COMMANDING OFFICER, REPUBLIC STARSHIP (CORSS)
The ultimate position of power and a role many Republic Naval Officers spend their lives attempting to achieve. Whilst the Commanding Officer of Republic Starships generally holds the rank of captain, the Commanding Officers of smaller vessels are often commanders or lieutenant commanders – though aboard their own ships they are referred to as ‘Captain’ – the result of ancient Naval tradition and etiquette.
The lives of the entire crew and all who are stationed aboard their ships rests in the Commanding Officer’s hands, and as such their word and authority is final. Most Commanding Officers opt to focus on tactical and strategic coordination and leadership of vessels from the bridge, whilst delegating duties to their Executive Officer, the Squadron Leader, the Naval Intelligence Section Chief, and subordinate team leaders. Starship Commanding Officers also work alongside the Commanding Officer of the Marine Expeditionary Unit to coordinate the entirety of a starship’s personnel and resources.
Duties: Overall leadership and direction for all crew, pilot and intelligence personnel in the guild, including recruitment and training. Supervising and management of subordinate officers and personnel, and recognising achievement.
EXECUTIVE OFFICER, REPUBLIC STARSHIP (XORSS)
Second-in-command of the starship upon which he or she serves, the Executive Officer is the captain's right hand, responsible for relaying their orders and ensuring they are carried out fully. The XO handles the task of directly managing the ship's crew, assigning duties, and otherwise ensuring the smooth operation and maintenance of the vessel so that it can carry out its assigned missions. On large vessels, the XO is usually a commander, but on small vessels the billet is often held by the senior lieutenant.
The Executive Officer provides their counsel to the ship’s CO, and in the event that the Captain is incapacitated or otherwise unable to command the ship, the Executive Officer becomes the Acting Commanding Officer.
Duties: Providing leadership and direction for all crew personnel, including recruitment and training. Supervising and management of subordinate officers and personnel, and recognising achievement.
LEADING CREW MEMBER (LCM)
Duties: Supervision and management of crew personnel, and leading Able Crew Members on deployments. Assisting with recruitment, and providing training and guidance to new recruits.
ABLE CREW MEMBER (ACM)
Duties: Active involvement in ship operations and ground deployments, providing support to other service branches.
SQUADRON LEADER (SQLDR)
The aspiration of any career-minded naval pilot is their own squadron command, leading a team of starfighter pilots. The Squadron Leader lives, works, and fights in the midst of those they command, managing them from day-to-day, co-ordinating in battle, and ensuring their craft are fully maintained at all times. Organisational skills and situational awareness are the key talents of a Squadron Leader, and they are usually one of the very best pilots in their unit.
Squadron Leaders report to the Commanding Officer of the ship they are stationed aboard, and often have a close working relationship with the other officers aboard the ship, just as they do with the pilot’s under their command.
Duties: Providing leadership and direction for all pilots in the squadron, including recruitment and training. Supervising and management of subordinate officers and personnel, and recognising achievement.
FLIGHT LEADER (FTLDR)
Pilots with skill and a penchant for leadership can become Flight Leaders, who command a flight – a sub-unit of starfighters – within the Squadron. Flight Leaders assist the Squadron Leader, providing training and guidance to those under their command, maintaining discipline, and leading their fellow pilots into battle. Flight Leaders occasionally lead smaller deployments, such as regular starfighter patrols or reconnaissance missions, and are expected to take command in situations where the Squadron Leader is indisposed.
Duties: Supervision and management of pilots within their assigned flight, and leading Squadron Members on deployments. Assisting with recruitment, and providing training and guidance to new recruits.
SQUADRON MEMBER (SQM)
Based aboard capital ships, the pilots of the Republic Navy Starfighter Corps form a starship’s first line of defence, and play a critical role in most space engagements. Distinct from other starfighter units in the Republic military – which exclusively operate from fixed ground bases or space installations – the RNSC is the Navy’s realisation of carrier-borne warfare, directly embedding starfighter units aboard warships. Organised into ‘squadrons’ (each composed of smaller ‘flights’), RNSC personnel are skilled pilots that can specialise in a variety of craft and perform in diverse roles, acting as escorts for other starships, fighter screens in battles, and assaulting enemy capital ships. Although less glamorous, Squadron Members are also called upon for reconnaissance missions and spacelift operations, delivering soldiers into battle whilst under fire.
Duties: Active involvement in starfighter operations and deployments, providing tactical support and transport to other service branches.
SECTION CHIEF, NAVAL INTELLIGENCE DIVISION (SCNI)
The organisation and leadership of all intelligence operations and operatives aboard a given vessel or station in the navy falls to the Section Chief. Command of a naval intelligence section is a prestigious – if occasionally daunting – undertaking, requiring efficient leadership, an analytical mind and the ability to safely navigate the dangerous realm of galactic espionage. A Section Chief is the nexus of a two-way processes; directing Naval Intelligence Operatives to collect information and infiltrate and sabotage the enemy from within, whilst analysing and relaying gathered information to other service branches.
Although the agents under their command are the eyes and ears of the Republic Navy, the Section Chief is the mastermind behind them, working closely with Starship Captains and Marine Commanding Officers to secure victory, whether on the home front or behind enemy lines.
Duties: Providing leadership and direction for all intelligence personnel, including recruitment and training. Supervising and management of subordinate officers and personnel, and recognising achievement.
LEAD INTELLIGENCE OPERATIVE (LIO)
To increase operational independence and flexibility, the position of Lead Intelligence Operative was created by the admiralty. Selected for the skill, loyalty, and ability to lead the personnel under their command, Lead Operatives coordinate small intelligence teams, and typically take charge or assist with the command of intelligence missions. In addition to being highly skilled in their own right, Lead Intelligence Operatives also help with the administration of the Naval Intelligence Section, training new recruits, making preparations for deployments, and, where necessary, assisting with investigations and internal affairs.
Duties: Supervision and management of intelligence personnel, and leading Naval Intelligence Operatives on deployments. Assisting with recruitment, and providing training and guidance to new recruits.
NAVAL INTELLIGENCE OPERATIVE (NIO)
Keen not to rely on other agencies such as the SIS for their information services, the Republic Navy maintains its own internal military intelligence division to support naval operations. Organised into ‘sections’, the Naval Intelligence Division is responsible for gathering intelligence to support navy military operations, as well as conducting reconnaissance missions and covert operations. Naval Intelligence Operatives are as diverse as they are proficient, counting professional agents and analysts, Jedi investigators and "white hat" slicers among their ranks.
Duties: Active involvement in intelligence operations and covert deployments, providing reconnaissance information and support to other service branches.
COMMANDING OFFICER, MARINE EXPEDITIONARY UNIT (COMEU)
EXECUTIVE OFFICER, MARINE EXPEDITIONARY UNIT (XOMEU)
STRIKE TEAM LEADER (STLDR)
STRIKE TEAM MEMBER (STM)
The First Expeditionary Fleet employs two ranking systems; a set of ranks for naval personnel, starfighter pilots and intelligence operatives, and another set of ranks for marines. Though there are similarities in both systems, there is no direct comparison between individual ranks, owing to strong traditions within the Marine Corps, which has historical ties with the Republic Army.
The ranks currently in use by the Fleet are listed below in descending order of seniority. Ranks are exactly as listed here, with no additional classes (e.g. ‘Private First Class’, ‘Petty Officer Third Class’, etc.) or additional grades (e.g. ‘Lieutenant Junior Grade’, etc.). Additional ranks, such as flag officer or admiralty ranks, are reserved for non-player characters.
|Captain (Capt.) - Arguably the most prestigious and coveted rank in the Republic Navy, a ‘captain’ is a senior commissioned officer, responsible for commanding large starships, space stations or intelligence sections. Often veterans of long and distinguished careers, a good captain leads by example and earns the respect of his or her comrades. Captains are the seniormost officers aboard any large ship, and report directly to a Commodore or Admiral.
|Commander (Cmdr.) - Wielding considerable power and authority, a ‘commander’ is a senior commissioned officer rank with the Republic Navy, responsible for managing those under their command and leading forces into battle. As implied by the name, advancement to commander rank and beyond almost always requires an appropriate command position.
|Lieutenant Commander (LtCmdr.) - As the name implies, a ‘lieutenant commander’ is a rank superior to ‘lieutenant’, and is an intermediate commissioned rank. A lieutenant commander can be relied upon to provide leadership in all situations, and can be a senior rank on smaller starships, or in smaller starfighter squadrons or intelligence sections.
|Lieutenant (Lt.) - An intermediate commissioned officer rank, a ‘lieutenant’ relays the commands of their superiors to their subordinate, providing direction and leadership when necessary. As veteran commissioned officers, lieutenants frequently act on behalf of their commanding officers, and are occasionally chosen to personally lead missions or oversee operations of importance.
|Ensign (Ens.) - So named because they historically bore the insignia of the Galactic Republic, an ‘ensign’ is the juniormost rank for commissioned officers. Veteran crew, pilots and intelligence operatives may reach the rank of ensign without necessarily entering a command position, and may even go on to become lieutenants. Meanwhile, for new commanders, ensign is merely a beginning rung on the career ladder.
|Midship (Mid.) - Comparable to an ‘officer cadet’ from other branches of the Republic Military, a ‘midshipman’ is an officer in training, who has either graduated from their academy of choice recently, or has been elevated to officer status from the lower ranks. Although they have not yet been formally commissioned, Midshipman do technically hold seniority over all enlisted personnel.
Master Chief Petty Officer (MCPO) | Master Warrant Officer (MWO)
As the seniormost non-commissioned officer rank within the Republic Navy, the rank of ‘master chief petty officer’ commands enormous respect among officers and enlisted personnel alike, along with the coveted honourific “Master Chief”.
The rank of ‘master warrant officer’ is reserved for distinguished individuals with outstanding service to the Republic Navy. Maintaining parity with master chief petty officers, master warrant officers are considered to be the Fleet's pre-eminent experts in their chosen field.
Chief Petty Officer (CPO) | Chief Warrant Officer (CWO)
Senior naval non-commissioned officers are promoted to the rank of ‘chief petty officer’ to reflect their extensive experience and standing. Chief petty officers – usually simply addressed as “Chief” – help to manage the day-to-day operations of their unit whilst also liaising between officers and enlisted personnel.
A ‘chief warrant officer’ is a senior team leader or serviceperson charged with the oversight of a broader responsibility within the Republic Navy, delegated to them by an official warrant. Outside of their particular spheres of influence, chief warrant officers maintain parity with chief petty officers regarding ordinary matters relating to their unit or service branch.
Petty Officer (PO) | Warrant Officer (WO)
The first true step on the command ladder, a ‘petty officer’ is a non-commissioned officer whose authority derives from seniority rather than a formal commission or warrant. Petty officers are looked up to by their comrades, and relied upon by their commanders to help keep the men and women "in line".
A ‘warrant officer’ is a team leader or serviceperson that derives their authority from a formal warrant, issued on behalf of the Minister of Defence. In addition to their responsibilities within their unit, team or section, warrant officers have additional duties related to a specific area of expertise, serving as a ship’s Quartermaster, Provost or Jedi Watchman, among other roles. Consequently, warrant officers have parity with petty officers for ordinary matters related to their unit or service branch, but have a unique authority in matters in which they are warranted to oversee.
|Corporal (Cpl.) - Veteran enlisted personnel in good standing are granted the rank of ‘corporal’, and serve as an example to their junior comrades. Loyal and dedicated, corporals often serve as a supporting link between team leaders and the rest of a unit; assisting with training, maintaining discipline, and fostering camaraderie.
|Specialist (Spc.) - Those with proficiency in their chosen field are promoted to the rank of ‘specialist’ to reflect their abilities. Specialists are expected to maintain a high level of technical competency and discipline, whilst also working with the other members of their team effectively.
|Private (Pvt.) - A private soldier – officially a ‘private’ – represents the basic rank of all enlisted naval personnel, subordinate to all others in the military hierarchy. Privates are expected to obey the orders of their superiors and heed the example of the more senior members of their service branch.
|Colonel (Col.) - Originally named for the commanders of columns in ancient tionese, a ‘colonel’ is the seniormost line rank within the marine corps. Colonels embody the values of the marine corps, and are the beacon to which the rank and file turn to when the situation is dire.
|Major (Maj.) - A marine ‘Major’ is a senior line rank within the marine corps, responsible for operational oversight and battle leadership. Majors utilise their considerable skill and experience to bring out the very best of their comrades.|
|Captain (Cpt.) - Though distinct from the identical naval rank, a marine ‘captain’ nonetheless commands a great deal of respect and prestige, responsible for coordinating the operations of marine units and leading troops into battle.
|First Lieutenant (1Lt.) - A ‘first lieutenant’, as the title implies, is the superior of the two grades of lieutenant in use by the marines. First lieutenants (simply ‘lieutenant’ in speech) usually serve in leadership positions, either as a supporting officer in large units, or as commanders in smaller units.
|Second Lieutenant (2Lt.) - The first step on the command ladder, a ‘second lieutenant’ is a junior commissioned officer in the marines. Known simply as a ‘lieutenant’ in parlance, they lead by example, taking charge of the frontline and ensuring mission success.
|Sergeant Major (SgtMaj.) - As the seniormost non-commissioned rank within the marines, a ‘sergeant major’ commands respect - and occasionally, fear - from their comrades, executing the directives of marine officers flawlessly.
|Gunnery Sergeant (GySgt.) - The ubiquity of blaster weaponry inspired the rank of ‘gunnery sergeant’, who are often hardened combat veterans. Knowing the marine arsenal inside and out, gunnery sergeants push themselves and their squadmates to the limit.
|Staff Sergeant (SSgt.) - A ‘staff sergeant’ is a veteran marine who serves their unit with diligence, often using their experience to help guide their subordinates and showing a greater concern for the well being of their comrades.
|Sergeant (Sgt.) - Meaning ‘one who serves’ in ancient tionese, the rank of ‘sergeant’ is a junior non-commissioned rank within the marines. As the name implies, Sergeants diligently serve their superiors, offering support and leadership when called upon.
|Corporal (Cpl.) - Derived from the ancient tionese word for ‘body’, a ‘corporal’ is an experienced and disciplined marine who embodies the aspirations of the common soldier.|
Lance Corporal (LCpl.) | Specialist (Spc.)
A ‘lance corporal’ is an enlisted soldier who has adapted to the rigours of life as a marine and demonstrated commitment to their comrades and their unit.
Marine personnel with proficiency in their chosen field are promoted to the rank of ‘specialist’ to reflect their expertise. Maintaining parity with lance corporals, specialists utilise their skills to support their unit.
|Private (Pvt.) - As the lowest rank in the marine hierarchy, a ‘private’ is expected to obey the orders of their superiors and heed the example of the more senior members of their service branch.