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The military ranks of the Free Planets Alliance are a system of hierarchical titles used to indicate position and stature within the Alliance military. One ranking system applied to both space and ground forces, and ground forces were considered the more junior arm of the military due to the dominance of space warfare. Different service branches were indicated also with the use of pins on the left chest. The captain of a ship had a tricolor pin and officers commanding squadrons or fleets had an orange kerchief on their left chest. There was a tradition of posthumous promotion of two ranks for personnel killed in battle, which presumably would also affect pensions paid to their family.

Spaceman Second ClassEdit

The insignia of a spaceman second class (Japanese: 二等兵) consisted of a collar pin with 1 bar.

Spaceman First ClassEdit

The insignia of a spaceman first class (Japanese: 一等兵) consisted of a collar pin with 2 bars.

Able SpacemanEdit

The insignia of an able spaceman (Japanese: 上等兵) consisted of a collar pin with 2 bars and one half bar.

Leading SpacemanEdit

The insignia of a leading spaceman (Japanese: 伍長) consisted of a collar pin with 2 bars and one half bar, and a 'dot' towards the front.

Petty Officer Second ClassEdit

The insignia of a petty officer second class (Japanese: 軍曹) consisted of an L shaped collar pin.

Petty Officer First ClassEdit

The insignia of a petty officer first class (Japanese: 曹長) consisted of an L shaped collar pin with a 'dot' towards the front.

Warrant officerEdit

The insignia of a warrant officer (Japanese: 准尉) consisted of a collar pin with a half-field (and no other emblems).


Warrant officers are classified as lower class officers that have specialized technical skills in their area of expertise, different from regular officers who receive just general fleet or ground operations training. They usually rise from the enlisted ranks, gathering through their career a vast amount of technical knowledge regarding equipment or branch services.

EnsignEdit

The insignia of an ensign (Japanese: 少尉) consisted of a collar pin with a half-field and a single 'dot' towards the front.

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The lowest officer commission rank in the Alliance Fleets. This is an entry level rank for academy or combat commissioned officers. They do not hold much command responsibilities but are expected to develop and learn from senior officers. Most of them served as junior staff officers in the different fleet sections, as members of a ship's department or as spacecraft pilots. In ground units, the equivalent rank is Second Lieutenant.

Sub-lieutenantEdit

The insignia of a sub-lieutenant (Japanese: 中尉) consisted of a collar pin with a half-field and a single horizontal 'dash' towards the front.

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The second lowest officer commission rank in the Alliance Fleets. This is a progressive level rank for academy or combat commissioned officers. They hold little command responsibilities and are expected to develop and learn from senior officers. Sub lieutenants are supposed to finish their post-commission training around this time in their career. Most of them served as junior staff officers in the different fleet sections, as members of a ship's department or as spacecraft pilots. In ground units, the equivalent rank is First Lieutenant.

LieutenantEdit

The insignia of a lieutenant (Japanese: 大尉) consisted of a collar pin with a half-field, a single horizontal 'dash' towards the front, and a single 'dot' towards the back.

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The third officer commission rank in the Alliance Fleets. This is the senior entry level rank for academy or combat commissioned officers. They hold some command responsibilities and are expected to command sections and learn from more senior officers. Lieutenants are supposed to develop their ship and troop command knowledge by this time in their career. Most of them served as senior staff members in their ships' departments or as spacecraft pilots, junior staff member in fleet departments or as the ship executive officer in smaller ships like destroyers, personnel/cargo transports or engineering craft. They also command company level ground units, space-fighter squadrons or act as junior instructors at the academy or fleet courses. A naval Lieutenant is equal to a land Captain.

Lieutenant commanderEdit

The insignia of a lieutenant commander (Japanese: 少佐) consisted of a collar pin with a border on each end and a single 'dot' towards the front.

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The junior field officer commission rank in the Alliance Fleets. This is the junior field grade level rank for fleet and ground command officers. They hold command responsibilities and are expected to command sections,ships and ground units. Lieutenant commanders are supposed to master their ship and troop command knowledge by this time in their career. Most of them served as department heads in capital ships, as small spacecraft squadron commanders or as junior staff members in fleet wide departments. They also serve as ship second officers in battleships and carriers, executive officers in cruisers and fast battlecruisers or as commanders of destroyers, personnel/cargo transports, engineering ships or ground unit battalion commander. The ground rank equivalent to a naval Lieutenant Commander is Major.

CommanderEdit

The insignia of a commander (Japanse: 中佐) consisted of a collar pin with a border on each end and a single horizontal 'dash' towards the front.

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The mid-level field officer commission rank in the Alliance Fleets. This is the backbone field grade level rank for fleet and ground command officers. They hold command responsibilities and are expected to command sections, ships and ground units. Commanders are supposed to exercise full command authority on their ships and troops by this time in their career. Most of them serve as department heads in capital ships, as small spacecraft wing commanders, and junior staff members in fleet wide departments. They also work as ship second officers in flagships, executive officers in battleships and carriers or as commanders of cruisers, fast battlecruisers, destroyer squadrons, personnel/cargo transports groups, engineering ships squadrons, or ground unit battalion size force commander. The land equivalent rank for a Commander is Lieutenant Colonel.

CaptainEdit

The insignia of a captain (Japanese: 大佐) consisted of a collar pin with a border on each end, a single 'dash' towards the front, and a single 'dot' towards the back.

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The senior-level field officer commission rank in the Alliance Fleets. This is the highest field grade level rank for fleet and ground command officers. They hold command responsibilities and are expected to command departments, ships and ground units. Captains are supposed to exercise full command authority on their ships and troops. Most of them serve as department head in fleets, as a numbered fleet small spacecraft wing commander, and mid level staff member in the Alliance fleet wide departments. They also work as ship commanding officers in battleships, carriers or flagships. Senior captains can command squadrons of battleships, carriers, battlecruisers or cruisers if a commodore is not available to fill the position. In ground units a naval captain which is equal to a Colonel can command a regimental size ground force.

CommodoreEdit

The insignia of a commodore (Japanese: 准将) consisted of a collar pin with no borders and a two horizontal 'dashes'.

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Commodore is the most junior flag officer commission rank in the Alliance Fleets. This is the lowest fleet commander level rank for Alliance officers. They hold command responsibilities and are expected to command departments, ship squadrons and ground units. Commodores are supposed to exercise full command authority on their squadrons and troops. Most of them serve as department heads in fleets, as a numbered fleet small spacecraft wing commander, and mid level staff member in the Alliance fleet wide departments. They also work as ship commanding officers in flagships. Commodores can command squadrons of battleships, carriers, battlecruisers or cruisers that form part of a numbered fleet wing or an independent squadron. In ground units a naval Commodore which is equal to a Brigadier General can command a brigade size ground force.

Rear admiralEdit

The insignia of a rear admiral (Japanese: 少将) consisted of a collar pin with no borders and a single pentagonal Alliance emblem towards the front.

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Rear Admiral is the second most junior flag officer commission rank in the Alliance Fleets. This is the backbone fleet commander level rank for Alliance officers. They hold command responsibilities and are expected to command departments, independent ship squadrons/wings and ground units. Rear Admirals are supposed to exercise full command authority on their fleet wings and troops. Most of them serve as department heads in fleets, as a numbered fleet wing commander, and high level staff member in the Alliance fleet wide departments. Rear Admirals can command numbered fleet wings or independent squadrons. They can also fill in as deputy commanding officers for Alliance numbered fleets. In ground units a naval Rear Admiral which is equal to a Major General can command a reinforced brigade size ground force.

Vice admiralEdit

The insignia of a vice admiral (Japanese: 中将) consisted of a collar pin with no borders and two pentagonal Alliance emblems towards the front.

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  • Vice Admiral Paeta (796 UC (487 IC / 3596 CE))

Vice Admiral is the mid level flag officer commission rank in the Alliance Fleets. This is the regular fleet commander level rank for Alliance officers. They hold command responsibilities and are expected to command independent ship wings and ground units. Vice Admirals are supposed to exercise full command authority on their Alliance numbered fleets and troops. Most of them serve as department heads in combined fleets, as a Alliance numbered fleet commander, and as department chiefs in the Alliance fleet wide departments. In ground units a naval Vice Admiral which is equal to a Lieutenant General can command a division size ground force.

AdmiralEdit

The insignia of an admiral (Japanese: 大将) consisted of a collar pin with no borders and three pentagonal Alliance emblems.

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Admiral is the senior level flag officer commission rank in the Alliance Fleets. This is the senior theatre front commander level rank for Alliance officers. They hold command responsibilities and are expected to command Alliance combined fleets and ground units. Most of them serve as Alliance expeditionary force commanders and as the chief of staff in the Alliance fleet. In some cases the defence ministry might appoint a Admiral to oversee a strategic sector of space. In ground units a naval Admiral which is equal to a General can command a corps size ground force.

Fleet admiralEdit

The insignia of a fleet admiral (Japanese: 元帥) consisted of a collar pin with no borders, a horizontal line across the middle, and single pentagonal Alliance emblem in the centre.

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Fleet Admiral is the highest level flag officer commission rank in the Alliance Fleets. They are appointed as supreme commanders of the various Alliance forces commands. They hold command responsibilities and are expected to lead the entire Alliance forces. Most of them served as commanders of numbered combined fleets, as the Alliance Joint Operations Headquarters Chief, and as the Free Planets Star Fleet supreme commander. In ground units a naval Fleet Admiral which is equal to a General of the Army can command the Alliance Ground force branch.

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