Royal Caledonian Marines

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The Royal Caledonian Marines, like most other Marine formations, are the ship-board and rapid-intervention troops, as well as force-protection force, of the Royal Caledonian Navy.

Organization[edit]

A Marine detachment assigned to any vessel, regardless of its size - from a section aboard a sloop to two squadrons on a Battleship - is called a "Ship's Company".

All Marine "Companies" are composed of uniform smaller units, though, as follows:

  • Section - 7 Marines, led by a Corporal.
  • Platoon - 30 Marines in 3 "Rifle" and one "Fire Support" Sections, led by a Sergeant.
  • Squadron - 95-110 Marines in 3 Platoons, led by a "Lieutenant of Marines" (equivalent to an Army Captain - see below).
  • Commando - 600 Marines in five Squadrons, led by a "Commander of Marines" (equivalent to an Army Lieutentant Colonel.
  • Marine Brigade - Four Commandos, led by a "Commodore of Marines".
  • Marine Task Force- Two more more Marine Brigades, led by a "Rear General of Marines".

Ship's Companies[edit]

The Marine detachment assigned to any vessel or shore installation as ship's troops, regardless of the ship's size, is called a "Ship's Company" (while a Marine unit of 3-5 platoons, called a "company" in most armed forces, is referred to as a "Squadron").

  • A Marine "Ship's Company" organization is more fluid than, say, the Imperial Marines, with units essentially serving as "task forces" for the job at hand, whether the "job" is cleaning out a pirate lair or serving as the Marine Company on a warship.
  • A Captain of Marines - By tradition, a "Ship's Company" is commanded by a vessel's "Captain of Marines". The term "Captain of Marines" refers to the senior Marine in a Ship's Company - whether it's a "Commander" with a squadron aboard a Battleship, or a sergeant leading a section of seven Marines aboard a Sloop or Destroyer. The rank of "Captain of Marines" is always referred to in full, and never shortened to "Captain" - that honor belongs to the ship's Captain. The rank "Captain" doesn't otherwise exist in the Caledonian Marines rank structure.
  • A vessel's "Captain of Marines" is one grade higher than that of the commander of the unit comprising the Company.

As a general rule, Ships Marine companies for various classes include:

  • Sloops and Destroyers - 1 section, led by a sergeant (in addition to the Section corporal)
  • Frigate, Heavy - 1 Platoon, led by a "Lieutenant of Marines (in addition to the Sergeant)
  • Frigate, Light - 1 Platoon (if in Principality territory); frequently if on detached patrol an second platoon will be attached. Led by a "Lieutenant of Marines (in addition to the Sergeant/s)
  • Battleship - 1 Reinforced Platoon (can be augmented with a full squadron). The company is commanded by a "Commander"
  • Carriers - 1 Platoon, led by a "Lieutenant of Marines (in addition to the Sergeant)

Garrison and Expeditionary Forces[edit]

Generally, a major Naval Base's Garrison Force will be a Marine Brigade. Garrison Force brigades are employed as follows:

  • One Commando is usually allocated as Ship's Troops for the base's Task Force.
  • Another Commando is generally training, absorbing recruits, or providing detachments to support the other three Commandos.
  • One Commando generally serves as base security
  • One Commando is generally on alert to serve with the Intervention Force

The Commandos of a Garrison Force will rotate between assignments periodically - usually in the order above.

  • Garrison Forces - When a Marine Commando, Brigade or Task Force is assigned as a Base security and defense force, it is referred to as a "Garrison Force".
  • Expeditionary Forces - When a Marine Commando, Brigade or Task Force embarks to carry out a mission other than defending a base or providing Ship's Companies - e.g. serving as a landing force in the Intervention Force - it's called an "Expeditionary Force".
  • The senior Marine leader of any Marine Garrison Force or Expeditionary Force, whether a Marine Commando, Brigade or Task Force", is called a "Colonel of Marines", regardless of actual rank and size of unit commanded. The rank "Colonel" doesn't otherwise exist in the Marines' rank structure.

Marine Units[edit]

Marine Garrison Forces (Spinward Station: HQ Caithness)

  • Marine Garrison Force Caithness (VII Marine Brigade)
  • Marine Garrison Force Rutherglen (xx Marine Brigade)
  • Marine Garrison Force Budwick (I Marine Brigade)
  • Marine Garrison Force Glenelg (X Marine Brigade)
  • Marine Garrison Force Knoydart (XV Marine Brigade)
  • Marine Garrison Force Culloden (XIX Marine Brigade)


Marine Garrison Forces (Driftward Station: HQ Victory

  • Marine Garrison Force Victory (xx Marine Brigade)
  • Marine Garrison Force Rob Roy (IV Marine Brigade)
  • Marine Garrison Force Claverse (XX Marine Brigade)
  • Marine Garrison Force Scotia (VIII Marine Brigade)
  • Marine Garrison Force Grampia (47 Marine Commando)


Marine Garrison Forces (Coreward StationHeadquarters) HM Dockyard Cuillin

  • Marine Garrison Force Cuillin (XXI Marine Brigade)
  • Marine Garrison Force Annan (II Marine Brigade)
  • Marine Garrison Force Firth (XVI Marine Brigade)


Marine Garrison Forces (Rimward Station: HQ Douglass

  • Marine Garrison Force Douglass (XI Marine Brigade)
  • Marine Garrison Force Macbeth (V Marine Brigade)
  • Marine Garrison Force Pentland (IX Marine Brigade)
  • Marine Garrison Force Lanark (VI Marine Brigade))

Marine Garrison Forces (Reserve - HQ Stirling)

  • Marine Garrison Force Caledon (XXII Marine Brigade)
  • Marine Garrison Force Stirling (XII Marine Brigade)
  • Marine Garrison Force Dunbarton (XVII Marine Brigade)
    • Also: Marine Training Center
  • Marine Garrison Force Stuart (xx Marine Brigade)

Marine Intervention Force[edit]

The Intervention Force is headquartered at Stirling.

  • First Marine Expeditionary Force (Stirling)
    • III Marine Brigade
    • XVIII Marine Brigade
    • XIV Marine Brigade

Rank System[edit]

Royal Caledonian Marine Ranks
Officers
O9 » General of Marines
O8 » Vice General of Marines
O7 » Rear General of Marines
O6 » Commodore of Marines
O5 » Commander of Marines
O4 » Lieutenant Commander of Marines
O3 » Lieutenant
O2 » Sub-Lieutenant
O1 » Ensign
Enlisted
E9 » Senior Command Sergeant Major
E8 » Command Sergeant Major
E7 » Sergeant Major (or Staff-, Gunnery- or Color-Sergeant Major)
E6 » Sergeant (or Staff-, Gunnery- or Color-Sergeant)
E5 » Corporal
E4 » Lance Corporal
E3 » Marine (First Class)
E2 » Marine
E1 » Recruit


Caledonian Marines also differ from both Imperial Marines and the Caledonian Army in using a version of the Naval, rather than Army, rank system.

Enlisted Ranks[edit]

Caledon's Marine corps has the following enlisted ranks:

  • Marine - Equivalent to "Private".
  • Lance Corporal Assists a Corporal in leading a Section.
  • Corporal - Leads a section.
  • Sergeant - "Sergeant" is modified by the Sergeant's task. A "Sergeant" leads a platoon. A "Gunnery Sergeant" leads a gun crew. A "Staff Sergeant" leads a staff section. A "Color Sergeant" leads a Commando's scout/sniper team.
  • Sergeant Major - A Sergeant Major serves as the senior NCO in a Squadron. "Staff Sergeant Major" and "Gunnery Sergeant Major" have the same meanings as at the sergeant level.
  • Command Sergeant Major - the senior NCO in a Commando or larger force.

Officer Ranks[edit]

The RCM's rank structure resembles the Navy rather than units with ground-based traditions.

  • Ensign - Usually assists with staff work at the Squadron and Commando level. Primarily a training job for very junior officers.
  • Sub-Lieutenant - Usually assists Lieutenants in leading Squadrons. Entitled to enter the "Gun Room", the Warrant Officers space in Royal Caledonian Navy warships.
  • Lieutenant - Commands squadrons and/or works on staff jobs for the Commando and higher echelons. Equivalent to an Army Captain. Entitled to the Wardroom on Naval warships, along with other commissioned officers.
  • Lieutenant Commander of Marines - generally serves on senior staff of a Commando, as well as higher echelons. Has access to the Wardroom on Naval warships, along with other commissioned officers.
  • Commander of Marines - Commands a "Commando". Has access to the Wardroom on Naval warships, along with other commissioned officers.
  • Commodore of Marines - Commands a Task Force.


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