Every Drop Marine is trained first and foremost as a soldier. This ensures that everyone has the necessary skills to work effectively on the battlefield, on peacekeeping operations or on training exercises. A professional Drop Marine should be confident in handling all in service weapons, proficient in all the skills and tactics of combat and have good navigational skills; being fit is also part of the job and all marines train regularly.
The threat of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons exists and as a Drop Marine you will be trained to operate effectively in a variety of hostile environments.
Upon completion of the marine's probationary period as a new recruit, they will be required to select a specialisation to train in for their future career on top of their continued training as a Drop Marine.
A jack of all trades and a master of none, the Rifleman is a frontline soldier, through and through. Combining vigorous training with unrivalled versatility, the Marine Rifleman is the essential, sustaining core around which all other specialised roles are hinged.
Success on operations will come at the point of contact and delivery; this falls mainly to the Marine Marksmen. Marksmen work to deliver a decisive and overwhelming effect, usually under the direction and leadership of their commanders. However, there may be occasions when they may find themselves alone. Under such circumstances they are expected to work things out for themselves, use initiative. This demands good judgement and absolute self-discipline; it demands the very highest standards of professionalism.
The Gunner is responsible for the tactical employment of the squad support cannon; providing unrivalled infantry suppression, combining the best characteristics of the assault cannons or light mortars usually employed in this role.
The Gunner combines the advantages of both high flexibility and devastating firepower in order to dominate and control the battlefield.
However, contrary to popular belief, the gunner must posses sound knowledge of infantry tactics and, by using their terrain, set themselves in position to provide the best fire support possible to enable to rest of the squad to carry out their duties. This generally sets them in good stead for leading squads and advancement to secondary command positions.
The Combat Engineer has a role across the battlefield. Leading the way, they will be focused on providing Anti-armour capabilities and clearing routes through minefields. They are experts in the safe delivery and disposal of unexploded ordnance, such as mines, shells and bombs that may be left on the battlefield after a conflict. As such, these marines provide a marine element with the ability to obliterate strategic targets
Behind the front line, Combat Engineers are just as busy, improving transport routes, constructing camps, building runways and carrying out the vital task of bomb detection. In addition, they are ready and capable to begin post-conflict reconstruction, providing humanitarian support in the form of water production, electrical supply and infrastructure, with support also provided to medical facilities, which provide much-needed healthcare to local populations.
Combat Medical Technician
Combat Medical Technicians have advanced life-saving skills, and use them to help trauma patients both in peacetime and during conflict. They provide vital care to the injured, while preparations can be made extract them to a field hospital or back to the medical crews on the cruiser strike group.
After a period of orientation and training as a marine within the regiment, each marine will undertake the Orbtial Assault Commando Course, the final step in joining the regiment. The course previously saw the squad attend the Naval Special Operations Warfare Training Center on Carida. However, due to wartime necessity, the course may now be completed live aboard the ship, alongside certified ODMCs. Up until this point, members of the regiment are only classed as marines but upon completion they will be full fledged Orbital Drop Marine Commandos.
Marines are taught all the skills required of an ODMC. These include starcraft and pod atmospheric entry threory, building and ship assault tactics, emergency drop pod proceedures, small squad tactics, survival, commando warfare, orienteering and thruster pack piloting.
Upon Completion of the course, Successful students receive the Green Light Order, and are awarded their wings and the right to wear the regiment's beret.
To be successful as an officer in The Orbital Drop Regiment, you will uphold the Core Values and Standards of the Republic Navy and develop a level of professionalism, integrity, selflessness and loyalty which gains you the respect of the soldiers under your command.
You will be: Tenacious in spirit; Mentally and physically robust; You will have the intellectual capacity to plan operations under pressure, and see them through to successful conclusion, often in adverse conditions; You will inspire confidence, whilst avoiding arrogance, be humble when necessary and put your soldiers' welfare before your own.