The mission of the SAIC is to provide advanced training in powered armor reconaissance for infantry soldiers in the Star Army of Yamatai. It was established in YE 39 during a drive to create specialized schools to further the skills of soldiers of the SAoY. The facility is headquartered in Fort Ingestrie on Tatiana.
Previously only known as the Giretsu School, it is sometimes called that or Ranger School as it has taken on a different specialization, though both are within the Infantry Occupation. The school's nickname comes from the the honor of being called Giretsu, meaning heroism in Yamataigo (邪馬台語)
The completion of this training is reflected by the addition of a trio of cherry blossoms to be placed below the soldier's rank pin during formal wear or the ranger patch being added to their duty uniform.
Application to the Giretsu school is done in one of three ways: Infantry just out of training can opt in to try their hand at the program; existing soldiers can volunteer of their own free will to strike for it; or a soldier's commanding officer can 'recommend' them for the program.
During their training all attendees are referred to as Kenshūsei or Trainee regardless of what rank they may have had prior. All trainees are automatically placed on the Yamatai Prestige System for the duration of their training.
Note: Those without an Star Army Enlistment Contract cannot join the Star Army or be trained.
The SAIC has a maximum intake of 500 students divided into 100-student Centuries; only one class is run at a single time. The last month of the year is used to train up the instructors on lessons learned in the field that year and time off.
The program is twelve weeks long, just enough time to teach everything from trusting one's own mind and body to surviving for half a week while taking out targets and living on the land. It is a completely bewildering experience for some and for others is exactly what their skills have been honed to do. Not all make it through the program. Those that do not are wash outs and those that do, graduates. Even more than that, those that make it will be Giretsu.
There is a heavy emphasis on power armor techniques, physical endurance, and simulations that verge on reality. There is little leeway in the form of being able to half-heartedly pursue this endeavor of a training course. It is not for the weak of mind, it is not for the weak willed.
The 12 week long program provides the following training:
Graduates of the School typically receive a promotion to a minimum rank of Ittô Hei, or a one rank promotion for officers.
Rangers have an option of joining a starship crew or returning to their previous postings to disseminate the skills learned at the school to infantry squad mates.
Any soldier who fails to graduate has two options. They can attempt to retake the course, or they can be returned to general service with no penalty.
Trainees receive a subset of the Star Army Standard Issue Items. The following is the Trainee issue:
This page was originally created on 2015/10/03 16:07 by Kirkatan
Ametheliana submitted it for approval and revised it for Rangers.