Galae Code of Conduct
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Purpose of this article:
This document is the set of laws that all Rihannsu Military Personnel live their lives by. It is not a substitute for civilian law but an addition to it. In addition to this document, the CO of your ship or duty station may have supplement regulations regarding specific protocols or responsibilities. In the event of a conflict, this document will be considered superior.
What is a court Martial?: 2.1 A court martial is a military trial to determine the guilt or innocence of a military officer of a specified crime.
Who may call for a court martial: 2.2.1 Court martials may be called for by a persons superior officer, the daise'Fvillha, the Yhea Command, or the Galae'Enriov.
2.2.2 When charges are brought against an officer, the commanding officer of the offender must be immediately notified.
What justifies a court martial: 2.3.1 A court martial is justified when any major military or civilian law has been broken.
2.3.2 If the suspected act was committed while the officer was on duty, then a military trial will be necessary. If it happened while off duty, the military will yield to civilian courts unless it happened on a military installation.
Who may pardon an offender from a court martial: 2.4 Only two people in the empire may pardon an offender from a court martial. They are the Fvillha and the Galae'Enriov. This must be done in only the gravest of circumstances and is meant to be the exception rather than the rule.
Who judges the court martial: 2.5 A court martial is judged with a tribunal. The tribunal is made up of the three highest ranking officers in the military, regardless of service. If three high officers are not available, then the Galae'Enriov must pick the balance.
Chain of Command:
What is the chain of command and its purpose: 3.1 The chain of command is the order in which we, as military personnel, live our lives by. It is actually more like an upside down tree than a chain, but the name has stuck over the generations.
Who do you report to: 3.2.1 You report directly to whoever is designated as your commanding officer.
3.2.2 This officer may delegate his or her authority to other officers as he/she sees fit. So disobeying an order from someone who was delegated authority by a commanding officer is regarded the same as disobeying an order coming directly from the commanding officer.
3.2.3 The officer delegating may also restrict what authority he or she wishes to delegate.(This authority is most often delegated to the first officer, or a department head)
3.2.4 The commanding officer also has a commanding officer. (excepting the Galae'Enriov, who answers directly to the Fvillha.)
Consequences for unnecessarily breaking the chain of command: 3.3.1 Breaking the chain of command is a serious offense. It is not that the chain can not be broken due to problems with a commanding officer or at the request of the Galae'Enriov or the Fvillha, but it is a rare occurrence.
3.3.2 If the chain is broken by an inferior to a superior unnecessarily, then the offending officer can receive anything from a verbal warning to a demotion in rank, if the problem is reoccurring. In the worse case, a court martial can be called but the break must be of the greatest offense.
3.3.3 The person that decides if the break was necessary is the officer directly above the highest officer involved, or the Galae'Enriov.
Rules for Transfers:
What is meant by transfer: 4.1 A transfer is an officers movement from one assignment to another.
Who may enact a transfer: 4.2.1 A transfer may be enacted by a superior officer with at least a rank of Riov.
4.2.2 If a transfer is enacted by a superior who is not the subject officers current commanding officer in this way the command officer must approve the transfer.
Who may approve a transfer. 4.3.1 A transfer may be approved by a branch head if it is an internal move.
4.3.2 If it is a move to another branch, then the move must be approved by the Galae'Enriov. (The subject officers commanding officer may deny the subject's application for transfer, in this way, the command officer must approve the transfer).
Who to apply to for a transfer: 4.4.1 An officer wishing a transfer must go through the chain of command and request a transfer from his/her commanding officer. The commanding officer has every right to deny the application.
4.4.2 The head of a branch may also request an officer from another branch. The branch head must notify the Galae'Enriov in a case like this.
4.4.3 A branch head may also transfer officers around within his/her own branch as he/she sees fit wit only notifing the officers involved.
4.4.4 The Galae'Enriov may also enact a transfer. He/she must notify the branch heads involved, notifing them of the transfer.
Respect: 5.1 Respect is deserved by all superior officers. An inferior officer must, at all times, show respect to superior officers, else he/she will dishonor the superior officer. Demerits will be given and a demotion is possible if the act was blatant.
Saluting: 5.2 Upon entry into the presence of a superior officer, a junior officer will salute, and stand at attention. If the junior officer is in a room when the superior officer enters, the junior officer will snap to attention and salute, unless one of the following conditions exists: - There is already a higher ranking officer than the entering officer already in the room. -The Junior officer is actively performing a duty.
A salute consists of the right arm being placed across the chest at the level of the lowest rib. The arm is to be horizontal. The hand is to be clasped into a fist, thumb facing into the body.
Dress: 5.3 All on duty personnel must wear a clean and orderly uniform. All on duty personnel are to wear their division's uniform when on duty.
'Proper attire' shall match the duty being performed- Dress uniforms are inappropriate for a stealth missions, or repairing a plasma conduit, and a workout suit is inappropriate for a military ceremony. No personal adornments are to be worn on the uniform, barring a house designation. This includes personal weapons. Demerits will be given for failure to comply.
Conduct: 5.4 All military personnel on and off duty will conduct themselves in an orderly fashion. This is required. Offenders may receive jail time plus demerits and possible demotion in rank for failure to comply.
Combat: 5.5 All military personnel are forbidden from striking one another, with the sole exception of training exercises. This must be done in a proper forum, with medical personnel standing by, and with at least one superior officer present. Failure to comply is grounds for court-martial.
Conduct Regarding Military Actions:
6.1 No officer below the rank of erei'Riov may authorize a military move against another power, however, even senior officers MUST have sufficient cause to believe he/she is acting in the best interests of the empire. A mandatory board of inquiry will be called to investigate the action.
6.2 Should a state of war exist, order 6.1 is nullified, and the highest ranking officer present shall make the determination if hostilities are necessary.
Removing a Commanding Officer:
7.1 At such a time as the Commanding Officer is unfit for duty, or is deceased, then the second in command shall assume command. In order for an officer to be declared unfit for duty, the first officer, chief of Security, and the Chief Medical Officer, must agree. A mandatory board of inquiry will be held in such a case.
8.1 Should it be necessary, the Fvillha or the Galae'Enriov may order 'unusual breadth of discretion' to be granted to a commanding officer, carrying a rank of no less than erei'Riov. This allows the officer to carry out any actions he or she feels necessary to accomplish the mission. However all regulation violations will be subject to a board of inquiry.
Board of Inquiry:
9.1 Should a board if inquiry be called, it will consist of one member of the high command, one member of the Yhea Command, and two members of the Galae. These people will investigate the actions of the person under suspicion. Then they will make a recommendation for or against a court martial, as described above.