Units in the RMMC are divided into two types;
Those that are based on chapters and are comprised of the membership of just that chapter. These units are called Marine Detachments or MARDET. Examples of this type of unit are section, squad, platoon, company, and battalion. A chapter may only have one MARDET assigned to it at any given time.
Those that are comprised of multiple MARDETs. Examples are regiment, brigade, division, force, planetary force, and corps.
Each unit has a minimum size and leadership requirement. These requirements are detailed in the latest revision of the RMMC Echelon Table. That table details out both role playing and real word unit sizes from the smallest unit to the largest unit in the RMMC. The table also illustrates the basic command structure for each of those elements.
Starting a MARDET
The smallest unit in the RMMC is the section, which is comprised of three (3) marines. This number of marines establishes a basic chain of command and forms the core for all other unit types in the RMMC. Therefore this is the minimum number of marines needed to start a MARDET. Once a chapter has met the minimum of three (3) marines, the senior most marine determined by rank and/or time in grade may fill out a RMMC MARDET Activation Request Form. The completed form is then submitted to COMFORCECOM and copied to the chapter’s commanding officer.
COMFORCECOM shall review the request and then shall act appropriately. If activation is denied, COMFORCECOM shall work with the applicant to resolve any issues that caused the denial. Upon approval, COMFORCECOM shall appoint a commanding officer for the MARDET and shall also send to the Commandant RMMC, a request for brevet promotion, if necessary, based on the size of MARDET being activated. Approval paperwork and brevet promotion requests shall be sent to the MARDET commanding officer and copied to their chapter’s commanding officer.
Please note that only units that are stationed on board chapters may be requested for activation. These include sections, squads, platoons, companies, and battalions. Asault shuttles may also request activation. For more information please see the assault shuttle documentation.
Regiments, brigades, divisions, forces, planetary forces, and corps are ad-hoc and are created from aggregating MARDETs together. These units are created as needed by COMFORCECOM or by direction of the Commandant RMMC.
If a chapter has less than three (3) marines on board they may not form a MARDET until there are three (3) members. Until such time that three (3) marines are present, the marines on the chapter are considered to be on detached duty. However while they may not be members of a MARDET they are considered to be part of any regiments, brigades, divisions, forces, planetary forces, and corps that are in existence and that operate in their geographical location.
Units are not numbered and take the name of the ship on which they are deployed. For instance a MARDET deployed on the HMS Manticore would be known as either the Manticore MARDET or HMS Manticore MARDET.
Maximum MARDET Size
Maximum MARDET sizes are determined by the hull type that is assigned to the chapter on which the MARDET is based. If at any time a MARDET expands to a size that would require a bigger hull, but there are insufficient RMN personnel on board to meet the personnel requirements of that hull, BUSHIPS may at their discretion change a chapter’s hull to that of a Marine Transport until such time that any personnel requirements are met for a larger hull.
Change in MARDET Echelon Size
Any MARDET that gains enough members that it meets the minimum membership requirement for a larger unit, shall at the discretion of COMFORCECOM, be reclassified up to the appropriate unit size. COMFORCECOM shall then notify the CO of the MARDET and CO of the ship on which the MARDET is stationed of the change.
Any MARDET that loses enough members that it no longer meets the minimum membership requirement for its current designation shall have 60 days to bring the unit back up to full strength. If at the end of the 60 day period the MARDET is still understrength, COMFORCECOM will then reclassify the unit down to the appropriate unit size. In all cases if a MARDET is reduced down to a single marine that MARDET shall be deactivated and the remaining marine shall be considered to be on detached duty. The MARDET may be reactivated again as per already established policy.
Being the CO of a MARDET is a very important part of the RMMC organization and serves at a vital part of the chain of command. This section outlines how MARDET leadership is chosen and removed in the RMMC. However it is vitally important to remember that COMFORCECOM choses MARDET commanding officers in the RMMC and as such those commanding officers serve at the leisure of COMFORCECOM.
Selection of Commanding Officers
Removal of Commanding Officers
As mentioned above MARDET commanding officers at every echelon serve at the leisure of COMFORCECOM. As such they can be removed at any time. However removal of a commanding officer of a MARDET is an extremely disruptive action and as such should only be used as a last resort.
Below is the reporting policy as estbalished by CD 01-1308 and FORCECOM Order 1312-A and is effective December 4, 2013
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