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Building A Military

The aim of this guide, which is a work-in-progress, is to provide a framework and advice for the creation of a fictional military force.

Information

You'll want to write these down:

  • Names
    • What is the name of your military?
      • Does your military have different divisions (ie: Army and Navy)?
    • Who is the leadership of your military?
  • What is the mission of your military?
    • The role of your military should determine the quantity and type of units found in it.
  • What is the size of your military?
    • What is the ratio of combat troops to support troops?
    • What is the ratio of active duty troops to reserves?
    • What is the size of a typical:
      • Fire Team (if applicable)
      • Platoon
      • Company
      • Battalion
      • Regiment
      • Fighter Squadron
      • Task Force
      • Fleet of Ships
  • Policies: What are your military's rules and laws concerning:
    • Prisoners of war?
    • Medical personnel and who they treat?
    • What to do if captured?
    • Crimes committed by soldiers
    • Violence against civilians and/or the unarmed
    • AWOL and desertion
    • Avoiding espionage
    • Avoiding corruption and favoritism within the ranks
    • Who may serve as an officer
    • Who may or may not serve in combat
  • Training
    • What tasks and skills are soldiers trained in?
    • What schools and training facilities are used?
    • How long is training?
    • What occupations are there?
    • Creeds, mottoes, battle cries, and other traditional and/or motivational memes

Policies should probably be based on the culture and society from which the military force originates.

Equipment

In general, there are certain items that every military force will have a need for. With that in mind, the following list of item types can be used as a checklist as you build your force.

  • Uniforms
    • Insignia
      • National (ie: Flag patch)
      • Ranks (pins, patches, etc)
      • Unit Patches (optional)
  • Weapons
    • Ammunition
    • Primary Weapon (ie: Assault rifle)
    • Sidearm (ie: pistols, personal defense weapons)
    • Indirect Fire (ie: grenades, mortars)
    • Explosives
    • How old are your weapons?
    • How reliable are your weapons?
  • Equipment
    • Vehicles
      • Combat
      • Construction
      • Medical
      • Troop Transport
      • Scout
      • Specialized
    • Medical Equipment
    • Survival Equipment
    • Rations
    • Cargo Containers
  • Buildings
    • Portable
    • Constructed
guide/building_a_military.txt · Last modified: 2014/04/16 16:01 (external edit)