Military of Guelphia
|Military of Guelphia|
|Founded:||11 February 1856|
|Service Branches:|| Army|
|Headquarters:|| Gatehouse Square|
|Chief of DFS:||Adm. Sir Francis King|
|Fit for Service:||490,380|
|Reaching Military Age:||16,245|
The military defence of Guelphia is managed by the Guelphian Defence Force or GDF. The Commander-in-Chief of the GDF is HM The King, although command is in practice exercised by the Prime Minister. Day to day command is managed by the Joint Defence Headquarters and the Ministry of Defence.
The primary mission of the Guelphian military is the "Defence of the people and interests of the Realm". The force is charged with the protection of Guelphia against attack and through Guelphia's external treaties participates in international deployments and operations.
Structure and command
The Guelphian Defence Force consists of the:
The Ministry of Defence administers the Guelphian Defence Establishment which consists of the GDF and the various civilian personnel support organisations. The civilian support consists of activities such as the Defence Assets Agency, which purchases and maintains all defence equipment, and the Defence Technology Research Agency, which provides science and technology support to the defence forces.
The Chief of the Defence Force Staff (CDFS) is the most senior appointment in the GDF. The CDFS commands the GDF under the direction of the Minister of Defence, and jointly manages the Defence Establishment under a diarchy with the Permanent Secretary of Defence, the most senior public servant in the Ministry of Defence. The CDFS is the only three-star officer in the GDF.
The CDFS is supported by the Joint Defence Headquarters (JDHQ), which is the overarching tactical and command organisation. The JDHQ is further subdivided into a number of separate commands and committees that oversee the day-to-day running of the GDF, with the head of each service (the Chief of the Naval Staff, Chief of the Army Staff and Chief of the Air Force Staff) and the service headquarters being responsible for raising, training and sustaining combat forces. In addition, each Chief is the principal advisor to the Defence minister on matters concerning the responsibilities of their service.
Since 1984, Guelphia's military doctrine has been one of total defence, the basis of which was established by the Defence Readiness Act of 1984. The policy is mix of doctrines used in countries such as Finland and Singapore since the late twentieth century. In the simplest terms, the defence of Guelphia cannot be achieved through a professional defence force alone, thereby requiring the mobilisation of the government and private industry into the effort to deal with security threats as they arise.
The GDF maintains a large number of separate military facilities, including barracks, camps, radar stations, airfields and dockyards at locations all over Guelphia. These are permanently manned facilities, with barracks for the accommodation of soldiers, airman or sailors. Most of these facilities are known to the public, but almost all are restricted, and access to them is prohibited under the law. On top of this, the GDF has access to a large amount of land for training and intelligence gathering. These are generally not permanently occupied except during operations or wartime.
The administrative headquarters of the GDF and the three services is located at Gatehouse Square in Kingsbury alongside the main offices of the Ministry of Defence, the Defence Assets Agency and the Defence Technology Research Agency.
The navy has two main bases, with the Northern Flotilla situated at HMND Goodwood and the Southern Flotilla located at HMND Te Piha. A smaller dockyard, HMND Mylestom, is also used from time to time as well as being the home of the Royal Naval College. Like the other services, the operational headquarters of the Navy are located at Gatehouse Square in Kingsbury.
The Guelphian Army's operational headquarters is located in Kingsbury. The headquarters of the four brigades are located at Kingsbury (2nd Brigrade), Port Frederick (1st Brigade), Raleigh (3rd Brigade) and Regentsmere (4th Brigade). In addition, specialist units of the Army can be found at Darbysleigh (Commando Forces Regiment) and St Collen (Royal Parachute Regiment).
The Air Force has grown from a single base in 1922, to the present day, where it controls three airbases and a number of smaller auxiliary sites. Today, the most important RGAF sites are AFS St Collen, AFS Egerton and AFS Repton, which are home to Guelphia's combat air force and various supporting units. The operational headquarters of the Air Force are located at Gatehouse Square in Kingsbury. The Royal Aviation College is also located at AFS Egerton.
The Guelphian Defence Force is made up of both volunteer and conscript personnel. GDF recruits must be either Guelphian subjects or a permanent resident eligible for citizenship. The minimum age for GDF recruits is 18 years of age and the retirement age is 55 years for permanent personnel and 60 years for reservists.
The GDF has a reported strength of 25,500 in 2010, which makes it larger in size than most other defence forces in the south pacific excepting Australia. Of these personnel 9,750 are full-time professionals, 5,000 are active part-time militiamen, and the remaining 10,250 are first year conscripts not eligible for active service. According to the GDF, another 250,000 former conscripts and inactive militiamen could be recalled in an emergency if required.
Women in the GDF
Since the First World War, women have been afforded a role in the Guelphian Defence Force. However, unlike many western military forces, women are organised in to their own corps and units, and they certainly prohibited from participation in any combat roles across the defence force. Successive governments have stated that they believe that placing women into regular military and potential combat roles was inconsistent with Guelphia's military doctrine, and that the roles and responsibilities of women lay in areas lies away from the front line; such as administration, signals, nursing, and the relief of men in key civilian roles.
Presently, women are organised into one of the following units all of which are subordinate but autonomous units of their respective services:
- Royal Guelphian Women's Army Corps
- Royal Guelphian Women's Air Force
- Royal Guelphian Women's Naval Service
The names and insignia for most officers and enlisted personnel is derived from the British system used at the turn of the twentieth century. All ranks across the services are placed on a comparative footing with the use the NATO Code. This system allows for personnel from different services and different countries to easily identify the rank of a fellow soldier with less confusion. Enlisted ranks carry the designations of OR-2 to OR-9, while officers carry designations of OF-1 to OF-9. Conscripts always carry the designation of OR-1 unless they are subsequently promoted during their period of national service.
Unlike the British services, there is no four or five-star ranks in use in Guelphia. Badges of rank for these titles to exist, but military guidelines reserve such badges for use during times of war when the size of the military is rapidly expanded. In addition, the use of the five star rank is reserved for the use of the Sovereign. Other members of the royal family that have served in one of the services will also hold military ranks, and are treated and promoted just like any other member of the defence force. By convention, assuming they have served without incident, these members are usually promoted to the rank of Colonel, Captain or Group Captain just before retirement and take up a number of honoury commands in the defence force.