. It will have the mandate of acting as the thinktank and innovations body of the Star Army.

It is also noted that during time of war, SASO reserves the right to assume control of ex-SF units in cases of dire emergency, as required by Star Army Operations and Star Army Command.

Authorised,
Iemochi Feyani, Chair, Star Army Special Operations
 
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