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Army

With many countries having compulsory practice on Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays ensuring that there is always a moderately trained force of men ready for the levy. They can be raised for defense of their homes and Hides with little notice. Require a Senights notice for the Fief or Shire, a Fortnight for the Province, and a Moon if they plan to march on another province. They can not be forced to march more than a Senight away from their provincial borders.
  Any Yeoman or Serf of fighting age, between the ages of 14 and 50 years, worth 40 must have a gambeson, helm, and weapon. Any of those that can ride are qualified for cavalry. Every fighting age Freeman worth at least 200 must have a hauberk, helm, and weapon. Sign on for a fighting season at a time, generally from mid Spring to Mid Autumn. They are expected to train and drill every morning, march 15 miles a day, and uphold the code of chivalry. Can be removed from service for violations of the code of chivalry or for serious transgressions against the nobility or clergy.
  From squad leader up to the Cavalier, leadership roles ensure the combat readiness of those under their command and lead on the battlefield. Care for and maintenance of the pack mules and any carts the formations use falls under the leadership of said formations. Squad members drill daily and are checked for contraband. Successful service can lead to upward mobility in the Social Hierarchy.

Composition

Manpower

  • Order: 2 or more Battalions make an Army, with a total of 2,880 to 12,000 fighting men.
  • Battalion: 2 Banners make this formation, with a total of 1,440 to 6,000 fighting men.
  • Banner: 3 Companies make this formation, with a total of 720 to 3,000 fighting men.
  • Company: 10 Platoons make this formation, with a total of 240 to 1,000 fighting men.
  • Platoon: This force is made up of 3 to 5 squads, with a total of 24 to 100 fighting men.
  • Squad: The most basic military formation used by every major organization, consisting of 8 to 20 fighting men.
Squads of infantry and cavalry tend to consist of 8 fighting men, while squads of archers tend to have 20.

Equipment

Light armor consists of a helm (flat top, conical, or spangen), coif, light gambeson with leather cuirass or heavy gambeson, hose and chausses, leather gloves and boots with greaves. Common shields are large wooden boss gripped tower, kite, or oval.   Medium armor consists of a helm (kettle or barbute), hooded hauberk or heavy gambeson, pauldrons and vambrace, leather gloves, hose and chausses, with leather boots and greaves with poleyns. Common shields are medium steel plated wood, strapped round or heater.   Heavy armor consists of a helm (great helm or bascinet), gorget, brigandine or cuirass with light hauberk or gambeson beneath, pauldrons, rerebrace, couter, and vambrace, steel mittens, hose and chausses, tasset, with leather boots and cuisses, greaves with poleyns, and sabatons affixed. Common shields are small steel plated wood, boss gripped round or strapped heater.  
by Roger Tavarez

Weaponry

All fighting men carry a primary and secondary weapon, some carry a tertiary as well. Infantry carry a polearm (billhook, bardiche, vouge, ox tounge, fauchard, or spear) while cavalry carry a lance or spear, and archers carry a long or short war bow. As a secondary weapon most carry either an arming sword or long dagger (stiletto, rondel or bollock). Tertiary weapons can include a smaller dagger, knife, hand axe, or bludgeoning weapon.   Weapons of prestige include a war hammer, crows beak, halberd, morning star, and glaive.

Vehicles

  1. Mules: offspring of a donkey and horse, used as a beast of burden.
  2. Pony: small breed horse.
  3. Palfreys: docile horse used for ordinary riding, especially by women.
  4. Rouncey: all purpose horse used for burden, riding, and war.
  5. Courser: a swift horse, commonly used for messengers.
  6. Chargers: a cavalry horse, trained for battle.
  7. Destrier: a knights war horse.
  8. Colts: uncastrated male horse.
  9. Mares: female horse.
  10. Gelding: castrated male horse.

Structure

Each component formation has its own leader, with its own retinue. The Army itself has its own leader apart from that, with its own retinue.
Knight Cavalry Infantry Ranged
Order Cavalier
Battalion Commander
Banner Banneret Major Captain Trillenar
Company Companion Provost Lieutenant Millenar
Platoon Bachelor Esquire Sergeant-at-arms Centenar
Squad Squire Hobilar Man-at-arms Vintenar

Tactics

Common offensive tactics include slow advance in line and charging in a wedge Common defensive tactics include shield/ spear wall and encircling with shield and/ or spears pointed.

Training

Most countries require all fighting aged males to practice with their chosen weapon twice a week. Upon being called for the levy or conscripted they undergo a senight of marching drills before heading out on campaign. During the campaign they are drilled every morning to maintain battle readiness. After that, any man who wishes to make fighting their profession is responsible for their own level of training.

Logistics

Logistical Support

One mule carries the gear of an 8 man squad, while a two wheeled cart pulled by two mules carries the gear of a 20 man squad. The mules are cheap to feed and can forage off the land easily. Each squad is responsible for their own baggage, but the baggage trains are organized per company.   Tailors, cobblers, blacksmiths, armorers, sword smiths, cooks, thatcher's, masons, weavers, carters, porters, grooms, and messengers all travel with the formation among the baggage trains.

Upkeep

Daily Wages
Cavalier 120
Commander 96
Banneret 72 Major 48 Captain 40 Trillenar 34
Companion 48 Provost 36 Lieutenant 30 Millenar 22
Bachelor 24 Esquire 22 Sergeant-at-arms 20 Centenar 18
Squire 20 Hobilar 18 Man-at-arms 10 Vintenar 10
Armati 15 Lancer 7 Paviser 5
Rider 12 Milite 5 Archer 3
Horse fodder is 1.5 per horse per day.

Recruitment

Local nobles can call a levy or conscript men at the direction of higher nobles. They can require every family to provide one fighting age male, their social standing would dictate what equipment they must bring as well. Previous service determines at what rank they are hired. Those who seek to fight as a profession, mercenaries, must seek out the officers and apply for work. Sometimes entire companies can be mercenary.
Type
Infantry
Overall training Level
Professional
Assumed Veterancy
Experienced

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