Academy Training and Courses - MFMC
Fort Temecula, the Maquis Naval Aerospace Aviation Starbase (MNAS-34), is the official MFMC HQ and home to the Marine Schools. Picked as a reminder of what has been positive and negative about Marine Corps in the past, Fort Temecula is where Marines attend Marine Advanced Tactical training for a 3-month post-Academy period. Besides going to Fort Temecula and the Maquis Academy for final training and continuing education, many go for the opportunity to enter their names in the MFMC Hall of Honor. The cultural study of a specific alien race. You must choose a specialty from any known races. This provides thorough knowledge of all the alien life-forms of that race, including the race itself. Note that this means Andorians (for instance) must take Terran as a specialization. You must take Xenology: General to take these specializations.
This is the ability to handle yourself in a free-fall or zero-G environment.
There are even more elite troops within the MFMC for special missions. These troops are even better trained for their missions, which would often be covert in nature. Specialties within the MFMC include: Demolitions Technician, Underwater Specialist, Anbo-Jytsu Instructor, Computer Specialist, Communications Technician, Cryptographer, Insertion/Extraction Specialist, etc. The existence of some teams are limited to a "need-to-know" basis.
Additionally, Maquis Marines who are NCOs or Officers receive advanced training in the following areas: NCOs are your career sergeants. They provide training and leadership to the Privates, Specialists, and Technicians in Maquis Academy. Officers are the real leaders - the power behind the power. All Maquis Marines can expect to go on missions at any time. There are no distinctions due to rank on missions, except for the usual chain of command. Privates with specialized training may be placed on teams with officers, and officers with NCOs, etc. The MFMC picks the best men for the job ahead.
MFMC Advanced Training
There are special schools within the Maquis Forces Marine Corps which confer additional advanced training.
There are also specialties within the MOS school. One such specialty is Scout/Sniper Training. This training teaches advanced reconnaissance, survival, and phaser handling. Those who leave this facility, have the ability to be dropped on a hostile planet in a group of two to four marines, find their target, eliminate their target, and return. The missions usually include intelligence gathering and reconnaissance as well.
After completing classwork at the Academy, Cadets are usually sent on a one-year cruise in space, where their performance is evaluated by officers in the field. During that cruise, the officer-in-training carries the rank of Cadet (Cdt) or Officer Cadet (OCdt) for the MFMC. This rank is considered to be one below Ensign, but still an officer's grade and rank. Sometimes, due to extremely good performance of duties, a Cadet will be promoted to Acting Ensign (with an increase in pay and rank) in the field.
Non-Commissioned personnel (NCP) join the Maquis for a career, but do not aspire to achieve commissioned rank. They fill the jobs of the day-to-day operations of the ship. They usually join the Maquis at age 18 and go through a shorter education than Cadets. They may choose a career in one of these fields: Engineering, Science, Security, or Services.
Officers transferring into the MFMC from other MFI branches of Service must also go through the three month training, either at MATS, at a Marine training center, or through holo-training when need arises. The Maquis Marine Academy is extremely strict and much more militaristic than the Maquis Academy itself. While the Maquis Navy tends to maintain order in a loose but firm manner, some have called the MFMC's management techniques stringent or even harsh. Quite simply, Marine commanders do not tolerate anything less than the absolute best in their men, knowing that to do so would risk the lives of others. There is little room for error in such a dangerous and important field, despite the crying of our Naval brethern.
The Maquis Marine School at the MFI Academy, located in the Badlands near MFI HQ, is similar to MFI Fleet training but specializing only in officer training for the MFMC. Twenty-fourth century technology, and particularly Holodeck technology, have made it possible to give rank-and-file soldiers the kind of intensive military training that was the sole preserve of special forces units a mere four centuries before. Maquis Marines are exceptionally well trained and capable, even by Alpha Quadrant standards. They are meant to operate primarily on planetary surfaces, both land and water, but are also trained to participate in space-based operations as well. Their skills reflect the fact that they frequently have to operate in a long-range reconnaissance fashion, often with little or no support from Maquis Naval Forces.
Unlike Naval personnel, Maquis Marines must meet exacting physical criteria. They are particularly expected to display above-average intelligence along with exceptional endurance and coordination.
Including MATS, there are several post-Academy schools, with terms of up to one year. These train individuals above and beyond their basic and advanced training. Though there are other schools, the primary ones are:
Marine Advanced Tactical Schools (MATS)
At this school Marine Officers and Non-Coms are given extra tactical training, as well as personal skills to increase their versatility in combat (skills in Intelligence Gathering, Insertion/Extraction, Entry and Stealth, Torture Resistance and Survival, are just examples).
All Marine Officers, after graduating Maquis Academy, attend a short term MATS program, to finish their preparation for the rigors of wearing the Marine Green Leatherneck. Select individuals are invited back for terms ranging from six months to a full year at the invitation of MATS instructors. While it is not uncommon for MFI SOC/SSD operatives to train at MATS, members of all Maquis Branches can attend MATS for specific course work. Klingon Imperial Marines from the KTF take special delight in MATS courses.
Rumors holding that the MATS is a front for Maquis Intelligence and engages in some questionable training practices are just that, rumors. Really, trust us on this. And tell us who told you this rumor?
Marine Occupational Specialty Schools (MOS)
These are the schools where Maquis Marines are trained for their specific MOS duties, such as Rifleman, FO/Sapper, Sniper, and so on. These are also where members of the special squads listed under RECON on the "Job Descriptions..." page receive their training. Attendance of certain schools can lead to a career-long assignment. All Enlisted personnel attend MOS schools after basic training, although Officers sometimes do when the need warrants specialized training or the officer desires further training.
Maquis Ambassadorial Duties School
Situated near the Maquis Firing Range on Chin'Toka IV, the Ambassadorial Duties School offers rapid linguistic and cultural training for Marine staff assigned to Embassy duty with other fan groups. It is a rumor that the Marine Intelligence Division uses the Force Embassy School to train operatives.
Marine Aviation School
Maquis aviators are trained by the fleet, but Marine aviation graduates then proceed to "Top Gun" school for specialized training.
Pilot: Atmosphere Craft
The ability to pilot modern Federation aircraft. Each type of Atmospheric craft must be taken separately.
Covers operation of the standard Federation Runabout. It is (sort of) a cross between the best features of a Shuttlecraft and a Starship. It is fairly small, but it has small Warp Drive engines making it capable of limited interstellar travel. Otherwise, this skill operates just as the Pilot: Starship skill found elsewhere.
Covers operation of the standard Federation Shuttlecraft. A Shuttlecraft in very limited usage (and still somewhat experimental in nature) is the Aquashuttle, a Shuttlecraft capable of both underwater as well as atmospheric and extraterrestrial operations. A pilot may choose to specialize in Aquashuttle operations.
Skill with the controls for the Warp and Impulse engines that drive and steer a Starship, plus all other helm and navigation controls. This skill also includes knowledge of both standard and non-standard orbits and how to establish them, plus evasive maneuvers, battle maneuvers, etc. In Starship combat, this skill can be used to reduce the amount of stress placed on the engines or superstructure by rapid maneuvers in combat.
Overall study of alien worlds and planetary conditions - geological, meterological, climatic, atmospheric, hydrographic, and ecologic - of one general planetary type. Pick one specialty.
Force Infantry School (FIS)
The backbone of the Corps is infantry, and FIS is the first MOS any Maquis Marine must earn before going on to others. At FIS, the Marine is taught the following MOS programs:
Personal Weaponry: Hand held
This is the ability to operate standard hand-held weaponry froma variety of cultures.
Gunner: Phaser Cannons
Covers aiming and firing the Phaser Cannons used for heavy Phaser bombardment when pinpoint ground accuracy is required. Phaser Cannons can be mounted on a stable chassis to increase accuracy, or in cyberslave mounts, or on mobile platforms such as ground vehicles.
Gunner: Photon Torpedoes
Covers aiming and firing the Photon Torpedo systems found on most Federation Starships. Photon Torpedoes are autonomous seeking weapons (Guided Missiles).
Armory: Beam Handguns
Covers design, construction, repair, modifications, and maintenance of all small hand-held weapons such as the Phaser Type I and Phaser Type II, III and IV.
Armory: Phaser Cannons
Covers design, construction, repair, modifications, and maintenance of Phaser Cannons, which are used for point defense around a Starship, as well as the transportable models used for ground attack support. There are two types of Phaser Cannons, Light and Heavy. Both are covered by this skill.
Armory: Photon Torpedoes
Covers design, construction, repair, modifications, and maintenance of the ship's Photon Torpedo systems.
MFI Academy Marine Extension School
It is in the MOS schools that Marine Medical and Engineering branch personnel receive the training to become Combat Medics, Corpsmen and Combat Engineers. The majority of Military Occupational Training for Field Engineers, Weapons Research, Advanced Warfare Systems, Combat Engineers and Signal Corpsmen, takes place at the MFIA Extension School, which has facilities both at the MFI Academy and the Marine Combat Research and Warfare Development labs on CLASSIFIED. The MFIAMES also offers remedial and advanced sciences training for Marine Officers prior to specific missions.
At the Extension School, Marines may study:
Computers are used to analyze data for nearly all purposes. Computer Operations includes some types of operation of Tricorders and all PADD use.
Knowledge of the history of the MFI. This includes significant dates, periods, and events in the development of the MFI, as well as its military history.
Specializations in History: (Planet/Race) are taken by people interested in the history of a specific planet and/or race.
Covers terrestrial and alien languages. It can be extended to include ancient and written languages, or languages that are so non-human so as to not even be sound based, such as flashing lights, waving tentacles, etc. The communicator must use mechanical devices to convey or receive that type of info. Even with the use of the Universal Translator, some people will still be fascinated by languages. Each individual language is a separate skill. Maquis personnel are required to learn Federation Standard, if it is not their native language. This language has become a popular second language among Federation members, and many non-Federation races as well. Examples include: Klingon, Tellarite, Andorian, Bynar, and others.
Rules and regulations of the MFI and regulations of MFI. Includes some basic knowledge of the laws of most MFI member planets and cultures.
Rules and regulations of the UFP.
This is the ability to diagnose and treat all manner of medical ailments, from simple first aid, all the way up to complete neurosurgery. Physician skill also includes the ability to properly use Medical Tricorders.
This is the skill used to understand the workings of the Maquis military, its ranks and their meanings & positions, and its own regulations (which are in addition to the regulations of the MFI). It allows you to interact better with other members of the Maquis.
Tactics: Small Units
Covers knowledge of military and/or police tactics used in small skirmishes or commando actions, as well as leading or repelling boarding parties. It is useful for security personnel, or anyone commanding a landing party in a known hostile area. Successful use of this skill during battles will sometimes allow you to perceive information about the enemy's immediate plans.
Covers knowledge and experience in commanding a Starship in battle. Those choosing to develop these skills can be assumed to be familiar with the great space battles throughout Federation history, and have probably spent many hours in simulation runs recreating those battles and others, even if they have never participated in a real space battle as commander of any Federation Starship. Proper use of this skill will help you deduce in advance enemy military plans. There are separate skills for both Strategy: Space and Tactics: Space. Strategy is for figuring out the plans of the enemy, and Tactics is for planning your own movements. The Space specialization gives students the ability to plot plans in three.
Thruster Suit Operations
Covers knowledge of the functions of the Federation Thruster Suit. The Thruster Suit includes a Vac Suit with its normal components. It has a self-powered thruster unit which allows for emergency gateways from the ship or transfers from one ship to another. The design of these suits has been changed since their introduction. They now include more maneuvering thrusters in addition to the main thruster unit. The old-style Thruster Suit had a discardable thruster unit.
Vacuum Suit Operation
Covers knowledge of the operations of the standard Federation Vacc Suit, often called an Environmental Suit. The Vacc Suit is used by Maquis personnel to work in hostile environments.
The general cultural study of all alien cultures native to the Federation, and those life-forms that the Federation has had contact with. This provides a basic understanding of cultures of all those races, and is used as a prerequisite for further study of individual races by Maquis Academy.
Prerequisites: Xenology: General
MFMC Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape School (SERE)
Survival: Asteroid/Moons - Class I
Survival: Adaptable Planets - Class K
Survival: Terrestrial Planets - Class M
Survival: Pelagic (Water) Planets - Class N
Both Maquis Academy and Maquis Marine Academy include survival training in its basic training regime. SERE goes beyond this training, and addresses issues encountered by marines on specific missions and operations. SERE includes more advanced survival with the inclusion of advanced courses in escape for POWs (including how to bypass security systems, stealth, etc.) and resistance training for interrogations and manipulations (including advanced training in psychology, xenology, etc.). Additional training in languages and xenology is available as well.
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