1920 - Foundation
The First Decades
Humanitarian Mission of the SDF to Kupandukira (1965-1975)
The Tense Peace
Niochan Army Reforms
In response to the catastrophic losses of the SDF in the Battle of Marley Bay, primarily a naval engagement, the SDF realized, that their notions of fighting were outdated, so a series of reforms was worked out and implemented in 2014 - the Niochan Army Reforms, named after their initiator and Head of SDF-Army General Command, Lieutenant General Finn Nióchan of the Tribe of Cork. A rearmament program unseen since the Naval Armament Program of 1922 was started,
The SDF and the Strategic and Economic Alliance
Command and Organization
Commanded by SDF-Command are both branches of the SDF, as well as SDF-Intelligence, the Military Police (the Blue Berets), the Council Guard Regiment and several other, smaller institutions. Political leadership of the SDF is provided by a department of the SDF-Command's Staff.
- Structure of the SDF-Army.
- Structure of the SDF-Navy.
- Structure of an SDF-Cavalry Regiment in 1921.
- Structure of the SDF prior to the Niochan Army Reforms.
The SDF wears, like every professional military, uniforms - for their appearance, see above. However, while all soldiers have the right and obligation to wear that uniform while in service, the regulations and culture of the Selkie have different ideas as to when to wear it out of service.
The major question is, if one goes somewhere to represent the SDF or not. If a Navy-Captain attends a diplomatic ball in some country while his ship makes a port call there, he wears uniform as he represents the SDF. If he attends his sister's wedding, he is around in a private function, which means, that he will wear Geansai.
Ranks and Rank Structure
|Rank, SDF-Army||Rank, SDF-Navy||NATO-Code||Notes|
|Ensign||Ensign||OF(D)||Students of the Officer Course of the Naval School and the SDF-Army Academy|
|N/A||Cadet||OF(D)||Cadets of the Naval School|
|Chief Master Sergeant||Master Chief Petty Officer||OR-8||A.k.a. Master Chief.|
|Master Sergeant||Chief Petty Officer||OR-7|
|Chief Corporal||Chief Master Seaman||OR-4|
There are also the honorary ranks of Chosen Man and Leading Ensign, which denotes an especially dependable common soldier or officer trainee. Chosen Men are sometimes recommended for NCO or Officer Training.
As usual per Selkie-custom, women are included in all positions and occupations of the SDF, as neither sword, nor plow, and least of all rifle care, if the hand touching them is strong or soft. This had been the case since the foundation of the SDF and even before.
The SDF, officers and men alike, salute by balling their fists, tapping their chests twice where their heart is.