Due to the economical, industrial, and societal devastation which came as a result of the flash, most militaries across the entire world were forced to undergo great changes and reform. The United States Military was not exempt from these worldwide reforms. As the extremely numerous threats of the wasteland grew, so did the funding to militaries and government agencies involved with the rebuilding of America. As a result of this, the USCPF has been able to maintain large amounts of high-quality equipment throughout the entire series. Wielding seemingly endless funding, body armor, advanced weapons, superb aircraft, and tens of thousands of vehicles , the USCPF rightly deserves its place as the single strongest faction in all of North America (if not the world).
Prior to the Atlanta Crisis, the USCPF mostly relied on reliable and cheap preflash equipment such as the TSR-31, the MRAP, and the M2013 Eisenhower. Most threats the USCPF faced at the time did not require a large force of vehicles and other equipment to deal with. All changed with the sudden start to the Atlanta Crisis, when the CDF and the MEB sent wave after wave of infantry and vehicles towards USCPF positions. Suddenly, the USCPF was forced to go from a stance of rebuilding and reunification to full-on conventional warfare. Funding to the military was greatly increased and the USCPF's equipment saw many drastic changes and improvements.
With the Arms Industry (barring DECorp) under direct government control, the United States is a complete wartime production powerhouse. With no military-industrial complex and private arms manufacturing companies to deal with, the United States is able to pull all the stops to provide the USCPF with large amounts of high-quality and expensive equipment such as the 3-D printed Levi platform or B-21 LRSB.
Infantry Equipment Edit
The flash's nuclear devastation saw the new world filled with an extreme amount of threats which could potentially have finished the job of ending civilization the nukes had started. As a result, military funding became America's top priority as mutant and bandit hordes ravaged the already devastated wastes. The USCPF maintained quality equipment, training, and vehicles throughout the decades while many other factions and nations were forced to make do with whatever pathetic pre-flash technology they could scavenge, possibly even simple shotguns and hunting rifles. This is all, of course, excluding the MEB, who turned the CDF from simple local militias to a full-blown fighting force. By the events of D6, military funding has become an even larger priority as the United States remains divided and exactly where Brazil wants them. With such large funding, the USCPF is able to maintain extremely expensive equipment such as the Levi and produce vehicles such as the F-22, B-2, and UR-22.
The US employs a variety of weapons, and is by far the most well-supplied faction in North America. Even though the US can basically use whatever they want, it probably won’t take it too kindly if you’re using weapons such as M4A1s, AK-47s, M24s, etc., which are outdated by the time most ATF games take place.
US forces are usually given an M81 camouflaged Battle Dress Uniform (BDU), a rig, and helmet (with an M81 camouflage cover) along with their weapons. Standard US forces have access to equipment such as entrenching tools, combat shovels, combat knives/bayonets, combat axes, binoculars, flashlights, maps, and gas masks. All troopers are also issued a blanket, a canteen, a mess kit, a shaving kit, a bayonet, and a gas mask. This gear can be carried on the rig and on the standard issue patrol pack. Obviously, every trooper is equipped with a weapon and ammunition too. A soldier's weapon will always depend upon their role. The US has access to throwables (i.e frag grenades, smoke grenades, flash bangs), but it’s uncommon for them to be carrying them. (You’d probably see these equipment common with the MRs+, special forces, etc.)
Standard forces (barring high grade NCOs and officers) do not have any equipment such as body armor (though this may be different in some games), image enhancing items (NVGs, thermal imaging, etc.), or weapon attachments (exceptions are made for basic equipment such as flashlights, bayonets, and simple scopes), since the US can’t arm all of its forces with such equipment. Special Forces such as Marauders are equipped with almost every piece of high quality equipment available in the US Arsenal, utilizing things such as Tier II-A Kevlar and NVGs.
Body Armor/Uniforms Edit
In Deep Winter, USCPF soldiers are issued snow camouflage fatigues featuring an olive green bottom. Simple zip-up vests which do not offer any protection from ballistics or blunt trauma can be worn on top of the fatigues to provide extra warmth and space for storage. Additionally, all uniforms feature insulation and hoods which can be pulled over the head. All USCPF are required to wear gas masks/respirators at all times (except when inside the power plant) with clean/new air filters due to the fact that the air is unclean and full of radiation.
In After the Flash: Sandstorm, which takes place thirty years after Deep Winter, USCPF soldiers are equipped with vastly different equipment. Troops are issued a BDU with a unique desert camouflage pattern and several utility pockets. Tier II Kevlar vests, with several ammunition pouches, are available to all soldiers regardless of rank. The Tier II Kevlar provides protection from rounds up to .357 magnum and/or 9mm FMJ.
Handheld Weapons Edit
This is a short list of weapons that the USCPF employs within its forces.
After The Flash 6 Edit
The Levi-3: The Levi-3 is the standard issue firearm for USCPF forces in ATF: Rain and ATF: Deep Six. It is a select-fire carbine chambered in 5.56x45mm, utilizing 20 round magazines.
The TSR: The TSR, or Tactical Service Rifle, was the standard issue rifle for US forces in the 2030s-80s. Eventually phased out of service, the US brought many of the rifles out of storage when the 2nd American Civil War occurred. It fires in bursts of 3 and utilizes 21 round magazines.
The Dracia: The Draica is a pump action shotgun utilizing a 6-round tube fed magazine. Used by US forces in the East, the Draica uses the 12 gauge #00 buckshot.
The Chimera: Chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO with 7 round magazines, this specialized bolt-action sniper rifle is seen in the hands of the USCPF's snipers and finest marksmen. The Chimera has proven itself to be more than enough for long-range, deadly takedowns.
The Reiner: A belt-fed LMG chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO, the Reiner can serve as both an LMG and a GPMG if fitted with a tripod. Supplemented by the Levi-2, it is usually seen on either a squad or platoon level. While heavier and harder to supply than the Levi-2, its belt-fed design makes it superior for long sustained fire and entrenched positions.
MR0/1: Developed by the Atlas Corporation, the Modular Rifle Mods 0 and 1 are highly specialized weapons used almost exclusively by US special forces. The MR0 is an assault rifle chambered in 5.56x45mm while the MR1 is chambered in 7.62x51mm and sports a holographic sight.
After The Flash 3/5 Edit
- ASR-50: An anti-material rifle chambered in .50 BMG with a 10 round magazine, this weapon has the capability to punch through lightly armored vehicles with ease. It is seen only with extreme rarity, even among the special forces.
- Reiner-7: The Reiner-7 is a fully-automatic light machine gun chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO, with 50 round box magazines. The weapon is the standard issue light machine gun for US forces in the west.
- Mendel: The Mendel is a post-flash standard issue US pistol based on the popular preflash M-11 design. The Mendel is semi-automatic pistol with 10 rounds chambered in 10mm Auto (10x25). It is issued to troops in all US fronts.
- 4-Gauge: The 4-Gauge, with a 6 round tube-fed magazine, is a post-flash replication of the pump-action shotgun which was used alongside the M1014 pre-flash in the US army. As the standard service shotgun for the US in the west, it fires a 4-gauge shell, hence the name.
- Spas-12: Designed in the 20th century, the Spas-12 is a pre-flash shotgun used by the US, and like the Mendel-11 and TSR, is slowly being phased out for more modernized weapons, such as the 4-Gauge shotgun. It fires the 12 Gauge #00 Buckshot with a 6 round tube-fed magazine.
- Mendel-11: The Mendel-11 is a pre-flash pistol with a 10 round magazine that is being phased out of the US for the modernized Mendel and Maxwell pistols. The Mendel-11 is a .45 ACP semi-automatic pistol that is no longer standard issue for US forces but can still be found with older officers and soldiers of the US.
- Colt M1911: This extremely iconic weapon makes a return to the forces of the US, making it the standard issue pistol for support gunners of the US. It chambers the .45 ACP with 7 round magazines, and its effectiveness is on par with the Mendel-11.
- TSR: The TSR, or Tactical Service Rifle, was the standard issue rifle for US forces in the 2030s-80s. It is currently being phased out just like the Mendel-11 for more modernized weapons. The TSR comes in two versions, a burst rifle (which uses 21 round magazines) or a fully automatic light machine gun both being chambered in 5.56x45mm NATO. The TSR LMG variant is extremely rare and hasn’t been in use since the 2040s and 50s.
The USCPF has access to handheld explosives such as C-4, the AT4, Javelins, Fragmentation grenades, flash bangs, smoke grenades, Anti-Tank mines, Anti-Personnel mines, etc. etc. Excluding the frag grenades, these explosives are only utilized by Special Forces operators and trained specialists. Frag grenades are used by grenadiers and occasionally by the standard G.I. Joe.
Heavy use is often made of razor wire, sandbags, concrete barricades, and cinder blocks when rapidly fortifying a position. Combat shovels and trench tools are used to dig foxholes, trenches, and mortar pits.
Ground Vehicles Edit
The United States has perhaps the most formidable vehicular ground force in the known world. Although some of these vehicles are nothing compared to those used by the American military in the years leading up to the flash, they are still of high quality and extremely high quantity, proving invaluable in the heavy conventional fighting the USA faces with the PRT and the MEB. These new ground vehicles are cheap and easy to mass-produce using domestic materials and resources, something that is an absolute must for all post-flash militaries.
M98 McCormmick (MBT)
- Armor: Cast homogeneous steel, front upper hull - 3.67", front lower hull - 5.63", hull sides - 2.9" to 1.41", floor hull - 0.75"
- Crew size: 4 (Commander in turret right rear, gunner in turret right front, loader in turret left rear, driver in hull center front)
- Weight: 102,000 lbs
- Armament: 105mm Gun M68 (HEAT, HE, and AP rounds, total of 60 shells), .30 cal M2095A2 (5900 rounds)
- Max speed: 30 mph
The M98 McCormmick became the main battle tank of the USCPF following the start of the second American Civil war. The tank's design was based off of late 1950s and early 1960s US tanks for their rather cheap and reliable designs, making them easy for the US to mass produce during the war. It is worth nothing that the M98 shares the same engine and armor as the M60A3 Patton. In addition, the M98's main gun, the M68, is capable of firing rounds such as Armor-Piercing Fin Stabilized Discarding Sabot (APFSDS) and High-Explosive Squash Head (HESH). If needed, these could be added to the tank's available store of ammunition.
- Armor: High hard steel structure
- Crew size: 9 total (2 drivers, 7 passengers)
- Weight: 28,400lbs
- Armament: Standard variant - no armament | Anti-tank variant - Twin TOW missile launcher (12 rockets)
- Max speed: 60 mph
The M2031 is the last LAV-3 model made before the flash occurred. This pre-flash design is still produced by the US today and remains an effective combat tool in the war against the PRT and Brazil.
- Crew size: 13 (1 driver, up to 12 passengers)
- Weight: 28,000 lbs
- Armament: .50 cal machine gun
- Max speed: 65 mph
The MRAP is a pre-flash US Military vehicle that proved itself to be an excellent tool for the USCPF in traveling the wastelands. The RG-33 was undergoing replacement until the Atlanta Crisis occurred, causing the MRAP to be put back on the production line and made one of the main ground vehicles of the USCPF.
- Crew size: 14 (1 driver, up to 14 passengers)
- Weight: 7,617 lbs
- Armament: None
- Max speed: 58 mph
The M750 is a cargo truck used by both the USA and PRT. The cargo truck was developed before the Atlanta Crisis to help transport supplies from the industrial midwest to southern US military outposts. The truck is mass produced and used as a cargo and troop transport vehicle.
The American tradition of complete aerial supremacy and power has carried over into the post-flash world, only strengthening after the Atlanta Crisis. With thousands of bombers, fighters, VTOLs, and other aircraft at its disposal, the USCPF has the strongest unrivaled airforce in the entire world. With an arsenal of standard mass-produced aircraft working alongside an arsenal of expensive post-flash aircraft, the USCPF has a large variety of planes to work with.
List of American aircraft Edit
- B-1B Lancer: A reliable supersonic strategical bomber, this aircraft is mass-produced by the US and used to bomb unimportant targets or participate in strategic bombing missions. The B-1B is regarded as a disposable "throw-away" aircraft, being less valuable than the crew-members who pilot it. As a result, the B-1B is the bomber sent to destroy Southside and Fort Wilmington in the Deep Six bomber event.
- F-22 Raptor: A top-of-the line aerial superiority stealth jet with advanced avionics, Raptors are often used to escort large or important bombing missions and to keep the skies clear of hostile aircraft.
- UR-12: The Utility Rotorjet-12 is a pre-flash VTOL which was phased out by the superior UR-22 in the 2030s. By the events of D6, the UR-12 is a relatively uncommon sight which can still be found performing simple and relatively unimportant transport and combat missions.
- F-4 Phantom: An extremely old two-seat fighter-bomber, the F4 still finds some use in the modern American airforce. It fulfills needs for basic aerial superiority and ground attack missions.
- F-35 Lightning: An extremely effective multirole stealth jet, it is able to effectively attack and destroy ground targets while maintaining control of the skies. Fit with advanced electronics and VTOL capability, the F-35 is able to fulfill a large variety of important missions.
- F-117 Nighthawk: The Nighthawk is a 20th century stealth attack aircraft. Despite its capabilities having rusted over the years, it remains a cost-effective component of US aircraft arsenal.
- A-10 Warthog: An extremely sturdy, cheap, and capable CAS aircraft, the A10 has achieved legendary status over the centuries due to its effectiveness. Built around a 30mm GAU gatling autocannon and fit with AGMs, the A-10 can turn vehicles to scrap in a heartbeat.
- C-130 Hercules: A 4-engine turbo-propeller military transport airplane used for medevac, troop, and cargo transport, it is capable of taking off from unprepared runways. Its versatile airframe has led to many variants of the transport plane, including the Spectre gunship, amphibious assault, and search and rescue versions. Although it still remains in American service
- AC-130 Spectre: A heavily armed long-endurance ground-attack variant of the C-130 Hercules. Similar to the A-10 Warthog, it achieved legendary status over the centuries due to its effectiveness against ground targets. Armed with all sorts of big guns, the Spectre is meant to loiter and deal as much ground support as possible before hightailing out of the area and avoiding destruction.
- C17 Globemaster: A hulking four-jet engine transport aircraft, it performs tactical and strategical airlift missions, transporting troops, cargo, and even vehicles across the world.
- UR-22: A pre-war VTOL which is the successor to the Huey, Blackhawk, and most recently, the UR-12. It's extremely reliable and can be used in strafing runs with it's machine gun, but it's usually used for troop and supply transport. It's the most iconic aircraft in use by the USCPF.
- UAR-23: An unmanned drone. It's very useful on risky recon missions when using another aircraft is too dangerous. It's commonly seen supporting troops on the ground with it's .50 cal and mounted rockets.