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Humanity's defense against the Titans is a full-time, professional army trained to deal with the beasts. The military (軍事 Gunji?) is divided into three forces: the Scout Regiment, which explores outside human territory to hostile areas in a bid for expansion; the Garrison, which patrols and maintains the Walls, keeping Titans out and acting as the first to engage the Titans if the gate is destroyed; and the Military Police, the top-ranking soldiers who serve as the personal guards for the king and maintain order within the Walls. Additionally, the Cadet Corps oversees the training and education of recruits in order to join one of the aforementioned forces.
Ranked among the most elite soldiers, they are tasked with attempting to reclaim territory that has been lost to the Titans. Despite being the most well-trained, they often come under dispute from those within the Walls and are constantly under threat of being disbanded since they suffer high losses, and usually fail to supply results. The current commander is Hange Zoë.
The Military Police are in charge of keeping order inside the Walls and protecting the King. Due to their important function as guardians of the most important humans, only the top 10 cadets from a graduating class are permitted to join them. Despite recruiting from only the best, they are shown to be corrupt and often incompetent due to the nature of their work inside the Walls, far away from Titans. The current commander is Nile Dawk.
The Garrison is responsible for patrolling, maintaining, and protecting the Walls. They are set the task of evacuating citizens and dispatching Titans in the case of an emergency breach in the Walls. Falling intermediately between the Scouts and Military Police, the soldiers in the Garrison are second to the former in Titan combat and are less corrupt than the latter. Garrison soldiers assigned to the southern part of the walls are seen as the most experienced, since Titans have been noted to primarily come from the south. The highest ranking officer of the southern territories is Dot Pyxis.
The Cadet Corps oversees the education and training of recruits. They assess the qualifications and eligibility of the cadets over the course of the training regime. Upon graduation, the cadets choose either of the three main branches to join and formally begin their careers in the military. A commandant of the Cadet Corps (particularly of the 104th Cadet Corps) is Keith Sadies.
Though the army is full time and has protected the Walls for over 100 years, it is largely corrupt. The Military Police are thought to be the worst, as they actively avoid fighting the Titans, preferably staying alive in the interior. They are also responsible for the lack of technological advancement and various other issues inside the Walls. Under them is the Garrison, thought to be lazy, irresponsible, and cowardly, though, after the breach in the Shiganshina District, their tactics and personnel have achieved amazing improvements. The Scout Regiment are the least corrupt of the three, fighting only for the sake of humanity and reclaiming the land lost to the Titans.
Uniform and equipment
All members of the military wear similar combat uniforms consisting of a short, light brown jacket with the badge of the division on both shoulders, on the front left pocket and on the center of the back, a light-colored shirt, a dark brown sash around the waist covering the hips, white pants, and dark brown knee-high leather boots. The Scout Regiment members often wear a heavy, green, hip-length hooded cloak with the Wings of Freedom on the back, usually when conducting missions outside of human territory. Cadets have been observed to wear the cloaks, albeit without any symbols when conducting marches in the rain. All branches also have the same dress uniform, which is an olive-green trench coat, featuring the badge of the regiment in the same positions as the combat uniform. Troops directly under command of the premier have blank badges on their uniforms rather than having a badge of any certain division.
The main equipment of the military is the omni-directional mobility gear, which is also their main weapon used in conjunction with two snap-off blades attached to the hand grips. However, the Military Police often use muskets, since they mostly deal with people and rarely with Titans.
- According to Isayama, a trend within the Walls is to badmouth the various military units.
- Although cadets are given the choice to join one branch of the military, they are able to leave their selected branch to join a different one. This is seen when both Floch and Marlo Freudenberg left their original branches (the Garrison and Military Police, respectively) and joined the Scouts.