Chapter 196 (Part 2): Deal with the foreign friends!
This chapter part had many troublesome terms to translate, so it took longer than usual.
With a straight face, Xu Zhenggang slowly said,
“Captain Yue! I believe that there is a problem with the current establishment of our armed forces! Not including the scum battalion, our current armed personnel have already exceeded 500 men. Using the crude establishment of teams, squadrons, brigades and the like to command the troops to launch a coordinated attack is very problematic. If our armed forces continue increasing, this sort of model is not conducive to our command and control over them. Personally, I think that we should initiate a formalized reorganization of the troops whilst our armed personnel are still not that many in number.”
When Yue Zhong had originally reorganized the teams at Always Bright Village, he didn’t think too much at the time. It was just that he had wanted to organize an elite squad, pass through the zombie hordes and go back to Guangxi to find his loved ones. Yue Zhong didn’t have a military background and he also didn’t have much experience, therefore he only ended up forming a bizarre, crude establishment consisting of a team, squadron and brigade.
(Note: Always Bright Village was where Yue Zhong overthrew Tiger, before he headed to Longhai City Base.)
For searching for supplies and battles on a small scale, this type of crude establishment didn’t have many problems. However, with one glance, professional military officers like Xu Zhenggang would be able to make out the shortcomings of an establishment as such, that it wasn’t conducive to the control and mobilization of a large force. Also, the prospects of promotion for the squad members wasn’t clear enough- being promoted to the official team meant already reaching the peak.
Yue Zhong understood everything instantly.
“You mean to carry out a reorganization of the troops in accordance with the establishment and model of the regular army?”
Xu Zhenggang rigidly handed a copy of the information to Yue Zhong.
“Right! The current military establishment has already undergone the test of time and practice. There are basically no major oversights. I believe that we should reorganize according to the establishment and model of the regular army. This is the establishment that is able to emerge from our current military strength, please have a look.”
Yue Zhong received that copy of information to have a look, only to see that upon the copy, it was written clearly that the military strength of his powers could be reorganized into a reinforced battalion, with four reinforced companies under its management. Even the number of people in each company and the basic equipment required was clearly written down. It was only for the military officers of the individual companies and platoons that nothing was written.
After Yue Zhong finished reading that information copy, he said towards Xu Zhenggang,
“I know now! I will consider it, you withdraw first!”
“Yes!” Xu Zhenggang performed a standard military salute towards Yue Zhong and then withdrew.
The rumor of Yue Zhong preparing to reorganize the troops spread very quickly among the captains of each team. Many people had their hearts heat up and people began walking around in Yue Zhong’s area more frequently.
In the establishment of that battalion, Yue Zhong himself would naturally serve as the commander. The person he chose as deputy battalion commander was Chi Yang, which no one objected. However, regarding the officer positions below battalion commander- company commander, deputy company commander, platoon commander and deputy platoon commander- people couldn’t help but be tempted.
Three days later, Yue Zhong summoned all of the main personnel under his command to Qing Yuan County to have a meeting.
The seats in the meeting room had long been filled up with the captains of each team under Yue Zhong’s command, all of them from different social classes. Before the ‘end of the world’, some were farmers, some were villagers, some were soldiers, some were prisoners, some were students… there were all kinds of people gathered together here due to a strange combination of circumstances, yet between them, they still formed small groups in accordance with their status and motives.
Sitting beside Liu Yan, Kong Tianyu cracked a smile and said,
“Captain Liu, this time I will congratulate you first. You began following Captain Yue the earliest, it looks like the position of a company commander won’t escape from you.”
(Note: Kong Tianyu is a ruthless guy under Yue Zhong’s command. I have no idea when he appeared- if anyone does know, please tell me in the comments. Liu Yan is an ex-gunman of Tiger, whom Yue Zhong overthrew.)
Liu Yan glanced in the direction of Chen Shitou and slowly let out a sigh,
“Not necessarily. Chi Yang can definitely become the commanding officer of a company. Ji Qingwu will maybe become the commanding officer of a company as well. Captain Yue always holds Da Gouzi in high regard, maybe he can also become the commanding officer of a company. There is also Chen Shitou, whose daughter has an ambiguous relationship (affair) with Captain Yue. He also isn’t weak in strength and so he is another candidate for the company commander positions. Wang Shuang is actually Captain Yue’s classmate and his earliest follower. That fellow Xu Zhenggang has outstanding military accomplishments and puts his whole heart into developing the armed forces. He has the support of Wu Guang and others from the former army as well, and is also a candidate for the company commander positions. Ah, the competition is fierce!!”
Kong Tianyu’s eyebrows furrowed and he thought for a moment: it really was as Liu Yan had said, the competition for the company commander positions truly was fierce to the extreme.
The captains of the other individual teams were also discussing between each other in low voices, mainly about the four company commander positions. One company commander would be able to have 100 subordinates. Even amid Yue Zhong’s influence, they would be a vital officer.
Just then, Yue Zhong strode into the meeting room, with Guo Yu, who was wearing a professional suit, following behind him as if she were his shadow.
As soon as Yue Zhong entered the meeting room, all of the captains quietened down, their eyes full of glows as they looked towards him.
After he sat down and observed the surroundings, Yue Zhong said to Guo Yu,
“The meeting officially starts. Guo Yu, come read out my decision.”