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A question about armies in the United States [May. 30th, 2006|11:39 am]
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How realistic would it be to have a 4,500-strong military unit opperating in secret, with all of the attendand support-staff?
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[User Picture]From: it_gurl
2006-05-30 07:31 pm (UTC)
How much of a secret?
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[User Picture]From: ingriam
2006-05-30 08:06 pm (UTC)
The general public is completely unaware of their existence. The situation is a lot like the SGC in the first few seasons of Stargate: SG-1.
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[User Picture]From: it_gurl
2006-05-30 08:34 pm (UTC)
well... you can move around 5,000 troups relatively quickly (I think it would take about a week from orders to boots on the ground) but too many people would be involved to keep it a secret.

Not only would the soldiers themselves know, but their families, any civilan employees on the base they're deployed from, pilots and such on the planes deploying them, people on the supply lines, airport employees seeing large quanties of soldiers moving through, would all know or have an idea.

Remember the old saying, Three people can keep a secret if two of them were dead.

It would be MUCH easier to lie using the truth. Claim they were regular Army doing training operations or some such.
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[User Picture]From: it_gurl
2006-05-30 08:37 pm (UTC)
I missed that the whole unit was secret, not just you want to move them in secret...

Reading comprehension, Jen!

Anyhoo, mostly still applies.

If you had the Army (or whatever branch they're affiliated with) hand pick people with little or no family ties, the right psych profiles, etc, then it could be possible to have them operate as a shadow unit.
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[User Picture]From: ingriam
2006-05-30 08:53 pm (UTC)
One problem with that scenario: the enemy they're fighting has been covertly kidnapping people and genetically-engineering them into telepathically-controllable monsters called Zoanoids. This army would have to make sure that all of their personnel were free from any gene-tampering, and also that their staff didn’t leak any information to civilians.

If their enemy or any agents thereof, whether they were aware of their new affiliation or not, became aware of their existence they would be in serious danger.
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[User Picture]From: it_gurl
2006-05-30 09:44 pm (UTC)
In that case, it would be possible to hide their existance if they were selected carefully and assuming that the enemy does not have access to something like satillite images.

Sounds very interesting!
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[User Picture]From: tortillafactory
2006-05-30 08:24 pm (UTC)
I don't think it's terribly difficult to conceal things from the general public, assuming that operations go on in an isolated place. The main problem would be those who are involved keeping a secret. Presumably there are people there who have contact with the outside world, which would make it very easy for them to either purposely or accidentally betray some knowledge. If you give them a cult-like devotion, some very important and heartfelt reason for keeping a secret, it would be feasible.
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