Due to a tighter budgeting of equipment during peacetime, the Astral Vanguard has a system of mission priority which accords units and individuals with different 'tiers' of equipment allowances and mission options. Soldiers are given grading based on experience, reports from superiors and the results of standardized testing at regular intervals. Non-combat personnel tend to have slower increases in Mission Grade, but are often moderated up to the units they are supporting in order to retain status.
Missions Allowance represents the most advanced or strategically important assignments accessible to a soldier at a given mission grade. Restrictions on assignment options prevent rookie forces from being dispatched on high risk missions, and keep inexperienced technicians away from cutting-edge technology.
Classification represents the level of propaganda and secrecy surrounding operations set around a given priority level. Divulging information on patrols and garrison duty do not present clear-cut dangers to national security, but soldiers in long-term campaigns out of system may expect personnel messages to their loved ones to be subject to censure and tampering if the subject matter is considered to be sensitive information.
At higher priority levels, participating in a high-priority unit garners increases in payscale as compensation for the censure that follows the increased classification level.
Equipment allowances are essentially the maximum resources afforded to a given soldier or unit. Experimental Solanii technologies are not put in the hands of raw recruits, and aces serving in backwater garrison forces cannot requisition resources that are not required for their posting.
Astral Vanguard soldiers with A Priority represent the cream of the crop, having demonstrated their ability to carry out missions of high difficulty and long term strategic importance. While it is possible for a less skilled soldier to receive a Priority B through luck and experience, Priority A ranking requires a formal evaluation by the upper echelons of command.
|Priority B Table|
|Priority Index||Missions Allowance||Classification||Pay Grade Increase2)||Equipment Allowance|
|B1||Test Pilot||Medium/High||1.25||Experimental Solanii Designs|
|B2||Medium/High||1.25||Command of a Carrier|
|B4||Medium/High||1.25||Command of a Cruiser|
B priority represents hardened veterans and rising stars in the Astral Vanguard, given equipment that is second only to the top members truly elite units such as the Special Operations Forces and Temple Guard.
|Priority C Table|
|Priority Index||Missions Allowance||Classification||Pay Grade Increase3)||Equipment Allowance|
|C1||Officer Training||Low||N/A||Command of a Frigate|
|C3||Out-System Campaign||Low||N/A||Access to MACD Command of a Corvette|
|C4||Low||N/A||Posting to a Cruiser Posting to a Carrier Any VAHIN-type Advanced Symbiotic Enhancement|
|C5||In-System Campaign||Low||N/A||Posting to a Frigate Advanced Gene Therapy Basic Symbiotic Enhancement|
C rating is the standard priority for blooded frame runners and infantry, as well as any member of the military sent out on long term campaigns to the further reaches of the home system or further yet, to other systems. It is generally easier to receive a C priority than losing it.
|Priority D Table|
|Priority Index||Missions Allowance||Classification||Pay Grade Increase4)||Equipment Allowance|
|D2||Garrison (Space)||None||N/A||Posting to a Corvette|
|D3||Patrol (Planetary)||None||N/A||Baseline VANDR5)|
|D4||Garrison (Planetary), Enlisted Specialized Training||None||N/A||Baseline VAHIN6) Basic Gene Therapy|
|D5||Enlisted Basic/Advanced Training||None||N/A|
D ranking is the starting tier for recruits, as well as soldiers with unfortunate or less than respectful careers. Most do not spend more than a few months on D priority levels and generally do not return to them without good reason.