|Military Commissariat |
|Part of||3rd Directorate, KGB|
|Motto||"Order begets glory"|
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|Commissar-General Anatoly A. Volkov|
The Military Commissariat (Stasnovan: Военный Kомиссариат; Voyennyy Komissariat), simply known as just the Commissariat or VK, or by its full name, Commissariat for the Preservation of Order in the Armed Forces (KSPVS), is the uniformed law enforcement branch of the Stasnovan Armed Forces. Commissariat officers, known simply as Commissars, are supervisory officers responsible for the political education and supervision, as well as the organization of the unit they are assigned to, and ensure civilian control of the military.
General Mission of the Commissariat
The mission of the Commissariat's personnel, from "K" Detachment troops (equivalent to other nations regular military policemen) to the Commissars themselves, are responsible for the following:
- Maneuver and mobility support operations
- Area security operations
- Law and order operations
- Internment and resettlement operations
- Police intelligence operations
- Morale-related duties
- Political Education
Another mission that falls on the Commissars specifically is the political supervision, surveillance and education of the enlisted troops as well as officers in any given formation. The Commissar, regardless of rank, must ensure that the persons under his or her responsibility are firm believers of the Kraussist-Moskvinist ideology and have trust in the Communist Party and the Stasnovan state in general. Political educations lectures are provided by Commissars to officers and enlisted personnel weekly, through the practice has become less and less frequent ever since it became optional in the 1982 reorganization of the service. Other than that, the Commissar acts as an adviser to the field commander he's assigned to and may lead troops on his own if necessary. Commissars are also responsible for the unit's morale, and as such provide counselling to troops and officers that need it, while it's not uncommon to see Commissars in the frontline boosting the morale of the troops. Lastly, a Commissar may also relieve an officer of his command and assume it himself if he deems that said officer is incompetent, incapable to lead, or unreliable.
Organisation and Ranks
The Military Commissariat falls under the jurisdiction of the Committee of State Security, specifically the 3rd Directorate, which is responsible -among other things- for the political surveillance of the Armed Forces. However, Commissariat officers and personnel still fall under the command of the respective military commander in the field and are obliged to follow orders like every other trooper or officer. The Commissariat is regionally organised into several Military District Commissariat (Военный Pайонный Kомиссариат, VRK), each of which, as the name suggests, is responsible for one military district.
Non-officer troops of the Commissariat are made up from politically reliable personnel that are formed in "K Detachments" (K standing for Kommissariat), and have the same ranks as their respective branch of service, up to captain. K Detachments are usually company-strength and there is usually one in each Division or independent Brigade in the Army or airbase in the Air Force. The Navy K Detachments don't have a set size, as they depend on the personnel complement of the ship in question. K Detachments are usually led by Junior Commissars, who are recent graduates from the Commissariat Officer School in Moskvingrad.
Commissariat officers don't have set ranks like the regular military equivalents. Instead, commissarial ranks depend on the formation to which the Commissar is attached to (for example Regimental Commissar or Army Commissar), and are associated with seniority; the largest the formation, the higher the rank. For example, a Divisional Commissar outranks a Regimental Commissar while an Army Commissar outranks them both. This is different at the Army level and above due to the presence of more than one Commissar on that level; there are two Commissarial ranks at te Army level: Army Commissar 1st Rank and Army Commissar 2nd rank, the latter being the superior rank. There is no rank for the Front level. Instead, all Army Commissars convene in the Front Military Council to decide on matters when needed.
Uniforms and equipment
K Detachment personnel wear the same uniforms as their regular armed forces comrades. However, they wear red berets as well as black armbands on their right arm, that have a red shield with the golden letter "K" above the inscription "Commissariat Detachment" (Комиссариат Отряд), to denote their status. Weaponry-wise, they are equipped in the same manner as a regular motorised rifle company, but also have access to non-leather weapons, batons, shotguns and taser pistols, while they are mostly transported by GAZ Tigr or UAZ light utility vehicles.
The Commissars themselves receive the trademark black jackets (summer uniform) and black leather stormcoats (winter uniform) to wear over their regular EMR camo uniforms, but only after their graduate from the Commissar Cadets - before they do, they wear green uniforms. A red armband with the "VK" initials is usually worn on the right arm. For headgear, they wear the also iconic black and red peaked cap. Commissars are all issued with either a Makarov PM, or a MP-443 Grach (the latter becoming more and more common), which they wear in a dark brown leather holster suspended from a Sam Browne-style belt of the same colour. However, commissars are still issued the standard combat gear and AK-74M rifle in case they need to serve in front line combat.