From Inception to War
The brainchild of Allied commanders Andrei Crimenko and Peter Montgomery, who in the final days of the world war began to consider options for the prevention of a fourth such calamity. In his final proposal as Supreme Allied Commander, General Crimenko advised the creation of a standing peacekeeping force utilizing the Allies’ existing combined command structure. The force would be composed of volunteers from around the world, with the initial wave of recruitment expected to come from refugee centers and the client states of the surrendered belligerent powers. The force would be led by Field Marshal Montgomery, who would become the first commissioned officer in the permanent Peacekeeping Field Forces (PKFF).
Crimenko and Montgomery envisioned an eventual force of three brigades, each assigned some 5,500 personnel for a total of some 17,500 personnel, including headquarters/support personnel. The force would be capable deploying for direct action engagements, either as the core of a small multinational peacekeeping force, or as supplemental maneuver brigades for larger multinational forces. What it notably could not do was deploy independently—it was specifically designed to be dependent on member-state military forces for support and logistics. This would ensure that the force could not be used for unilateral national interests, while simultaneously ensuring that a military force would be available at a moment’s notice, regardless of domestic political opinions on fully entering a given conflict. The populace is more more willing to send cargo planes and their crews to a international hotspot than risk a full commitment of national resources.
The first 15,000 Peacekeepers in short order proved their worth, and within a few years a fourth brigade was added, to be followed by four more brigades within a decade. As this was occurring, it became apparent that DESS Security Police (DSP) were not up to the task of securing and patrolling the spacelanes against an increasingly sophisticated foe in the form of piracy. With far less debate than that which had seen the creation of the Peacekeeping Field Forces, the Peacekeeping Space Forces (PKSF) were created by the unanimous vote of both the Assembly and Council. Unlike the Field Forces, the Space Forces would act as the international command structure for all operations in space, supervising—but not directing—the national space assets of member-states outside the Terresphere. As colonization spread and the human population began to balloon, so too did the Peacekeeping Forces grow, with the Ground Forces being doubled once more to form the military force of the Martial Union, with their support elements coming from the Space Forces stationed at Suffolk in High Mars Orbit.
The Peacekeeping Forces are responsible to the civilian leadership of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPO) in the person of the Secretary of Peacekeeping Operations. The Secretary is assisted by two subordinate secretaries, the Secretary of Field Operations who directs the Department of Field Operations (DFO) and the Peacekeeping Field Forces, and the Secretary of Space Operations who directs the Department of Space Operations (DSO) and the Peacekeeping Space Forces. They are assisted by the Combined Service Chiefs (CSC), who represent the professional heads of the Peacekeeping Forces (PKF), the Chief of Field Forces, the Chief of Space Operations, and the Commandant-General of Dragoons. The office of the Chief Marshal of the Space Flight Corps was added to the CSC at the elevation of the Space Forces Flight Corps to the status of independent branch of service as the Space Flight Corps (SFC). The Brigadier-General of Gendarmes does not serve as a full member of the CSC but is regularly present to advise the service chiefs. The Chief of Peacekeeping Operations (CPKO) is selected to preside over the Combined Service Chiefs by order of seniority of its members for the duration of their appointment. At the time of its constitution, it was supposed that the Supreme Allied Commander, General Crimenko, would serve as the first premier of the CSC in an entirely separate position from the others, but upon his sudden death less than a year after the peace accords were signed, disagreement among the members of the Security Council over who to appointment as Supreme Allied Commander left the position vacant, thus requiring the creation of the position of Chief of Peacekeeping Operations.
The unique nature of the Terresphere and its politics means that the Peacekeeping Forces are there arrayed in much smaller numbers than in the Areosphere and Transmartial orbits, where the Peacekeeping Forces have been integral to their settlement. These forces respond through their chain of command to the Combined Operations Headquarters at Vandenberg Space Center in southern California. In the absence of higher authority, regional commanders assume independent authority to restore order in their respective areas of responsibility and await the reconstitution of command authority. At the outbreak of war, the official disposition of active Peacekeeping Forces was thus:
Within the Terresphere
Peacekeeping Field Forces Headquarters ★★★
| Combined Operations Headquarters, Vandenberg Space Center, CA
I Field Force ★★
| HQ PKB Fallbrook, CA
1st Peacekeeping Division ★ | PKB Fallbrook, CA
2nd Peacekeeping Division ★ | Robertson Barracks, AUS
2/12th Dragoon Artillery ♦♦ | Robertson Barracks, AUS
3/12th Dragoon Artillery ♦♦ | Vandenberg Space Center, CA
Headquarters, 6th Spaceborne Division / "Blue Group" (TF 381), Strategic Resources Command ★
| Guiana Space Center, Guyane (GF)
61 Spaceborne Brigade, 6th Spaceborne Division ♦♦♦♦ | Guiana Space Center, GF
1/13th Dragoon Artillery ♦♦ | PKB Pine Gap, AUS
Peacekeeping Space Forces Headquarters ★★★
| Combined Operations Headquarters, Vandenberg Space Center, CA
First Fleet ★★
| HQ Space Forces Station Lynnhaven, L4
1st Fleet Squadron ♦♦♦ | SFS Lynnhaven, L4
2nd Fleet Squadron ♦♦♦ | SFS Delos, SEL-4
3rd Fleet Squadron ♦♦♦♦ | SFS Midway, L1
1st Dragoon Regiment ♦♦♦ | McClain Barracks, Luna
1/12th Dragoon Artillery ♦♦ | McClain Barracks, Luna
General Utilities and Developing Application Maneuvers Group, First Fleet / "White Group" (TF 78-2), Strategic Resources Command ★
| Space Forces Station Delos, SEL-4
Test and Evaluations Squadron 099 ♦♦♦♦
Test and Evaluations Squadron 101 ♦♦♦♦
Maneuver Applications Detachment, 10th Dragoon Chasseurs ♦♦
Within the Areosphere
II Field Force / Army of the Martial Union ★★
| PKB Ares, Tharsis
3rd Peacekeeping Division ★
4th Peacekeeping Division ★
5th Peacekeeping Division ★
14th Dragoon Artillery Regiment ♦♦♦
Tactical Reconnaissance/Observation Network - Mars (MTRON) / "Red Group" (TF 444), Strategic Resources Command ★
| Camp Chernabog, Olympus Mons
63 Spaceborne Brigade, 6th Spaceborne Division ♦♦♦♦
3/13th Dragoon Artillery ♦♦
Fleet Forces Command / Second Fleet ★★★
| SFB Suffolk, HMO
4th Fleet Squadron ♦♦♦♦
5th Fleet Squadron ♦♦♦
6th Fleet Squadron ♦♦♦
Suffolk Garrison Force ★★
| SFB Suffolk, HMO
Carrier Division 1: Antarctica (CSE-4) ♦♦♦♦ & Pacific (CSE-6) ♦♦♦
Carrier Division 2: Tiger (CSE-5) ♦♦♦♦ & Leopard (CSE-7) ♦♦♦
Escort Squadron 21 ♦♦♦
Escort Squadron 22 ♦♦♦
Escort Squadron 23 ♦♦♦
Escort Squadron 24 ♦♦♦
2nd Dragoon Regiment ♦♦♦
1/11th Dragoon Artillery ♦♦
Headquarters, Fleet Forces Dragoons / "Green Group" (TF 505), Strategic Resources Command ★
| SFB Suffolk, HMO
26 Spaceborne Brigade, 6th Spaceborne Division
2/13th Dragoon Artillery ♦♦
Tactical Reconnaissance/Observation Network - Outer (BLACKTRON) / "Black Group" (TF 77), Strategic Resources Command ★
| SFB Suffolk, HMO
10th Dragoon Chasseur Regiment ♦♦♦♦
106 Pathfinder Detachment, 6th Spaceborne Division ♦♦
High Space Command / Third Fleet ★★★
| SFB Suffolk, HMO
7th Fleet Squadron ♦♦♦
3rd Dragoon Regiment ♦♦♦
3/11th Dragoon Artillery ♦♦
International Security Force - Outer (ISFO) ★★
| SFB Mahon, Io orbit
8th Fleet Squadron, Third Fleet ♦♦♦♦
2/3rd Dragoons ♦♦
2/11th Dragoon Artillery ♦♦
Within the Transmartial Orbits
Transmartial Command / Fourth Fleet ★★
| SFS Aegis, Pallas
9th Fleet Squadron, Third Fleet ♦♦♦ | SFS Aegis, Pallas
10th Fleet Squadron ♦♦♦ | SFS Aegis, Pallas
11th Fleet Squadron ♦♦♦♦ | SFS Amaterasu, Ceres
12th Fleet Squadron ♦♦♦♦ | SFS Curitis, Juno
Escort Squadron 42 ♦♦♦ | SFS Amaterasu, Ceres
Patrol Squadron 41 ♦♦♦ | SFS Curitis, Juno
4th Dragoon Brigade ♦♦♦♦ | HQ SFS Aegis, Pallas
Ranks of the Peacekeeping Forces
The initial force of Peacekeepers called for a tactical organization based on the proven effectiveness of the “fireteam” of four soldiers and called for the creation of “a basic private rank, a lance corporal or specialist private rank, and a corporal rank” to lead them. A further sergeant rank would be necessary to lead a section composed of three teams of Peacekeeper, as well as “a senior sergeant rank which will be the appropriate rank for a Platoon First Sergeant.” In short order these first five ranks were expanded to provide for the ever-expanding roles and duties in which Peacekeepers are assigned, to include the creation of separate ranks for each of the services in to better reflect their individual needs, organization, and culture.
|Rank Grade||Fleet Forces|
|OR2||Private (Basic)||Spacecrew Apprentice||Flightcrew Apprentice|
|OR3||Private||(Ordinary) Spacecrew||(Ordinary) Flightcrew|
|OR4||Private First Class||Able Spacecrew||Able Flightcrew|
|Lance Corporal||Lance Corporal||Lance Bombardier|
|OR5||Corporal||Corporal||Bombardier||Leading Spacecrew||Leading Flightcrew|
|OR6||Sergeant||Sergeant||Chief Bombardier||Petty Officer||Flight Sergeant|
|OR7||Senior Sergeant||Senior Sergeant||Gunnery Sergeant||Chief Petty Officer||Chief Flight Sergeant|
|OR8||Master Sergeant||Master Sergeant||Master Gunnery Sergeant||Senior Chief Petty Officer||Master Flight Sergeant|
|OR9||Sergeant Major||Company Sergeant Major||Battery Sergeant Major||Master Chief Petty Officer||Staff Master Flight Sergeant|
|Command Sergeant Major||Regimental Sergeant Major||Command Master Chief Petty Officer||Command Master Flight Sergeant|
|Command Sergeant Major||Fleet Master Chief Petty Officer||Fleet Command Master Flight Sergeant|
|Sergeant Major of Field Forces||Corps Regimental Sergeant Major||Master Chief Petty Officer of Space Forces||Corps Command Master Flight Sergeant|
|Rank Grade||Rank Insignia|
|OF(C)||(none)||Officer Cadet||(none)||Officer Cadet||Officer Cadet|
|OF(D)||○||(no equivalent)||Officer Candidate||Midshipman||Pilot Candidate|
|OF1||●||Second Lieutenant||(no equivalent)||Acting Sublieutenant||Acting Pilot Officer|
|●●||First Lieutenant||Ensign||Sublieutenant||Pilot Officer|
|OF3||♦||Major||Major||Lieutenant Commander||Flight Commander|
|OF4||♦♦||Lieutenant Colonel||Lieutenant Colonel||Commander||Squadron Commander|
|OF7||★||Major General||Major General||Rear Admiral||Vice Marshal|
|OF8||★★||Lieutenant General||Lieutenant General||Vice Admiral||Marshal|
|OF10||★★★★||Field Marshal||(no equivalent)||Fleet Admiral||(no equivalent)|
Enlisted & Noncommissioned Officer Ranks
- OR1 : This grade is reserved for ranks issued during Basic Recruit Training. The Corps of Dragoons selects graduates of the training from either the Field Forces or Space Forces for its own recruit training, while the Space Flight Corps selects from the Space Forces.
- OR2 : Ranks at this grade represent Peacekeepers undergoing Occupational Specialty Training. Recruits selected for the Corps of Dragoons enter Dragoon Initial Entry Training, the resulting acronym “DIRT” becoming the nickname of Dragoon recruits.
- OR3 : Ranks at this grade represent a Peacekeeper who has been certified as proficient in their training and occupation, and which have received order to their Initial Unit Assignment. The Corps of Dragoons does not maintain a rank at this grade, as the time-in-service spent in Dragoon Initial Training overlaps the requirements for promotion to OR4.
- OR4 : Ranks at this grade represent specialist Peacekeepers who can be entrusted with key assignments, tasks, and minor leadership roles. The Field Forces and Corps of Dragoons maintain junior Noncommissioned Officer ranks at this grade: Lance Corporal and Lance Bombardier; the latter is used for Dragoons selected to serve in the Dragoon Artillery. In both services, promotion to Lance Corporal/Lance Bombardier is contingent upon graduation from the Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course.
- OR5 : Ranks at this grade are Noncommissioned Officers, enlisted personnel who have graduated the Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course and provide critical tactical leadership.
- OR6 : Ranks at this grade represent a professional Noncommissioned Officer with many years of experience. Graduation from the Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course before advancing to OR7.
- OR7 : Ranks at this grade are Senior Noncommissioned Officers who provide senior leadership of numerous other subordinate leaders. Personnel at this grade usually act in the capacity of advisor to a junior officer. Graduation from the Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy before advancing to OR8.
- OR8 : Ranks at this grade represent master-grade Senior Noncommissioned Officers who provide senior leadership and act as the Senior Enlisted Advisor to a company-grade officer. Graduation from the Senior Enlisted Advisor Academy is required before advancing to OR9.
- OR9 : Ranks at this grade represent the culmination of a career in the Peacekeeping Forces and thus a repository of experience, leadership, and wisdom. Personnel at the highest level of this grade represent the rank of their respective Service Senior Enlisted Advisors, the chief advisor to their officer counterpart.
Commissioned, General, & Flag Officer Ranks
- OF(C) : Ranks in this grade are “officer cadets” undergoing Basic Commissioned Officer Training during university studies or as a student at one of the service academies. The Corps of Dragoons maintains no direct-entry option for commissioned officers and requires all candidates to be have served in the Corps a minimum of five years prior to commissioning. Officer cadets rank below the grade of OR7.
- OF(D) : Ranks in this grade are “officer-designates,” personnel with enough training to act in the capacity of a commissioned officer but who have not yet commissioned. Cadets of the Space Forces who have completed three years of university are appointed to a minimum of two years’ shipboard duty at the rate of Midshipman, during which time they complete university studies and train for commissioning. The Space Flight Corps reserves this rank for cadets who have completed university and are attending Pilot School. The Corps of Dragoons select potential officer candidates from among Dragoons who have accrued a minimum five years in service and are in the grade of OR4 (Lance Corporal/Lance Bombardier only), OR5, or OR6. The Field Forces maintain no ranks in this grade. Officer-designates rank below but with the grade of OR9.
- OF1 : Ranks at this grade are the most junior commissioned officers and are usually assigned a Senior Noncommissioned Officer to advise and assist in their initial leadership assignment. The Corps of Dragoons promotes its commissioned officers directly to the upper half of the grade in deference to their increased time-in-service and service experience.
- OF2 : Ranks at this grade are referred to as Company Grade officers and are usually engaged in commanding multiple subordinate units which are themselves led by other commissioned officers. They are advised and assisted in their command by a Senior Noncommissioned Officer. The Corps of Dragoons replaced the traditional rank of “Captain” with that of a naval “Lieutenant” used by the Space Forces in order to avoid errors in address as they relate to a ship’s captain while embarked.
- OF3 – OF5: Ranks at this grade are referred to as Field Grade officers and are usually engaged in commanding very large units and formations. They are advised in their command by Senior Enlisted Advisors and a headquarters staff.
- OF6 : Ranks at this grade are reserved for special commands and may be assigned temporarily before reversion to OF5 if not selected for promotion to OF7.
- OF7 – OF9: Ranks at his grade are referred to as General Officers in the Field Forces and the Corps of Dragoons, and as Flag Officers in the Fleet Forces and the Space Flight Corps.
- OF9 : The appointed Commandant-General of Dragoons and Chief Marshal of the Space Flight Corps are a form of brevet rank for the duration of their time in office and represent the only officers at that grade for both services, during which time the incumbent is accorded the insignia and privileges of the grade of OR9.
- OF10 : Ranks at this grade were authorized by the Security Council to command the extraordinary number of assets and personnel expected to be necessary for the invasion of the Zeosphere and its occupation. A further grade of OF11 was specified as a possibility for “supreme theater commands” and suggested the ranks of Grand Marshal for the Field Forces and Grand Admiral for the Space Forces. In that event, provisions were made for the creation of the permanent grades of OF9 General and OF10 Captain General for the Corps of Dragoons and of OF9 Chief Marshal and OF10 Fleet Marshal for the Space Flight Corps.
Part of 2100 CE.