A small, multi-cultural nation surrounded by reactionary and/or expansionist neighbors, the Confederation of Palestine has always relied on a strong military to ensure national sovereignty.  Though the use of a large conscript military and the importation of modern military systems both have negative economic implications for the nation, the continued threat from hostile neighbors keeps military spending prominent in the national budget.  As the 24th century begins, the Confederation is debating whether the nation’s military has a role in the Kafer War.


Order of Battle
Recent Military History
Foreign Relations in 2300
Notable Units
Organization of Selected Units
Rank Structure


Confederation of Palestine Defense Force

            Special Warfare Group

                        822nd Reconnaissance Battalion

                        301st Parachute Brigade

                        397th Reconnaissance Brigade

                        398th Commando Brigade

                        399th Naval Commando Brigade

            2nd Air Defense Brigade

            100th Artillery Brigade (Strategic)


Northern Corps (Golan and Lebanon)

            2nd Infantry Division

                        22nd Infantry Brigade

                        24th Infantry Brigade

                        26th Mechanized Brigade         

            3rd Infantry Division

                        31st Infantry Brigade

                        35th Mechanized Brigade

                        37th Infantry Brigade

            4th Armored Division

                        41stNebarak’ Armored Brigade

                        43rd Armored Brigade

                        44thGolani’ Mechanized Brigade

            6th Artillery Division

                        61st Artillery Brigade

                        62nd Artillery Brigade


Southern Corps (Jordan and Israel)

            1st “Omar ibn al-Khattaab” Armored Division

                        11thJerusalem’ Armored Brigade

                        12thTariq’Armored Brigade

                        14th ‘Mechanized Brigade

            5th “King Abdullah I” Light Armored Division

                        25th ‘Al-Basra’ Armored Brigade        

                        40th Armored Brigade

                        60th Armored Brigade

            7th Armored Division

                        71stBarak’ Armored Brigade

                        77thKahalani’ Armored Brigade

                        79thGivati’ Mechanized Brigade

            10th ‘El Beqaa’ Artillery Division

                        101st Artillery Brigade

                        102nd Artillery Brigade


Reserve Corps

            8th Reserve Infantry Division (southern Lebanon) 

            11th Reserve Infantry Division (northern Lebanon)

            12th Reserve Infantry Division (Israel)

            324th  Reserve Infantry Division (Israel)

            325th Reserve Infantry Division (Jordan)

            201st Reserve Armored Brigade (Lebanon/Israel)

            202nd Reserve Armored Brigade (Jordan/Israel)



(1)     The 822nd Reconnaissance Battalion is technically subordinate to the 8th Reserve Infantry Division for security reasons, but it is actually under the control of the Special Warfare Group.  Also note that the ORBAT does not include the National Police Forces; in wartime the NPFs have an internal security mission and come under control of the CDF.

(2)     Recruiting areas for reserve units shown in parentheses.  These areas reflect general territorial zones and do not reflect ethnic composition of units.




The Confederation of Palestine (CP), originally referred to as the Levantine Confederation (the current name was adopted by popular referendum in 2204 when a new constitution was framed), was created in 2051 from an amalgamation of the states of Israel, Jordan, and Lebanon, after increasingly close ties between all three nations as they each grappled with guerilla war against ethnic Palestinians.  The federal unification of these three nations was part of a broader peace agreement, brokered with French assistance to end the fighting in the region.  In exchange for laying down their arms, ethnic Palestinians were granted a blanket amnesty for acts committed during the war, as well as a more broadly significant Declaration of Equality. This declaration granted Palestinians Confederation citizenship and re-established free travel within all three nations (a right initially provided in Israel and Jordan by the pre-Twilight US brokered Camp David III accords). 


The settlement also abolished various discriminatory laws and internal security measures all three nations had enacted against ethnic Palestinians, as well as establishing autonomous control of various areas then occupied predominantly by ethnic Palestinians (Gaza and the West Bank, to include East Jerusalem, were the main areas, but numerous municipalities in Lebanon and Jordan were also effected).  For their part, Palestinian leadership officially renounced violence and armed insurrection against any of the three nations (besides resistance to Israel, Palestinian uprisings had nearly toppled the Jordanian government three times in the last hundred years, and had contributed to the destabilization of Lebanon from which the nation was only now emerging after a century of on-again, off-again civil war).


The formation of the Confederation was generally a victory for political moderates in all three nations and among the Palestinians, and it would be another generation before lingering activity by extremists finally ceased in the late 2070s (only to flare up again, briefly, in the first decade of the 22nd century during an economic downturn). 


The unification was, in many ways, the nadir of Israeli and Jordanian fortunes, after emerging from the Twilight War as close allies and extremely influential power brokers in the Middle East.  Israel and Jordan had fought alongside American and NATO forces in the region, and largely wrecked the Syrian military in 1996, before deploying forces to help secure southern Iraqi oilfields as well.  At sea, Israeli intervention had been decisive in the USN and Royal Navy’s campaign to eliminate the Greek and Italian navies shortly before the war went nuclear.  When Tel Aviv was destroyed by a Soviet nuclear strike, Israel joined the NATO nuclear effort and launched retaliatory strikes against Soviet troop concentrations in Iran and the Balkans, as well as participating in the destruction of Greece and Italy as organized belligerents.


By the end of the war, the two nations were participating in the occupation of southern Iraq, ensuring a steady flow of oil, and were very safe behind Israel’s remaining nuclear arsenal (which included intact facilities to produce additional weapons).  Israel and Jordan did agree to withdraw from the Arabian Peninsula and Iraq at the same time the Americans withdrew in exchange for European and Japanese assurances of a continued supply of petroleum and recovery assistance, and so managed to escape direct participation in the Saudi War.


The Saudi War, however, did touch off a general Palestinian rising in both Jordan and Israel, in one of the last credible gasps of Pan-Islamic unity (a concept generally considered moribund by the end of the Twilight War).  The two nations managed to suppress the risings, as they had before during the 20th century, but only with the most draconian measures.  In Lebanon, a Palestinian government declared itself, only to fall back down into the nation’s ongoing multi-sided civil war seven months later.  The conflict then settled down into the grinding, decades long guerilla struggle that finally ended with the formation of the Confederation.


On its initial formation, the Confederation had no formal army of its own, instead possessing a General Staff, which exercised command and control over the individual national forces of each member state.  This organization worked relatively well in peacetime, but it failed in many ways during its first test in combat, during Confederation participation in the suppression of the Ramadan Revolt in Syria in 2071, alongside the  Syrian government and French garrison.  The performance of Confederation forces was very uneven, and there was widespread criticism about effectiveness and casualties stemming from differing training levels, command and control practices, and the like during the war.  Both the Israelis and Jordanians claimed, with varying degrees of justification, to have borne an inordinate share of the fighting, while Lebanese and the few ethnic Palestinian within the IDF force structure put in very poor performances when they were placed in front-line service.


As a result of the war, an increasingly unified Confederation Defense Force was formed, which performed better during the Second Syrian War (2097) and during the Border Confrontation with Iraq in 2108.  For most of the period of 2070-2170, each member nation was expected to meet conscription quotas based directly on census data, with force structure tailored to produce ethnically homogenous units.  By the late 22nd century, however, this practice seemed archaic and distasteful to most citizens of the Confederacy, and was replaced by an earlier permutation of the current system, where each division and brigade in the force structure are given designated recruiting districts from which they draw their conscripts.  In practice this still produces some generally homogenous units (the 7th “Israeli” Armored Division being the most commonly cited example), but most CDF units reflect the Confederation’s ethnic and religious diversity.


Below: 7th Armoured Division patch


Women in the CDF


At the time of unification, the role of women in the military was a divisive issue. Israel was internationally known for applying conscription policies to women, as well as men, though this process was not as egalitarian in practice as in theory, while the Arab member states were less supportive of the notion. Jordan had some tradition of voluntary female military service and a vociferous proponent of military service for Arab women in the form of HRH Lt. Colonel Aisha Bint al-Hussein, a member of the royal family and a graduate of Sandhurst. Palestinian guerilla groups had relied extensively on female combatants during the war, though in the post-war era Palestinian writers and historians were quietly sweeping their participation under the rug in the historical narrative. Lebanon, unified for the first time in decades under a conservative multi-ethnic coalition government found the idea extremely divisive and best avoided.


The original result was that all member states were allowed to initially set their own policies. The IDF Women's Army Corps (CHEN) was retained in its pre-unification form, while Jordan and Palestine both experimented with professional and volunteer-conscript systems, both organized into similar Women's Army Corps. Lebanon remained exclusionary until 2083, when it established its own Women's Army Corps with relatively restrictive entry requirements. As the CDF became increasingly unified, a blanket policy on this issue was sought. The end result was a system of voluntary conscription for women, based on local laws (most notably a long-standing requirement for parental permission prior to conscription in Arab regions, in effect until 2204). Initially, and for most of the next century and a half, women in the Confederation military were assigned to the Confederation Women's Army Corps (modeled on IDF institutions), and generally restricted to administrative jobs and training cadres (again generally following IDF practices, though also in line with Arab member state's traditions). Originally, Women's Corps units were segregated both by religion and ethnicity, as most of the various polities within the Confederation were extremely sensitive on the issue.


Sensitivity faded to a degree over time, and the Women's Army Corps itself was eliminated in 2204. Women remain ineligible for potentially front-line combat roles and are also less officially shunted away from physically demanding, 'masculine' jobs without direct combat potential (i.e. mechanics). Beyond that, there is a sense in many quarters that predominantly Arab units are less receptive to female soldiers, however, and it is not uncommon for young Arab women contemplating National Service to establish actual or fictional residences in predominantly Jewish areas to secure postings to 'better' units. The CDF is currently experimenting with allowing women to serve in artillery units (in fire direction centers, specifically), and this is seen by many as a potential beginning to improved status and opportunity within the military.


The CDF circa 2300


Comparisons are often drawn between the Confederation and the CDF and Israel and its defense establishment during the Cold War era.  In some very broad ways this may be accurate – the Confederation is a relatively progressive, democratic government in a region where such are not entirely common.  Relations with its neighbors are sometimes contentious, if not openly hostile.


However, one should take care not to draw the analogy too far.  While the Confederation military has a good reputation (owing in no small part to its deliberate programs to nurture and maintain a solid, professional NCO corps), the quality differential between the CDF and its opponents is much smaller than that seen during the height of the Arab-Israeli confrontations in the 20th century.  During the Age of Recovery, much ink was spilled and bureaucratic battles fought to create an even level of quality among CDF units, and the process not only elevated the sub par, but it also leveled off the top end formations as well.  The current exception to this is the Special Warfare Group, whose component units receive funding and training adequate to allow them to stand alongside their international counterparts in more affluent nations (although they are often held to do so based more on the determination, ingenuity and sheer determination of their soldiers rather than 2nd Tier quality training or equipment).


Likewise, the strategic situation of the Confederation is rather different from that of Israel.  The nation is not infinite in size, but it has some operational depth such that every inch of territory need not be contested.  The Confederation has the luxury of not regarding every war as a war of survival, in point of fact it has lost wars, most notably to Arabia in 2209 and 2215, losing both Aqaba and Eilat in the process.  Still, some lingering echoes of this “all or nothing” sentiment can be heard in Confederation politics and felt in CDF doctrine, particularly some of the more “radically asymmetric” operational and strategic thinking within the Special Warfare Group.



Recent Military History

The Confederation Defense Force has participated in five regional conflicts within the last fifty years.


The Kurdish-Iraqi War (2260):  After war erupted between Iraq and Kurdistan, the CDF joined with Turkey in launching offensive action against Iraq to force a return to status-quo antebellum.  Most of the fighting took place in northern Iraq and Kurdistan, but the presence of a reinforced division of Confederation armor driving across the western desert towards Baghdad forced Iraq to strip forces away from the main front and contributed to their ultimate collapse in the north.  Primary units involved in this action were the 7th Armored Division and the 397th Reconnaissance Brigade (then designated the 97th Commando Brigade).


The Kurdish-Armenian War (2267-2270):  Armenian cross-border pursuit of Turkish separatist guerillas into Kurdish territory erupted into a limited border war in 2267, again prompting the Confederation to intervene alongside Turkey.  In this instance, the 301st Parachute Brigade and various units of the Special Warfare Group deployed to the country, where they joined Kurdish forces and Turkish mountain and airborne units in clearing Armenian troops from within Kurdistan’s borders.  When incursions continued, the Confederation forces in country initiated several cross-border artillery bombardments and punitive raids, which seemed to send the region lurching towards a more general conflict.  Faced with this prospect, France, Russia and the Ukraine quickly brokered a cease-fire, with the deployment of a peacekeeping force from Australia and Mozambique to monitor the border for a period of seven years (augmenting forces from those nations already enforcing a buffer zone between Turkey and Armenia).  Hostilities were ended by early 2269, though a CDF force remained in country through 2270, when they turned the border region over to the peacekeepers.


Eritrean-Ethiopian War (2273): Despite French and UAR pressures to resolve differences non-violently, war broke out between Eritrea and Ethiopia concerning existing border disputes exacerbated by mineral finds in the disputed area (which, ultimately turned out to be largely overstated).  The war, which quickly began to spill armed groups over into Djibouti and the southern UAR, was quickly terminated by joint (and unexpected) combined French and UAR action.  The Confederation had long had a close relationship with Eritrea, and many were further surprised when the UAR sought Confederation participation in a peacekeeping effort (along with Italian and Dutch forces).  The CDF deployed the 301st Parachute Brigade bolstered by a battalion battle group from the 5th Light Armored Division for most of 2273, and fought a number of small unit actions against insurgents while enforcing the integrity of the Eritrean-Ethiopian border.


3rd Aegean War (2274):  Official Palestinian participation in the latest Greco-Turkish conflict was limited to the deployment of the 301st and 398th Brigades to Turkey, where they took part in limited combat operations, along with Palestinian naval and air forces.  Unofficially, the 822nd Reconnaissance Brigade is often blamed for a series of bombing attacks against various Greek military installations and the assassination of the Greek Navy’s Chief of Staff during the conflict, but this has never been substantiated.


3rd Arabian War (2280-1): Wahhabi Arabia and the multi-ethnic Confederation have repeatedly come to blows either directly or indirectly since the end of Arabia's occupation by foreign powers. War erupted again in 2280 after the murder of a number of Palestinians on pilgrimage to Mecca by Arabian paramilitaries. An Arabian drive on Amman from Aqaba (in Arabian hands since the 2215 war) was stopped cold (aided in part by the deployment of strike aircraft sorties from Turkey), but a Confederation attempt to flank the Arabian forces and move on Aqaba floundered and ran out of steam as Arabian reserves were rushed into the theater from the Persian Gulf coastal regions. Syria joined the war in late 2280 with a limited expeditionary force, but its movement into the Bekaa Valley was quickly halted by mobilized Confederation reserve units. With international intervention, the war was eventually resolved with a return to pre-war borders, compensation paid by Arabia for the dead pilgrims, and Arabia, the Confederation, and Syria required to jointly fund an international peacekeeping force of Azanian, Brazilian, American, and Czech troops (the "A2BCFOR") deployed along the border for the next five years. With the withdrawal of the A2BCFOR the situation along the border has deteriorated, particularly in the region near Aqaba and Eilat, spawning a steady stream of shooting incidents and exchanges of artillery fire by both sides, increasing in both frequency and intensity in the 2290s and since the turn of the century.


Foreign Relations in 2300

The Middle East remains a volatile region, and the Confederation counts as enemies a number of its immediate neighbors.  Offsetting this is the Confederation’s long-standing alliance with France and Turkey, both of which have been considered close allies for most of the last century, despite sometimes rocky relations during the Age of Recovery.


The Confederation and Space: The Confederation has no presence in space of its own beyond Earth orbit, where they maintain a number of civil and military satellites.  A number of Confederation business firms do operate within the solar system, however, primarily as subcontractors or secondary service industry roles related to Turkish and various European asteroid mining projects.  Beyond the solar system, there is a minimal Confederation presence, with consulates on some colony worlds (primarily in the American and French Arms).  There are, however, a great many Confederation nationals who have immigrated to various colonies, especially, in the last twenty years, to Australian and American destinations.


American and Australia:  These two nations are not much involved with the Confederation or the Middle East in general, outside of enforcing peace in the region on occasion.  Diplomatic relations with the two have become increasingly important in the last twenty years, however, as America and Australia have become the primary destination of emigrating citizens of the Confederation, both on Earth and to the two nation’s colonies.  This has little direct bearing militarily, though the CDF has sent observers with both nation’s militaries, as well as the British and French, since the outbreak of the Kafer War.


Arabia:  Considered the most threatening of the Confederation's neighbors, Arabia has fought limited wars against the Confederation repeatedly in the last two centuries since gaining its independence from foreign occupation in 2112, particularly as French influence in the region diminished within the last century. Arabia's successful transition from a struggling post-petroleum economy to profitable exploitation of its colonial holdings on Daikoku, and successful utilization of Japanese advisors and equipment, have made it more of a threat in the eyes of the CDF, and its occupation of Aqaba/Eilat and other traditionally Jordanian and Israeli territory remains a point of cold and hot conflict between the two nations.


Britain:  The Confederation has close diplomatic ties to Britain dating back to the pre-unification era, and maintained since then (Britain was one of the major forces behind the actual unification-based peace plan which resulted in the Confederation).  Military contact is generally limited to exchange of staff officers and the attendance by Confederation officers of British military colleges and courses, but Britain has been a traditional source of weapons systems for the Confederation.


Eritrea:  The Confederation has a long-standing, close relationship with Eritrea stemming from joint cooperation in arranging for the resettlement of the remnants of the Felash Mora (the so called "Ethiopian Jewry") within the Confederation in the late 21st century.  Contact has often been as much about economic aid and humanitarian projects as military cooperation, though the relationship has become more one of equals in the last several decades as Eritrea’s economic situation has improved.


France:  The relationship between France and the Confederation has varied wildly over the course of the last three centuries, depending on the goals and priorities of both nations.  French attempts to maintain peace in the Middle East have sometimes been to the benefit of the Confederation, but when they have not appeared as such, the Confederation has not shied away from opposing and undermining French initiatives.  Relationships have been generally good for the last several decades, however, excepting tensions during the Kurdish-Iraqi War.  Exchanges and joint training exercises are currently common, though less frequent than those conducted with Turkey, and Confederation ports are common ports of call for French naval vessels.


Greece and the Balkans:  Relations have been strained between the Confederation and Greece dating back to Israeli nuclear strikes against southern Greece during the Twilight War, and exacerbated since then by the Confederation’s alliance with Turkey.  Relations have always been proper, at best, when not strained to the breaking point by the perpetually bad Greco-Turkish relations or the actions of some of Greece’s less stable allies in the region.


Iran:  The relationship between the Confederation and Iran is a complicated one.  Both nations are generally opposed to Arabia, for their own, and often unrelated reasons, but Iran has occasional difficulties with the Confederation’s allies Turkey and France.  Palestine’s close relationship with Kurdistan has sometimes soured things between Teheran and Jerusalem, though the current situation is not a point of strain.  Consequently, the two nations often times find themselves moving in similar directions, diplomatically, particularly concerning Arabia, and otherwise maintain a generally neutral attitude towards one another.


Iraq:  French influence in Iraq, like Syria, has served to moderate the nation’s relationship with the Confederation, but has also ensured that the Iraqi military is a more capable force than it might be if left to its own devices.  War with Iraq is considered a realistic concern by the CDF, particularly with French involvement in the Middle East becoming increasingly vestigial as commitments elsewhere on Earth and in the French Arm siphon off more and more attention.


Italy:  Traditionally neutral for much of the post-Twilight era, Italy and the Confederation developed some low-level ties during peacekeeping operations in Eritrea and have maintained them since.  Joint exercises between the two nations’ naval and special forces are common, and in 2295 the two nations undertook a more involved joint training exercise when the Confederation 301st Parachute Brigade jumped into Sicily alongside the Folgore Airborne Division for a month-long training exercise focusing on low-intensity conflict and peacekeeping operations. 


Kurdistan:   Relations between the Confederation and Kurdistan have developed into a strong diplomatic and military relationship within the last forty years, initially based on Kurdish purchase of military systems and developing from there.  Joint training exercises in Kurdistan are quite common, and Palestinian forces have deployed to Kurdistan on a number of occasions for show of force missions after the Armenian-Kurdish War.


Syria:  Syria, like Iraq, has been stabilized for some time by French influences and, like Iraq, is still considered a potential adversary.  Syria is actually considered a more likely opponent than Iraq, owing to continued Syrian claims to Confederation territory, ranging at times from calls for the return of the Golan to outright annexation of Lebanon.


Turkey:  Turkey is a traditional ally of the Confederation, dating all the way back to joint Turkish-Israeli air and naval operations during the Twilight War.  During the Age of Recovery, Israel and Jordan did much to aid recovery in Turkey, but as Confederation prominence in international affairs has faded from the post-Twilight War highpoint, Turkey has increasingly become the senior partner in the alliance.  Joint training exercises with Turkish forces, particularly both nation’s special forces and rapid deployment units, are very common, and the two nations have fought together in a number of regional conflicts.


United Arab Republic:  Long considered the most pressing security threat to the Confederation owing to its proximity and expansionist policies, the Confederation and the UAR never openly came to blows owing largely to French influence on both nations.  The loss of territory by both nations to Arabia at the beginning of the 23rd century not only gave them common cause, but created a buffer zone between the two which collectively reduced tensions greatly.  While relations have never been extremely close, they are proper and occasionally lend themselves to common action, such as the peacekeeping effort in Eritrea in 2273.




2nd Air Defense Brigade:  This brigade (HQ in Jerusalem) is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the nation's strategic air defenses, built around the Gaza anti-ballistic missile system.  Service in the unit is prestigious and competitive, as the high-tech nature of the Gaza system translates into valuable job skills in the civilian sector.  The unit recruits from across the nation, having first pick of conscripts with requisite test scores and aptitudes, regardless of recruiting district.  The unit is notable for the very high percentage of female soldiers, especially Muslim female soldiers, in its ranks.


5th Light Armored Division:  This division headquartered in Amman and mostly drawing its recruits from Jordan, is unique in the CDF as the organization's only hover-mobile major formation. Equipped with British Cavalier hover tanks and French AVCI-3 personnel carriers, the division's three subordinate armored brigades are the main delaying force (along with the air force) for any opponent approaching the Confederation's population centers from across the southern or eastern deserts. The three brigades undertake rotating six-month peacetime deployments to installations along the border, which remains a hardship posting. The division has frequently exchanged fire with their Arabian counterparts in the southern desert since the withdrawal of stabilizing forces in 2286, and a bloody rivalry has grown up between the 5th Light Armored Division and the Arabian 10th (Baluchi) Division, the elite of the Arabian border security forces.


Below: 5th Light Armored Division patch


301st Parachute Brigade:  Tracing its existence, and much of its esprit de corps, back to the Israeli airborne forces of the 20th century, the 301st Parachute Brigade is the Confederation’s primary expeditionary force.  Though subordinate to the Special Warfare Group, the Brigade is configured as a conventional light infantry formation and is capable of deploying by airborne or airmobile means, as necessary.  Limited airlift and the regional air defense environment are such that the CDF generally considers the wartime role of the brigade in defense of the Confederation to be generating company and battalion-sized strike forces for raids against high priority targets in the enemy rear, alongside the 398th Commando Brigade.  The more general use of the 301st, however, is in international deployments, where the brigade has distinguished itself in conflicts and peacekeeping missions throughout the Middle East and elsewhere.


Below: 301st Parachute Brigade patch


397th Reconnaissance Brigade:  Tracing its history back to the first joint Israeli-Jordanian military unit, the 55th Reconnaissance Battalion, a light motorized unit tasked with maintaining surveillance along pipelines and road from south-eastern Iraq to Israel and Jordan during the post-Twilight era, the 397th Brigade maintains that tradition to this day. It is primarily a long-range reconnaissance unit, trained to function as both an airmobile and motorized force, as necessary. Their wartime mission would be to slip across national frontiers (either by self-deploying or by covert aerial insertion) and disrupt enemy supply and communications by identifying targets for Air Force attacks, as well as direct action against high value targets in the enemy rear area. The brigade consists of three small, subordinate battalions, two equipped with light unarmored hovercraft for mobility, the third a light-infantry formation, plus supporting assets. Combat missions into Arabia are rumored to be occasional taskings, designating targets for CDF artillery raids.


398th Commando Brigade:  A Middle-Eastern style commando organization, the 398th is organized as a conventional motorized infantry brigade, but trained to extremely high standards and intended mainly to serve as the CDF's elite fire brigade in restricted or built up terrain, both on the offense and defense. The brigade trains for airmobile deployment of assets, though primary mobility is via its own vehicles, and there is a great deal of rivalry between the 301st and 398th Brigades. Though intended primarily for built up areas, in the last decade the brigade has also detached company sized elements for cross-border raids into Arabia to eliminate point targets like Border Guard posts and artillery observation posts.


Below: 398th Commando Brigade patch


399th Naval Commando Brigade:  This unit is technically a part of the Confederation Navy, and is tailored for littoral special operations, though it also has a secondary wartime mission of land operations, especially in the Lebanese and Anti-Lebanese Mountains or other rough terrain areas.  The brigade, unusual for such organizations, includes a heavy mechanized element in the form of two companies of Cavalier hovertanks and a company of AVCI-3 hover infantry carriers, which function in an amphibious fast-attack role and for certain maritime missions.  Other assets include the 1st and 2nd Commando Battalions.  The former is configured as conventional light infantry and serving as marines for the Navy, providing boarding parties and the like.  The 2nd Battalion includes combat dive teams, including deep submersible teams using French-manufactured combat swimmers, which function in the SBS/SEAL role.  The brigade trains extensively with their Turkish, British, and French counterparts, and more recently with the Italian San Marco Marine Regiment.  Brigade headquarters is at Sidon, with most elements based there.


822nd Reconnaissance Battalion:  Technically a part of the 8th Reserve Infantry Division, the 822nd Battalion is actually the elite of the CDF's special operations forces, being tasked with peacetime "black ops" in support of the Confederation Intelligence Service, counter-terrorism missions, and discrete punitive operations against "point targets" in Arabia, Syria, and elsewhere. The unit is also rumored to be active supporting dissident Jordanian and Jewish groups in occupied Aqaba and Eilat. The unit trains closely with the Confederation Intelligence Service for the infiltration of operatives into hostile nations for various operations. Planned wartime missions, beyond strategic reconnaissance and assassination of key enemy leaders, are rumored to include "Jericho Falls" missions (the term is unofficial, taken from a popular work of fiction of the same name about the 3rd Arabian War, first published in 2294), involving the infiltration of small, man-portable nuclear weapons into enemy territory, as well as aiding the CIS in identifying and eliminating similar enemy special operations units. The 822nd is small (estimated strength of 250 or less, with perhaps two-thirds of that being operational personnel), and draws its members from both the Special Warfare Group and the CIS. The unit has no distinctive insignia (members wear the 8th Division's "Cedars of Lebanon" shoulder patch) and are prohibited from wearing decorations and qualification badges when in uniform (rarely worn in any case) to avoid calling attention to themselves. Operations are a state secret, though rumors abound of actions nominally attributed to various separatist and guerilla throughout the Middle East and eastern Mediterranean being the handiwork of the Palestinian special forces.


Below: 8th Reserve Infantry Division patch, also worn by the 822nd Reconnaissance Battalion  




The following outlines typical CDF organization, though it should be mentioned that operationally task-organizing units for specific missions is quite likely.  Combat service support assets are omitted from the descriptions below for brevity’s sake.


Armored Division


The CDF has three armored divisions, each made up of two armored brigades, a mechanized infantry brigade, plus supporting divisional troops including a heavy rocket artillery battalion (eighteen Brazilian MD-32 long range MLRs mounted on Type 119 IFV hulls), an engineer battalion, an air defense battalion and a reconnaissance battalion.  There are no divisional aviation assets (besides reconnaissance UAVs), as all aircraft and attack UCAVs are under the control of the Confederation Air Force.


Armored divisions are built around the modern and capable Mk.6 tracked multi-purpose armored fighting vehicle, a Turkish design capable of various modular configurations, including a main battle tank, infantry combat vehicle, etc.  The divisions are optimized to operate in the rough and/or urbanized terrain that characterizes most of the Confederation.


Armored Brigade:  Each armored brigade consists of two armored battalions, an artillery battalion equipped with eighteen Manchurian Type 200 110mm self-propelled electromagnetic howitzers, and a brigade reconnaissance company equipped with eight  Mk.6 Reconnaissance and Surveillance Vehicles and eight Mk.6 Infantry Combat Vehicles.  Each armor battalion has a headquarters company, to include a platoon of six self-propelled 105mm mortars, and three tank companies, each of sixteen tanks.


The tank company includes the commander’s Mk. 6 command vehicle and three tank platoons, each of five Mk.6s split between three MBTs (armed with vertical launch Type 93 missiles) and two Infantry Combat Vehicles, each carrying six infantrymen, for a total of twelve infantrymen per platoon.  These troops are generally employed as close-security for the platoon’s vehicles during operations in restricted terrain, though they may also be massed into a 36 man rifle platoon as needed.  Typically, one or more of the company’s platoon leaders has attended CDF’s Armored Infantry Leaders Course (AILC), qualifying him to serve as an infantry platoon leader when massed dismounted operations are employed. 


Each twelve man squad consists of a squad leader (usually a sergeant, though sometimes a corporal), commanding one four man fire team, with two assistant squad leaders (usually corporals), each leading two more four man teams.  Each four man team is equipped with a Bekaa-LMG light machinegun, a Golan 30mm grenade launcher, and two Bekaa-AR assault rifles.  The squad also has access to a single Luce-5 laser rifle, for sharp-shooting and Cobra light ATGWs, for missions requiring either capability. 


Typically each squad will have at least one soldier per fire team who has received special advanced training on the Cobra missile above the basic familiarization all soldiers receive.  Another soldier per fire team will have some advanced training on demolitions, especially hasty breaching of simple minefields and use of explosives in urban combat.  Additionally, each squad typically contains at least one soldier who has received advanced training in communications systems to serve as a signaler, another with training to serve as a first line medic, and at least one who has been trained to use the Luce-5 laser rifle as a designated marksman.

Below: 71st 'Barak' Armoured Brigade patch


Mechanized Brigade:  The mechanized brigade is larger than the armored brigade, and is intended for more deliberate, less maneuver oriented operations, most especially in urban areas.  Like the armored brigade it includes a battalion of 18 EM howitzers and a reconnaissance company of eight Mk.6 RSVs and eight Mk.6 ICVs.  ‘Teeth’ elements, however, consist of three Mechanized Battalions.


Each Mechanized Battalion consists of a headquarters company (again including a six tube mortar platoon), a tank company of ten Mk.6 MBTs, and three rifle companies equipped with lighter Manchurian designed Type 119 ‘Targan’ infantry fighting vehicles.


Each rifle company consists of a headquarters section (mounted on three Type 119s), a weapons platoon, and three rifle platoons.  The weapons platoon has two Type 119s modified to carry 105mm auto-mortars and two Type 129 tank destroyers armed with Type 93 ATGW.  Total AFV strength amounts to nineteen Type 119s. 


Rifle platoons have four vehicles each, carrying three eight-man rifle squads, plus a two man medical team, a two man forward observer team, and a four man sapper team.  Each squad is equipped with two Bekaa-LMGs, two Golan semi-auto grenade launchers, and four Bekaa-AR assault rifles.  Cobra light ATGW and a Luce-5 laser rifle are carried on each squad vehicle for use as needed.  The sappers, FO team, and medics all carry Bekaa-AR rifles.


Below: 44th 'Golani' and 79thGivati Mechanised Brigade patches


Reconnaissance Battalion:  This organization provides a range of reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition assets for the Armored Division.  Main components consist of two Aerial Reconnaissance Companies, two Reconnaissance Companies, and one Surveillance Company.


The Aerial Reconnaissance Companies each operate ten Phantom medium-range UAVs, capable of providing an aerial reconnaissance footprint covering an entire divisional front and extending up to 100 km forward of friendly troops (though this is highly dependent on the air defense environment).  The Phantom is an unarmed system that features a current generation Brazilian sensor array of formidable abilities.


The Reconnaissance Companies each consist of twelve Mk.6 Reconnaissance and Surveillance Vehicles, plus two Mk.6 Command Post Vehicles.  Unlike the brigade reconnaissance companies there are no organic infantry carriers, as the division Recon Companies do not have a close reconnaissance role.  They primarily operate as far forward of the division as possible and feed targeting data back to division and higher strike systems.  On the defensive, this forward operating role would consist of occupying hide positions and then going into a stay-behind mission.


The Surveillance Company is a light infantry organization, again configured for either the stay-behind role or forward insertion by CAF assets.  The company is organized into a  headquarters (seventeen men) plus ten four-man Reconnaissance Teams, each consisting of a Team Leader (usually a sergeant), a Scout/Observer (usually a private or PFC) and two Communications Technicians (the senior usually a corporal, the junior a PVT or PFC).  Armament consists of one Luce-5 laser rifle (usually carried by the team leader) and three Bekaa-AR rifles, with the Team Leader and senior Commo Tech both also being issued suppressed Falcon automatic pistols.  Communications equipment and optics, the primary weapons of these units, are both first rate, the former being encrypted French systems and the latter being top-end British multi-spectral man-portable long-range systems.


Light Armored Division


The CDF has one light armored division, the Amman-based 5th Light Armored Division, a predominantly Jordanian unit (meaning, of course, that it recruits in the area of Jordan, actual personnel include Palestinians, Jews, various Lebanese ethnicities and others along with Jordanian Bedouins).  The division is equipped with Cavalier hover tanks and the AVCI-3 hover personnel carrier and its derivatives.  The unit’s wartime mission is largely to delay any advance across the southern or eastern desert towards more populated areas, which would be defended by the CDF’s armored and infantry divisions.  The nature of this operation dictates a rather decentralized organization.  Because of this, much of what would be divisional assets in other CDF units are pushed out to the division’s three armored brigades, allowing their commanders a high level of autonomy.


Primary subunits of the division are three armored brigades, each consisting of two armored battalions, a mechanized infantry battalion, and an artillery battalion, plus supporting assets, including an air defense company, an engineer company, a ground reconnaissance company (unarmored hovercraft) and an aerial reconnaissance company (UAVs).


Each armored battalion consists of a headquarters company (including a six tube self-propelled mortar platoon using modified AVCI-3s) and four tank companies, each of ten tanks.  Each company is further divided into a headquarters tank and three three-tank platoons. 


The mechanized battalion consists of a headquarters company (again with a six tube mortar platoon) and four rifle companies.  Each rifle company has three rifle platoons and an anti-armor platoon equipped with four AVCI-3s modified to carry vertical launch Type 93 ATGWs.  Rifle platoons are organized similarly to those described in the Armored Division’s Mechanized Brigade above, except that the Sapper team is replaced by a four-man anti-armor team, equipped with two Blindicide-9 ATGW launchers (5th Light Armored Division is the first unit in the CDF equipped with the new missile).


Infantry Division


The CDF has two active and five reserve infantry division.  These organizations are intended primarily for defensive operations, especially in rough or urban terrain, to free up the armored divisions for offensive or counter-offensive operations.


Each of the two active infantry divisions consists of one mechanized brigade identical to the armored division mechanized brigade described above and two motorized infantry brigades.  Divisional troops are identical to those found in the armored divisions, though the Reconnaissance Battalion is somewhat different in composition.


Below: 2nd Infantry Division patch


Infantry Brigade:  The infantry brigade consists of three motorized infantry battalions, a battalion of eighteen Type 200 EM howitzers, a tank company with ten Mk.6 MBTs, and a reconnaissance company.  Each motorized infantry battalion has a headquarters company, a weapons company, a mechanized company, and two rifle companies.


The weapons company is mounted on a mix of soft-skin vehicles and Type 119 IFVs and derivatives.  It consists of a mortar platoon (six 105mm auto-mortar carriers), an anti-armor platoon (eight Type 129 tank destroyers), a combat walker platoon with twelve Manchurian Type 9-3 combat walkers, and a sniper platoon.  Both the combat walker platoon and sniper platoon are reliant on soft-skinned trucks and range-trucks for transportation.


The sniper platoon consists of nineteen personnel, including a platoon leader, platoon sergeant, and communications specialist, plus eight two-man sniper teams.  The platoon is intended to provide reconnaissance, harassing fire, and target interdiction for the battalion, and so members of the platoon require higher levels of field craft than are expected in line unit sharpshooters armed with the Luce-5.  Armament for the platoon consists of eight Luce-5 laser rifles and eight FTE-10 gauss sniper rifles, plus eleven Bekaa-AR assault rifles for team spotters and the command group.  Depending on the mission, a given sniper team will employ either the laser or the gauss rifle – which ever weapon is not needed staying in the platoon’s supply truck.


The mechanized company is equipped with Type 119 IFVs and organized like the mechanized company described above in the Mechanized Brigade section, except that the weapons platoon is omitted.  CDF doctrine regards these units as the infantry battalion commander’s force of choice for main offensive or defensive efforts, but oftentimes the company’s infantry are dismounted and the carriers are held as a battalion reserve or direct-fire support asset to reinforce anywhere in the battalion sector, owing to the punch of their plasma cannons.


The rifle companies consist of a headquarters section, a weapons platoon, and three rifle platoons, all provided with cargo or range trucks for mobility.  Rifle platoons each break down into three twelve-man squads (organized and equipped like armored battalion infantry squads described above), plus a platoon leader, platoon sergeant, platoon medic, and signaler.


The weapons platoon consists of a Light Support Squad, a Close Support Squad, an Anti-Armor Squad, and a Sapper Squad.  The platoon is provided with range trucks, rather than cargo models, primarily to allow maximum flexibility and maneuverability of key weapons system for the company.  In static defensive operations, CDF doctrine calls for the vehicles to be massed in the rear for use moving (otherwise cargo truck mobile) company and battalion reserves forward, and also to assist the battalion’s ambulance section in casualty evacuation.


The Light Support Squad is equipped with three range trucks armed with both a DunArmCo Mini-12 heavy machinegun and a local Hadera 30mm automatic grenade launcher.  Each range truck includes a driver, a vehicle commander, a gunner, and an assistant gunner as well as the two weapons systems.  The squad can either be employed mounting the heavy machineguns or AGLs on gun-shield equipped ring-mounts, or either or both weapons can be dismounted for use on tripods (the four man crew allows each vehicle to put one two man heavy weapons team on the ground and another on the vehicle, as well).


The Close Support Squad is provided with two range trucks for its ten personnel, which consists of two vehicle drivers and four two-man plasma gun teams, armed with a Quinn-Darlan Mk.2-A2 PGMP and a Bekaa-AR. 


The Anti-Armor Squad likewise has two range-trucks, each also provided with a five man crew, and, like the Close Support Squad, consisting of two two-man teams plus a driver per vehicle.  In this case, each team is equipped with a launcher for Blindicide-3 ATGWs, with each range-truck carrying a total of forty of the lightweight missiles.  All personnel are armed with Bekaa-AR rifles along with the missile launchers.  The improved Blindicide-9 ATGW has been procured by the CDF and is slowly entering service, but most units are still equipped with the earlier missile, particularly with the Kafer War slowing French export orders.


The Sapper Squad has a last two range-trucks, each with a trailer for demolitions and other equipment, and consists of two drivers plus a total of eight combat engineers.  The squad is primarily responsible for mining operations and the use of explosives to improve fighting positions, especially urban ones (i.e. mouse-holing walls, etc.).  Sapper squad personnel, along with battalion snipers, tend to be among the best soldiers in any given battalion.


Reserve Infantry Divisions:  CDF reserve infantry divisions differ from the two active duty divisions in that they are composed of three Infantry Brigades, and lack a Mechanized Brigade.  Instead, they have an independent tank battalion as a divisional asset, equipped with thirty tanks divided up into three companies of ten.  This battalion can either be parceled out to augment the brigade tank companies, or retained as an offensive/counter-offensive force.  Also, the reserve division tank battalion and brigade tank companies are not issued the Mk.6 tank, but rather use the older Turkish Mk.5.


Below: 324th Reserve Infantry Division patch


301st Parachute Brigade


The 301st Parachute Brigade is a very lightly equipped intervention force, built around three light infantry battalions supported by a small artillery battalion (equipped with twelve Brazilian MD-100 howitzers), as well as aerial reconnaissance (UAV equipped), pathfinder, engineer, air defense, and anti-armor companies. 


Each battalion consists of a Headquarters Company, including a sensor-based Reconnaissance Platoon (equipped with a mix of light UAVs and remote sensor systems), and a mortar platoon with four towed 105mm mortars.  Rifle companies are configured like the Infantry Brigade rifle company described above, without motorized transport, and with a more austere weapons platoon equipped with four four-man French 80mm mortars, four two-man Blindicide-9 teams, and four two-man sniper teams armed with Luce-5 laser rifles.


Note that the 399th Naval Commando Brigade’s 1st Battalion is organized identically to one of the 301st’s infantry battalions, though the unit typically operates as more frequently as company or platoon sized detachments than as a full battalion.


397th Reconnaissance Brigade


The 397th Reconnaissance Brigade controls various long-range reconnaissance assets which, in time of war, would be involved in target detection and damage assessment in the deep battle beyond 90 kilometers forward of friendly troops.  Besides the high-profile ‘desert rats’ and LRRP units, the brigade also controls a long-range UAV aerial reconnaissance battalion and a small (100 man) military intelligence battalion equipped for signal/electronic reconnaissance and decryption.


Primary elements of the brigade consist of two motorized Reconnaissance Battalions (1st and 2nd Battalions) and one light Reconnaissance Battalion (3rd).  The two motorized battalions consist of an austere Headquarters Company and three Reconnaissance Companies (each commanded by a major, rather than a captain).  Reconnaissance Companies have an equally austere company headquarters (like the battalion HQ company, most headquarters personnel are communication specialists) and four Reconnaissance Platoons.  Each reconnaissance platoon, led by a captain or senior lieutenant, consists of sixteen men, split into four teams, each operating from a highly modified hover-rover well equipped with advanced sensor systems, communications gear, and defensive armament.  The 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion is identically organized, except that its Reconnaissance Companies have no organic vehicles and are designed for infiltration or stay-behind missions in rough terrain or urban areas.


822nd Reconnaissance Battalion


The precise composition of the 822nd Reconnaissance Battalion is a closely guarded state secret, but it is believe to consist of approximately 250 personnel, with approximately 160 of those being “operators,” the remainder being assigned to various support roles (which are rumored to include some of the finest computer intrusion specialists in the Confederation).  Unlike the remainder of the CDF, it is purported that the 822nd has no restrictions on women serving in combatant roles and some have suggested that as much as 40% of the unit’s support and operational personnel are women.


The basic building block for operations is the four-person cell, of which the battalion is believed to have approximately forty (with perhaps 10-15 being non-operational at any given time for various reasons).  Within the cell, some degree of specialization exists in relevant skills (computer intrusion, weapons handling, demolitions, etc.), but any one member of the battalion is expected, when fully trained, to possess the necessary skill set for independent operations, should the situation require such, and it is believed to be quite rare for more than two cells to be assigned to an operation.  It is believed that different cells also have certain specializations as well, such as surveillance, close-quarters direct action, more impersonal means of eliminating targets, etc.




Enlisted:  The CDF is largely a conscript force with a professional cadre of officers and mid to upper level NCOs.  The current personnel system has evolved greatly since the CDF was originally formed as a controlling headquarters for the militaries of Israel, Jordan, and Lebanon.  During that era, force structure and personnel needs were established by the three national governments, with input from the Palestinian Ministry for Defense Affairs.  There were no Palestinian units, per se, but certain units of the IDF, in the mid-21st century, were established exclusively for ethnic Palestinians (the Jordanian and Lebanese militaries, with a high percentage of ethnic Palestinians already in service, vigorously and successfully opposed the formation of all-Palestinian units in their force structure).  In the intervening two and a half centuries, the CDF has experimented with various organizational and personnel systems, before settling on the current system, which simply divides the country into geographic recruiting districts for each division.  This produces some units that are highly homogenous, in terms of ethnicity, but the majority of divisions are of mixed ethnic composition.  In the modern era this very rarely produces any friction or other problems (and any that do occur are swiftly and quietly dealt with by the CDF).


In theory, all men and women in the Confederation are subject to National Service conscription at the age of 18, with an obligation for three years of service.  Actual manpower requirements for the military are such, however, that actual active duty military service is not universal (especially in heavily populated urban recruiting districts), and is generally voluntary.  Those eighteen year olds not selected for active military service either fulfill their National Service commitments by serving in the military reserves, or in various civil service postings.


Personnel going into the active components of the military undergo a roughly six month basic and individual training cycles, the precise length of which varies by specialty (in the case of some technical jobs, basic skills training may be longer).  Personnel are formed into platoons and companies from the start of their basic training, so much of their initial six month training period, loosely analogous to most military basic and individual training regimes, is actually spent learning platoon and company level operations, as well as individual skills.  Given companies will generally remain together for at least 24 months of their National Service commitment.  After completion of basic training, formed units are inducted into their parent brigades and enter into a series of six month training cycles.


At the end of the first 24 months of service, those personnel who have demonstrated leadership potential (and usually already been advanced to lance corporal or corporal already) are sent to the CDF’s Basic NCO Course where, upon completion, they will be promoted to Sergeant and posted back to their units, the best being attached to an incoming squads or crew of new conscripts, the remainder paired up with a unit with some experience already.  Other personnel are sent to various specialist schools and posted to key brigade units, such as Reconnaissance Companies, Weapons Companies, and the like.  These units, as a consequence, are among the most proficient sectors of the CDF military.


At the end of the first 24 months of service, personnel are also given the opportunity to apply for cross-posting to the various units in the CDF Special Warfare Group (with the exception of the 822nd Reconnaissance Battalion, which does not openly recruit).  Personnel wishing to do so must agree to extend their conscription period to an additional twelve months, and must then pass first the Special Warfare Group Combat Skills Evaluation and additional selection courses for their specific unit they wish to enter.  Most personnel in the Group functioning as private soldiers actually wear lance corporal or corporal rank, but the CDF is generally informal in its use of rank. 


When an individual’s National Service period is at its end, some will be given the opportunity to remain on active duty (mostly those who were promoted to sergeant already) and enter the ranks of the professional NCO corps.  Other personnel are offered the chance to transition to reserve units on a voluntary basis.


The 822nd Battalion does not conduct announced or formalized recruiting programs.  Instead, the unit seeks out promising personnel, usually from the SWG and Confederation Intelligence Service.  However, the 822nd occasionally recruits more widely, particularly if the unit needs someone with specialized technical skills, language abilities, or area knowledge.  Training, like recruitment, is informal though exceedingly rigorous.


Non-Commissioned Officers:  Conscripts who demonstrate leadership potential can rise as high as the rank of Corporal during their National Service commitment.  Above the rank of Sergeant, the CDF NCO corps are strictly professional contract soldiers.  Selection for advancement through the NCO ranks is typically rigorous and includes infantry-focused training and evaluation courses for all branches of service, as well as branch-specific requirements.  The CDF has traditionally outperformed their regional enemies based in no small part on the professionalism and skill of its NCO corps, and every effort is made during peacetime to ensure that non-commissioned officers are capable and well trained leaders.


Typically, a combat arms NCO in the CDF will be given at least one opportunity to attend at least one foreign training course in France, Britain, or Turkey during his career.  In the Special Warfare Group, this is much more common, with most going abroad for cross-training every two-three years.


Officers:  At the end of the two year conscription period, a select group of soldiers with high test scores, good service records, and recognized leadership potential are offered state-subsidized college educations with simultaneous enrollment in an officer training cadre unit which has a training schedule somewhat more rigorous than a standard reserve unit in lieu of attending the Basic NCO Course.  The idea was loosely copied from American and British officer training systems and was a successful attempt to improve the level of education among CDF officers, who for some time continued the Israeli tradition of being highly capable soldiers but less than well rounded, educationally speaking.


A very small number of potential officer cadets (typically 45 each year) are given the opportunity to attend French, British, or Turkish national military academies under agreements worked out with the governments of those nations.  Similar agreements allow CDF officers to subsequently attend a range of professional and staff colleges in those nations as well.


Reservists who are university students, or who otherwise meet CDF educational requirements, may enroll in officer training cadre units after four years of satisfactory service and attainment of non-commissioned officer rank.  They receive commissions in reserve units.




CDF rank structure reflects both American (via the Israeli Defense Force) and British (via the Royal Jordanian Army) influence, with the end result being something of a compromise between the two systems.  The chart below shows the rank structure as well as the units typically led/commanded by persons holding a given rank.  The levels of responsibility listed should be taken as representative, but not absolute, for the CDF -- it is common for capable NCOs and officers to fill positions a level above their current rank, for instance. 


Two-year conscripts (and reservists during their first three years of service) may be promoted up to the rank of Corporal.  Officer ranks correspond, in responsibility, to American and European equivalents.  The senior-most Lieutenant General in the CDF, serves as Chief of Staff (typically a stepping stone to a subsequent and prominent political career).  Current chief of staff is Lt. General Binyamin Mahoudi, formerly commander of the 5th Light Armored Division.  His five year tenure ends in 2304.

CDF Rank Structure





Private (E)


Second Lieutenant


Private First Class (E)



Company XO or Commander

Lance Corporal

Crew-Served Weapons Team




Fire Team


Staff Officer 


Squad or AFV

Lieutenant Colonel


Staff Sergeant

Platoon Sergeant



Sergeant Major (1)

Company SM

Brigadier General



Sergeant Major (2)

Battalion SM

Major General


Senior Sergeant Major (1)

Brigade, Division SM

Lieutenant General


Senior Sergeant Major


Corps and other Major Comamnd SM


Chief of Staff


NOTES:  E = Enlisted ranks, all ranks above this considered non-commissioned officers.  The Sergeant Major and Senior Sergeant Major ranks both include a junior and senior pay grade (1 and 2), with the latter outranking the former.




CDF field uniforms consist of trousers, shirt, and jacket in a two-color khaki/sage camouflage pattern. Subdued versions of rank are worn on epaulets. Vehicle crewmen are issued fire-retardant coveralls in the same camouflage scheme. For combat operations, infantry and other ground combatants add inertial body armor vests with rigid trauma plates (AV 1.5 for front and back of torso) and high-threat helmets. Vehicle crews use fire-retardant non-rigid body armor suits, augmented with lighter inertial body armor vests (combined AV 1), with crewman helmets that provide standard helmet protection. Special Warfare Group personnel typically wear Brazilian-manufactured polychromic camouflage uniforms and thermal masking undersuits during field operations (though some units also operate in civilian clothing, foreign uniforms, etc., as dictated by the situation).


Dress uniforms and daily service uniforms are khaki, with the same placement of rank and patches. Medals and decorations (which the CDF only awards in small numbers in any event), as well as qualification badges are only worn with dress uniforms.


Headgear in all three uniforms consists of berets, in various colors reflecting unit of assignment, worn with a branch or corps cap badge, supplemented with brimmed boonie-type caps during field service when helmets are not worn. The CDF abolished nation-specific beret or beret flashes and cap badges and standardized headgear for all four nations in 2181.




Copyright, James Boschma, 2003

Confederation of Palestine Military Weapons