Military of New Ingerland
|Military of New Ingerland|
Badge of the NIDF
Royal New Ingerland Navy|
New Ingerland Army
Royal New Ingerland Air Force
Royal New Ingerland Coast Guard
|Minister of Defence||Colin Perrott|
|Chief of Defence||AM Richard Crossley|
|Percent of GDP||1.5%|
The military defence of New Ingerland is managed by the New Ingerland Defence Force or NIDF. The Commander-in-Chief of the NIDF 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 New Ingerland military is the "Defence of the people and interests of the Realm". The force is charged with the protection of New Ingerland against attack and through New Ingerland's external treaties participates in international deployments and operations.
Structure and command
The New Ingerland Defence Force consists of the:
- New Ingerland Army
- Royal New Ingerland Navy
- Royal New Ingerland Air Force
- Royal New Ingerland Coast Guard
The Ministry of Defence administers the New Ingerland Defence Establishment which consists of the NIDF 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 NIDF. The CDFS commands the NIDF 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 NIDF.
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 NIDF, 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 Minister of State for Defence on matters concerning the responsibilities of their service.
Since 1984, New Ingerland'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 many other countries around the world. In the simplest terms, the defence of New Ingerland 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 NIDF maintains a large number of separate military bases, including barracks, camps, radar stations, airfields and dockyards at locations all over New Ingerland. These are permanently manned facilities, with barracks for the accommodation of sailors, soldiers, airmen, or coastguardsmen. 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 NIDF 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 NIDF 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 Squadron situated at HMND Goodwood and the Southern Squadron located at HMND Te Piha. Smaller support dockyards can be found at Jerseyhithe (also home of the Royal Naval College), HMNY Axport, HMNY Deauville, and HMNY Jennings. The operational headquarters of the Navy are located at Gatehouse Square in Kingsbury.
The New Ingerland Army's operational headquarters is located in Kingsbury. The headquarters of the four brigades are located at Port Frederick (1st Brigade), Darbysleigh (2nd Brigade), Raleigh (3rd Brigade), and Regentsmere (4th Brigade). In addition, specialist units of the Army can be found at TBD (Commando Forces Regiment), and St Collen (Royal Parachute Regiment).
Most centres with more than 5,000 residents will also have a militia depot, with a company or squadron raised from the inhabitants of the town. Training is led from the Royal Military College which is located at just north of Kingsbury in the village of Eddleton. Other training facilities for the army can be found at Ōtūmata (basic training), Danehurst (artillery), TBD (armour), TBD (infantry), and TBD (combat support).
The Air Force has grown from a single base in 1938, to the present day, where it controls three airbases and a number of smaller auxiliary sites. Today, the most important RNIAF sites are AFS St Collen, AFS Codrington, and AFS Te Piha, which are home to New Ingerland'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 St Collen.
The Coast Guard operates a number of stations around the archipelago that support the dual function of search and rescue and customs enforcement. These stations, known as His Majesty's Coastguard Stations (HMCS), can be found at regular intervals around the coast of the archipelago, and in locations where high levels of sea-going traffic warrant monitoring. Like the other services of the defence establishment, the operational headquarters of the coast guard is based at Gatehouse Square in Kingsbury. The Royal Coast Guard College is located in Mylestown, Fitzroyshire.
The New Ingerland Defence Force is made up of both volunteer and conscript personnel. NIDF recruits must be either New Ingerish subjects or a permanent resident eligible for citizenship. The minimum age for NIDF recruits is 18 years of age and the retirement age is 55 years for permanent personnel and 60 years for reservists.
The NIDF has a reported strength of 25,500 in 2010, which makes it larger in size than most other defence forces in the South Ardentic. 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 NIDF, another 250,000 former conscripts and inactive militiamen could be recalled in an emergency if required.
The names and insignia for most officers and enlisted personnel is derived from the Ingerish system used at the turn of the twentieth century. All ranks across the services are placed on a comparative footing with the use the Commonwealth Rank Codes. 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 CR-2 to CR-9, while officers carry designations of CF-1 to CF-9. Conscripts always carry the designation of CR-1 unless they are subsequently promoted during their period of national service.
Unlike the Ingerish services, there is no four or five-star ranks in use in New Ingerland. 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 or Captain just before retirement and take up a number of honorary commands in the defence force.
References and notes
- Defence Readiness Act (Public Act No. 22 of 1984).