The SOS Imperial Guard is a branch of the Holy Empire of Haruhi Suzumiya's armed forces responsible for terrestrial military operations and the defense of the Holy Empire's territories. It is technically the youngest of the Holy Empire's armed services, established shortly after the SOS Imperial Marine Corps and using much of its same organization and equipment.
As of 3400, the SOS Imperial Guard is the largest branch of the SOS Imperial Armed Forces in terms of manpower, with 210 million men and women at arms. It is also the least funded of all the services; while the Guard uses much of the same equipment as the Marine Corps, Guard equipment tends to be significantly older.
The basic organization of the SOS Imperial Guard is identical to that of the SOS Imperial Marine Corps; all combat units follow the "rule of threes," which places three subordinates under a commander, not counting support elements. The organization and weapons are from the Guard Table of Organization and Equipment standard. Note that these are principles instead of hard rules; units are free to deviate from the TO&E (e.g. with 4 subordinate units instead of 3, or a commander who is a rank above or below the rank specified) according to manpower and mission needs. Supporting units have their own organization and equipment but generally also follow the "rule of threes."
- 7,000 points spent at game start
- Starting numbers: 210 million troops @ 75,000 personnel/$1, 2.5x kit modifier
The SOS Imperial Marine Corps and SOS Imperial Guard have a shared rank structure for commissioned officers, which is in turn based on those of the historic United States and British Armies. Rank insignia is based on those of the historic United States Armed Forces.
The enlisted rank structure of the SOS Imperial Guard is based on that of the historic United States and British Armies. Rank insignia is based on those of the historic United States Army.