FSA Lieutenant

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FSA Lieutenant

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“The way to win a fight ain’t in gettin’ your men to die for their country. It’s to make sure the suckers on the other side die for theirs first.”

Attributed to Lieutenant Hubert G. Bragg, 25th Federal Infantry Regiment ‘Shooting Stars’

Many FSA officers are veterans, some of whom may even have fought on opposing sides during the recent Civil War. However, the advent of the New Federalist government and the beginning of the World War has induced the FSA to pull together as one great nation, establishing itself on the world stage.

The process of setting up academies to train the officer corps for the new Federated States army was begun shortly after the end of the Civil War. President Adams believed that the establishment of a new Federal military to be a crucial means of healing the divisions in a nation still suffering the wounds of internal strife.

FSA Lieutenant (Fourth from Left)

Although individual states also maintain training schools for their ‘Territorial’ units, the Federal institutions are seen as turning out the cream of the crop as far as field officers are concerned. At the heart of this system and undoubtedly the most prestigious of the academies is West Point, although many other Federal training institutions are scattered across the FSA’s vast territories, including its South American regions.

FSA junior officers are well-versed in the fire-and-manoeuvre principles of FSA infantry tactics. They are adept at setting up raids and ambushes, isolating parts of an opposing force and reducing them through the application of well co-ordinated firepower.

The FSA’s infantry doctrine lays particular emphasis upon the importance of small-unit tactics, even during massed engagements. The FSA’s military history is replete with examples of relatively small but determined bands of soldiers managing to make all the difference even in major conflicts – the defence of the Alamo, and the boarding and capture of a Mexican Land Ship by Texan veterans during the Mexican Wars of the 1830s and 40s being prime examples.

Thus, infantry officers are expected to exhibit a high degree of initiative – often, especially on the wild frontiers of the FSA, an infantry lieutenant or captain will be the highest ranking authority for many miles around. Skirmishes against Union guerrillas in the Pacific North-Western territories and, lately, Blazing Sun infiltration units on Cuba and in South American associated states have seen this attribute serve many American units very well.

Although wealthy individuals can still raise their own regiments under Federal remit and call themselves ‘Colonel’, in the egalitarian FSA military, wealth and social status take a back seat to leadership and tactical ability when it comes to field officers. As the Americans themselves say ‘money might talk, but it’s smarts and guts that walk’.

FSA Lieutenant

Tactical Use:
On the Game Board , the American Lieutenants are vital for keeping the rest of the Force alive and fighting. Individually, they are not powerful combat machines, although their Model 4 Revolvers can add a bit more punch to a Section’s firepower.

Instead, their real purpose is giving orders to their troops. The presence of an Officer supplies a large boost to the available Command Points, which can be used to play Game Cards, win the Initiative, and boost the Morale Checks of nearby Sections.

Additionally, they have the Go to Ground and Rally Command Abilities. These are used to keep a Section alive when it comes under heavy fire, and alleviate any negative morale effects that might otherwise reduce the Infantry’s effectiveness.