|Mobile Infantry||Fleet||Military Intelligence|
The Strategically Integrated Coalition of Nations uses a volunteer system. No one is forced to join the military, even during full war conditions. Forcing a man to enlist and serve would be not only useless but also counterproductive. He would resent having been bullied, would hate participating and would actively shirk duty whenever possible. This would make him far worse than useless – his carelessness and lack of interest could easily get someone killed or cost SICON some vital mission. To avoid this issue, SICON never requires anyone to serve. Those who enlist do so of their own free will, understanding all the consequences of their actions. This way no one can resent SICON for stealing their lives, or complain that they do not belong in the military. Everyone in the Mobile Infantry, as with any other branch, is in Bootcamp because he wants to be. Anyone who decides he would rather go back to civilian life can petition for an early release of service or simply go AWOL. SICON will not chase him down and he can go some place where the law and the military never go, and start a new life there. Of course, the fact that SICON uses a volunteer system has created some problems. The single biggest problem is that SICON cannot afford to be fussy but at the same time it cannot allow utter incompetence. Technically, SICON cannot refuse anyone who wants to enlist, provided he is 18 or older and has completed high school. That means that anyone can apply and be accepted into the military, even those clearly not suited to the task. In order to avoid putting incompetents in critical positions, SICON has developed several methods for weeding out most people who are unfit to serve.
SICON depends on the Mobile Infantry far more than any other part of its force. While the Fleet under SICON command is vital for reaching engagements and keeping the skies clear of enemy threats, it is the Mobile Infantry that often gets dirty to get the mission accomplished. They may not be subtle or even elegant, but they are professionals without parallel and they never accept failure as an option. Each trooper is an expert with each one providing a special skill or ability to any mission put before him. From neodog handlers to engineers, when the Mobile Infantry acts it is with the tenacity of a wolverine and the precision of a surgeon.
Among SICON’s many assets, the most expensive and difficult to maintain is its air force and space armada, collectively known as the Fleet. From small one man drop ships to massive orbital installations, the Fleet comprises more than 60% of the SICON’s yearly budget. These funds are well spent, however, the Fleet’s state-ofthe-art starships and facilities are quite capable of keeping UCF space defended against any incursion. While the Fleet has only infrequently entered combat, they have achieved at least technical victories in every engagement, and since coming under the control of SICON, the Fleet has only once been defeated by any enemy force. This single defeat in the first Progenitor encounter was not only a major setback, it has also devastated the majority of Fleet assets produced by the UCF.
Tours of Duty
Volunteers joining SICON sign on for a two year tour of duty, however, the tour’s length depends on current circumstances in the Federation, with a tour of duty being extended indefi nitely during times of war. A tour of duty can be extended in three different ways. The fi rst is a voluntary two or four year extension. The option to extend one’s tour of duty is always presented to a trooper six months prior to the conclusion of his current tour. This gives all troopers up to six years in Federal service; any extension is voluntary and requires approval by SICON high command, however, these requests are rarely denied.
The declaration of war can also cause SICON to invoke their mandatory service clause outlined in the SICON Military Service Oath. During wartime, tours of duty can be lengthened indefi nitely and remain in effect until hostilities cease and the Federation determines that the current crisis has abated. With the declaration of peace, SICON immediately offers retirement with honours to any trooper whose tour of duty should have ended during the span of time that any extension was in effect. Other members of the military have the length of the war credited against their time in service but remain in SICON.
The last method of extending one’s time in service to SICON is by opting to ‘go career’. This decision carries with it a lot of responsibility and must be approved by a trooper’s current commanding offi cer before it can take effect. As being a career trooper is a prerequisite for offi cer training, any trooper with ambitions of gaining a commission must take this option before they can do so. Re-enlisting as a career member of SICON comes with a moderate pay increase and opens many more opportunities than simply becoming an offi cer, so even non-commissioned troopers often fi nd this path attractive.
SICON actively encourages its troopers, especially those with promise or remarkable records, to ‘go career’ as such men are not likely to take their knowledge out of circulation in a few short years when their normal tour of duty ends. Because opting for a career in the military suspends a trooper’s ability to leave SICON at any time, SICON can count on career troops being available and dependable for years to come.
Federal Military Service Oath
“I, being of legal age, of my own free will, without coercion, promise, or inducement of any sort, after having been duly advised and warned of the meaning and consequences of this oath, do now enroll in the Federal Service of the United Citizen Federation for a term of not less than two years and as much longer as may be required by the needs of the service. I swear to uphold and defend the Constitution of the Federation against all its enemies on or off Terra, to protect and defend the Constitutional liberties and privileges of all its citizens and lawful residents of the Federation, its associated states and territories, to perform, on or off Terra, such duties of any lawful nature as may be assigned to me by lawful direct or delegated authority, and to obey all lawful orders of the Commander-In-Chief of the Terran Service and of all officers or delegated persons placed over me, and to require such obedience from all members of the Service or other persons or non-human beings lawfully placed under my orders - and, on being honorably discharged at the completion of my full term of active service or upon being on inactive retired status after having completed such full term, to carry out all duties and obligations and to enjoy the privileges of Federation citizenship including but not limited to the duty, obligation and privilege of exercising sovereign franchise for the rest of my natural life unless stripped of honor by verdict, finally sustained, of court of my sovereign peers"