The SDF-Army is the ground-based arm of the Selkie Defence Force, blah.
Selkie and War
Generally speaking, the Selkie are peaceful, but defiant people, indeed very much so. They usually don't really care about the large world politics, as long as it doesn't affect them themselves.
However, during the long history of the Selkie, there had been more then just a few wars and armed conflicts, usually with large tolls in lifes and property.
Selkie also fought a lot as mercenaries, known as the Selkie-Mercenaries.
After the Unification in 1905, the many different cities and towns still had their own little militias, which were inadequate to say the least. Fifteen years after that, the SDF, the Navy and the Army, were founded to put a hold to the many different standards and bitter rivalries, integrating many of the militias into the regiments, which were styled in similar ways to the Council Guard Regiment, the only unit everyone respected.
In 1921, Tribal Supremacists made a short uprising, but that could be resolved peacefully, with only damages to a few buildings and a few scratches here and there.
History of Punishment
The SDF-Army took many things from their predecessors, as did the SDF-Navy.
One of these things was punishment: Selkie have a long tradition as warriors and mercenary, fancying themselves as the best light cavalry in the world since the Dark Ages (and were pretty close to it, in fact), a part of that being their professionalism and calmness. So, an unprofessional mercenary brought the whole unit in danger and was punished.
The Professionalism and Calmness were soon taken as virtues of the SDF-Army Soldiers as well, as were punishments for misbehaviour in these regards, all of which were usually non-lethal. As these punishments had a wide range, literally from standing in the corner to hardest of labours, another tradition was taken over as well: "Any punishment but one."
This meant, just like the mercenaries of old, that the soldiers could pick one punishment out of the extensive catalogue, that would not be spoken over him or her. This has become a normal phrase to hear upon accepting punishment for an action spoken by SDF-Soldiers.
The 21st century
Nióchan Army Reforms
In 2016, the Nióchan Army Reforms were implemented, named after Lieutenant General Finn Nióchan of the Tribe of Cork, SDF-Army General Command, who developed a new structure for the SDF-Army in cooperation with a section of experienced officers, amongst them Colonel Liam Óga of the Tribe of Laois and Lieutenant Colonel Ava Fuil of the Tribe of Monaghan, both combat experienced officers. Their objective was to create an SDF-Army fit for the future and future operations, including Counter-Insurgency Operations.
- See: Uniforms of the SDF-Army.
Private, Corporal, Lance Corporal, Chosen Man/Woman
Sergeant, Able Sergeant, Chief Sergeant, Banner Sergeant
Lieutenant, Captain, Major, Lieutenant Colonel, Colonel
Brigadier, Lieutenant General, General
- See Main Article: List of Equipment of the SDF-Army.