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Chapter 5
Operational- and Strategic-Level
Ground Forces

The Ground Forces are the largest branch of the armed forces. Their tactical maneuver units (described in Chapters 1 through 4) are subordinate to military regions. These regions, or an expeditionary army which could form in one region, constitute the operational level of forces. The Ground Forces also have a national asset pool (described in Chapter 6). The General Staff/Ground Forces Headquarters can use this pool of combat support and combat service support units to tailor support to military regions. The Capital Defense Forces, aside from protecting the national capital, can serve as a strategic reserve. The Ground Forces may include an airborne infantry brigade. This airborne force is a strategic asset which remains under the direct control of the General Staff/Ground Forces Headquarters.


Ground Forces

Military Region

Expeditionary Army

Capital Defense Forces (Example)

Airborne Infantry Brigade

Brigade Headquarters, Abn Inf Bde

Airborne Infantry Battalion, Abn Inf Bde

Battalion Headquarters, Abn Inf Bn

Airborne Infantry Company, Abn Inf Bn

Airborne Infantry Platoon, Abn Inf Co

Airborne Infantry Squad, Abn Inf Plt

Mortar Battery, Abn Inf Bn or Composite Arty Bn

SAM Platoon, Abn Inf Bn or Wpns Co, Commando Bn

ATGM Platoon, Abn Inf Bn

Automatic Grenade Launcher Platoon, Abn Inf Bn or Wpns Co, Commando Bn

Automatic Grenade Launcher Squad, AGL Plt, Abn Inf Bn or Wpns Co, Commando Bn

Engineer Platoon, Abn Inf Bn

Signal Platoon, Abn Inf Bn

Materiel Support Platoon, Abn Inf Bn

Medical Section, Abn Inf Bn

Composite Artillery Battalion, Abn Inf Bde

122-mm Howitzer Battery, Composite Arty Bn, Abn Inf Bde

Antitank Platoon, Abn Inf Bde

Reconnaissance Company, Abn Inf Bde

Engineer Company, Abn Inf Bde

Signal Company, Abn Inf Bde

Chemical Defense Platoon, Abn Inf Bde

Materiel Support Company, Abn Inf Bde

Maintenance Company, Abn Inf Bde

Medical Platoon, Abn Inf Bde

Military Region

Military regions are geographical entities that delineate territorial responsibilities and disposition of the State's armed forces. Each region has a number of subordinate military districts. The number varies from two to four districts. Three districts is the norm. Unless a region serves as the basis for an expeditionary army, all maneuver units in a region are subordinate to the districts. A typical region has few organic combat support and combat service support assets other than those that belong to districts.

All other units present in a region come from the national asset pool, the Air Defense Command, or the Directorate of Military Intellidence. The number and types of such units can vary widely from region to region, depending on a region's size and mission. Therefore, the following organization chart merely outlines the types of units that might or might not be present in a given region.

Expeditionary Army

The OPFOR is capable of fielding one expeditionary army, composed of mobile divisions and/or brigades, for conducting large-scale extraterritorial offensive operations. An expeditionary army is a joint command and is the integration point for ground, air, naval, and special operations forces. The commander of the region in which the army forms becomes the army commander. The region headquarters becomes the army headquarters.

Capital Defense Forces (Example)

The Capital Defense Forces (CDF), garrisoned in the Capital District, are typically the best-equipped in the country. Their primary mission is to defend the State's national capital. However, they also serve as a strategic reserve. Composition of these forces is subject to change, depending on conditions and plans. Therefore, the following organization chart is merely an example of possible forces. In this example, the maneuver brigades in dashed boxes could serve as the strategic reserve, while the other units defend the capital

Airborne Infantry Brigade

The Ground Forces may include an airborne infantry brigade. The General Staff/Ground Forces Headquarters holds this brigade as a strategic asset. It may employ the brigade, or one or two airborne infantry battalions from it, to support an operation conducted by a military region or an expeditionary army. However, it never allocates this brigade to them in the same manner that it does with other forces.

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