The Armies of the Five Deserts, officially known in international communication as the Royal Kyrenaian Army, is the major fighting force of the Kyrenaian Armed Forces. The Armies of the Five Deserts utilize conscription as part of the Service.
In total, the Armies of the Five Deserts have around 650,000 men and women under arms, plus a reserve force of another 10 million people (all people, who did their Service with the Army and are between 20 and 30 years of age).
Command and Organization
Army Air CommandThe Army Air Command is the Kyrenaian Army Air Force and the larger of the two air forces of Kyrenaia, the other being the Sultan's Navy's Naval Aviation Command.
Manned military aviation in Kyrenaia began 1780, with hot air baloons being set up to provide a bird's eye view of the battlefield for reconnaissance purposes with the first aerial bombardement following in 1801: One of the baloons tore loose, floated over the enemy lines - to loose weight, the pilot threw weights out of his basket, throwing them down into enemy lines. The enemy, believing this to be an actual manoeuvre, was surprised and fled.
- Structure of the Armies of the Five Deserts.
- Brigade Structures of the Armies of the Five Deserts.
- Equipment of the Armies of the Five Deserts.
The Armies of the Five Deserts rely mostly on domestic suppliers, but are not above searching for foreign suppliers as well, should the need arise. Chiefly amongst the domestic suppliers are
Ranks and Rank Structure
Supreme Commander of the Armies of the Five Deserts is the Sultana, represented by the Lord-Commander of the Five Armies (or Lady-Commander, as the current case may be). Colonels-in-Chief of their respective desert's Division are the respective desert's Ilkhans, who actually have little to say in regards of the armed forces.
Actual Commander of the Divisions, the Central Air Defense Command and the Special Forces are the seven Generals, who each have a Lieutenant General as their second in command. The Brigades are commanded by Brigadier Generals.
From there, it goes down in a classical way of Colonels, Lieutenant Colonels, Majors, Captains, First Lieutenants, Second Lieutenants and so on.
It is usual for Royals to serve in the Armed Forces and most choose the Armies of the Five Deserts. The Order of the Tabardariyya stands outside of that command structure and is an independent organization.