Royal Caledonian Marines
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.
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".
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
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 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
The Intervention Force is headquartered at Stirling.
- First Marine Expeditionary Force (Stirling)
- III Marine Brigade
- XVIII Marine Brigade
- XIV Marine Brigade
|Royal Caledonian Marine Ranks|
|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|
|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.
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.
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.