AFFS training & education
- 1 Overview
- 2 Department for Military Education (DME)
- 2.1 Directorate of Non Commissioned Training
- 2.2 Military Academies
- 2.3 Regional Training Battalions
- 2.4 Combat Training Centers
- 3 References
- 4 Bibliography
The AFFS is seen as the best army in the Inner Sphere, because the military put the right soldier at the right place through continued testing and training, in contrast to every other army the AFFS prepares its soldier better for the battle as in any other organization. Every major command participate every year at the annual combat simulations at their home planet. The units take also part in such simulation at a different world in a two year circle. The individual training is also held in high regards. A common soldier can hone its skills at the different Special Schools and the Department for Military Education (DME) provides for higher ranking officer special courses.
The DME is divided into four different sub branches. The commanding officers of combat units, the High Command together with members of the four branches set the standards for the training. 
At the beginning is the Directorate of Non Commissioned Training. The Directorate is responsible for the entire training of the non commissioned personal in the regular army and march militia. When schools outside the AFFS want to be accredited by the Directorate must follow the rules of the DME. Graduates from that school underwent additional training before getting an AFFS soldier.
80 percent of the annual new AFFS members are enlisted personal. Most of the new soldiers are trained at state sponsored facilities. The duration and complexity varies considerably. The recruits must pass a series of health and mental tests to be accepted for regular army service.
After the end of the basic training, the new soldiers pass another screening where the AFFS looks after skills which can be developed at the Specialty School. Such a school can be found in every PDZ. With the graduation at the end of the course the soldiers change into their final position. Many members of the AFFS are trained in another field to. Accesses to cross training have only soldiers after four years of service within the army.
Military Academies are seen as the best school for future leader. Such institution invested heavily in their students and only the richest or families with a lot of influence can secure entry in the academies. A common citizen can get also access through a state run academy in exchange for 6 - eight years of service at the AFFS.
The AFFS takes most of their recruits of a handful of primary academies because the secondary institutions are not held in such high regards as the primary once. Every academy has the capabilities to cross training or specialization.
The DME set the rules and requirement for all academies and has further exchange programs with other Inner Sphere academies because the students can get a lot of experience.
The AFFS have set a bunch of prerequisites for every academy. The requirement for access could be set higher by the school himself. The aspirant must pass a fare harder test then the usual enlisted. Furthermore the academic exams are also more demanding. Over one third of the participants are washed out by the tests. The DME will do its best to prevent that patronage or some form of gift secure entry.
All academies follow the same curricula. The DME watch that every institution meets the standards. Every cadet must participate at the fundamental courses like navigation, survival training and others to. The academic learning is also important. After 12 months of Basic Training the student starts his specialty field training. A few academies are specialized in some form like naval or infantry because other provides all fields at once. Entry is only possible with the test result meet the requirement or the instructor gives its o.k. should a recruit fail a field he can select another one. Cadets with extraordinary results can take part in a program should a civil university/academy located nearby. Recruit how show leadership skills can visit for 12 months a Officer Candidate School.
After 3 to six years, depending on the specialty, the recruit had ended his education successful and it now promoted to the rank of sergeant. The rank subaltern is reserved for the graduates of Officer Candidates Schools. The assignment depends on the individual specialization. Recruits with combat specialty take part in a training cadre for 12 months. Such cadets are lead by AFFS veterans. A few get assignment to regular army commands. Graduates from state sponsored facilities must serve 72 months and from private operated academies 24 months.
The third way to get entrance into the army is via the Regional Training Battalions. Every new cadet must pass the usual basic training before the advanced training start. Every Training battalion was special arrangements with local boot camps. Potential recruit must absolve a special course under the watchful eyes of Battalions instructor. The instructors select the new Battalions members after the result and their personal judgment.
In contrast to the common academy training the education within the battalion is more practice orientated. A senior Cadet and a member of the staff help the students to develop their skills. A recruit can only graduate when he meets all requirements. Usually a cadet needs 6 years, outstanding trainees only 24 months. The graduates enter the AFFS as sergeant and visit a OCS to become a officer.
The task of Combat centers is to train the RCTs as a cohesive unit. Their sophisticated networks (which record all battle damage and simulate the result like a vehicle cannot move) is the centerpiece of each CTC. Throughout the Federated Suns there are 6 of such centers located and on was in the former St. Ives Compact.
- Field Manual: Federated Suns, p.35
- Field Manual: Federated Suns, p.36
- Field Manual: Federated Suns, p.37
- Field Manual: Federated Suns, p.42
- Field Manual: Federated Suns, p. 42