New California Republic Army
You are the great western light of California, torchbearers in the darkness, living reminders of all that is best in our republic.”— President Kimball
The New California Republic Army (NCRA) is the standing army of the New California Republic and the largest known military force in the post-nuclear United States.
The origins of the Army are not detailed, however, by 2241 it was the largest standing army in the Core Region, composed of several divisions, including special (mechanized) cavalry and other mechanized units. The New California Republic Rangers was a special forces unit incorporated into the military, but with a separate chain of command.
An early major engagement of the NCRA was the Battle of Navarro during the brief NCR-Enclave War, where the NCR, alongside the Brotherhood of Steel, overran the Enclave's last stronghold after the Chosen One destroyed the Enclave's base of operations on the Poseidon Oil Rig. While the casualties on the NCR side were horrendous, the Brotherhood of Steel mopped up and killed the majority of the surviving Enclave soldiers stationed there, with only a few managing to escape into the wastes.
The army has continued to grow and serve NCR's interests, securing its expansion and protecting territories under its control. It has distinguished itself both in its near destruction of various raider tribes such as the Vipers, the Jackals, and the Khans, and in the war against the Brotherhood of Steel.
By 2281 they were the largest military force in the Mojave Wasteland, rivaled only by the Legion, who were gathering their forces for another attack on Hoover Dam. Republic troopers protected Vegas and outlying territories, though the stalemate with the Legion forced them to stretch their forces thin along the Colorado River. This resulted in the loss of Camp Searchlight and Nelson to frumentarii attacks.
Troopers are volunteer and conscripted forces in the NCR's military. They vary widely in devotion, experience, and even in basic equipment. What they lack in consistency they make up for in numbers.”— Fallout: New Vegas loading screen
The Army's organization is inspired by pre-War American military, although adapted to the much smaller population of the wastelands. The standard level of organization of infantry forces is the battalion, which in turn is divided into companies under the command of a Captain.(5th Bn. 1st Co. is under the command of Lt Hayes for example, but the detachment under Lt. Hayes is most likely a Platoon out of Mojave Outpost, where the 5th Bn. 1st Co would be based). Companies are in turn divided up into Platoons and these divided into squads, created at the CO's discretion. Typically, they are led by a sergeant or other non-commissioned officer.
Other units in the army, separate from the regular fighting force, include NCR Recon, (1st Recon is its best outfit), NCR Heavy Infantry Corps (under direct command of General Lee Oliver), medical corps, logistics corps (quartermasters are typically non-commissioned officers) and NCR military police.
Military bases of the Army (typically called Camps) are always under the command of a commissioned officer (usually a major e.g. Polatli or Knight). Larger ones, (e.g. Camp McCarran), that train recruits, will also have Drill Sergeants.
Relations with the outsideEdit
The NCR's military doesn't like being in the role of "peace-keeper". Crimes across the Mojave are typically punished by death.”— Fallout: New Vegas loading screen
As the military arm of the NCR, matters of diplomacy are left to be decided by the civilian branch of the government, (the president and the congress). Outsiders' view of the military depends on their relationship with the NCR.
The NCR army prizes durability and reliability above all else. As such NCR troopers use mass produced weapons made from durable materials (such as steel and wood) that perform reliably and can survive harsh treatment. The basic primary weapon is a semi-automatic 5.56mm service rifle, with cowboy repeaters, hunting rifles, varmint rifles and even caravan shotguns supplementing the supply. A 9mm semi-automatic pistol is the standard sidearm of both officers and grunts. All of these weapons are provided by the Gun Runners, who handle a majority of the weapons contracts of the army. Complementing these weapons is the standardized NCR armor supplied by the Crimson Caravan company. It consists of a metal breastplate and backplate supported by leather pauldrons worn over brown fatigues. Although modest, this equipment is superior to equipment employed by most adversaries of the NCR: raiders, nomadic tribes or the numerous recruit legionaries of Caesar, who are rarely sent into battle wielding more than machetes.
The Heavy Infantry Corps are much better trained and equipped than the standard foot soldiers. They wear NCR salvaged power armor, suits of scavenged T-45d power armor from the NCR's war with the Brotherhood of Steel, giving them superior protection than standard troops. They carry heavy weaponry such as light machine guns, incinerators, and even missile launchers (albeit rarely).
In addition to the regular infantry, there is an entirely separate special forces branch known as the NCR Rangers. Most Rangers wear NCR-designed Ranger patrol armor, while veterans opt for the so-called Black Armor: a traditional Desert Ranger trenchcoat worn together with a pre-War 3rd generation combat armor and matching helmet. They also have access to superior weapons, such as trail carbines, Ranger Sequoias, anti-materiel rifles, and brush guns.
While the NCR has fixed-wing aircraft in its possession, it is unknown how many are operable and whether they yet possess the ability to reproduce them.
The New California Republic has a mechanized vehicle division. However, the exact number and the type of vehicles in the division is unknown. The logistics corps employ several former US Army trucks for transport. These are kept running by a dedicated team of mechanics and well-stocked workshops, such as the truck repair depot at Camp McCarran.
The New California Republic has gone to war several times. A chronological order of the wars they fought are as followed: