The Star Army
Main Article: Star Army of Yamatai
Main Article: Star Army of Yamatai
Star Army of Yamatai members are assigned military ranks based on education and experience. These ranks are parts of a hierarchical organizational structure where higher ranks exercise power over lower ranks in a chain of command. Ranks increase based on experience, performance, and individual achievements. As soldiers rise in ranks, they are entrusted with more authority and more responsibilities, and their pay increases accordingly.
In the Star Army there are four categories of ranks:
Previously, warrant officers existed but they were phased out in YE 43.
Enlisted are the everyday soldiers who sign up for 3 years in the Star Army and usually are combat soldiers or have some specific specialization. Most technicians, infantry troops, box-movers from supply, etc are enlisted. These are the worker bees of the Star Army that provide the labor and manpower the Star Army needs to get stuff done.
Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) are more experienced enlisted soldiers who have risen to become supervisors of the lower enlisted soldiers. They function under the officers' delegated authority and translate orders from officers into tasks for the enlisted soldiers. NCO ranks can only be earned through years of service.
Officers are typically college-educated military career professionals who are either in complex roles that require a lot of formal education and/or training like doctors, scientists, and starship operators. Often found in labs and starship bridges. Line Officers are decision makers and leadership like Star Army Centurions, First Officers, and Starship Captains.
A commission is a formal document from a head of state (the Empress) or in their name, that appoints an officer to a position in the military. Currently in the Star Army, Taisho Yui commissions officers and she and the Empress jointly commission flag officers (general officers).
Flag officers, also called general officers, are the Star Army's admirals. A flag officer is a senior military officer ranking higher than a starship captain. They are commissioned officers who have risen through the ranks to become generalized high-ranking Star Army leaders who command various parts of the Star Army.
Star Army ranks can also be grouped into five tiers of mostly 3 ranks each:
Additionally there are two training ranks, one for enlisted (Yontô Hei) and one for officer cadets (Shoi Kohosei). The rank tiers are reflected in the designs for Star Army pin insignia, where the metal is gold for the top rank of the tier.
Star Army soldiers enter at the rank of:
The Star Army no longer appoints warrant officers.
The Star Army of Yamatai issues promotions based on time-in-grade, merit, and leadership ability. For details see Promotions in the Star Army.
In the Star Army, soldiers are paid by their ranks. Pay grades range from E0-E7 for enlisted and NCOs, W1-W3 for warrant officers, and O0-O9 for officers. For details and pay amounts, Star Army Pay.
The Star Army has two types of rank insignia1):
The rank insignia used depends on the uniform style and level of formality. See Star Army Uniforms for details.
Rank pin designs designs combine a fleet insignia (in the Star Army, these are triangular) with a backing that shows rank tier. Each fleet has slightly different rank pins that are customized for their distinctive triangular fleet logo. The backings are shaped like heart, a circle, or a flower with 8 petals2).
Each rank tier has three backing colors:
Enamel colors in the fleet logo at center of the rank pins are also color coded:
Blue was formerly used for warrant officers, but this was discontinued.
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.
The sleeve insignia are worn on the Working Uniform, Duty Uniform (Type 35), Duty Uniform (Type 42), and Star Army Coat, Type 32. Officers have a fleet patch in the location where enlisted and NCOs have their rank patch. NCOs and enlisted soldiers do not wear a fleet patch.
|gold bands||red chevrons||green bars|
|above cuffs||between shoulder & elbow|
Here are charts that show the Star Army's ranks and rank insignia.
|Rank Pin||Arm Patch||Name||Kanji||Description|
|E7||Jôtô Heisho||上等兵曹||Chief Petty Officer|
|E6||Ittô Heisho||一等兵曹||First Class Petty Officer|
|E5||Nitô Heisho||二等兵曹||Second Class Petty Officer|
|E4||Jôtô Hei||上等兵||Superior Soldier|
|E3||Ittô Hei||一等兵||Soldier First Class|
|E2||Nitô Hei||二等兵||Soldier Second Class|
|E1||(no patch)||Santô Hei *||三等兵||Soldier Third Class|
|E0||(no pin)||(no patch)||Yontô Hei||四等兵||Soldier Fourth Class|
The examples shown above are for the First Fleet. For larger images and images of other fleet designs, see the links below:
Wes created this article on 2021/01/19 21:18.
Some rank discussion threads: