Military Procedures

The Colonial military forces consist of the:

  • Colonial Fleet (ship and space station crews, aka the "Navy")
  • Colonial Marine Corps (ground troops, aka the "Marines")

These two branches of service have their own separate chain of command, uniforms, procedures, and even ranks. However, they both ultimately answer to the President of the Colonies.

See: Marines for more info on the CMC procedures and Training.

See: Various Naval Departments for more information on each.

Misc. Thematic Infomation

Officer Candidate School (OCS) is a 14-week program which graduates commissioned officers in the Colonial Fleet and Marines.

Two groups of people attend OCS:

  • College graduates who have enlisted and wish to become officers.
  • Existing enlisted soldiers who wish to become officers.

In both cases, the would-be officer applies to the OCS school. Competition is fierce. If accepted into the program, the officer proceeds to an intensive training school designed to teach leadership and teamwork. This is in addition to the standard military basic training.

Note: "direct commission" professions (doctors, lawyers, chaplains) attend a modified version of OCS and basic training geared towards members of that profession (typically called "officer's basic training").

Military Procedures

These are standing regulations regarding prisoners in the main brig:

  • Prisoners are allowed to receive visitors at designated hours.
  • All visitors must check in with the guard on duty.
  • The prisoner may refuse visitors.
  • Weapons are not permitted in the brig. (The guards do not make a habit of patting people down when they come in, but they are authorized to do so if they are suspicious. Or just mean.)
  • Physical contact with the prisoner is not permitted.
  • All gifts must be cleared with the guard (with strict limitations on what is allowed.)
  • Prisoners are regularly given changes of clothes and sheets, and their stuff laundered by the support department.
  • Prisoners are regularly given shower time, under minimal escort. Toilets are in the cells.
  • Prisoners receive regular meals, brought up from the galley by the support dept and delivered to the prisoners by the guards.

The aux brig and solitary confinement cells are subject to special restrictions beyond this. In particular, visitors must be cleared ahead of time by the S2, and gifts are even more restricted. There is also a shower in the aux brig cell, so no shower time.


Slang makes the world go round, and adds a nice little touch of awesome to RP. If you're delicate and don't like vernacular, steer clear, baby.

  • AAA: Anti-aircraft artillery (pronounced "Triple-A"), such as a battlestar's point defense batteries.
  • AAU: Anti-aircraft unit. Weapons emplacement used to destroy aerial targets
  • ABC : Acronym for 'All Been Changed'. Note the corresponding acronym 'ABCBA' for 'All Been Changed Back Again'.
  • ACM: air combat maneuver. The positioning of a plane to acquire a firing solution on an adversary; a required skill taught to Viper pilots during flight training.
  • Actual : the commanding officer. Used in wireless transmissions
  • AWOL : Absent without leave or absent without liberty. See desertion.
  • Abaft : To the rear of (the vessel). "The Viper was abaft the Kharon."; "You can find the cleaning locker abaft the port magazine."
  • Ace : An ace pilot is one who has scored at least five kills. Ace is a term, therefore, also extended to any pleasing item or occurrence.
  • Adrift : To be adrift is to be unsecured, or, more commonly, to be late. "Crewman Smith was ten minutes adrift again for his watch."
  • Airy Fairy : Pejorative for any member of the air wing, most commonly used for pilots, particularly the more dramatic Viper pilot stereotype.
  • Angles and Dangles : Manoeuvring a spacecraft. To 'put a bird through the angles and dangles' indicates a routine flight to practice approaches and technique.
  • ASAP : As soon as possible. Usually pronounced "a-sap".
  • Avast : The naval term used to indicate that you should cease whatever you're doing at once.
  • Awash : Naval speak for drunk. Often embroidered with 'to the back teeth'.

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