Starfleet Marine Corps
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Mission and Vision
- 3 Organization
- 3.1 Forces
- 3.2 Unit Organization
- 4 More Information
There is a story, its been retold to Marines, by Marines for years, of a moment so touching, it brought the toughest of Marines to tears.
It was some time ago, during a time of war, and it seemed that there was no hope remaining. A high ranking General visited the base hospital, to personally present Purple Hearts and other awards to those Marines that had given so much. One particular Marine, I believe it was a Lance Corporal if memory serves, was one of those recipients. Hooked up to every sort of medical equipment known to man just to stay alive, the young man could barely see, and was fighting for his life. He didn't know who had entered the room until he felt the four stars on the man’s uniform, and immediately tried to say something. Hindered by weakness and medical machines, a nurse quickly passed him a piece of paper and pen. With weak hands, that Lance Corporal wrote simply, "Semper Fi." Nothing else needed to be said. ~ Original Author Unknown
Members of the Corps are authorized the post nominal letters SFMC, to distinguished them from normal their Fleet counterparts.
Mission and Vision
The official mission of the Starfleet Marine Corps was established by the Starfleet Marine Corps First Commandant, General Nathan Allen Lejeune, descendant of the 13th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, after his office was created by the Marine Corps Act of 2342.
"Marines are trained, organized and equipped for offensive deployment and as a “force in readiness""
As such, the Marine Corps, has established the following as its mission statement:
- Provide Naval forces with infantry, air components support in the seizure or defense of naval bases and to conduct land operations as may be considered essential to the execution of the naval campaign
- Provide Marine Units and accompanying organization and support for service on fleet vessels and for the protection of Surface facilities and Starbases
- Develop the doctrine, procedures, and equipment for airborne and ground based operations
- Perform such other duties as the Fleet Commander-in-Chief, Fleet Commandant or higher authority may direct.
To provide Infantry and Air Support during wartime, and to augment Naval Security Forces during a crisis.
The senior most Marine in the Marine Corps is the Starfleet Marine Corps Commandant; this individual is responsible for setting mandates for the Corps and for overseeing the training and operations of the Corps. They are assisted by the Starfleet Marine Corps Assistant Commandant, both hold the rank of General. They also serve as the point of contact between the Corps and the Federation Council as well as between the Corps and the Fleet.
The Marine Corps is divided into four forces, each of these are headed by a Lieutenant General:
Marine Corps Headquarters (MCHQ)
Leadership and Command & Control over the corps.
Marine Corps Support Activities (MCSA)
These include but are not limited to Marine Corps Combat Development Command (Demolitions, Snipers Schools), Marine Corps Recruit Depots, Marine Corps Logistics Command, Marine Air Command (MAC), Recruiting Command, and the Marine Band.
Fleet Marine Forces (FMF)
These are all forces embarked upon or attached to a naval vessel or station or any unit where the Commander of the Marine Forces is not the Commanding Officer or Executive Officer of the unit.
Marine Corps Operational Forces (MCOF)
Consists of the forces attached to any completely independent Marine Force, where the CO and XO are Marines, and at least 50% of the attached forces are Marines.
Marine Corps Special Operations Forces (MCSOF)
Officially under the purview of the Marine Corps, Marine Corps Special Forces are part of Starfleet Special Operations and report to Chief of Starfleet Special Operations and the Starfleet Marine Corps Commandant.
Operational Forces are organized according to SFMC Organizational Doctrine by Fleet Marine Force Commanding and Executive Officers, in consultation with SFMC, AOR Commanders:
This is the basic unit, one humanoid life form, capable of independent thought, and function as trained by the Starfleet Marine Corps Combat Development Command.
In certain situations, a Fireteam maybe broken up into two man patrols when the situation is beneficial to the Marines involved. Whoever is senior, is typically in charge. Typically this is a Private First Class or Lance Corporal.
The basic combat unit, this is the smallest grouping that a field commander are supposed to break troops down to under normal conditions. A fire team consists of 4 Troopers, though it is occasionally found with 5 troopers, the 5 man team is the rare exception to the rule. A fire team is typically led by a Lance Corporal or a Corporal
There are 3 - 4 Squads in a basic platoon. This unit is typically led by a Second Lieutenant or First Lieutenant. The platoon is the first level at which separate command and Logistical Support Personnel (LSP) may be attached. Command and LSP will typically make up no more than a Squad; this includes the Platoon CO and XO, as well as Platoon Sergeant and field medic. These Command personnel may or may not choose to be considered "operational" forces for the purposes of deploying personnel in a given situation. Fleet Marine Force Platoons (attached to ships) may have Commander ranking as high as Captain or Major due to the more diverse and variable mission, as well as the higher operational independence.
A Company contains 3 or 4 full platoons, and typically has a command platoon, and is typically Commanded by a Captain or Major. Fleet Marine Force Companies (attached to ships) may have Commander ranking as high as Lieutenant Colonel due to the more diverse and variable mission, as well as the higher operational independence.
A Battalion consists of 3 or 4 companies, with the most common configuration being 3 companies plus a command/logistics company and a heavy weapons/combat support company (most commonly a dedicated fighter unit). This unit is typically led by a Lieutenant Colonel.
Consisting of 3 or 4 full battalions, this unit is very large and would tax the resources of most craft not previously prepared to transport such a unit. Typically this unit is led by a Colonel, and occasionally by a Brigadier General however this would normally be a reinforced Regiment centered in a Brigade.
Consisting of 1 to 3 Regiments, a Brigade can be formed around a reinforced Infantry Regiment, with attached armor and artillery units, or multiple type regiments. The Brigade requires a large Logistical Support Operation (typically, Battalion sized) to sustain its operational status. Food, Gear, Ammunition, and Expeditionary Medical units are a requirement for this sized unit to maintain its combat effectiveness. This unit is typically 6,100 to 9,200 marines strong, and is commanded by a Brigadier General.
A Division is the largest fieldable unit in the Corps, it consists of multiple Regiments and/or Brigades and is while it has the capability is rarely deployed in strength, except during war. During the Dominion War the Marine Corps expanded to 10 Division, following the war they were each attached to a numbered Fleet (as such the 6th Marine Division is attached to Sixth Fleet) and while Division remain the formation several have been downsized to only maintaining a few Regiments, while others still field multiple Brigades. Typical a standard Division is roughly 15-20 thousand persons. A Division is headed by Major General and has a large headquarters. Division Commanders report to their assigned Fleet Commander as well as the Marine Corps Headquarters.
There are currently 10 Active Divisions, each assigned to a numbered fleet:
- 1st Marine Division - First Fleet Marine Force
- 2nd Marine Division - Second Fleet Marine Force
- 3rd Marine Division - Third Fleet Marine Force
- 4th Marine Division - Fourth Fleet Marine Force
- 5th Marine Division - Fifth Fleet Marine Force
- 6th Marine Division - Sixth Fleet Marine Force
- 7th Marine Division - Seventh Fleet Marine Force
- 8th Marine Division - Eighth Fleet Marine Force
- 9th Marine Division - Ninth Fleet Marine Force
- 10th Marine Division - Tenth Fleet Marine Force