Superiors: Corporal, Sergeant.
Duties: Follow orders, stick to the SL, protect high value targets.
Guides: NCR Field Intel Projections
“Easy - This is where they send all the fuck-ups and people they don't want. But hey, it's not like I'm bitter or anything.” - Mags, 2281
You are the Recruit. Given two weeks training and issued a rifle, you were sent from California to defend the borders of your nation against hostile mutants, raiders, and foreign invaders. You have either volunteered to protect your nation or have been drafted, but either way you have to follow the orders of everyone else in the New California Republic Army.
Boots on the Ground
Clear the bolt on your rifle and find your immediate superiors before you do anything else. As the NCR Recruit, you are weak alone, but your strength is in numbers. You'll either be assigned a squad or an individual duty at the garrison. Anyone from Corporal to Captain will be adequate as a superior, but remember that rangers are in a completely separate military branch. Find your superior, introduce yourself, and ask for an assignment. Be prepared to do whatever they ask, and don't complain. You're on the bottom, so do well to advance.
What are we, some kind of Suicide Squad?
Immediately find a superior to follow. You are a recruit, with barely any training and no combat sense. If you want to survive, find a sergeant or corporal and follow them unless told otherwise. Your superior may form a squad, or assign squad comms. If they do not, remind them you could use a radio, and some organization would be helpful. Remember, you are not a hero. Do not run into the desert alone thinking you can eliminate scores of Legion on your own. You are in the military, so you do what is needed, not what you want. You are not a raider.
If a sergeant or corporal is not available, find a lieutenant or captain. These are the people in charge of administering to the valley’s Republic forces. If they do not immediately assign you to a squad, they may be short staffed and waiting for more people to form another. Follow them until you get your squad, or ask them for a job like guarding the gate or growing healing powder.
Your Squad is like a good relationship, the more you put in, the more you get out. Familiarize yourself with them, get to know them, protect them. Most importantly, do not lose your squad leader, or SL. If you are separated from your SL for long enough, you will be assumed KIA.
Your Sarge has seen things you wouldn't believe. Some even got to clock hours in sim-pods in the Heartland, training for insane hypothetical combat scenarios. Be honest with yourself, you have absolutely no idea what's going on and someone just gave you some kind of direction. Trust that direction, as your direct superiors are the only people whose immediate well-being is determined by your survival. Being in the loop is important to being a good soldier.
In fact, most of the wasteland wants to kill you and steal your equipment. Your gear isn't worth very much, but it's worth a lot to people who have literally nothing but utter contempt for any kind of authority. Your SL is there to protect and guide you, you battle puppy. If you are not near your SL to receive orders it’s unlikely you’ll receive them. Because no plan survives contact with the enemy, you should be prepared for accidental separation. Try to get a radio and see if there’s a non-encrypted frequency set up for your squad.
Don’t be a PVT. Jenkins
Let people of authority do the talking. Trust that the career soldier knows how to handle irritated locals better than you, the uninformed trainee. Do not question orders given by a superior officer. When a superior officer gives a bad order, the blame is on them, not you. You are only penalized if you do not follow the order. Bite the crayon recruit. Even if you disagree with the order, consider that your superior may have a plan you are not aware of, and by going against it you could cause a lot of harm. Even then, cohesion is paramount. Do you want to anger your superiors and potentially get your friends killed over a disagreement?
Do not break operational security (OPSEC) to civilians. Do not tell the locals anything about your fellow soldiers, the base, current missions, or anything of importance. PERIOD. There is a fine line between paranoia and healthy suspicion, and everyone in the NCR Army must tread this line. Loose lips sink ships, and if you are caught leaking information you may be immediately imprisoned or executed on the spot by your commanding officer, depending on the severity of the breach. Be very careful about what you say as a recruit, and always check that a soldier’s face matches the one on their dog tags. Minimize risks. If a local asks you for some food and you have extra in your pack? Sure. They want to enter your base? Ask the CPT first.
Leaving the base without informing a superior officer is desertion. At this point, you don't exist to the leadership. They can't give you accurate orders, you can’t defend the base, and you also cannot be healed or retrieved. Having unaccounted units in the field is the first step to getting your ass kicked in by the enemy. Recruits typically do not survive without the NCR. If they go down, YOU go down. This is not an action movie, you operate as a unit.
Due to minimal training for the modern recruit, the Republic Army has something of a high turnover rate. But you’ve made it this far into your supplemental survival pamphlet, so you might just beat the odds and make it to trooper. You should make sure your squad is in good health, but sometimes you can’t do everything. What’s important is you always do the right thing.
Let us say the worst case scenario happens. The base is destroyed and a majority of your fellow soldiers are dead. Local comms are absolutely compromised. Either you just arrived from the West or you somehow survived this event, because your squad was out at the time or you were on your own for some hopefully justified reason. Do not panic, follow these instructions.
The base is compromised, and news of its destruction will embolden hostile looters. You can no longer remain at this location, remind your commander of this if they show no sign of gathering the men to leave. Otherwise, trust in your commander. He has gone to college and taken tests on these exact hypothetical scenarios, maybe even survived some of them in real life. If you don’t break under stress, neither will he. Now is not the time to get drunk or ditch. You must secure and establish a new base of operations, and gather any survivors.
As you travel to your new base, or as you are scouting for a new base, you may need to travel incognito. Do not abandon your uniform, armor, or dog tags. These are not replaceable. At the very least, put them in your bag when you wear a disguise. If you must absolutely ditch your uniform for some reason, understand you must keep your dog tags. They are the only way to distinguish yourself from a local civilian, your commander cannot trust you without them.
Always have an emergency fallback planned for your new field outpost. Whether for full retreat or to a more secure position within your outpost, make sure all your fellow soldiers know the fallback as well. An emergency plan only works if everyone in your unit knows what to do.
Do not trust the locals. They are also concerned with their own survival, and many will try to curry favor with the apparent winners by selling out any enemy survivors, also known as you. If they legitimately wish to assist you however, by feeding you intel, attacking the enemy, joining your outpost, or growing food/producing medicine, relay this information to your superior. And make sure someone, potentially you, is watching them at all times. They could be a saboteur. Additionally, do not mention any specific locations over the radio. Establish codewords.
This is serious now, be prepared for an attack at any moment by a superior enemy. The enemy is hunting you. Fight to kill, they have proven they do not value your life. Never announce your position, do not even respond to enemy taunts over your former comms. Brotherhood tend to have superiority complexes due to their superior equipment, and their belief in raw strength will lead them to rush headlong into an enemy base. They do not often check for traps, and are prone to ambushes from behind. Raiders are varied from person to person; some may be disciplined and fight to the death, others may retreat at the first sign of a fellow gangster going vertical, some may make a suicidal charge as soon as their friend dies. Legion love to close the distance and use their superior melee skills. Construct barricades and choke points, use range, heal yourself and stem bleeding if they use spears or firearms to tire you out. Gauze and heal your friends as well if you can. Legion prefer to drag wounded enemies away from the field of battle and butcher them well outside your range, do not let them do this. Under no circumstances can you allow them to drag away your friends. Drag them to a safe distance behind your own defenses and call for a medic, or patch them up yourself.
Advice from Captain Goldman
You’ve made it this far; you have learned how to organize into a squad, you know how to follow orders, and have learned the methods of survival in a desperate scenario. For the useful information that did not neatly fit into the previous sections, I have listed it all here at the end of your supplemental training guide. You have done me proud, and you have done your nation proud, with your initiative to survive and learn. I wish you a productive career in the army and a safe ride home. - Ryan J. Goldman, Captain, New California Republic Army
Support Personnel & You!
The rifleman is an essential component of the Republic Army. However, your survival depends more on the survival of the base and your friends than your immediate skills in combat. I get it, you're ready to get into the action and kick a legionary into orbit, but your sergeant is bleeding out near the enemy frontlines, and he's just as eager to return to sender as you are, remember that two guns are a lot better than one. If you see a battle buddy go down, don’t let the enemy shoot them to death or drag them off to oblivion. Grab them, pull them to safety, administer medicine if your squad has no medic. Be careful not to overdose them!
It’s important that you provide useful help to your squad. Maybe you volunteer to be the squad medic and carry extra healing supplies at the expense of ammo. Maybe you want to be the combat engineer and carry some materials for field fortifications. What’s important is that you’re more than just a gun. Anyone can shoot a raider dead. Few people can do that alongside patching their squad, making battle barricades, and ensuring sure everyone has ammo. Support personnel are essential to any modern military, that goes for the frontlines especially. A unit with no medics, no logistics, and no recon is little more than a mob.
Ultimately, your goal is to keep your squad alive until you get on the train back home to the Republic. You might be reporting to the nearest army outpost for your marching orders, or if you have leave saved up you may be spending time with your friends and family. Make sure that you survive long enough to return home, and know the best way to do this is to ensure your friends do too. A good support unit can change the tide of combat, so go farm those stimpaks!
This is my Rifle, This is my Gun
Due to rapid mobilization and economic strain, Republic Army recruits tend to have subpar equipment, low ammunition, and at best a single stimpak on deployment. Do not let this dampen your spirits, as you can request superior equipment from your SL or CO. If they say yes, likely if you have proven yourself competent, then your chances have improved. If they deny your request, know that all the advice thus far will get you far enough to pick up a better weapon in the field with your squad. If there is a quartermaster, remember, don’t violate his workspace.
If your stimpak has been used on yourself, a friend, or a civilian, do not worry. The desert is full of medicine if you apply yourself even slightly. Broc flowers and xander root can heal you, and can be turned into healing powder if you take two of each and grind them up. It will heal burns and bruises, but has a side effect of vivid hallucinations, which can impair you greatly. If you are running low on medicine, ask your SL if you can make some. Your squad will appreciate this, and they will appreciate stimpaks even more. See a medicinal guide for further details.
Perhaps you don’t have anything to do, and you’re stuck in the garrison. You can’t even find a superior officer to give you fresh orders. While you try to find a superior, make sure the armory is clean and weapons, armor, and ammunition is not scattered across the ground of the base. If a soldier is very apparently in shellshock, gently escort them past the border so a new soldier can take their place, and they can get their well deserved rest in the Heartland. Do general patrols around the interior of the base; if someone is breaking in, that makes them valid to shoot on sight. Escaping prisoners or those assisting a prison escape are also valid to shoot.
Proper Procedure for the Professional Perpetrator
When beginning patrol with your squad, you should get in a single file line, also known as forming the snake. This is quite simple; your squad lead will be the snake head. Everyone forms a line behind the head, and grabs the person behind them in line. Do not move independently once the line is formed. Your SL will handle the direction, just keep your eyes peeled while they pilot your squad to their destination. It is rapid and organized, so familiarize yourself with it.
Remember that two doses of healing powder is the greatest amount you can safely take in a short span of time, same goes for stimpaks. If you overdose, you will die, and it is very hard to fix an overdose in the field. If you’ve been nicked by an enemy bullet or spear, don’t use your stimpak right away; save it for more severe injuries to stay in the fight longer. Broc flowers give decent healing when consumed directly. Two flowers can fix most moderate wounds.
Has a ranger given you orders? Rangers have more experience than recruits, and likely know where you can be most effective. However, do not let rangers override orders given by your SL or CO. They may be more experienced, but they are battle-hungry, and care more about completing the mission than your survival. Rangers are special forces, keep this in mind.
Chain of Command
- Medical Officer/LT/O-1
- Scout Sergeant/SSG/E-6
- Heavy Trooper/SGT/E-5
Who are you?
Sometimes it’s important to remember who we are, and who we used to be, to help us get to where we need to go. You should take the time you need to reflect on who you are, what caused you to get to this part of your life, and where you want to go from here.
You used to run with some raider gangs, yeah, they were totally tough. Not tough enough that the judge didn’t give you any options though. Spend time in the slammer breaking rocks and building railways for the national train system, or a tour of supervised duty for your freedom, plus pay. You took the latter option, and you have to admit it's pretty cush compared to your old life. Your squad lead yells a lot, but if you think of the army like a big raider gang, you’re in one of the biggest and baddest gangs around. Just gotta live long enough to brag about it.
You grew up on a farm, you’re handy around crops and animals, or good with tinkering, maybe you were the kid who wanted to grow up and be the town doctor. When you came of age, the time to serve your nation came. Someone needed to put food on the table for your family, and you either volunteered enthusiastically to serve your nation, or with some dread as you knew someone had to do it for the farm to make it through the winter. You’re probably decent with a varmint rifle, but even if you’re not, at least you have more life skills than a city slicker.
You live in one of the major Republic cities, which have vibrant nightlives and something to do around every corner. However, living in the cities can be expensive, especially with barons buying up property left and right, raising the rent of surrounding homes and businesses. Perhaps you went to the recruitment office that day because you believe in protecting your nation, maybe it was for a financially stable future, or to pick up the defense skills you always wanted while walking past the gang hangouts of Shady Sands or the Boneyard. You’re here now, with skill potential ranging from competent tradesman to general store clerk.
Life in the tribe was rough, nature was unforgiving. It was an honest life, but disease would claim the young, the wildlife was vicious, and enemy tribes would encroach on your lands. The threat of the Legion came close to your people, perhaps it consumed them in its great violent hunger. Or the Republic annexed your lands, bringing both fair and foul change to your people. Either way, you are here now, serving in this great collection of warriors, healers, and orators to protect the Great Tribe you have been joined unto. May the Great Bear slumber with ease.
Life in the vault was regimented, safe, secure, boring, until that fateful day. Whatever horrible experiment happened, it broke your entire world in short order, with hallucinogens, carnage in the halls, mutagen in the food supply, or even mandatory poetry slams. No matter what it was that broke your society, somehow you escaped the vault during the chaos, maybe with your friends and family, maybe alone. You found your way to the New California Republic, amazed that something so close to beautiful Pre-War America could exist after the bombs dropped. And just like America, you need money if you want to survive. So you enlisted, either out of patriotism for your newfound homeland, or pragmatic understanding that a house requires pay.
| On Bad Deathclaw, you're|
|NCR||Captain, Lieutenant, Sergeant, Medical Officer, Engineer, Heavy Trooper, Trooper, NCR Recruit, Scout Lieutenant, Scout Sergeant, Scout|
|Legion||Centurion, Veteran Decanus, Prime Decanus, Recruit Decanus, Vexillarius, Libritor, Veteran Legionnaire, Prime Legionnaire, Legion Explorer, Legion Scout, Recruit Legionary, Camp Follower,Camp Slave|
|Den/Kebob||Town Mayor, Sheriff, Deputy, Den Doctor, Prospector, Farmer, Settler|
|Brotherhood of Steel||Paladin, Head Scribe, Scribe, Knight, Initiate Scribe, Initiate Knight|
|Vault||Overseer, Chief of Security, Scientist, Doctor, Security Officer, Dweller|
|Wastes||Raider, Pusher, Wastelander|
|Non-human||AI, Cyborg, Positronic Brain, Drone, Personal AI, Super Mutant, Ghost|
|Special||NCR Colonel,Veteran Ranger, Legion Legatus, Brotherhood Elder, NCR El Presidente, Ian|