The First Army is composed of non-Grisha Ravkans, sometimes referred to as Otkazat'sya in historical texts. There is a natural rivalry, bordering on hostility, between the First and Second Armies, arising from a mistrust of Grisha power on the part of the First Army, and a scorn for the ordinariness of otkazat'sya on the part of the Second Army. This friction exemplifies the wider conflict between Grisha and the magic-less peoples who have historically feared and persecuted them.
Like the Second Army, both men and women are enlisted. This is mainly due to Ravka's constant state of war with its neighbors coupled with the detrimental effects of the Shadow Fold dividing the country. The First Army does not recruit soldiers outside of Ravka, unlike the Second Army.
- 22nd Regiment
- Royal Corps of Surveyors
- Captain (Kapitan)
The basic First Army uniform consists of a tunic, trousers, an olive coat and leather boots.
Soldiers are issued rifles.
- Military stronghold in Poliznaya.