|Parent Organization||U.S. Military|
|Headquarters||Textile Factory 17|
FRONTLINE is a civilian defense and emergency response program created in July 2009 under the auspices of the Department of Defense. Its membership is comprised entirely of Evolved individuals, and its purpose is to provide a final line of defense against the actions of violent Evolved. FRONTLINE is to SWAT what the National Guard is to conventional law enforcement. FRONTLINE does not enforce laws, but has the task of defusing dangerous situations by any means appropriate.
For information on the Black-Ops FRONTLINE team, see: FRONTLINE-OS.
FRONTLINE candidates are drawn primarily from Evolved members of the armed forces. Civilian candidates may be considered only if they have background and training commiserate with the duties of FRONTLINE, and have a minimum of potential sources of conflict. Due to the minority of Evolved available for inclusion in FRONTLINE units, female candidates are permissible provided they meet all other requirements.
Basic eligibility requirements for the U.S. armed forces apply to FRONTLINE candidates:
- US citizen or legal non-citizen resident
- High school diploma or equivalent
- Of appropriate age
- Has no dependents under the age of 18
Requirement waivers may be applied for (or be applied for you) in some cases, and particularly if a draft is deemed necessary.
Duties and Role
FRONTLINE units are expected to be close-knit, highly mobile, and largely self-sufficient teams. They may be summoned to deal with Evolved situations at any hour of the day and on any day of the year, with backup often not available in a timely fashion. Squads are therefore designed such that members have separate, complementary specialties. However, all members of FRONTLINE must also have the basic skills and training that allow them to pull their weight in general operations of the unit; specialty alone is not enough. For example, while units have a 'medical officer' position, the person with this role will be as active in operations as any other; there are no bystanders. The assignment of two squads per unit provides redundancy and inherent support when necessary, also allowing the two teams to operate separately and address situations that come up simultaneously.
FRONTLINE operates solely to the assistance of local and federal law enforcement. While the teams are culled from military trained individuals, they are not a part of the United States Armed Forces, and are considered supplementary tactical assistance to organizations such as state and city police and federal agencies such as the NYPD, strictly for the handling of situations where Evolved abilities are required.
Situations that may cause a FRONTLINE team or unit to be called in include but are not limited to:
- Resolving high-risk situations, particularly hostage or standoff scenarios or involving violent Evolved individuals
- Counter-terrorism operations in the unit's area of authority
- Providing superior assault firepower, particularly in breaching building or barricade defenses
- Security against Evolved attacks for high-profile visiting dignitaries and public events
Each member of FRONTLINE is codified with a specialization inherent to their training and expertise. While it is not a cut-and-dry mandatory means by which the teams are divided, it is a helpful way to categorize members with easy to reference skill archetypes. It should not be seen, however, as a strict limitation of a character's capabilities.
Manage and maintain the team out in the field, communicate with both logistics and intelligence officers to form sound tactical plans. A Frontline Commander is expected to know his team, understand it and be able to best utilize their skills and talents in high-stress and high-risk situations. This is a leadership position that will be in direct contact with the Frontline Operations Command, Sarisa Kershner.
Ensure the integrity of the Horizon communication systems, manage inter-team comm links and systems and provide critical analysis of enemy communications when available. Communications officers are expected to ensure that their team members are always capable of staying in touch with one another, and also when in the field is the officer expected to make contact back to Intelligence and Command when necessary.
Frontline intelligence officers gather and assess data on critical missions and analyze team performance and recommend changes in plans of attack and actions to team logistics officer based on prior experience. Frontline's intelligence position is one that assesses an enemy combatant's strengths and helps bring vital tactical information to logistics and team commander, they are the brains of the operation.
A Frontline logistics officer provides tactical assessment of information provided by the intelligence officer. They make long and short term plans for assignments and operations, and are expected to be able to develop recommended courses of actions on the fly in high-stress and high-risk situations and propose them to the Commander of their squad for implementation. They are not in charge of a team, but are often integral to giving a Commander tactical and well-planned operations suggestions in the field and on base.
It is the responsibility of Frontline's medical officer to be able to provide emergency medical care for civillian and Frontline squad members in the field. Their primary duty is ensuring the life and safety of their team and assisting in the medical aid of law-enforcement officers that may be wounded in the line of duty and need extraction. A Frontline medical officer will find himself in high-risk situations where quick thinking and a strong knowledge of field medicine will be essential.
The weapons assignment in a Frontline team are members critical to the maintenance and armament of the Squad. They serve as quartermaster to their Squad's armory, maintain the cleanliness of weapons and armor and ensure that ammunition is prepared and ready for any singular mission. A Frontline weapons specialist is expected to know the right tool for the job and be able to handle demolitions and also serve in line of fire to support their team.
FRONTLINE, being sponsored by the United States Army, is not only privileged to be afforded cutting-edge military hardware and armaments to better perform their job as a public security section, but also serves as battlefield testing for new United States Military weapons and armor research. Members of FRONTLINE are often outfitted with bleeding-edge technology as a part of the united States Military's "Future Force Warrior" program, serving to gather field-data on the US Military's newest tools and technology.
As such, FRONTLINE is one of the single-best equipped and most advanced peacekeeping forces in the world, combining the United States Military's cutting edge weapons development with the superhuman capabilities of the Evolved to better protect the American way and lifestyle. All of FRONTLINE's cutting edge military hardware is developed by the United States Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center.
For details on some of FRONTLINE's cutting-edge hardware, please view the FRONTLINE Resources page.