Star Trek - Lost Souls [Cortex +]
Combined Arms Group (CAG)
The Combined Arms Group was formed during the early months of the Second Civil War. The Central Authority had no standing military force, and a call to arms went mostly unanswered by the civilian population.
The CAG was formed and the Central Authority authorized the expenditure of tax funds to pay troops. This concept drew recruits who were dissatisfied with their options as journeyman to various out dated and waning career paths.
After the war the Central Authority maintains the CAG, with authority for it’s use filtering downward to the Territorial level. It’s much like a local malitia that can be tasked by the Central Authority as needed.
Peace time activities for the CAG have mainly been disaster relief, until the plague forced them into a very active public security role. Because the command of the CAG units rested with Territorial Leaders the units were often given wildly different orders depending on who was in command. The Central Authority wasn’t able to convey a consolidated message fast enough, thus creating a state of chaos that local military leaders took to mean “Do what you think is best.”
The CAG is now little more than armed men with no skills outside of soldiering. Some of them have heard the call of the Central Authority and are heading to Ocean Grove to assist in the peace keeping and refugee support. But many wander the country little more than thugs.
General Zerkin was able to rally a large fighting force from CAG troops to bring to bear on the Expedition. They lacked conviction and were kept together by Zerkin’s force of personality. Hie death caused them to fall apart. Field Leader Palmer, a CAG Officer, has begun to enlist those same men to support the expedition and help protect the refugees.