St. Ives Academy of Martial Sciences Training Group

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St. Ives Academy of Martial Sciences Training Group
Unit Profile (as of 3145)
Nickname SIAMS Training Group
Parent Formation St. Ives Armored Cavalry until 3145[1]
Formed 3036[2]

Unit Description[edit]

The St. Ives Academy of Martial Sciences Training Group served as the training cadre for the St. Ives Academy of Martial Sciences (SIAMS). Traditionally a combined-arms regiment of six battalions, its exact composition fluctuated every two years as the cadets graduated and a new class came in. Cadets usually held officer positions of up to battalion level with only a few instructors overseeing everything.[3]

Despite its status as a training cadre, the regiment had been sent into front line combat in support of other units.[3] From 3036 to 3063, it was part of the St. Ives Military Command of the St. Ives Compact. It was absorbed into the Capellan Confederation Armed Forces following the defeat of the St. Ives Compact in 3063.

Sometime between 3085 and 3145 the St. Ives Academy of Martial Sciences Training Group was removed from the St. Ives Armored Cavalry brigade.[1]

History[edit]

Formation[edit]

Following the secession and formation of the St. Ives Compact, the old St. Ives Martial Academy was closed and rebuilt into a new institution with assistance from the Federated Commonwealth and former instructors of the New Avalon Institute of Science. Opened in 3036, the St. Ives Science Institute included the SIAMS as an independent college. Thus the St. Ives Academy Training Group was born.[2]

Clan War[edit]

The St. Ives Academy Training Group Battalion did not fight the Clans. In 3054, the Training Group was split into companies to garrison various factories and other important locations on St. Ives.[4]

Capellan-St. Ives War[edit]

Posted on St. Ives at the start of the Capellan Civil War, the unit was sent to Brighton in early 3061 to reinforce Raymond's Armored Infantry against the disarmament efforts of the Raman DMM, an Armed Forces of the Federated Suns unit flying Star League colors. Despite being nominal allies, some combat took place between the two units wherein the Training Group performed well. The arrival of the Second McCarron's Armored Cavalry later that year forced the defenders offworld and Brighton fell to the Capellan Confederation by 3062.[3][5]

The St. Ives Academy Training Group spent the next two years in brutal combat on various worlds and never broke under fire. Numerous cadets were transferred out to replace losses in other St. Ives Compact units. By 3063, the unit was below half strength with one BattleMech battalion, two armor battalions and one battle armor company.[3]

Jihad[edit]

By 3067, the Training Group had been completely rebuilt with over a battalion of OmniMechs and almost two battalions of advanced BattleMechs.[6][7]

There is no information on the activities of the St. Ives Academy Training Group during Operation SOVEREIGN JUSTICE and Operation THUNDERSTRIKE. However, we can deduce from several sources that the unit lost two battalions of 'Mechs sometime between 3067[7] and 3069[8]. It is most likely that these losses occurred during both operations on St. Ives.

On 13 September 3070,[9] the Eighth and Twenty-first Divisions of the Word of Blake Militia with support from Simonson's Cutthroats and the Dante-class frigate WoBS Perdition assaulted St. Ives. The devastating three day battle saw the capital city of Tian-tan firebombed and over two million people dead before the enemy was driven off.[10][11] It also significantly damaged the St. Ives Academy of Martial Sciences campus and completely destroyed the remaining Training Group cadre.[8]

The Training Group was reformed following the reopening of the SIAMS in 3078[12]. By 3079, it was at less than a third of full strength and it took several years before being fully rebuilt.[8]

Operation GOLDEN FORTRESS and Operation VINDOLANDA[edit]

The Training Group did not participate in either Operation GOLDEN FORTRESS or the The Republic of the Sphere counterattack, Operation VINDOLANDA. However, losses from both conflicts had seen many of its personnel and much of its equipment transferred to rebuild other damaged regiments. So much was removed that the regiment could no longer be considered combat effective by 3085. The BattleMech battalion was below half strength with RetroTech BattleMechs expected to replace the lost machines.[13]

Victoria War and Capellan Crusades[edit]

The St. Ives Academy of Martial Sciences Training Group did not participate in the Victoria War or the Capellan Crusades.

Operation GREAT FLOOD and Operation CELESTIAL REWARD[edit]

The SIAMS Training Group did not join combat operations in either Operation GREAT FLOOD or Operation CELESTIAL REWARD.

Sometime after 3113, a secret society known as the Fraternal Order of the Pale Rider was formed by SIAMS students opposed to the policies of Chancellor Daoshen Liao. It was then spread to several regiments by SIAMS alumni and still existed in the SIAMS Training Group in 3145.[14]

Tactics[edit]

By 3063, the SIAMS Training Group had difficulty operating as a unit and possessed no preferred combat abilities. They were known for never leaving comrades behind and would continue fighting until all members were retrieved.[3]

Unit Emblem[edit]

A mailed fist holding a book that is set on a deep blue field marked with crossed lightning bolts.[3]

Officers[edit]

As of 3050-3054, the commanding officer was Leftenant General Christian Boehmer[15]

As of 3063-3067, the commanding officer was Sang-shao Richard Carstairs[3][7]

As of 3085, the commanding officer was Sang-shao Valera Tulski[16]

Composition History[edit]

3050-3054[edit]

St. Ives Academy Training Group Battalion (1 Battalion/Green/Questionable)[15][17]

  • CO: Leftenant General Christian Boehmer

3063[edit]

SIAMS Training Group (1 Special Regiment/Green/Questionable (Reliable))[3]

  • CO: Sang-shao Richard Carstairs
  • 1st Battalion: Cadet Sao-shao Sidney Ralix
  • 2nd Battalion: Cadet Sao-shao Tenille Jaiden
  • 3rd Battalion: Cadet Sao-shao Russell Escobar
Notes - Special Regiment is defined as a mixed regiment of 'Mechs, armor and infantry. The unit is considered of Questionable loyalty to the Capellan Confederation and Reliable loyalty to the St. Ives Commonality. The unit was below half strength with one BattleMech battalion, two armor battalions and one battle armor company.

3067[edit]

SIAMS Training Group (1 Battlemech Regiment/Green/Reliable)[7]

  • CO: Sang-shao Richard Carstairs
Notes - 80% of the unit had upgraded equipment. 40% of which were OmniMechs. They had an "A" equipment rating. The Training Group's support units are not listed but it may be assumed that they still exist.

3079[edit]

SIAMS Training Group (1 Battlemech Battalion/Green/Questionable)[12]

Notes - Destroyed in the Jihad. The Training Group was reactivated in 3078. It was listed as 25% strength with 15% upgraded equipment.

3085[edit]

SIAMS Training Group (1 BattleMech Battalion/Green/Questionable)[16]

  • CO: Sang-shao Valera Tulski
Notes - The Training Group was listed at 40% strength with 15% upgraded equipment. They had an "F" equipment rating.

3145[edit]

SIAMS Training Group (1 BattleMech Battalion/Green/Questionable)[18]

Notes - The Training Group was listed at 100% strength with an assumed 100% upgraded equipment. They had an "C" equipment rating.

Notes[edit]

Most of the Sourcebooks after Field Manual: Capellan Confederation stopped providing a breakdown for the support units of the SIAMS Training Group. Given the nature of the regiment and its mission profile, it is highly unlikely that its armor and infantry were removed. The lack of mention was most likely an oversight.

Rules[edit]

Game Rules[edit]

The Field Manual: Capellan Confederation offers Force Specific Rules for the SIAMS Training Group for use in scenarios. As part of the unit's special / unique rules, it has the following;

  • Regiment Abilities: The Training Group suffers from a -1 initiative penalty. The Training Group will not abandon its members so no unit may leave the map until every mobile unit is within one turn's movement from their home map edge. These include the pilots and crews of any destroyed machines. These pilots or crews may mount another unit or move as foot infantry.[19]

In 3063, the Training Group had a "B" Equipment rating for when 'Mechs and other vehicles are rolled up or chosen.[19]

By 3067, the Training Group had a "A" Equipment rating for when 'Mechs and other vehicles are rolled up or chosen.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Field Manual: 3145 p. 37
  2. 2.0 2.1 Field Manual: Capellan Confederation p. 48
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Field Manual: Capellan Confederation p. 106
  4. Objective Raids p. 148-149
  5. Field Manual: Capellan Confederation p. 109
  6. Field Manual: Update p. 29
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Field Manual: Update p. 34
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Field Report: CCAF p. 5
  9. Jihad Hot Spots: 3072 p. 24
  10. Blake Ascending p. 272
  11. Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 95, "8th Division (Hands of Fate IV-Kappa)"
  12. 12.0 12.1 Field Report: CCAF p. 18
  13. Field Manual: 3085 p. 25
  14. Field Manual: 3145 p. 29
  15. 15.0 15.1 Objective Raids p. 43
  16. 16.0 16.1 Field Manual: 3085 p. 34
  17. 20 Year Update p. 29
  18. Field Manual: 3145 p. 46
  19. 19.0 19.1 Field Manual: Capellan Confederation p. 131

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