The Star Army rank system, for the most part, uses multiple tiers of rank groups, generally with three ranks in a particular group; for instance, there is a group for flag officers, for ship commanders, for ship officers, for warrant officers, for non-commissioned officers, and finally for enlisted soldiers. Only two ranks fall outside of this pattern, which are the lowest officers enlisted rank (cadets and green troops).
Rank traditionally represents a length and breadth of experience that is gained through actual knowledge and job experience. Not respecting it is met extremely harshly to the point where it will kill your career. Take warning that this is the standard to which you are being held. None of the GMs mind if you want to use your characters' off time for whatever it is that you want to do. However, please consider professional behavior while your characters are wearing SARP uniform. Most of the standards that are in place are there because, without those standards, situations go south and people tend to die. This is no different here than in real life. Although this may be frustrating it is necessary to maintain suspension of disbelief.
Soldiers and Officers can be paid by the scales below, or forgo their pay to go on the Prestige System, which will provide them with everything they need and whatever reasonable items or money they desire. In November YE 32, the Star Army of Yamatai switched from a weekly paycheck to a monthly paycheck.
Each of the rank groups uses a particular shape (circle, heart, or 8-petal flower) on the pins. Within the group, the coloration of the background shows the level within that rank (blued being the lowest, silver being the middle, and gold being the highest). Enamel coloring in the fleet logo section of the rank differentiates officers and enlisted (red for enlisted, blue for warrant officers, and white for officers). Each fleet has slightly different rank pins that are customized for their distinctive triangular fleet logo.
Q: Why is a military rank pin shaped like a heart?
A: It's like a normal soldier, but they've earned a promotion so you're attached to them. And the next level is round because by then they mean the world to you. The flower represents that leadership abilities being in full bloom.
Newer Star Army of Yamatai uniforms, beginning with the working uniform and later with the service dress coat, began using rank patches instead of pins. For officers, rank is shown in the form of gold bands around the cuffs (blue for warrant officers). For enlisted rank goes on the left arm as red chevrons for NCOs and green bars for enlisted soldiers (originally red until YE 34).
Officers take charge. They are culpable for everything that the enlisted personnel do. Pass or fail, whatever your people do, you as an officer are directly responsible for it, even if you aren't. You need to act like it. Do not take an officer rank if you are not comfortable in a leadership position making decisions for the group.
|Pin||Sleeve||Rank||Kanji||Description||Monthly Salary||Yearly Salary|
|O9||Taisho||大将||Admiral||8,857 KS||106,284 KS|
|O8||Chujo||中将||Vice Admiral||8,857 KS||106,284 KS|
|O7||Shôshô||少将||Rear Admiral||7,750 KS||93,000 KS|
|O6||Taisa||大佐||Captain||6,642 KS||79,704 KS|
|O5||Chusa||中佐||Commander||5,536 KS||66,432 KS|
|O4||Shosa||少佐||Lieutenant Commander||4,429 KS||53,148 KS|
|O3||Taii||大尉||Lieutenant||3,321 KS||39,852 KS|
|O2||Chui||中尉||Sub-Lieutenant||2,214 KS||26,568 KS|
|O1||Shoi||少尉||Ensign||1,107 KS||13,284 KS|
|O0||Shoi Kohosei||尉候補生||Cadet||664 KS||7,968 KS|
Warrant officer rank insignia is worn in the same manner as officers.
The Yamataian word for the enlisted is 兵 (Hei) non-commissioned officers are called 下士官 (Kashikan).
Only characters that display leadership should be promoted to NCO rank. If a PC is promoted to Heisho, he should also have something to command - lower ranked PCs, or NPCs. This aspect of 'giving power to the PCs' is important. A Heisho infantry soldier should have his own team. If no PCs are available, then he should be encouraged to create the NPCs populating his team as low-key alternate characters (like, 2?). Then when this player posts, he posts for his team's actions rather than just for himself. Then the GM makes his calls accordingly. Also, having NPCs on hand is an useful tool for the GM to talk through if he wants to convey impressions, banter or situational advice.
|Rank Pin||Arm Patch||Name||Kanji||Description||Monthly Salary||Yearly Salary|
|E4||Jôtô Hei||上等兵||Superior Soldier||664 KS||7,968 KS|
|E3||Ittô Hei||一等兵||Soldier First Class||443 KS||5,316 KS|
|E2||Nitô Hei||二等兵||Soldier Second Class||332 KS||3,984 KS|
|E1||(no patch)||Santô Hei *||三等兵||Soldier Third Class||221 KS||2,652 KS|
|E0||(no pin)||(no patch)||Yontô Hei||四等兵||Soldier Fourth Class||110 KS||1,320 KS|
The examples shown above are for the First Fleet. For other fleet designs, see the links below:
A standard enlistment in the Star Army of Yamatai is 3 years. Starting in November YE 32, each time a character reenlists, their monthly base pay is increased by 10% of their base pay at the time of reenlistment. This reenlistment bonus carries over when the soldier is promoted but does not increase. Reenlistment bonuses are cumulative and do count toward retirement pay but are dropped if a soldier returns from retirement lasting more than 3 years.
|if married||+40% pay|
|per unemployed child (up to 3)||+20% pay each (max of +60%)|
There is also a 1000 KS bonus for any parent who has a spouse or relative join the Star Army.