By Lee Watts

Definition of military command structure.

This is my take on the Military Command Structure:

Individual = 1 Person, 1 total.
Fire Line = 5 People, 5 total.
Squad = 2 Fire Lines (w/ a Corporal in command), 10 total.
Platoon = 3 Squads (w/ Sergeant in Command), 30 total.
Company = 3 Platoons + Support Squad (w/ Lieutenant), 100 total.
Battalion = 3 Companies + Support Platoon (w/ Captain), 330 total.
Regiment = 3 Battalions + Support Company (w/ Major), 1,090 total.
Division = 3 Regiments + Support Battalion (w/ Lt. Colonel), 3,600 total.
Corps = 3 Divisions + Support Regiment (W/ Colonel), 12,000 total.
Army = 3 regiments + Support Division (w/ General), 38,000 total.
Army Group = 3+ Armies + Support Corps (w/ *** General), 125,000+ total.

Field units are: Divisions, Corps and Armies. Occasionally, you will have a small battle with Regiments or Battalions fighting. If you look at World War II, battles were commonly described using either Divisions or Armies. So, I think that we can use "Legion" and "Division" as interchangeable.

I have tacked on a large amount of support and infrastructure to these units. My assumption is that when you plan to fight an extensive war, you are going to be diverting tremendous reserves to get your logistic networks in place. Also keep in mind that not all of the support units will be on the field fighting. They will be in the reserve areas, possibly on ships in orbit. Logistics and Supply are vital. Unsupplied troops can't fight and have high desertion rates.

After the Emperor Wars, the main fighting forces will have been mustered out, leaving the support structure. But even that structure will have been reduced in the years since Alexius was crowned.

I don't think that a lesser noble (Baron) will be able to field a Division on his own. He might be able to field a Company or Battalion, maybe even a Regiment, but then he will be pulling every available man from his holdings. Leave your holdings empty and you might find out that you don't have a home anymore.

Another system that I was thinking about was that the Prince of the House supplies the Support Units and the noble supplies the troops. This way, the Prince can control where troops go and has an ear among the troops so that he knows what is going on. But this seems a bit of a stretch.

I liked the previous post which describe the composition of a company of Armor as 12 vehicles. I would also think that a Platoon of Powered Armor soldiers would be composed of 10 men and that a Powered Armor Company would be made up of only 30 guys. I'll try and work something out for the various unit types.