Two concept drawings: https://stararmy.com/v-web/starchan/a/sr ... 806957.png https://stararmy.com/v-web/starchan/a/sr ... 301299.png The ranks are similar to what what used in the US during, the civil war: colored stripes with the rank on either side (example). Edit: Another example http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/cwp/4a40000/4 ... 40410r.jpg There's a story behind the soldier on the ranks. An early Nepleslian military space colony was invaded by hostile, man-eating aliens; severely out-numbered, the defending soliders were being killed off rapidly. It seemed all was lost, but for a single remaining soldier. Although the rest of his unit had met gruesome deaths, the soldier took on the invaders with his bolt-action shotgun/rifle and somehow managed to kill every last one of the aliens with it over a period of three days. Thus, in the spirit of never giving up no matter how bad things look, the soldier has been immortalized, rifle ready, on the Nepleslian flag and ranks.