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.
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.
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
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.
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