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PostSubject: 157th Company Handbook   Sun Feb 23, 2014 3:02 pm

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The 157th Company Handbook



Glory to the Alliance!

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Table of Contents

Introduction - page 3

The Chain of Command - page 4

Army Ranks of the 157th Company - page 5

The Core Values of the Alliance; R.I.S.E. - page 6
RESPECT - page 7
INTEGRITY - page 8
SERVICE - page 9
EXCELLENCE - page 10

Salute and Address - page 11

Discipline within the 157th - page 12

Leave, Voluntary Release and Desertion - page 13

Last Chance program - page 14

Uniforms and Equipment - page 15

Figures of Pay - page 16

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"Storming the Front"

By those words we operate to bring the wrath of the Alliance upon our enemies.

The 157th Company, also known as Wild Tempest, began as a paramilitary group by Admiral Taylor upon the Kun-Lai Summit, recruiting from local Pandaren, Alliance adventurers and survivors of destroyed units. After the landing of the Alliance Fleets, Wild Tempest was incorporated into the Grand Alliance military structure and made into a multiracial company. The Company fought in many glorious campaigns ultimately leading up to the Siege of Orgrimmar.

The 157ths role is to act as an expeditionary strike force, being amongst the first to respond to a crisis and establish a forward operating base often deep within enemy territory. To this day the First Platoon still identifies as Wild Tempest in honour of the origins of the unit.

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The Chain of Command

In a military context, the chain of command is the line of authority and responsibility along which orders are passed within a military unit and between different units. Orders are transmitted down the chain of command, from a higher-ranked soldier, such as a commissioned officer, to lower-ranked personnel who either execute the order personally or transmit it down the chain as appropriate, until it is received by those expected to execute it. The High King oversees the Chain of Command as the highest ranking officer within the Alliance Military.

Each military unit has its own commander through which orders will be passed, unless under exceptional circumstances which requires flexibility in the chain of command. A superior from another unit may not over-ride orders given to a soldier by the officers or commander of his own unit. Should a high ranking officer of a unit seek to give new orders to the soldiers of another unit, they will have to speak to a commissioned officer of the unit in question and gain their approval.

A soldier is expected to follow their orders without question, however the soldier is not responsible for the consequences of this order but rather the officer whom gave it. A soldier has the right to refuse an order that does not abide by the Alliance's laws of armed conflict. This is known as an Illegal Order. Disobeying a legal order however carries with it the risk of disciplinary action.

If any soldier has concerns or queries they wish to take up with an officer, they should seek out the officer closest to their rank in the chain of command.

However, if a soldier disagrees with the orders or methods of one of their superiors, they may go directly up the chain of command to seek advice and/or clarification from the Officer Commanding (OC) the unit. If the order has been issued from the OC the soldier will have to go above his immediate OC to the next level officers expressing their concerns.

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Army Ranks of the 157th Company

Recruit
The starting rank for a soldier, a Recruit is a fresh face in the Company. This does not necessarily mean that they are a weak fighter; indeed, many hardened veterans join the company as Recruits - however, one must start at the bottom to ensure an understanding of military life and what it encompass.

Private
Upon succesful completion of basic training and initiation into the 157th, Recruits are promoted to Privates to become a full-fledged member of the company.

Lance-Corporal
A soldier who has proven their reliability repeatedly, through strength, guile and loyalty and can be trusted with more responsibility.

NCO's:
Non-Commissioned Officers

Corporal
Corporals act as assistant squad leaders on the field of battle, and at the camp they are a reliable go-to person for advice or queries.

Sergeant
A proven soldier and a squad leader, a Sergeant is a general officer who handles various tasks, including an administrative role, based on their assignment.

SNCO's:
Senior Non-Commissioned Officers

Master Sergeant
A Master Sergeant is a senior enlisted officer with a long record of service. Their duties differ little from regular Sergeants, but are considered to have seniority and thus may overrule a Sergeant's orders and assume control over the entire company in a time of need.

CO's
Commissioned Officers

These ranks are required to be saluted upon addressing, unless on an active battlefield.

Lieutenant
The head of a Platoon, the Lieutenant is responsible for the proper distribution of the squads within their platoon both on and off the battlefield. They are also entrusted with power over the entire company in the absence of the Captain. As such, they may move their Platoon or even the entire Company as long as it does not go against the orders of the Captain or the orders of the Alliance Military Command.

Captain
Commander of the company both on-and-off the field, the Captain is in charge of leading the unit as a whole. Taking orders from the command of the Alliance Military Forces, the Captain directs the Company operations through its officers.

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The Core Values of the Alliance; R.I.S.E

Respect: Mutual and Self Respect.
Integrity: Moral Courage - Honesty - Responsibility - Justice
Service: Physical Courage - Loyalty - Commitment - Teamwork
Excellence: Personal Excellence - Discipline - Pride

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RESPECT

Service in the Alliance is more than just loyalty to the High King, military superiors, subordinates and comrades. It also involves the respect for others and a sense of pride. It flows from the duty to put others first and it means that there is no place for prejudice or unlawful discrimination:

Self Respect means having a proper sense of your own dignity and integrity. To have self-respect is to value yourself as a professional and as a person, and it underpins our attitudes to sexual behaviour, drugs, and alcohol. People with self-respect have high personal standards of social behaviour and do not behave in ways that bring discredit upon themselves, their unit, or the Alliance.

Mutual respect for others goes up and down the chain of command as well as among peers. Genuine respect involves viewing other people as individuals of genuine worth, regardless of their race, ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation or social background. Sometimes, respect for people is required by law. For example in relation to an armed conflict, the Alliance requires that we respect the dead, the wounded, civilians, prisoners of war and refugees. Service personnel must follow the law and maintain the highest of standards and decency and justice toward people at all times even in the most difficult conditions. The need for decency, compassion and respect for others is increased by the conditions in which personnel may have to live and operate, particularly on operations.

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INTEGRITY

Integrity is the courage to do what is right in all circumstances. It is the basis for the trust that is essential for the Alliance to operate effectively. Integrity is vital in establishing trust and confidence between individuals who may face hardship and danger. Integrity is based on several other moral principles:

Moral Courage is the conviction to do what you believe to be right, even though it might be unpopular or dangerous and the personal cost might be high. Courage to refuse to compromise personal values in the face of opposition, and to sustain the highest standards of decency and behaviour will earn the respect of others and will build trust. Courage, both physical and moral, forms the foundation upon which bravery, fighting spirit and success depend upon.

Honesty is a way of life in the Alliance because, as members of a professional armed service, our word must never be in doubt. Deceit, dishonest, or breaches of trust or confidence show a lack of integrity and call into question an individuals reliability. Examples are committing a criminal offence or behaving in a way that raises doubts about an individual's character. If an individual is found to be dishonest or disloyal, trust between comrades will be damaged and the tension created within a team will reduce its effectiveness.

Responsible people acknowledge their duty and act accordingly. Responsibility demands that all people in positions of authority are fair and consistent at all times. Only then will they earn the respect and loyalty that are essential to good leadership.

Justice. A person of integrity practices just behavior and treatment. It is vital in the Alliance that there is fairness of treatment for all and that justice is done without bias.

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SERVICE

Service is an act of selfless commitment. The military life is one of service to the Alliance. It is about professional duties taking precedence over personal interests, the willingness to serve other people before ourselves. Service incorporates the values of loyalty, commitment, and teamwork.

Physical Courage. We must be prepared to help deliver Alliance power, and in doing so we will be involved in tasks that either directly involve or contribute to the use of deadly force. We might be required to directly take the lives of others or knowingly risk our own, or to witness the injury and death of our comrades but still continue with the task in hand. This requires physical courage and the support of our colleagues.

Loyalty as Alliance personnel is always first to the High Crown. From the moment we are attested or commissioned, we are each committed to an unswerving loyalty to defend, uphold and preserve the Alliance. Those placed in positions of authority must be loyal to their subordinates, representing their interests faithfully and dealing with complaints thoroughly and fairly. Subordinates must be loyal to their leaders, the Alliance, their team and do their duty. Such loyalty is expected, but it must also be earned through commitment, self-sacrifice, example and courage.

Commitment works in two ways. For individuals, it means a wholehearted dedication to serve wherever and whenever required, whatever the discomfort or dangers, and to do their best at all times. This commitment is reflected in the wording of the loyal oath taken on attestation or commissioning, when we agree to put our interests below those of the unit and the Alliance, as represented by the High King. Commitment limits our individual freedom and requires a degree of self-sacrifice. For those in command or leadership positions, it requires that we always meet in full our responsibilities to subordinates. We share common bonds of identity, loyalty and responsibility for each other. We accept that the needs of the Service are put before our own. In return, the Alliance has a commitment of duty of care to its people and for the welfare of their families. At the highest level of command, members of the Alliance are committed to ensuring that we are properly prepared for operations; ensuring that the Alliance has sufficient trained people to meet its commitments; working to provide efficient/decent standard of accommodation, high standards of health and welfare care and effective terms and conditions of service; and managing people’s careers and professional/personal development fairly whilst balancing the needs of the Service with individuals’ aspirations.

Teamwork is essential in every area of our activity. Teamwork means working in harmony with every member of our unit, with other units, orders and organisations. Equally, we need to be able to work with the members of other factions.

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EXCELLENCE

By striving for excellence, we show a sustained desire for continuous improvement and innovation that will ensure the Alliance remains second to none. Professional excellence is more than the trade or operational skills that we develop through training and during our service. It is about the way we tackle tasks, take responsibility and ensure a job is well done, no matter how difficult the circumstances.

Personal Excellence. Every member of the Alliance must strive to achieve and maintain the highest professional and personal standards. We must make every effort to stay in good physical, mental and spiritual condition for our own health and well-being and also as a personal responsibility to those with whom we serve. Exercising regularly enables us to be fit not only for day to day activities, but also for more demanding operational duties.

Discipline. The most effective discipline is self-discipline, which comes from within and is not imposed. Good discipline enables us to achieve more than we would normally expect of ourselves. Because discipline is vital to success, commanders must be able to enforce it when necessary. This requires clearly understood rules and a military legal system. For such a system to work on operations, it must be in place at all times; it cannot be turned on and off at will. Discipline therefore must be rigorously but fairly upheld by everyone in positions of authority. Self-discipline must be embraced by all of us, both on and off duty.

Pride. Pride is justifiable confidence in oneself and in the Alliance, based on heritage, successes and achievements, our attitude to life and team spirit. We should be able to compare ourselves and our colleagues favourably with the forces of other nations. We must be proud of our expertise and that we are ‘second to none’ in our delivery of Alliance power.

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Salute and Address

The act of the Salute is an Alliance-wide recognised address to Commissioned Officers of the Alliance. As such, whilst there is no universally recognised drill manner for a salute, the act of giving and receiving a salute is universally understood.

Upon recognising an Alliance Officer who holds a Commission, the enlisted soldier is to bring themself to the position of attention and salute.

The custom of saluting Commissioned Officers relates to the commission given by the High King to that officer, not the person. Therefore, when a subordinate soldier salutes an officer, he is indirectly acknowledging the High King. A salute returned by the officer is on behalf of the High King.

Other instances where a salute may be used include but are not limited to; when reporting to a summons, when addressing an officer in civilian clothes, and when passed by the casket of a Strongbrew.

Non-Commissioned Officers are to be addressed by their rank whilst Commissioned Officers are addressed either by Sir or Ma'am. If the enlisted soldier is not aware of the rank and person they are addressing, they are to address them by Sir or Ma'am, followed by their own name and rank. Only if they are confirmed to be a Commissioned Officer should they be saluted.

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Discipline within the 157th

This Service Test lies at the heart of the Armed Forces' Code of Social Conduct; it is equally applicable to all forms of conduct, including behaviour while not on duty. In assessing whether to take action, Commanding Officers will consider a series of key criteria. This will establish the seriousness of the misconduct and its impact on operational effectiveness and thus the appropriate and proportionate level of sanction. When considering possible cases of misconduct and in determining whether the service has a duty to discipline their forces, Commanding Officers at every level must consider each case against the following service test:

"Have the actions or behaviour of an individual adversely impacted or are they likely to impact on the efficiency or operational effectiveness of the Service?"

If the individual is found to be in breach of the service test, and has acted in a way not in line with the Alliance's Core Values (R.I.S.E.) the individual can be expected to face an appropriate punishment in accordance to the severity of their offence. If the Soldier disagrees with the verdict of their charge, they can request to have their case admitted to a Court Martial.

A Court Martial is a military court empowered to determine the guilt of soldiers subject to military law, and if the defendant is found guilty, to decide upon punishment. Most punishments are typically dealt within the unit, yet in extreme circumstances a SNCO and above may choose to convene a Court Martial for the most severe of violation. In times of war they may decide upon punishments which are otherwise only allowed to be given by judges or magistrates. As Court Martial are only typically convened for the most serious offences, the punishments for guilty parties are generally considered harsher than what would be normally allowed to be given by a Commissioned Officer with capital punishment being the ultimate ruling they can decree upon.

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Leave, Voluntary Release and Desertion

Within the 157th, operatives are entitled to five types of leave. Annual, Stand-down, Post-Operational Tour Leave (POTL), Maternity/Paternity, and Sabbatical.

Serving personnel are entitled to 30 days of Annual Leave at their CO's discretion at which they may request in increments at any point throughout the year. Annual Leave is not taken away from a persons record during periods of Stand-down such as when given a free evening.

POTL is granted at the CO's discretion to all personnel returning from long operations to facilitate rest and recovery.

The 157th recognises the importance of family to serving personnel and as such paid leave may be granted for ninety-days to a year centered around the birth of children.

Sabbatical Leave may be granted when reasonably practicable. During Sabbatical Leave, a person is removed from active service but not stricken from being a serving Soldier for an undefined period of time. Sabbatical Leave is unpaid, and those returning to service after considerable time away may face demotion or be removed from their commission.

Voluntary release is the act where a soldier seeks to end their terms of service with the Military. Any soldier wishing to end their term of service must request their resignation papers from a Sergeant or higher. Once completed, the CO or someone on their behalf are to arrange a meeting with the soldier requesting to leave. It is in the Alliances best interest to retain personnel that they feel are beneficial to the service. To this end, should there be no suitable compromise reached between the soldier and their superiors, and should there be no extreme factors preventing their release, their request to end their service will be granted. The soldier in question will then be removed from active duty whilst the correct procedures are properly completed and processed. During this time the soldier must return any and all Alliance property in their possession to the Quartermaster and will subsequently be shipped back to their race’s home capital at the service's earliest opportunity.

In military terminology, Desertion is the abandonment of a duty or post without permission and is done with the intention of not returning. The act of Desertion is to disregard your duty as a soldier and endanger the mission and the lives of your comrades. Desertion is punishable by Death.

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Last Chance program

An individual under the "Last Chance" program is a criminal of the Alliance sentenced to military service as an alternative punishment for long periods of imprisonment or execution. Being part of the "Last Chance" program does not mean that whatever transgressions they have committed are forgotten; instead this is their last chance to prove that they can be a productive member of society. This term of rehabilitation will take place on the battlefields the unit is called to. When placed on the program, a collar will be strapped around their neck, which will allow the officers to keep track of them and to carry out an execution sentence if it is warranted.

Personnel conscripted into the 157th under the Last Chancer program will hold the rank of Recruit, with the chance to ascend to the rank of Private based on time served and time remaining within the Program. Despite their, they will not be treated as equals. They are collared criminals and will be treated as such. They will be given the worst jobs, given minimal rations and be volunteered for the most dangerous positions. Should they survive long enough to prove themselves, they will gain their freedom.

Once their term of service is over or they have been judged to be redeemed by their superiors, their collar will be removed and they may return to their normal life in any city or town they choose. Or they may fully enlist into the unit, having earned the right to be considered an equal.

Should a Last Chancer try to flee from active duty, their collar will be detonated remotely by an Officer. Should they attack or otherwise harm a member of their unit, unless in self-defence or by accident, their collar will be detonated. Should a Last Chancer break any Alliance laws their collar will be detonated.

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Uniforms and Equipment

Whilst the 157th has no specific uniform for its personnel, Tabards of the Alliance and other specific unit insignia's are to be worn at all times unless off-duty, or during a task where an officer has allowed you to remove it. The following count as off-duty: resting in a secured military camp, or other occasion where the soldiers are given leave/stand-down.

All equipment, whether self-brought or issued must be sensible and practical for both combat and other duties. Armour and weaponry with designs similar to forces hostile to the Alliance should be avoided. Failure to maintain integrity and cleanliness of equipment will result in disciplinary measures.

All soldiers are issued:
-Tabard of the Alliance
-157th Company Handbook
-Rank Badge (Private and above)
-Unit Insignia
-Backpack
-Sleeping Roll
-Water Skin
-Flint and Tinder
-First Aid Kit
-Compass
-Rope
-Flare
-Knife
-Soldier Dog Tag/Identification Tag

Armour, Weaponry, Ammunition, Medical Supplies and Reagents can be issued from the Quartermaster.

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Figures of Pay

These are the average figures of payment each rank can expect to receive per month. Payment will be held by the Treasurer, who can be located within Champion's Hall in Stormwind, and handed to the soldier upon request or at the beginning of a leave period.

Enlisted:
Recruit: 64s
Private: 72s
Lance-Corporal: 1g 20s
Corporal: 1g 44s
Sergeant: 1g 72s 8c
Master Sergeant 2g 7s 36c

Commissioned:
Lieutenant: 4g 10s 4c
Captain: 6g 15s 6c
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