Can someone tell me the difference between different troop formations?

Can someone tell me the difference between different troop formations?

For example, what is the difference between regulars and irregulars? What about provisionals and territorials? What is the purpose of reservists. Also, please include any I have not mentioned. Thank you for your time, /k/.

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Are you fricking stupid?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Yes, anon. That is why I am asking.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >someone posts legit question
      >moron spergs out.
      I can't answer your question OP but this homosexual needs to be in a liveleak video and suck wieners in hell, get fricked homosexual Black person israelite troony israelite.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        but it's not about Ukraine, anon

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Frick ya mudda

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Regular vs irregular is professional vs reservist or conscript (or circumstantially, insurgent). Its people who enlisted by choice as a 9-5 job, and other people who came later, either voluntarily or by conscription. Provisional is a backup force, such as the provisional US Army was a second army to decentralize power in case of a coup, so leaders in the existing US army wouldn't hold all the reins. Territorial depends on the country, for some countries a territorial force is is just a reservist, while in some euro countries a territorial force is a standing force like a national guard.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Thanks, anon!

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >regulars
    >signed up to die
    >irregular
    >forced to live or die

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Depends on country.

    >Regulars
    fulltime soldiers, either conscripts or volunteers

    >Irregulars
    catch all terms to denote everyone else who is not a Regular. Varies in terms of training and equipment depending on country.

    >Provisional
    Never heard of this term.

    >territorial
    Historically the Home Guard/Defence units based in a certain territory and only expected to serve there. In modern times, they are often treated more of a semi-Regular Reserves Corp that trains a certain number of days per year.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Regular vs irregular is professional vs reservist or conscript (or circumstantially, insurgent). Its people who enlisted by choice as a 9-5 job, and other people who came later, either voluntarily or by conscription. Provisional is a backup force, such as the provisional US army was a second army to decentralize power in case of a coup, so leaders in the existing US army wouldn't hold all the reins. Territorial depends on the country, for some countries a territorial force is is just a reservist, while in some euro countries a territorial force is a standing force like a national guard.

      Also, why do some countries conscript and others do not? What are the drawbacks and benefits of conscription?

      • 1 month ago
        sage

        Depends on the manpower requirements.

        If a country has a threat near it, it wants to have a population that will know how to fight, thus conscription.

        Professional soldiers though are undoubtedly more effective, but also extremely more expensive.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >why do some countries conscript and others do not?
        Because they need bodies and wouldn't have enough volunteers otherwise. All the governments have the ability conscript in times of need, but not all exercise because of perceived threats. Usually countries that share a border with their enemies (i.e Finland, Israel, South Korea), will have mandatory conscription and maintain a large body of active and inactive reserves.

        The benefit of conscription is having bodies available, the downside is that you're forcing them to do it so they usually aren't as motivated as volunteers. In military affairs, having motivation to fight is more important than having modern equipment so it's not something to overlook.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Austria, Singapore, and Switzerland also still have mandatory conscription without sharing borders with enemies. Most of them do it also for utilizing the conscript force for cheap government labor and for trade training. Conscription has its benefits for also reducing unemployment numbers for the 18-24 bracket which is normally comprised of unskilled shit labor jobs. It has its pros and cons socially and economically outside of military readiness.

          • 1 month ago
            sage

            Switzerland conscription was because of the threat, but it kept going for so long it became a tradition and cornerstone of their democracy.

            Singapore is absolutely about threat.

            Austria, no idea.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              >Austria, no idea.

              I'm the guy he responded to and from a quick glance at Wikipedia it looks like Austria was a neutral country from 1955 until 1995 so they were in the same boat as Switzerland. They had to maintain a high level of readiness because no one was coming to save them if the Soviets came through.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            >It has its pros and cons socially and economically outside of military readiness.

            I know but I didn't feel going into detail because OP is a dipshit and it's late at night. I didn't exclude those countries that don't share borders from having conscription, but rather I was pointing out the ones who are most likely to.

            Anyway thanks for expanding on it regardless.

          • 1 month ago
            sage

            >Austria, no idea.

            I'm the guy he responded to and from a quick glance at Wikipedia it looks like Austria was a neutral country from 1955 until 1995 so they were in the same boat as Switzerland. They had to maintain a high level of readiness because no one was coming to save them if the Soviets came through.

            Singapore uses conscription as a part of nation-building and because of threats. Malaya and Indonesia would gladly gobble them up if they had a chance, especially in the past.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              Legit forgot about Indonesia for a moment. Still the point stands for its viability for economics. Also for OP, reservists are just as their name suggests - reserve man power when your main man power is being expended. Usually most reserve forces are kept on readiness training regiments, like once every other month exercises, weekly PT, qualifications and aptitude tests. Most reservists are on part time roles unless they are activated for provisional / territorial duties like

              Regular vs irregular is professional vs reservist or conscript (or circumstantially, insurgent). Its people who enlisted by choice as a 9-5 job, and other people who came later, either voluntarily or by conscription. Provisional is a backup force, such as the provisional US army was a second army to decentralize power in case of a coup, so leaders in the existing US army wouldn't hold all the reins. Territorial depends on the country, for some countries a territorial force is is just a reservist, while in some euro countries a territorial force is a standing force like a national guard.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                >Also for OP, reservists are just as their name suggests - reserve man power when your main man power is being expended.

                Eh that kind of a misconception. Reserves don't necessarily exist to replace full time soldiers when a war kicks off. They exist to quickly expand the size of the military with fully trained personnel and complete units.

                It sounds similar but it's strategically an important distinction. You're not replacing the men in an active division who died. You're activating up an extra two divisions very quickly so that now you have a three star general commanding a Corps instead of two star with a single division.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                Forgive my moronation, but can you explain a bit about the different size units. I think I understand--at least in a rudimentary way--purposes and functions of units up to a company level. But when they get bigger, I have to say that I don't understand their operations very clearly.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                >Forgive my moronation, but can you explain a bit about the different size units.

                No, read a book.

              • 1 month ago
                Anonymous

                But it's funner to interact with you anons!

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              Don't tell me you're the moron who keeps comparing Singapore with Israel even though they're nothing alike. Surrounding SEA states are not an enemy of Singapore since they keep it afloat. Malaysia is who *gave* Singapore their independence you imbecile, and the two are connected via rail, and all their food is imported from Malaysia and Indonesia. All their construction material is imported. Unlike Israel which has irrigation and agriculture, Singapore is entirely dependent on neighbors. If Malaysia and Indonesia blocked trade and maritime access, Singapore would collapse.

              If the two states wanted to team up to subjugate Singapore, it would give in easily. Eat shit, you autist.

              • 1 month ago
                sage

                [...]

                Neither Malaysia nor Indonesia has invaded Singapore nor has any wishes to absorb them. Everything else is just schizo paranoia that has zero basis in reality.

                They're not even close to being similar to Israel since no one in Southeast Asia is calling for their extermination. They simply buy American gear because they can afford it. They're much more closer to Switzerland than Israel.

                They have zero stakes on the SCS issue and even train with the PLA/PLAN and Western militaries.

                >calls me a shizo
                >comes in rambling about something I never said
                dude chill

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              Legit forgot about Indonesia for a moment. Still the point stands for its viability for economics. Also for OP, reservists are just as their name suggests - reserve man power when your main man power is being expended. Usually most reserve forces are kept on readiness training regiments, like once every other month exercises, weekly PT, qualifications and aptitude tests. Most reservists are on part time roles unless they are activated for provisional / territorial duties like [...]

              Neither Malaysia nor Indonesia has invaded Singapore nor has any wishes to absorb them. Everything else is just schizo paranoia that has zero basis in reality.

              They're not even close to being similar to Israel since no one in Southeast Asia is calling for their extermination. They simply buy American gear because they can afford it. They're much more closer to Switzerland than Israel.

              They have zero stakes on the SCS issue and even train with the PLA/PLAN and Western militaries.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Taiwan shares a border with their enemy, yet they abolished conscription. it is unnecessary

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >For example, what is the difference between regulars and irregulars? What about provisionals and territorials? What is the purpose of reservists.

    Regulars: Soldiers serving an established army. Can include volunteers, conscripts, or reservists.

    Irregulars: Militiamen, guerillas, terrorists, insurgents, etc. Basically, something that's hastily put together or has no concrete structure.

    Provisional - For provisional purposes, basically a militia, made in haste, which can lead to a real armed service (like the US Army following the War of Independence).

    Territorial - Colonial term, troops that recruited from colonies or territories to serve whatever Empire controls them. Usually a militia type force. The UK did this with Canada, India, etc.

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