Focht War College

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Named for ComStar's first Precentor Martial Anastasius Focht, the Focht War College (FWC) has served as a military academy and training facilities for Secular ComStar's Com Guards the Second Star League's defense forces and the Republic of the Sphere's armed forces. [1] [2]

History[edit]

Ever since the climatic Battle of Tukayyid in 3052, ComStar had utlizied the battle-scarred Free Rasalhague Republic planet of Tukayyid as a staging and training point of the Com Guard forces defending the Truce line. Mostly devoid of civilians after the pre-battle evacuations, ComStar made plans to construct a full training academy, plans which, when received, added impetus in the wake of Operation Odysseus and the loss of Terra and Sandhurst Royal Military College. [1] [2]

Even with the Com Guards' vital need of a new training facility, the Order found funding the school difficult until the formation of the Second Star League in the wake of the Whitting Conference and Operation Bulldog. The newly formed Star League Defense Force desired their own facility to train recruits and the Star League Council agreed to co-finance construction, further aided by the incorporation of the Eridani Light Horse's own small cadre of training personnel to form a solid backbone for the college. [1] [2]

The Focht War College opened in October 3060 and was scheduled to graduate its first class in the summer of 3062.[1] [2]

Post-Jihad[edit]

The Focht War College was on its way to oblivion after the Jihad. Tukayyid had been heavily damaged and Clan Ghost Bear had annexed the world. Shortly after the Coalition forces liberated Terra, Yvonne Steiner-Davion agreed to move the Focht War College to Kentares IV. The Federated Suns also agreed to provide half the funding needed for the school's operation in the future. In 3085 the FWC remains open to applicants from across the Inner Sphere, and graduates can enter service with any signatory to the Republic Formation Treaty. The first class of infantry and armor officers graduated in 3083, and the BattleMech training course is expected to open in 3086. In recognition to the Federated Suns support of the institution, the commandant of the FWC will be appointed from the Armed Forces of the Federated Suns.[3]

Enrollment[edit]

Any citizen of a Star League member state may enroll at the FWC, specifying at time of application if they are joining either the Com Guards or SLDF and upon agreeing to a minimum of five years service, increased to ten for officers or MechWarriors. Those wishing to to join the Com Guards may do so by applying at any HPG station, SLDF applications initially could only apply at the Star League embassies on each Great House capital or Outreach before also allowing HPG applications from 3063 on. All applications must complete stringent physical and mental tests to ensure they meet the FWC's high standard to be accepted. [2]

Atmosphere[edit]

Much like Sandhurst before it, the Focht War College stresses combined warfare and interdependence between combat arms. [1] FWC's atmosphere is unique due to the division between Com Guard and SLDF recruits, leading to rivalries beyond the usual inter-branch tensions. While generally good-natured means of proving each's superiority, a small number of ill-natured and often violent incidents have occurred, with the FWC allowing controlled "honor match" challenges to try and head off some of the tension. [2]

Training[edit]

No matter their course type, all cadets undergo a full year of basic training first to develop the trainees physical fitness and soldiering skills, though the technical and academic schooling vary depending on their course type.[2]

MechWarriors[edit]

Beyond the first year of training, the 'Mech course takes a further three years. The first year teaches basic piloting skill and theory, while the second year puts those skills in actual practice. The third year involves a number of training exercises on Tukkayid and teaches the trainees to work in units, utilizing the advanced training systems available to ComStar to track "battle damage" without endangering the cadets.[2]

Advanced courses teach specific specializations such as ECM suite training, but the most notable and prestigious course is the modern version of the SLDF's famous Gunslinger Program, revived in Janurary 3062. This one year course is open to any pre-existing SLDF member as well as FWC recruits and teaches advanced one-on-one dueling favored by the Clans. [1] [2]

Armor Crews[edit]

Armor crew training is divided into pilot and gunnery courses with specializations in heavy tank, light cavalry, infantry support and artillery. More standardized than many of the other streams, save for vehicle commanders who must also take the officer course, all armor courses last two years.[2]

Infantry[edit]

The basic infantry course lasts one year, but varies greatly depending on if the trainee is selected for specialized training, for example Battle Armor training takes eighteen months but other specializations can take up to three years. [2]

Officer School[edit]

The FWC's fourth stream teaches both battlefield and administrative command skills as well as strategy and tactics. [2]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Field Manual: ComStar, p. 17 "Com Guards - Training"
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 Field Manual: ComStar, pp. 78-79 "Star League - Recruitment and Training - Focht War College"
  3. Field Manual: 3085, p. 173

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