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The SDF-Army is the land arm of the Strategic Defence Force and the land-based counterpart of the SDF-Navy.

Headquarters of the SDF-Army is the Citadel, the Daingean, near Fortham. Current head of the Army is Lieutenant General Finn Nióchan of the Tribe of Cork, with General Ferris Taoiseach of the Tribe of Antrim acting as the Head of the SDF.

History

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.

Foundation 1920

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.

First Decades

Equipment in 1930

Equipment of SDF-Army in 1930
 :Service Rifles: Gabha R-15, Shedadh S-4 Repeating Carbine,
Machine Guns: Gabha R-22
Submachine Guns: Pistol, Automatic, Model 1923
Special Weapons:
Sidearm: PSAM 1910
Ammunition: 8x57mm Gabha

Artillery
Heavy Artillery: Field Gun, 150mm, Model 1928
Light Artillery: Field Gun, 105mm, Model 1922, Field Gun, 76mm, Model 1930 (in the process of being introduced), Field Gun, 105mm, Model 1935 (in development)
Mortars:
Anti-Tank Weapons: Gabha G-18 47mm Anti-Tank Gun (in the process of being introduced)
Anti-Aircraft Weapons:
Rockets: Rocket Barrage Anti-Aircraft System (in development)

Vehicles
Tanks:
Armoured Utility Vehicles: Colúr-Tankette (in the process of being introduced)
Unarmoured Utility Vehicles: FFR-Vehicles of the SDF
Trains:

Aircraft:
Fighters:
Fighter-Bombers:
Heavy Fighters:
Bombers:
Torpedo Bombers: LAF-3
Dive Bombers:
Reconnaissance and Maritime Patrol Aircraft:
Transport Planes:

Also see: Structure of the SDF-Army in 1930, List of Equipment of the SDF-Army, Ruathar Fast Tank (in development, available starting 1933)
Project 1930

Yard Crisis

The Miniskirt-Discussion

The Second Vellenge-War

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.

Operation Spartacus

The SDF-Army and the Strategic and Economic Alliance

Army Reform 2021

Also see: Structure of the SDF-Army in 2021,

Operation Spartacus was, in many ways, an eye-opener for the SDF-Army. They came to realize, that their regiments, 3,414 officers and men for a singular Dragan-Regiment, was simply too large and too unwieldy, which also resulted in some companies and squadrons only marching on paper as there was simply not the personell to make them all into marching and fighting units.

So, the Niochan Army Reforms had outlived their usefulness and were soon replaced by the Army Reform 2021, which was masterminded by Colonel Arán. To spare him the humiliation of seeing his reforms being dismantled, the SDF-Army bade farewell to Lieutenant General Nióchan at the 2020 Ironcastle Harvest Festival. He was replaced by Lieutenant General Raidri Céilt of the Tribe of Fermanagh at the 2021 Spring Festival.

The Army Reform 2021 saw a widespread change in the structure of the SDF-Army's Regiments and of the Army as a whole. Over the Winter of 2020/2021 and well into the Summer of 2021, units, personell and material was moved to and from, new garrisons built of old ones reopened, but generally, by the time of the 2021 Harvest Festival, the majority of the reorganization was completed.

Now, the Army fielded regiments by the following designations:

In addition to that, the SDF-Army also raised a total of three airmobile squadrons, the I. Airmobile Squadron 'Capall Sciatháin', II. Airmobile Squadron 'Spardrí' and the III. Airmobile Squadron 'Fabhcún'. I. was operational in 2022, II. and III. became operational by 2025.

By 2021, the Sionnach-I Armoured Personnel Carrier and its variants were put into reserves and soon auctioned off, the Mangaire Dealership Company Limited acquiring a bulk. Especially their variants were replaced by variants of the Sionnach-II Armoured Personnel Carrier and the Creachadóir Heavy Armoured Reconnaissance Vehicle. One of the most major changes was the reduction in section-size, from 10 to 6 men.

Uniforms

See: Uniforms of the SDF-Army.


Ranks

Private, Corporal, Lance Corporal, Chosen Man/Woman

Sergeant, Able Sergeant, Chief Sergeant, Banner Sergeant

Lieutenant, Captain, Major, Lieutenant Colonel, Colonel

Brigadier, Lieutenant General, General

Equipment

See Main Article: List of Equipment of the SDF-Army.

See also

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