Unit Policies and Procedures

Units in the RMA are divided into two types;
Installations and Formations. Installations are chapter-styled groups and the foundation for Formations units which would be comprised of fireteams, squads, platoons, companies and regiments. Installations may also be the base HQ for RCTs and Battlegroup Officers Commanding. Each unit has a minimum size and leadership requirement. These requirements are detailed in the latest revision of the RMA Unit Formation Table. That table details out both role playing and real word unit sizes from the smallest unit to the largest unit in the RMA. The table also illustrates the basic command structure for each of those elements

Starting a Installation Unit
The smallest Installation in the RMA is the Bivouac. This is the basic membership unit in the RMA. The size of a Bivouac varies considerably, depending on the location and membership. A Bivouac can be anywhere from a single soldier (in the case of a new unit, for example) up to nine. A Bivouac is led by a junior NCO.

Once a soldier decides to volunteer for a deployment to a Bivouac, he may fill out a RMA Installation Deployment Request Form. The completed form is then submitted to the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff – Operations (ODSCOPS).

ODSCOPS will review the request and then shall act appropriately. If activation is denied, ODSCOPS will work with the applicant to resolve any issues that caused the denial. Upon approval, ODSCOPS will add the new installation to the Unit Roster and send the approval paperwork to the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff – Personnel (ODSCPER) for update to the RMA member roster.

Maximum Installations sizes are determined by the number of personnel assigned as stated in the RMA Unit Formation Table. Moving from a Bivouac to a larger installation will require the same Deployment Request form. Approval will be based on the standard criteria. For Installations requiring an Officer Commanding (OC), the ODSCOPS will appoint the most senior NCO if no current officer exists and send to the Marshal of the Army, a request for brevet promotion. Approval paperwork and brevet promotion requests shall be sent to the new Installation OC and copied to ODSCPER.

Starting a Formation Unit
A Formation Unit (fireteams, squads, platoons, etc.) requires that an Installation Unit exist for which the Formation may be attached. Formations require a “home base” (much like an RMMC MARDET requires a ship/chapter). Once an Installation has been approved, a Formation can begin when the minimum required members have joined the Installation. The smallest Formation Unit in the RMA is the Fireteam (or “Quad”). From there, as the number of members increases, the Formation will assume a larger designation and the whole unit can increase the size of the Installation as per the RMA Unit Formation Table.

Unit Nomenclature
Installation Units are not numbered and take the name designation submitted by the Unit and approved by the ODSCOPS. Formation Units at Quad level may use the NCO name or the standard Alpha/Numeric. Formations units above Quad and up to Regiment will use the standard Alpha/Numeric designation (1st Squad, 1st Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Regiment). Regiments may request a name designation from the ODSCOPS.

Unit Leadership
Being an Officer Commanding (OC) in the RMA is a very important part of the organization and serves as a vital part of the chain of command. This section outlines how Unit leadership is chosen and removed in the RMA. However it is vitally important to remember that while ODSCOPS approves Unit OCs in the RMA, those officers serve at the leisure of Marshal of the Army.

Selection of Commanding Officers

  1. Unit Leadership (Installation or Formation) at any level at and below the Regimental Combat Team (RCT) is approved by ODSCOPS. ODSCOPS may consult with the Marshal of the Army, and/or other Unit commanders within the Unit’s chain of command if they so desire with regards to filling the billets.
  2. Unit leadership is approved by whatever process that ODSCOPS deems appropriate for the leadership billet being filled. For example for a Fort, the ODSCOPS may wish to directly appoint an OC, but for a Regimental Combat Team the ODSCOPS may wish to take applications for that particular billet.
  3. Irrespective of billet the ODSCOPS will consider the following when selecting commanding officers; 1) rank, 2) time-in-grade, 3) recommendations from members of the chain-of-command, and 4) any other recommendations submitted by the membership at large.

 

Removal of Commanding Officers
As mentioned above Unit OCs at every level serve at the leisure of Marshal of the Army. As such they can be removed at any time. However removal of an Installation officer commanding is an extremely disruptive action and as such should only be used as a last resort.

  1. Removal of Installation Unit officer commanding can be only for cause. These causes include, but are not limited to;
    1. Criminal acts as define by local law against The Royal Manticoran Navy: The Official Honor Harrington Fan Association, Inc. and its subgroups, affiliates, and/or members.
    2. Participating in any action/inaction that could bring discredit to The Royal Manticoran Navy: The Official Honor Harrington Fan Association, Inc. and any of its divisions,
    3. Failure to perform the duties to which are assigned to them
    4. Any action/inaction that causes harm to unit morale,
    5. And/or any action/inaction that causes harm to the general functioning of the unit.
  2. Before removal of a Unit OC for causes other than felonious acts, ODSCOPS must present to the member the reasons for the removal at which time the member will have seven (7) calendar days from the time of receipt to submit a rebuttal. ODSCOPS will then present the rebuttal as well as the reasons for their removal to the Chief of Staff RMA who then will have seven (7) calendar days to review the rebuttal and supporting material and either uphold the removal or reverse it. The Chief of Staff RMA shall contact the member and ODSCOPS with regards to their decision and shall also direct ODSCOPS to take the appropriate action based on the Chief of Staff’s decision as soon as possible.
  3. If the original decision is upheld then the member may present his/her case to the Marshal of the Army, but must do so within seven (7) calendar days of receipt of the Chief of Staff’s decision. The Marshal of the Army then has seven (7) calendar days to review the appeal and render a decision. The Marshal of the Army shall contact the member and ODSCOPS with regards to their decision and shall also direct ODSCOPS to take the appropriate action based on the Marshal’s decision as soon as possible. The decision of the Marshal of the Army is final and no further appeals may be made.
  4. Any member removed as a Unit officer commanding shall not be eligible to serve as an officer commanding at any level of the RMA for a period of no less than two (2) years. During that time the member must make a genuine effort to understand the role of leadership in the RMA and be prepared to demonstrate this knowledge when asking to be considered for a leadership position. However if removal was due to illegal activity against The Royal Manticoran Navy: The Official Honor Harrington Fan Association, Inc. and its subgroups, affiliates, and/or members, the member shall be permanently banned from holding a leadership position at any level of the RMA. In addition to the reasons for removal as listed in item one (1) above, a Unit officer commanding may also leave the position of their own volition at any time for any reason. The member must give ODCSOPS a two (2) week notice, if possible, informing them that they are stepping down.

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