The Maquis Forces Marine Corps (MFMC) is large, truly huge with over 200 members, spread out in four countries and over three continents. Somehow, the Commandant and staff must, with no money, get information out, process orders for merchandise, and get information to and from members and units.
This process is not easy, but having a Chain of Command (CoC) does help ensure that "what needs to get done" does so in an effective and timely manner. Using the CoC lets superiors pass information on to a limited number of subordinates, and rest comfortable in the knowledge it will make its way directly to every marine. It also allows each and every member to have a single person or point-of-contact, through whom they can request information, resolve questions or problems, and get recognition. It also allows the individual member to reach out, make new friends and participate locally, regionally, nationally and internationally with a like minded group of members.An OIC is responsible for passing information "down the chain" and also for developing fun activities for their unit(s). They are also there to assist Marines in resolving problems or questions within the Corps, and to serve as the MFMC's and MFI's point-of-contact for neighboring cells/units/groups. All cells should have at least one Deputy and First Sergeant, depending on size and organization. When requested, the OIC files with the Cell CO (if attached) and the Regiment OIC (to be sent on up the Chain) a report of the Marines' activities and membership.
ONE MARINE, ONE CORPS
Ask any MFI Marine who is the most important person in the Corps and most will give you the name of the Commandant, or another General Staff member, or even a Battalion OIC. It may come to a surprise to you, to learn that the "Corps Doctrine" is that those answers are all wrong. There is only ONE "Most Important Person" within the MFMC, and that is you, the individual Marine. Every member of the Corps, from Recruit to Commandant is foremost a MFI member and an individual, with the rights and duties that entails.
Without the individual Marine, there is no Corps. The Star Trek fan puts on their uniform, goes to a convention or meetings, participates in community service activities and performs the dozens of tasks daily needed to keep the Corps going, because they are a fan. Being a Marine alone, however is a rather lonely job. Bar room brawls with the Feddies, desperate life-and-death phaser battles with alien aggressors, defending your home and loved ones from aggressive invaders, and long nights on sentry duty just aren't the same if you're the only one involved. Most marines choose to join a unit, as do most MFI members. They either find an existing cell or unit within their locale, or they form one of their own.
The General Staff consists of three positions, with advisory and/or honorary staff added to assist them. They are charged with the responsibility for day-to-day operations and management of the Corps. They shall approve and appoint all Battalion and up OIC appointments, approving requests for Marine specific and some MFI awards and reporting to MFI on the strength and composition, disposition and morale of the Corps. The General Staff maintains the Roster of Marines, the Marine Hall of Honor and the Heraldry Department of the Corps. The General Staff also operates and approves the Marine School within MFI's Academy and builds the Corps' fictional doctrine. The General Staff also builds and maintains the MFMC websites, servers, Lists and Communications. General Staff members are responsible directly to the Commandant and are expected to minimally maintain a staff of aides, deputies and volunteers to assist them with their duties.
COMMANDANT, MFMC, Commander
This is the final link in the Chain of Command. The buck stops with the Commandant, who is responsible for the health, wealth and growth of the MFMC. The commandant represents the concerns, ideas and needs of the MFMC to the MFI-CC and to fandom as a whole. The Commandant develops the policies, procedures and doctrines with the help of the General Staff and the Commandant is the final authority on doctrinal or policy issues regarding the MFMC. The Commandant reports to the Chief of Staff, MFI Command Council and is appointed by the Vice Coordinator, MFI.
DEPUTY COMMANDANT, MFMC, Second in Command
In addition to standing in for the Commandant, the Deputy Commandant provides several important functions as assigned. They assist the Commandant in collecting and evaluating the reports during a reporting cycle, they supervise the General Staff and moderate the discussions of the General Staff.
CHIEF OF MARINE OPERATIONS, Third in Command
In addition to standing in for the Deputy Commandant when necessary, the bulk of the INFOCOM and TRADOC duties falls under the supervision of the Chief of Marine Operations. The Chief of Marine Ops usually has a large staff assisting them, due to the large scale of their work.
GENERAL STAFF ADVISORS/COMMANDERS
These positions are aides to the General Staff, and the office holders serve at the discretion of the Commandant. They are, of course, allowed to pick their own staff, again with the approval of the General Staff.
Sergeant Major of the Maquis Forces Marine Corps
This honorary position is charged with developing and maintaining the Non Commissioned officer cadre, and representing the NCOs to the General Staff. In 200, the MFMC put a "hold" on all non-com ranks leaving them up to the discretion of Cell level OICs as to their usage and future.
Chaplain of the Corps
This office is the Chief Charity Coordinator, and serves as a clearing house for information and assistance to members and units, as to how they can help or participate with charitable endeavors.
Public Information Officers "GROUNDPOUNDER," "BADLANDS" and Web team (INFOCOM)
These officers not only help the Chief of Marine Operations write and edit the newsletters and articles for the Corps, but also assist in the design and maintenance of the website and listserver.
Training and Doctrine Command Officers (TRADOC)
Charged with developing not only the "fictional" aspects of the Marines day-to-day duties, they also help run the Marine Schools where Marines are trained in Real Life skills needed to run Marine units and lead MFI members.
MAQUIS FORCES MARINE CORPS UNIT ORGANIZATION
The MFMC is arranged in a variety of units, each having its own distinct command structure and organizational sub-unit. Marines and Marine units come in two flavors. Those who function solely as Marines and those who are "attached" to a MFI cell or persona. The term "Reservist" is used to indicate a member who primarily participates within MFI as a non-Marine. "Active Duty" indicates a member who prefers to participate as a Marine the majority of the time. Marines are either grouped in Marine Independent units (MIU) aka companies, or in Marine Attached units (MAU) aka platoons, referring to their being part of a MFI cell. Any MFI chapter in good standing with one or more Marine members may apply to have a Marine Assault unit (MAU) attached to it. For administrative purposes, a unit charted within MFI as a Marine independent unit will be called a Marine Invasion Unit (MIU).
Marine Unit Types and Suggested Designations
There are several Military Occupational Specialties in the Maquis Forces Marine Corps. Each specialty fulfills a vital role in the operational taskings and roles assigned to it by the Marine General Staff.
Infantry fills the traditional role of occupying and holding ground captured from the enemy. Traditionally Infantry units use Old Earth regimental designations. Units use forms such as Legion, Grenadier, Fusilier, Zouave, Chasseur, Jager, Voltigeurs, Carabiners and Highlanders to their unit titles.
MEKK & ARMORED
MEKK and Armored units fulfill the role of punching through and overthrowing entrenched, or fortified enemy units and positions. Typically such units identify with the Cavalry units from Old Earth, as they can generally trace their roots back to this time. MEKK and Armored units attach historical designations to their unit titles. Such designations include Lancers, Dragoons, Horse, Cavalry, Hussars, Cossacks, Uhlans, Cuirassiers and Sipahis.
Special Forces/Operations fulfill unconventional combat roles such as recon, guerilla warfare, commando operations, sabotage, assasination, abduction, misinformation and other highly classified strategic and tactical warfare roles. Such units are historically referred to as Commandos, Gurkhas, Rangers, Recon, Sniper and Airborne units.
Artillery fulfill the role of direct and indirect combat support by targeting designated areas prior to an attack by other Marine units. Additionally, artillery is called in to target specific tactical and strategic targets, such as bunkers, command and control facilities, supply depots and ammunition dumps, communications systems and other important targets. Sometimes the artillery is called in to disperse an enemy unit attacking a Marine position. Historically the smallest Artillery unit is known as a crew.
Aerospace units provide ground support and also fulfill air ans space superiority roles, by denying control of the operational airspace to enemy air units. Traditionally, air units are designated as Commands, Groups, Wings, Squadrons and Flights. The Maquis Forces Marine Corps has two different types of air units. Marine Attack Squadrons (VMA) generally operate craft designed to land troops, board starships and provide close air support with fighters. Marine Fighter Attack Squadrons (VMFA) act as inteceptors attacking other fighters, shuttles and starships.
MFMC UNIT ORGANIZATIONAL CHART
The MFMC is divided into three divisions each division containing a variety of unique units with different strength size and capabilities (Click on the Marine Units for more information), the following is only a template to give you an idea how the MFMC is organized in the Star Trek Universe. When creating fiction for your MFMC unit you can make it as big or small as you like. The following templates is a Marine Division, Brigade, Regiment, Battalion, Company,Platoon and Squad at maximum capacity. Once again these charts are not written in stone
2 Brigades (1200)
4 Regiments (3000)
Marine Mekk Regiment (108 Mekks)
3 Squadrons (36 Mekks)
12 Troops (12 Mekks)
9 Platoons (4 Mekks)
Marine Tank Regiment (176 Tanks)
3 Battalions per regiment (58 Tanks in each battalion)
4 Companies per battalion (14 Tanks in each company)
3 Platoons per company (4 Tanks in each platoon)
Marine Artillery Regiment (216 Guns)
3 Battalions (72 Guns)
18 Batteries (24 Guns)
9 Crews (4 Guns)
Marine Infantry Regiment (3000 Marines)
6 Battalions (500 Marines)
5 Companies (100 Marines)
10 Platoons (50 Marines)
5 squads (10 Marines)
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