Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
* The "War Dogs" College of Military Sciences
Iron Dingoes Officers Training College
Although relatively small at this time, the War Dogs unit is the long-term effort by the Iron Dingoes to establish an educational track supplying regular training for general troopers in its forces, as well as officer’s training for both itself and the national military. It specializes primarily in the training of infantry forces, with supporting services to train technical mechanics and administrative personnel.
Notable Officers : The leading official of the training company, is Executive Administrator Edmund Fowler, formerly of the Capellan Confederation, was hired to begin developing the unit’s resources and staff. A civilian officer, he has no military rank in the organization, but is respected for his experience and potential as a leading figure in local educational and research matters. He has been assigned a green administrative staff to assist him in his efforts.
Doctor Herbert Cross, a former administrator from the CMS, was hired to become the core of the new teachers and instructors of the war college. While active recruitment falls under Senior Tech O’Neil’s control, Doctor Cross spends much of his time investigating scientists and military officers for their potential as instructors to the war college. He has been assigned a small administrative staff to assist him in these efforts. He also works closely with “Sabre” in designing the formal training regime.
Master Tech Keiko Ishikawa, as the lead tech for the Dingoes internal education services, she has a prominent place in the “Education Board” of the War Dogs College. Often working closely with medical personnel to expand that branch of learning within the Dingoes, she has also begun working closely with Executive Admin Fowler, particularly as the unit is looking internally for new teachers and educational aides for the future of the unit. Her voice is welcome in every meeting, as she always seems to have a simple solution to most problems, and she was the one instrumental in organizing the Dingoes core educational system, * “The Dingo Cub Scouts”. She has a young daughter, Recruit Molly Ishikawa, who is in the early stages of learning in the unit’s Dingo Cubs.
Master Tech April O’Neil has taken over unit recruitment, even though she is also the unit’s effective head of Public Relations, working closely with Ambassador Inara Serra in her efforts. She and her personal holo-film and sound crew have been assigned a small administrative staff to assist in dealing with recruitment for the unit’s training programs. She spends her spare time filming personal documentaries that are often featured in internal Dingoes media, and are popular on “The Factory”.
Lieutenant SG Grant Burke “Sabre” is the unit’s head of training and logistics; Fort Boomerang was his brainchild. He spends a great deal of his time working with that facility and its senior non-commissioned officers, training the next generation of Iron Dingoes, whenever recruiting brings in another unit or two. He has a small staff to assist in the demands of logistics for the war college’s various branches.
Tactics : The organization’s purpose is to convert civilian volunteers into military troopers. The organization starts its training at the secondary school of the Iron Dingoes Military Academy, and thence onto Fort Boomerang for advanced military training. The intention is to advance officers and more specific skill training, such as Strategy, BattleMech and AeroSpace training at the future War College, though this final step is still under organization, and a few years away from completion.
Support : Other than a small core of mostly civilian administrative staff based in * Landhold : Garrison, there is also the civilian administrative and educational staff assigned to the Academy, and the military staff and troops assigned to Fort Boomerang. Long-term plans include raising a core of teachers and military instructors to begin making the organization a fully-integrated military college, with the bulk of the administration and educational staff to come from within the War Dogs system itself. Attention has shifted to the educational efforts of the Academy in Garrison; though the work at Fort Boomerang remains important, the need to start education early is felt as having a priority in personnel, funding and supplies.
- Administrative Command Group - “War Dogs Command”
3 Administration Squads (Vet, 2 Reg)
1 Communications Squad (Reg)
1 Logistics Squad (Reg)
In addition, the following assets/equipment has been placed at Fort Garrison for future deployment to the College.
Four (4) TL-Model “Tranquility Lounger” VR Pods
Four (4) Lots of Laboratory Equipment. Includes a wide variety of microscopes, general processing equipment, pumps, centrifuges, photometers and other tools.
Six (6) Lots of Office and Educational Electronic Equipment
Six (6) Lots of Laptops (80 per)
Five (5) Microfilm Readers/Printers
Nine (9) “Speed Queen” Industrial Washer/Dryer Sets
Iron Dingoes Military Academy
Military Academy, Garrison Landhold
Established in mid-3024, the secondary school in * Landhold : Garrison, was the first attempt to build a serious “first step” for a formal college. A chartered secondary (high school) in the Sangrian national school system, it is recognized nation-wide primarily due its inclusion of computers and advanced training for its students; something found nowhere else in the Sangrian education system at this level. The building itself is otherwise unremarkable, except for its high-tech nature, using advanced materials and an internal communication network during its construction.
Education among students for the first three years is typical of most Sangrian advanced students, but during the last two years of education, (usually beginning around age 15 or 16), several “tracks” are offered, all of which lead to their own limited degree. In addition to the traditional curriculum of the “Bachillerato Académico”, are various specialized application tracks; the Industrial Track ( Bachillerato Industrial ), the Commercial Track ( Bachillerato Commercial ), the Agricultural Track ( Bachillerato Agropecuario ), and the Military Track ( Bachillerato los Militares ). The “Bachillerato” is often required to continue into academic or professional higher education elsewhere in the nation, such as at Universidad Nacional de Sangria, Garcia (UNS-G).
Each track follows various technical applications dedicated to its namesake, teaching Administration, Computers, Technician and other valuable skills, but among the Iron Dingoes, the military branch has the most emphasis, teaching introductory Martial Arts, Small Arms and basic Leadership skills. There is an emphasis school-wide on physical education, often displayed through a healthy competition in various soccer clubs and shooting competitions. Students are also required to look after basic maintenance of the facility themselves, and are regularly assigned duties for cleaning regardless of whatever track they might be following.
Entry to this facility and its Militares degree, is deemed the first step in beginning an officer’s education with * The “War Dogs” College of Military Sciences. Entry is free to all registered citizens of the district, with a local “sponsorship letter”, ensuring membership stays controllable. Priority in school placements are always given to locally registered children first.
Military Academy Uniform
The students of the Academy wear paramilitary uniforms that are effectively simple BDUs, with sashes to mark specific badges of honor earned through their individual studies, and usually only employed during formal ceremonies and activities. This is the exact same uniform used by the Iron Dingoes primary education system in * “The Dingo Cub Scouts”, though the sash at the Academy is orange, and employs a different system of badges. Civilian-manufactured combat boots and gloves are issued as part of this uniform, though the models are of a familiar military style that everyone in the unit (soldier, tech, dependent or pilot) employs. Each is also issued a combat knife as part of their uniform and its maintenance is a key part of their uniform and their training, regardless of the individual track they are studying for.
It should also be noted that students at the Academy begin to use ranks at this time, ranging from “Student”, “Senior Student” and “Master Student”, with higher ranks bringing special privileges and responsibilities over the rest of the student body. If attached or assigned to an active military unit for whatever reason, such as during the unit’s Shadow Recruit program, they are simply referred to as “Recruit”, regardless of school ranking, until formal graduation; Recruits thus out-rank Students in the educational system.
- Administrative Command Group - “Academy Administrative Command”
3 Administration Squads (2 Reg, Green)
7 Education Squads (3 Reg, 4 Green)
1 Logistics Squad (Reg)
Fort Boomerang Compound
Fort Boomerang : Built in late 3022, only 5 kms south of Corazón Airfield, Fort Boomerang is a training camp originally designed to support the large influx of troopers recruited during that year from across the planet. It was also seen as the first step in building the War Dogs. The facility has one obvious purpose; to train civilians how to be soldiers. It was designed, however, to also cover the fact that the Airfield is being used for maintenance of the nearby * Castle Corazón facility. Fort Boomerang lies outside the defensive perimeter of both the Castle and the Airfield.
The facility is a very simple timber and concrete affair consisting of a series of kitchens, a hospital, barracks and storage facilities along the west side, and a motor pool and workshops on the east near the entrance. Between both is the actual training compound, an open concrete and timber construction for physical activity and ranged arms practice. The entire complex is surrounded by a series of metal cyclone fencing, with guard posts and timber surveillance towers.
Combined, the facility can house and train a full battalion of troops (around 300 personnel) at one time. Another battalion of technical personnel could be stationed here to support the training and provide logistical and maintenance assistance. Officially there is no access to wide-scale electrical power, with primary power supplied by the larger generators located at the Airfield, and smaller back-up generators to provide emergency power to the perimeter lights, motor pool, administration and kitchens. In truth, it receives direct power from Castle Corazón, with the smaller local ICE generators as back-up.
Fort Boomerang takes “Recruits” from the Military Academy in * Landhold : Garrison and subjects them to an intensive twelve-week (3 months) basic training course, where they are drilled in weaponry, discipline and especially, physical fitness. Basic skills such as Career/Soldier, Martial Arts, MedTech, Navigation/Ground, and Small Arms are considered the important skills refined at this stage.
The recruits are then issued their formal Iron Dingoes Infantry Field Kit (3023)s, and assigned to special training in the infantry, marines, armor, artillery or technical branches, depending on both the Iron Dingoes special needs, as well as the abilities of the (now) “Trooper”. This stage of training takes anywhere from six (6) weeks to a full year of work, depending on the demands of the chosen field. During this time, constant maintenance of physical fitness and combat skills is required, but the emphasis is more on combined-arms and specific branch skills.
Standard training includes the Infantry, Armor/Artillery, and Technical branches of the military. For Infantry troopers; Acrobatics/Free Fall, Artillery, Climbing, Comms/Conventional, Support Weapons and Tactics/Infantry are the primary skills studied. For Armor & Artillery soldiers; Artillery, Driving/Any, Gunnery/Vehicle, Sensor Ops, Tactics/Land, and Tech/Mechanical are stressed. For Technician-Military techs training includes; Appraisal, Career/Technician, Tech/Electronics, Tech/Mechanical, Tech/Nuclear, and Tech/Weapons skills.
Special advanced training exists on a limited scale for both Scouts and Marines. Marines take basic infantry training, but then take advanced training in; Acrobatics/Freefall, Demolitions, Gunnery/Spacecraft, Security Systems/Any, and Zero-G Operations, usually through extended time and training on board “The Factory”. Scouts, also take basic infantry training first, but then spend time studying; Comms/Conventional, Disguise, Language/Any, Stealth, Streetwise/Any, and Tracking/Any. Most Scouts spend a great deal of there time among the local militia of The (Territorial) District of Corazón, with whom the Dingoes have a close working relationship.
The facility has the following assets assigned:
- Scout Recon Group -
1 Scout Squad w/ Swift Wind Scout Car (Reg)
- Infantry Training Group - “XXX”
Ten (10) “Hellbender” Jeeps
3 Rifle Infantry Squads (3 Reg)
War Dogs College of Military Sciences
War Dogs Training College
The ultimate stage of training in the Iron Dingoes educational services, this level of training is intended to provide advanced leadership and officer’s training to individuals who have primarily moved through the earlier branches. In addition, the intent is to provide training to Sangrian and San Isabellan national military officers, to improve their understanding of combined-arms and modern anti-Mech warfare.
The technical demands of the program are include the standard Officer’s Training branch, and it is assumed students will have previously undergone Basic (Infantry, Armor/Artillery or Technical) Training at the Fort Boomerang site, prior to attendance at this facility. It will teach basic Administration, Leadership, Melee Weapons, Protocol/Dumassas, and Training skills, following a rigorous fifteen (15) week training course. Non-commissioned officer’s training is also available, under a shorter 12-week course.
The facilities finished construction in early-3027, and the instructors and administrative personnel for the program largely came from both the Iron Dingoes own officer’s pools, supplemented by trainers and skilled personnel from the Royal Infantry (Marine) Battalion – “The Wild Cats” and The Unforgiven. It is intended to be become the preeminent officer’s training school in the world.
In mid-3028, the college began offering closed sessions for select Iron Dingoes units and its national military, in operating C80 Combat Environment Suit in micro-gravity situations, Jump Packs for infantry, and canine-handling operations. These limited training seminars are operated only a couple times each year, and for limited numbers of officers, stressing off-campus training by said officers enrolled in the course among their own forces. As such, the courses are fast-paced, and require much of their students; certification is not a guarantee on enrollment, and classes are very small.
As of late-3029, the college offers introductory courses in Pilot/DropShip operations; the course takes at least a full year of participation and classes, and requires extensive screening as it requires a decent level of understanding of AeroSpace operations, as well as physics, mathematics and other important knowledge and skills. The course load teaches Career/DropShip Pilot, Comms/Conventional, Navigation/Space, Pilot/Spacecraft, Sensor Operations, and Zero-G Operations, and is both extremely demanding and only one course is run each year. This course also requires a complete tour aboard either the “Buenaventura” or the “Meteor” on a trip to and from Gollere as a part of its graduation examination.
Additionally, training for Pilot/JumpShip can then be gained once graduation from the _DropShip course is obtained. This course emphasizes Administration and Computers, but has a great deal of emphasis on Navigation/K-F Drive and Navigation/Space. This course requires at least a full year of classes and studies, and is incredibly demanding in its supporting skills and science knowledge; few qualify, and there is only one series of classes available each year. Both DropShip and JumpShip courses conclude with at least a single tour aboard “The Cutter” and its attendant DropShips, as they make a circuit of its usual round trip to System – Gollere and back.
in mid-3030, the college began introductory studies for Mechwarrior training, teaching Gunnery/Mech, Pilot/Mech, Sensor Operations, Tactics/Land, Technician/Electronics, Technician/Mechanical, and Technician/Myomer. Requiring basic military training skills earned through earlier attendance at Fort Boomerang (itself an intensive 3 months course), the course also requires numerous classroom courses and several rounds of mock combat using the college’s training Mechs located at the site, for graduation. The Mech training itself takes at least an additional four (4) months (15 weeks) of intensive training, and few qualify for the opportunity.
There is also provision for expansion of the program and facilities to include AeroSpace, advanced Computer, Engineering, and Medical annexes, at some point in the future.
Formed roughly in late 3021, this unit was intended to eventually form the basis for a military college serving both the mercenaries and the nation of Sangria as a whole. The planned facility will be mostly underground and should be capable of supporting advanced tactical and strategic training and education.
In late-3022, the training camp built near Corazón Airfield known as Fort Boomerang, was seen as the first step in long-term training efforts for this facility. This facility concentrates on turning raw recruits into green soldiers capable of serving the Dingoes future efforts. Some advanced training occurs as well, for mechanics and AsTech training, though it is not the most ideal location.
In early-3023, the organization began to take formal shape, with its staff and administration under the command of the college’s senior civilian officer Executive Administrator Edmund Fowler. In mid-3024, once the Iron Dingoes had returned from their latest contract, they invested in building the “Iron Dingoes Military Academy” in * Landhold : Garrison, effectively a secondary (high) school that taught various degrees during its students final two years. With a school-wide emphasis on physical education, it also taught basic Technician and Career : Soldier skills, such as introduction to Martial Arts, Small Arms and Leadership. This school was seen as the entry point for future officers in the Iron Dingoes various military branches.
In late-3024, the unit supplied more tanks, Mechs and Artillery units (all salvaged from recent combat in Tragnar ) to Fort Boomerang`s training group, giving it a full complement of vehicles and tools for expanding the combined-arms training program. In addition, the Royal Infantry (Marine) Battalion – “The Wild Cats” had also supplied many of its former trainers as instructors at the Military Academy.
As further fallout of the Small War conflict, the facility proved vital for the integration of a batch of San Marcos recruits in the early months of 3025, as their singular knowledge of Portuguese rather than Spanish, and lack of “proper” military training was something of liability to overcome. Although they had received weapons and other basic training previously, their inclusion in a quick three-week program to familiarize them with Iron Dingoes military protocols and technical training at Fort Boomerang was required and many of the personnel were quickly assigned positions at various locations, including the newly created Forward Observation Base “Tramp Station”, near the Puentecillo Border Crossing at * Landhold : Hellas.
In early-3026, the funding for construction of the War Dogs Military Sciences College was released, and the site surveyed at * Landhold : Izpek was chosen for construction. The facility was a novel concept, mostly located underground and possessing a high level of technical computer and other aids for instruction, and was slated for completion around the beginning of 3027. On March 17th, 3027, the facility came on-line, and graduated its first officers in July of that year, many of whom were soldiers from various branches of the Sangrian Army Command, with a few from The Oriental Republic of San Isabel’s own military services.
In early-3029, it was announced that the college was expanding into the development of DropShip and JumpShip training, and again in mid-3030 added an introductory BattleMech training program. The college also has plans to eventually expand classes to include the computer sciences, engineering and medical branches in the coming years.