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The United States Marine Corps (or simply USMC) is a BLUFOR faction that has been featured in both ArmA: Armed Assault and ArmA 2.

Overview

« Celer, Silens, Mortalis. (Swift, Silent, Deadly.)
USMC Force Reconnaissance motto
»

Background

ArmA: Armed Assault

Marines from the 27th Marine Expeditionary Unit (27th MEU) consisted of the bulk of reinforcements deployed to the Kingdom of South Sahrani in 2006. They were to dispatched to relieve beleaguered U.S. Army/RACS forces being pushed back by the North's full-scale invasion.

Notable members at this time included Colonel Davis, who served as the commander of the 27th, as well as Sergeant Leon Ortega, the protagonist of the Rahmadi Conflict campaign.

ArmA 2

ArmA 2-era USMC emblem.

Deployed to the South Zagoria province of Chernarus at the request of the Chernarussian government-in-exile, the Corps' presence in the country consisted of the 27th Marine Expeditionary Unit (27th MEU) who operated from their lead ship the USS Khe Sanh (LHD-9), a Wasp-class Amphibious Assault Ship based in the Green Sea region.

A battalion of Force Reconnaissance Marines also supported the 2009 offensive, and scouted ahead of the MEU's main invasion against the region.

Their primary objective was to provide training, material, and manpower support to the Chernarussian government forces, who were being overwhelmed in a civil war fighting against an insurgency group calling itself the Chernarussian Movement of the Red Star (ChDKZ). They were to restore order to the wartorn region back into the hands of the legitimate government-in-exile.

At this time, the 27th was commanded by General David Armstrong, with other notable members being Carl Dressler, an officer from the Corps' Intelligence Activity (MCIA) divison, Force Recon commander Captain Shaftoe, as well as the four members of Force Recon callsign Razor Team.

ArmA 2: Operation Arrowhead

As part of the UN-mandated, NATO-led Operation Arrowhead, Marines from both the 27th Marine Expeditionary Unit (27th MEU) and 9th Marine Expeditionary Unit (9th MEU) participated in the first phase of the deployment to Takistan.

The main ground elements from both MEUs were combined into Task Force Bishop. They were based in neighbouring Chernarus as well as off the south-eastern coast of Takistan from the USS Khe Sanh (LHD-9).

History

Events of Armed Assault (2006)

SPOILER ALERT

NOTE: This section contains spoilers from ArmA: Armed Assault's 'Armed Assault' campaign.

USMC air support drives back the SLA at the last minute.

Just as U.S. Army/RACS forces at the Paraíso International Airport were about to be overrun by the SLA, Harrier jets and Viper gunships from the 27th MEU arrive in the nick of time to destroy the bulk of their incoming enemy armour, blasting a hole in their lines and allowing allied forces to stage a successful breakout.

The MEU's Abrams MBTs were then shipped onto the shore, where they supported the ongoing breach.

However, the northern coast of Paraíso was still too heavily fortified even for the MEU's tanks to assault. USMC special forces, aided by their Army counterparts, infiltrated and sabotaged SLA anti-aircraft defences. Airstrikes then mopped up the rest, allowing their ground forces to proceed directly to Corazol and the other border cities. After two more days of fierce fighting, the South was fully liberated and control of its northern border was restored.

The 27th MEU's ground forces land all across Northern coastlines.

When evidence of Northern atrocities are discovered by Southern forces however, the MEU's priorities were reassigned. They were to support a retaliatory invasion of the North instead. The MEU carried out amphibious landings all across Northern shorelines, mainly invading the coastal settlements of Mataredo and Hunapu.

By the end of the day the MEU's ground forces, supported by U.S. Army/RACS forces on other fronts, completely surrounded and eventually seized the Northern capital of Bagango. The capture of Northern leader Prime Minister Torrez, would set into motion a conclusion to the crisis on Sahrani, and also spelt the beginning of the end for the Communist nation.

Events of the Rahmadi Conflict (2006)

SPOILER ALERT

NOTE: This section contains spoilers from ArmA: Queen's Gambit 'Rahmadi Conflict' campaign.

Despite the routing of the SLA and impending dissolution of North Sahrani, remnants of the SLA successfully fled from mainland following Bagango's capture by allied forces. U.S. intelligence worked around the clock to discover the location of the remnants, who were eventually found hiding on the remote island of Rahmadi off the coast of the Sahrani mainland.

The SLA's AA defence network on Rahmadi's coast is crippled by USMC special forces

As an air assault was simply too risky to attempt, two special forces teams were dispatched under the cover of darkness to prepare for an amphibious assault in the early hours of June 17th instead. Both teams successfully sabotaged the coastal defences, and the 27th's ground elements were able to land onto shore safely without further trouble. They quickly established a field camp as they waited for the sun to rise.

The camp eventually falls under attack by noon, though the SLA attackers are quickly driven back. Further information comes in after the CIA "interrogates" Torrez, the former Northern leader informing them that he was not the actual leader of the country but rather former President Ramirez was. Ramirez was presumed to have died two years earlier but he was in fact hiding on Rahmadi.

USMC special forces raided the village in which he had been hiding but he was nowhere to be found. An SLA officer captured at the site reveals that Ramirez had already fled on the eve of the invasion and was being relocated to the island of Porto.

As the only unit capable of capturing Ramirez in time, callsign Nightwolf is immediately airlifted to Porto.

With no time left to spare and Ramirez planning to go into hiding, everything came down to special forces fireteam callsign Nightwolf, who were the closest available unit that could chase down the rogue leader.

Upon landing, Nightwolf intercepts a radio message from Ramirez ordering his elite bodyguards to carry out a massacre against Porto's citizens; all in the hopes of delaying the Marines. Fortunately, Nightwolf succeeds in putting a stop to Ramirez's men, and the former President himself is eventually captured by the Marines.

His capture spells an end to the flashpoint on Sahrani, and the last traces of the North are eliminated at long last.

Post-Rahmadi Conflict

A year following the war's resolution, U.S. Marines continued to maintain a small presence on the island nation, assisting the new government in rebuilding the wartorn nation, and providing security in the unified Kingdom's northern regions.

However a few months later, the reigning King Joseph III is killed in an aviation accident alongside his son and first in the line of succession, Crown Prince Orlando. He is immediately succeeded as ruler by the sole heir to the throne, then-Princess Isabella.

Isabella's first official decree upon assuming the throne was to mandate the ejection of all foreign troops from the country. As such, the last of the Marine garrison would be fully withdrawn from Sahrani by mid 2007.

Events of Operation Harvest Red (2009)

Under its new leader, Gregori Lopotev, a powerful insurgent group called the Chernarussian Movement of the Red Star (ChDKZ) executes the standing Prime Minister of Chernarus, Alexander Baranov, in retaliation for failed negotiations with the Russian government regarding the integration of Chernarus back into the Russian Federation.

Lopotev declared that the nation would now be known as the "Chernarussian Socialistic Republic", while the legitimate civilian government was forced into exile. An urgent meeting is called in the UN Security Council by the Russian Federation to discuss the state of the crisis gripping the ex-U.S.S.R. nation, and to authorise the deployment of Russian peacekeepers into the region.

Much to Moscow's ire, secret discussions between Washington and Novigrad would result in an American-led force taking their place. The 27th MEU is geared into action for Operation Harvest Red, tasked with the duty of preventing further civilian casualties in the ongoing fighting between ChDKZ and remnants of the CDF, as well as the elimination of all ChDKZ forces in South Zagoria.

SPOILER ALERT

NOTE: This section contains spoilers from ArmA 2's 'Operation Harvest Red' campaign.

Shortly before invasion starts, a USMC Force Recon fireteam codenamed Razor Team is deployed to a village on the outskirts of South Zagoria's capital Chernogorsk with the objective of destroying a ChDKZ communications outpost. Along the way, the team discover incriminating evidence of ChDKZ war crimes ranging from mass graves to the torture of the local villagers.

The Battle for Chernogorsk begins as USMC and CDF remnants drive out the ChDKZ

After liberating the village, neutralising their communications, and destroying many of their outposts guarding the coast, the full scale invasion begins. Alongside remnants of the CDF, the Marines of the 27th MEU successfully drive out the ChDKZ garrisons in Chernogorsk, Elektrozavodsk, and all other major cities and towns in the southern half of the country.

Lopotev himself and his aide-de-camp are even captured during fighting, after a raid conducted by Razor Team manages to subdue and restrain them. Before they could be brought back to USMC/CDF lines however, a CDF officer turned double agent betrays the team and causes the death of Razor Team's leader, as well as allowing the two leaders to escape into hiding.

Razor Team capture Lopotev and his subordinates

Despite the setback, joint USMC/CDF elements continue their push north with extensive counterinsurgency (COIN) operations to scour the region for remaining ChDKZ insurgents.

After unsuccessfully tracing several bad leads on Lopotev's possible whereabouts, Razor Team finally manage to track down the position of Mikola Bardak, one of the escapees who initially managed to evade capture. Though Lopotev himself is nowhere to be found, Bardak is successfully prosecuted by U.S. forces and is brought back to the CDF for interrogation.

Bardak is captured once again by Razor Team

With Bardak in their custody and the southern half of the country liberated, the 27th MEU proceed northward to the regions bordering the Russian Federation to eradicate remaining ChDKZ troops. A large ChDKZ base is eventually discovered and wiped out by U.S. forces, along with valuable intel on the possible location of Lopotev gained in the process.

In the meantime, an "alliance" is even (unofficially) struck between anti-ChDKZ National Party (NAPA) guerrillas and Razor Team, though they are strongly distrusted by the locals who see the American presence as a hindrance rather than help.

However, a bitter turn of events is reached after news of a terrorist attack in the Russian capital; supposedly carried out by NAPA extremists, injures hundreds and causes the death of many Russian citizens. Denouncing their intervention as being reckless and poorly managed, the Russian Federation demands the removal of all U.S. forces from the region.

Against their better judgement, their UN-approved mandate is revoked and the 27th MEU is forced to stage a complete withdrawal from the country. Russian forces quickly assume their role as peacekeepers in the region and force the CDF to co-operate with them under the new conditions of their intervention.

Unknowingly however, the bombing was actually staged by a rogue Russian Spetsnaz agent called "Karelin", a pro-ChDKZ fanatic who intended to force the re-integration of the Chernarussian nation back into folds of the Russian Federation.

Razor Team witness the aftermath of Karelin's attack on Manhattan

Just as Razor Team are dispatched to retrieve intel from an informant's house, Karelin's forces engage and destroy the main USMC Forward Operating Base at Manhattan, with almost no survivors remaining aside from Sabre Team's leader who warns them of Russian involvement in his dying breath.

With all of the MEU's forces having long since evacuated from the country, Razor Team go into hiding with the help of NAPA guerrillas. They manage to reach CDF lines and under new orders from their captain, receive commands to conduct further black operations in the country to uncover the truth behind the bombing, as well as to bring Lopotev to justice; all the while hiding their presence from the scrutiny of the Russians.

Razor Team discuss their options as the CDF/NAPA prepare to deliver a final blow to the ChDKZ

With their covert assistance and leadership, Razor Team manage to help the CDF deliver significant blows against the ChDKZ. A formal alliance is also reached with NAPA, who with the addition of evidence retrieved by Razor Team, are proven innocent of the Moscow bombing.

Their efforts eventually pay off as Lopotev is finally captured and brought to the Russians as further proof. With overwhelming hard evidence and the tide of politics against them, the UN Security Council unanimously approves the 27th MEU's redeployment into Chernarus as the Russians themselves are forced to withdraw.

Post-Operation Harvest Red

Completely victorious, Razor Team are debriefed as they return to the Khe Sanh for celebrations

The Chernarussian civil war finally reaches a conclusive end with the help of the 27th MEU.

Peace to the wartorn region is achieved at long last, with Marines assisting in the reconstruction and stabilisation efforts to bring the country back to normality over the coming months.

All information regarding Razor Team's involvement is denied on public record, with the deaths of Russian soldiers simply being blamed on the mistakes of low-level commanders.

Events of Operation Arrowhead (2012)

Three years later, the USMC is once again deployed to support on-going NATO-led operations in the Green Sea region as part of Operation Arrowhead.

Following the Takistani government's refusal to back down from its threats to invade its neighbouring country Karzeghistan, the UN Security Council unanimously agrees to a military intervention to forcibly put a stop to the Takistani regime.

Coalition forces plan of attack. The bulk of the MEU deployed from the Khe Sanh for the first phase of Operation Arrowhead (callsign King).

With the permission of the Chernarussian government, the ground elements from both the 9th and 27th MEU are formed into Task Force Bishop.

They establish staging points on Chernarussian soil along the country's western border, and also position the USS Khe Sanh off the south-eastern coast of Takistan. The deadline eventually passes unheeded on June 1st, 2012, and coalition forces carry out a full-scale invasion.

TF Bishop's primary target was the capital city of Takmyr, as well as the coastal cities and settlements located on the country's eastern region. They seized Takistani government facilities and military installations, and eventually occupied the capital after several hours of fierce fighting.

The USS Khe Sanh suffered light damage when Takistani gunboats swarmed the MEU's landing forces, but were quickly destroyed by a combination of USMC and British Royal Navy FAA airstrikes.

TF Bishop later assisted U.S. Army forces from Task Force Knight, as they prepared to attack the central regions of Takistan. They established forward observation bases near Takmyr, and set up FARPs for their aircraft to resupply from.

Equipment

ArmA: Armed Assault

MARPAT Desert camouflage pattern (Armed Assault)

USMC reinforcements utilised the latest in American-made military hardware, gadgets and optoelectronic systems.

Almost every Marine is equipped with a set of night vision goggles and mainly wear the Marine Corps Combat Utility Uniform (MCCUU) camouflaged in the Corps' arid version of the MARPAT camouflage pattern.

For ballistic safety, Marines wore coyote brown-coloured Interceptor Body Armor (IBA) vests for chest/torso protection and the Lightweight Helmet (LWH) for headgear, similarly camouflaged in MARPAT Desert.

ArmA 2

MARPAT Woodland camouflage pattern (ArmA 2)

The 27th MEU continues to wear both the MCCUU and Lightweight Helmets, though both are now concealed by the Corps' iconic digital woodland MARPAT camouflage as the latter is better suited for Chernarus' forested environment.

Unlike in Armed Assault, Marines now wear the modernised Modular Tactical Vest (MTV) for body armour, which are coloured in either coyote brown or camouflaged in MARPAT Woodland. Specialist and ammo bearer Marines on the other hand, carry Improved Load Bearing Equipment (ILBE) rucksacks and kitbags.

Arsenal

Armoury

Image

Name Description
Arma2-icon-stinger.png

FIM-92F Stinger

Surface-to-Air Missile Launcher
Diameter: 70 mm
Arma1-icon-g36.png

G36

Assault Rifle
Calibre: 5.56×45 mm NATO
Arma1-icon-g36c.png

G36C

Carbine
Calibre: 5.56×45 mm NATO
Arma1-icon-g36k.png

G36K

Carbine
Calibre: 5.56×45 mm NATO
Arma2-icon-javelin.png

Javelin Launcher

Anti-Tank Missile Launcher
Diameter: 127 mm
Arma2-icon-m9.png

M9

Handgun
Calibre: 9×19 mm
Arma2-icon-m4a1.png

M4A1

Carbine
Calibre: 5.56×45 mm NATO
Arma1-icon-m16a4.png

M16A4

Assault Rifle
Calibre: 5.56×45 mm NATO
Arma1-icon-m24.png

M24

Sniper Rifle
Calibre: 7.62×51 mm NATO
Arma2-icon-m107.png

M107

Anti-Materiel Sniper Rifle
Calibre: .50 BMG
Arma2-icon-at4.png

M136

Rocket Launcher
Diameter: 84 mm
Arma2-icon-l7a2.png

M240

General-Purpose Machine Gun
Calibre: 7.62×51 mm NATO
Arma2-icon-m249.png

M249 SAW

Light Machine Gun
Calibre: 5.56×45 mm NATO
Arma2-icon-mk12.png

Mk12 SPR

Designated Marksman Rifle
Calibre: 5.56×45 mm NATO
Arma2-icon-mp5.png

MP5A5

Submachine Gun
Calibre: 9×19 mm

Motor Pool

Vehicle Role Notes
Arma1-render-a10.png
A-10
Ground Attack Craft - Cannot transport any passengers
Arma1-render-cobra.png
AH-1Z
Medium Attack Helicopter - Cannot transport any passengers
Arma1-render-ah6olive.png
AH-6
Light Attack Helicopter - Cannot transport any passengers
Arma1-render-av8b.png
AV-8
Ground Attack Jet - Is able to toggle between standard and vertical flight modes
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Camel
Fighter Plane - Cannot transport any passengers
Arma1-render-zodiac.png
CRRC
Rubber Inflatable Boat - Can transport up to 4 passengers
Arma1-render-hmmwvwoodland.png
HMMWV
Light Utility Vehicle - Can transport up to 3 passengers
Arma1-render-m1a1.png
M1A1
Main Battle Tank - Cannot transport any passengers
Arma1-render-m113woodland.png
M113
Armoured Personnel Carrier - Amphibious
- Variable transportation capacity depending on variant
- Has dedicated variant that can heal injured infantry
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MH-6
Light Transport Helicopter - Can transport up to 5 passengers
Arma1-render-rhib.png
RHIB
Light Patrol Vessel - Variable transportation capacity depending on variant
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Stryker
Modular Armoured Fighting Vehicle - Variable transport capacity depending on variant
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UH-60
Utility Helicopter - Can transport up to 13 passengers

Armoury

Image

Name Description
Arma2-icon-dmr.png

DMR

Designated Marksman Rifle
Calibre: 7.62×51 mm NATO
Arma2-icon-javelin.png

FGM-148 Javelin

Anti-Tank Missile Launcher
Diameter: 127 mm
Arma2-icon-stinger.png

FIM-92F Stinger

Surface-to-Air Missile Launcher
Diameter: 70 mm
Arma2-icon-m4a1.png

M4A1

Carbine
Calibre: 5.56×45 mm NATO
Arma2-icon-m16a4.png

M16A4

Assault Rifle
Calibre: 5.56×45 mm NATO
Arma2-icon-m24.png

M24

Sniper Rifle
Calibre: 7.62×51 mm NATO
Arma2-icon-m40a3.png

M40A3

Sniper Rifle
Calibre: 7.62×51 mm NATO
Arma2-icon-m107.png

M107

Anti-Materiel Sniper Rifle
Calibre: .50 BMG
Arma2-icon-at4.png

M136

Rocket Launcher
Diameter: 84 mm
Arma2-icon-m240.png

M240

General-Purpose Machine Gun
Calibre: 7.62×51 mm NATO
Arma2-icon-m249.png

M249 SAW

Light Machine Gun
Calibre: 5.56×45 mm NATO
Arma2-icon-m1014.png

M1014

Shotgun
Calibre: 12 Gauge

Arma2-icon-m1911.png

M1911

Handgun
Calibre: .45 ACP
Arma2-icon-m9.png

M9

Handgun
Calibre: 9×19 mm
Arma2-icon-mk12.png

Mk12 SPR

Designated Marksman Rifle
Calibre: 5.56×45 mm NATO
Arma2-icon-mk48.png

Mk 48 Mod 0

Medium Machine Gun
Calibre: 7.62×51 mm NATO
Arma2-icon-mp5.png

MP5A5

Submachine Gun
Calibre: 9×19 mm
Arma2-icon-smaw.png

SMAW

Rocket Launcher
Diameter: 83 mm

Motor Pool

Vehicle Role Notes
Arma2-render-a10.png
A-10 Thunderbolt II
Ground Attack Craft - Cannot transport any passengers
Arma2-render-aav.png
AAVP-7A1
Armoured Personnel Carrier - Amphibious
- Can transport up to 19 passengers
Arma2-render-cobra.png
AH-1Z
Medium Attack Helicopter - Cannot transport any passengers
Arma2-render-apache.png
AH-64D
Heavy Attack Helicopter - Cannot transport any passengers
Arma2-render-av8b.png
AV-8B Harrier
Ground Attack Jet - Is able to toggle between standard and vertical flight modes
Arma2-render-c130.png
C-130J Hercules
Cargo Plane - Can transport up to 25 passengers
Arma2-render-zodiac.png
CRRC
Rubber Inflatable Boat - Can transport up to 4 passengers
Arma2-render-f35.png
F-35 Lightning II
Stealth Multi-Role Fighter - Is able to toggle between standard and vertical flight modes
Arma2-render-hmmwvwoodland.png
HMMWV
Light Utility Vehicle - Variable transportation capacity depending on variant
- Has a dedicated variant that can heal injured infantry
Arma2-render-lav25.png
LAV-25
Armoured Personnel Carrier - Amphibious
- Can transport up to 9 passengers
- Has a separate command vehicle variant for use in Warfare scenarios
Arma2-render-m1a1woodland.png
M1A1
Main Battle Tank - Cannot transport any passengers
Arma2-render-m1a2tuskwoodland.png
M1A2 TUSK
Main Battle Tank - Cannot transport any passengers
Arma2-render-m270woodland.png
M270 MLRS
Self-Propelled Rocket Artillery - Rocket-based artillery system
- Cannot transport any passengers
Arma2-render-m1030.png
M1030
Motorbike - Can transport one passenger
Arma2-render-mh60s.png
MH-60S
Utility Helicopter - Can transport up to 12 passengers
Arma2-render-mountainbike.png
Mountain bike
All-Terrain Bicycle - Cannot transport any passengers
Arma2-render-reaper.png
MQ-9 Reaper
UAV / UCAV - Autonomous
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MTVR
Utility Truck - Variable transportation capacity depending on variant
- Has dedicated variants that can repair, rearm, and refuel ground vehicles
Arma2-render-osprey.png
MV-22 Osprey
VTOL Transport - Can transport up to 23 passengers
- Is able to toggle between standard and vertical flight modes
Arma2-render-rhib.png
RHIB
Light Patrol Vessel - Variable transportation capacity depending on variant
Arma2-render-towingtractor.png
Towing tractor
Aircraft Tow Tractor - Cannot transport any passengers
Arma2-render-uh1y.png
UH-1Y
Utility Helicopter - Can transport up to 7 passengers

Gallery

ArmA: Armed Assault


ArmA 2

Video

Trivia

  • In Armed Assault, USMC forces do not exist as a standalone faction. Rather, they are considered to be a sub-faction that is subordinate to the broader "U.S. Army" faction.
    • The USMC sub-faction was not added until the release of Patch 1.14, which also included the Warfare mode.
    • As a result, the in-game USMC faction is incorrectly depicted with using Army vehicles and aircraft like the Stryker IAV or the UH-60 Black Hawk. They are however, authentically portrayed wielding M16A4 assault rifles as their service weapon.
  • During ArmA 2's Alpha stage of development, Marine units were shown wearing the exact same IBA vests as their predecessors in Armed Assault, and were merely retextured to suit Chernarus' woodland environment. By the game's release however, they were correctly remodelled to wear MTV plate carriers instead.
  • TF Bishop's involvement in Operation Arrowhead is never depicted in-game as there are no desert Marine units (unlike in Armed Assault).
    • Likewise, their occupation of Takymr is not shown in regular gameplay as the coastal regions of Takistan are not available as playable terrains. Information of their involvement was only made available through the campaign's intro news report, which details their involvement in the first phase of the operation.
  • Prior to its drastic development overhaul in 2012, the 27th MEU were directly mentioned by name in the buildup to the setting of ArmA 3's main campaign.
    • Tasked with defending the Greek island of Limnos - the former name of the Altis terrain before ArmA 3's overhaul - the MEU was wiped out by a massive invasion force of Iranian troops in 2025; at the height of the original storyline's global conflict. The 27th MEU's annihilation would pave the way for the island's occupation (and subsequently, the rest of Greece).
    • Given the significantly altered setting of the main campaign's release version however, it's not known as to what extent the 27th MEU's remnants (if any) would have played in the original storyline.

External links

See also

Factions of ArmA 2
BLUFOR USMCCDFU.S. ArmyKSKACRBritish Army
OPFOR Russian Armed ForcesChDKZTakistani ArmyTakistani Militia
Independent NAPATakistani RebelsUnited NationsION
Operation Arrowhead | British Armed Forces
Factions - BLUFOR (ArmA 2)
USMCCDFU.S. ArmyKSKACRBritish Army
Operation Arrowhead | British Armed Forces
Sub-factions
ArmA: Armed Assault Black ElementResistanceUSMC
ArmA 2 Bystrican MilitiaTakistani Militia
ArmA 3 CTRGIDAPTask Force AegisThe Visitors*Viper
ArmA: Mobile Ops Attidan GuerrillasTask Force
* this sub-faction does not canonically exist within the main Armaverse timeline.