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Assignmemnt to a Hirðmenn Hirð is open to Hirðmenn and Hersar, is not guaranteed or systematic, and is based on various factors including regional availability. Integration within a Berserkir Hirð is normally automatic and at the discretion of any man who has reached the rank of Berserkr. Induction into a Úfhéðnar Hirð is a privilege available to Úfhéðnar only, and subjected to specific and complex rules and conditions.
Each Hirðmenn Hirð is a reserve force, composed of up to 12 men, led and represented by one or two Hirðarforinjar (Unit Leaders), typically but not necessarily a Hersir. The Hirðarforinjar are responsible for the leadership, training and readiness of their Hirð, for the resolution of disputes within the unit, as well as for all actions and activities involving the members of their Hirð.
While Hirðmenn Hirðir are self-governed and enjoy a great degree of independence, they are nonetheless expected to comply with various organizational rules in order to easily be integrated within the chain of command as required, should these units ever be activated by a Berserkir Hirð or Úfhéðnar Hirð.
Hirðmenn Hirðir falls primarily under the indirect command of Berserkir Hirðir or Úfhéðnar Hirðir. Hirðmenn Hirðir are also represented by Hirðarforinjar at the þing (Assembly) and are subjected to the jurisdiction of a Berserkir Hirð, a Úfhéðnar Hirð, or Fimtardómr (Fifth Court) for court martial.
Berserkir Hirðir are active combat-ready units, composed of up to 16 men, led by one or two Hirðarhöfðingjar (Unit Commanders), normally Berserkir, but also possibly a Úfheðinn in rare emergency situations requiring the implementation of secondary protocols. Berserkir Hirðir are fully operational within Jómsvíkingar. The Hirðarhöfðingjar are responsible for the leadership, training and readiness of their Hirð, for the resolution of disputes within the unit, as well as for all actions and activities involving the members of their Hirð.
Berserkir Hirðir enjoy a high level of independence and are normally responsible for their own day-to-day operations and general rules (unless the subject of secondary protocols). They are nonetheless required to comply with various stringent organizational and command rules and procedures.
Berserkir Hirðir falls under the direct command of of a specific Úfhéðnar Hirð. Berserkir Hirðir are also represented by Hirðarforinjar at the þing (Assembly) and are primarily subjected to the jurisdiction of their commanding Úfhéðnar Hirð, and in some instances, the Fimtardómr (Fifth Court) for court martial.
Úlfhéðnar Hirðir are active combat-ready and special-forces-level units, composed of 12 men, led by two Hirðarhöfðingjar (Unit Commanders), who are always Úfhéðnar. The Hirðarhöfðingjar are responsible for the leadership, training and readiness of their Hirð, and ultimately, Hirðir under their command. They are also responsible for the resolution of disputes within their own unit, as well as for all actions and activities involving the members of their own Hirð.
Úlfhéðnar Hirðir may fall under the direct command of one Úfhéðnar Hirð with dominant status within the organization.
Hirðarhöfðingjar of the dominant Úlfhéðnar Hirð are also Hershöfðingjar (Force Commanders), acting as commanders of Norðsherstjórn (Northern Force Command, or NHS), and are therefore in command of multiple Úlfhéðnar Hirðir as well as Berserkir Hirðir. They are also ultimately in command of Jómsvíkingar as well as Skjǫldrinn.
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