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    Ranks of the Republic Military

    Here is an explanation of the ranks in the Republic Military. The military is divided into two main sections: The Enlisted Corps, where most new recruits sign up, undergo basic training and receive their postings and The Officer Corps, the much smaller branch where the wealthier and more tactically astute recruits undergo training to become the officers of the military.

    When applying, one should consider not only which corps they would rather apply to, but which corps their character would be more suited to. There is no reason that an exceptional soldier cannot be transferred to the Officer Corps later on in their career, but do bear in mind what kind of person would be in each Corps. A career soldier, and all over tough character, would be found in the Enlisted Corps. A tactician would be found in the Officer Corps. Do also bear in mind, that not all requests for the Officer Corps will be accepted, depending on your character's history and personality.

    Training is something that also must be undertaken by new recruits into the Republic. A Recruit in the Enlisted Corps would be trained by a mentor of the rank Corporal or higher, and they would complete their training at a military base. They will be taught the basics of combat and how to work in a unit under Republic command. It is at the discretion of their mentor when they are to have completed their training and upon completion they are granted the title of Private and permitted to fight for the Republic.

    Officer training, however, is a little different. As an Officer Cadet, they will be taken by a mentor of the rank Lieutenant or higher and taught the basics of combat and leadership. At the discretion of this mentor, the cadet may be promoted to the rank of Under Officer. Upon achievement of this, they will continue their training, but also go out on missions, under guidance of their mentor. When they have been deemed by their mentor good enough to lead on their own, they will be promoted to Lieutenant and permitted to take up their own commission.

    The ranks are as follows. Please note, that in the Officer Corps, each rank is noted with it's Army and Naval equivalents. The army rank is listed in green and the navy rank in blue.

    Executive Leadership

    Commander in Chief
    This post is held by the reigning Supreme Chancellor.

    Supreme Commander
    This post is for the leader of the army, and they answer only to the Supreme Chancellor. The Supreme Commander is selected by the Supreme Chancellor, from the Chancellor’s leading Officers, in order to coordinate the war effort. Although usually a General is selected, sometimes a Colonel is chosen for this post. The holder of this post, even if a Colonel, technically outranks every other Officer in the army.

    Officer Corps

    General/Admiral
    This is the highest rank in the Officer Corps that one can be promoted to. There is no assurances that after a lifetime in the Officer Corps anyone will achieve this rank. It is reserved for the best tacticians and leaders only, and they should be treated with absolute respect. They are in command of all operations in the Military and work with the other Generals to ensure the smooth running of these operations. In the Navy, an Admiral is in command of a fleet.

    Colonel/Rear Admiral
    Colonel/Rear Admiral is the next highest rank above Commander/Commodore and below General/Admiral. Colonels command Infantry Legions. Colonels are also the Chief of Divisional-Level Staff Agencies. Rear Admirals command battlegroups, or are second in command of fleets. This is the highest rank one should expect to achieve after a long, hard term of service in the military.

    Commander/Commodore
    Commander/Commodore is the next highest rank above Major/Captain and below Colonel/Rear Admiral. Commanders serve as Senior Officers of regiments, or some as Executive Officers for legions and Task Forces. In addition, Commanders command augmented companies in Combat Service and Service Support Units. Commodores command small battle groups in the fleet. One must serve as a Commander/Commodore for at least two months or show considerable merit in order to advance to the rank of Colonel/Rear Admiral.

    Major/Captain
    Major/Captain is the next highest rank above Captain/Commander and below Commander/Commodore. Majors command Battalions, or some are the Executive Officers or Regiments. Captains in the navy command capital class vessels. One must serve as a Major/Captain for at least two months or show considerable merit to advance to the rank of Commander/Commodore.

    Captain/Commander
    Captain/Commander is the next highest rank above Lieutenant/Lieutenant and below Major/Captain. Captains are the Senior Officers of a Company, or some are Executive Officers of Battalions. A naval Commander commands one of the smaller ships in the line of battle, the largest of which being a destroyer class vessel. One must serve as a Captain/Commander for at least two months or show considerable merit in order to advance to the rank of Major/Captain.

    Lieutenant/Lieutenant
    Lieutenant/Lieutenant is first rank an Officer achieves upon completion of training, and it is below Captain/Commander. Lieutenants are the Senior Officers of Platoons, and some are the Executive Officers of Companies. While aboard Republic Navy Vessels, Lieutenants serve as Deck Officers, still outranking all of the Enlisted Corps. One must serve as a Lieutenant/Lieutenant for at least two months or show considerable merit in order to advance to the rank of Captain/Commander.

    Under Officer
    This is the first rank that holds any real authority over the Enlisted ranks. Although still technically a training rank, Under Officers are permitted to go out on missions, accompanied by their mentor, who now can teach them in the field (or onboard a ship). It is on the advice of this mentor that the Under Officer graduates and becomes a Lieutenant.

    Officer Cadet
    This is the first title a new addition to the Officer Corps is given. They have this only during their officer training, where they learn the basics of command and leadership, along with the protocols and regularities of life as a Republic Officer. They are trained by an assortment of officers and other soldiers, at this point holding no real authority over the Enlisted ranks. Having said that, it is usual practice for most Officer Cadets to be taken on by an officer, of the rank Lieutenant or higher, in order for them to learn more. It is upon the advice of this mentor that they progress to Under Officer, and there is no set timescale for this.

    Enlisted Corps

    Sergeant Major of the Republic
    This is the rank given to the most senior Sergeant Majors in the army at any one time. It is a coveted title, and thusly awarded sparingly. There are usually no more than one of these at any one time, but it has been known to show a decorated Sergeant Major respect by giving them this title. Very few soldiers ever achieve this rank, and as such its holders should be treated with respect accordingly.

    Sergeant Major
    This is a well earned rank in the Enlisted Corps. A Sergeant Major serves as the senior non-commissioned officer in a Company, and as such is not a common rank. They are pure bred soldiers, and it is their ability that has got them to this rank. It is not natural progression for all Sergeants to be promoted to this rank, and as such the Sergeant Majors are respected by the enlisted ranks, and indeed many officers.

    Sergeant
    This is the highest rank in the Enlisted Corps that a soldier should expect to attain. They would have to show great merit to be promoted to Sergeant Major, and as such not many Sergeants are. Nonetheless, Sergeants are career soldiers with experience. They are the senior non-commissioned officers of platoons. They operate best leading in combat, but are not the best tacticians compared with the Officer Corps.

    Corporal
    Corporal is the rank below Sergeant and above Private First Class. They serve as the junior non-commissioned officers of platoons and the ICs of squads. This is also the lowest rank required to become a mentor to a recruit. One must serve as a Corporal for two months or show considerable merit to advance to the rank of Sergeant.

    Private First Class
    This is the lowest rank of a non-commissioned officer in the army. They usually serve as the 2ICs of squads. They are the first rank with the privilege of command, over the privates. One must serve as a Private First Class for two months or show considerable merit to advance to Corporal.

    Private
    Private is the title given to an unranked soldier. They are the lowest in the hierarchy, but that does not mean they are poor in skill. This usually reflects their lack of experience in the military, and they make up the fighting force of the army. One must serve as a Private for two months or show considerable merit to advance to the rank of Private First Class.

    Recruit
    Recruit is the title by which the new signups of the army are referred. Whilst they are a recruit, they are trained in the art of battle, how to shoot and how to be an effective member of a squad. They learn respect and discipline. Whilst this basic training is not long, it sets them up for a career in the army. They are usually trained in groups by a non-commissioned officer (Pfc or higher) and it is at the digression of their instructor when they are properly brought into the army as privates.

    During the height of the Hutt War the Republic found itself in dire situations. Poor performance in the war effort led to a rapid decline in the ability to recruit, and train new officers. The ratio of Recruits to casualties became skewed. As a result many lower ranks began finding it harder to find promotions, and the training to advance to higher positions, while higher positions became stretched thin. This forced an emergency restructuring of the ranking system to open up opportunities to recruits and offer a more defined and simplified structure. It was noted that the duties and responsibilities of both commissioned, and non-commissioned officers fell into the same general set of standards, coupled by the fact that one branch cannot function without the other. Combining the lesser classifications served as a simple fix to establishing a baseline that was easier to define, and removed many technicalities or redundancies that may complicate situations when clarity in structure is most needed.


    Here is an explanation of the ranks in the Republic Military. The military is divided into two main sections: The Non-Commissioned Corps, where most new recruits sign up, undergo basic training and receive their postings and The Commissioned Corps, the much smaller branch originally is where the wealthier and more tactically astute recruits undergo training to become the officers of the military.

    When applying, one should consider not only which corps they would rather apply to, but which corps their character would be more suited to. There is no reason that an exceptional soldier cannot be transferred to the Officer Corps later on in their career, but do bear in mind what kind of person would be in each Corps. A career soldier, and all over tough character, would be found in the Enlisted Corps. A tactician would be found in the Officer Corps. Do also bear in mind, that not all requests for the Officer Corps will be accepted, depending on your character's history and personality.

    Training is something that also must be undertaken by new recruits into the Republic. A Recruit in the non-commissioned Corps would be trained by a mentor of the rank Commander or higher, and they would complete their training at a military base. They will be taught the basics of combat and how to work in a unit under Republic command. It is at the discretion of their mentor when they are to have completed their training and upon completion they are granted the title of Ensign and permitted to fight for the Republic.

    When they have been deemed by their superiors to be good enough to lead on their own, they will be promoted to Lieutenant and permitted to take up their own commission. Promotions threw the ranking of Commodore and higher are ONLY granted based on performance, and reliability in the field.

    The ranks are as follows. Please note, that in the Officer Corps, each rank is noted with it's Army and Naval equivalents. The army rank is listed in green, navy rank in blue. Shared ranks or executive ranks show as orange



    Executive Leadership

    Commander in Chief

    This post is held by the reigning Supreme Chancellor.


    Secretary of Defense
    This post is for the leader of the Republic armed forces, and answers only to the Supreme Chancellor. The Secretary of Defense is selected by the Supreme Chancellor in order to coordinate the war effort. Secretary of Defense is by all rights a cabinet position, however holds the only rank of " Grand Admiral of the Republic" This position was created to better streamline communication between the military forces, the Chancellor, and other domestic positions such as the Senate, and Secretary of Affairs.



    Commissioned Corps

    High General / High Admiral
    This is the highest rank in the Republic that one can be promoted to. It is reserved for the best tacticians and leaders only. They are in command of all Military operations spanning entire sectors and work with each other to ensure the smooth running of these operations. In the Navy, the High Admiral is in command of all regional fleets. While the High General commands the regions ground operations.

    General/Admiral
    This is the second highest rank. These positions hold command over the individual Fleets, or Divisions. These positions also serve as members on various admiralty boards, tribunals, and task committees.

    Colonel/ Vice Admiral
    Colonel/Vice Admiral is the rank below General/Admiral. Colonels command Infantry Legions. Colonels are also the Chief of Divisional-Level Staff Agencies. Vice Admirals command battle groups, or are second in command of fleets. This is the highest rank one should expect to achieve after a long, hard term of service in the military.

    Commodore
    Commodore , originally used by the navy is the next highest rank above Captain and below Colonel/Vice Admiral. Commanders serve as Senior Officers of regiments, or some as Executive Officers for legions and Task Forces. In addition, Commanders command augmented companies in Combat Service and Service Support Units. Commodores command small battle groups in the fleet. One must serve as a Commodore for at least two months or show considerable merit in order to advance to the rank of Colonel/Vice Admiral.

    Captain

    Captain is the next highest rank above Commander and below Commodore. Ground based captains command Battalions, or some are the Executive Officers or Regiments. Captains in the navy command capital class vessels as part of their own small task fleet, or as part of a larger battle fleet. One must serve as a Captain for at least two months or show considerable merit to advance to the rank of Commodore.

    Commander
    Commanders serve as the Senior Officers of a Company, or some are Executive Officers of Battalions. A naval Commander commands one of the smaller ships in the line of battle, the largest of which being a destroyer class vessel. One must serve as a Commander for at least two months or show considerable merit in order to advance to the rank of Captain.

    Lieutenant Commander
    Lieutenant Commander is a senior officer on a large star ship or military installation such as an outpost and commanding squadrons of troops. They may also be a commanding officer or of smaller ship or installation. Lieutenant Commanders were commonly put in command of smaller vessels not warranting a Commander or Captain. This rank is required to lead a star-fighter squadron as wing leader. One must serve as Lieutenant Commander for at least two months or show considerable merit in order to advance to the rank of Commander.



    Lieutenant

    Lieutenant is first rank an Officer achieves upon completion of training, Lieutenants are the Senior Officers of Platoons, and some are the Executive Officers of Companies. While aboard Republic Navy Vessels, Lieutenants serve as Deck Officers, still outranking all of the non-commissioned ranks. This rank is also required to be qualified as a Star Fighter, Walker, or other combat machinery. One must serve as a Lieutenant for at least two months or show considerable merit in order to advance to the rank of Lieutenant Commander.


    Non-Commissioned Corps

    Sergeant
    This is the highest non-commissioned rank that a soldier should expect to attain. They would have to show great merit to be promoted to Lieutenant, however the courtesy term of Sergeant Major is used for those with seniority, Nonetheless, Sergeants are career soldiers with experience. They are the senior non-commissioned officers of platoons. They operate best leading in combat, but are not the best tacticians compared with the Officer Corps.

    Corporal
    Corporal is the rank below Sergeant and above Private First Class. They serve as the junior non-commissioned officers of platoons and the ICs of squads. This is also the lowest rank required to become a mentor to a recruit. One must serve as a Corporal for two months or show considerable merit to advance to the rank of Sergeant.

    Ensign
    ensign is the title given to an unranked soldier. They are the lowest in the hierarchy, but that does not mean they are poor in skill. This usually reflects their lack of experience in the military, and they make up the fighting force of the army. Given that Ensign was originally a term used Navies, and planetary security forces. Ensigns are typically encouraged to test in simulations with higher officers to base their skills, and considerations for higher posts. They may however to stay with traditional in field performance.



    Recruit
    Recruit is the title by which the new signups of the army are referred. Whilst they are a recruit, they are trained in the art of battle, how to shoot and how to be an effective member of a squad. They learn respect and discipline. Whilst this basic training is not long, it sets them up for a career in the armed services. They are usually trained in groups by a non-commissioned officer (LTc or higher) and it is at the digression of their instructor when they are properly brought into the army as privates.
     
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