Lowly Uhlan said:
Thanks for the rank rundown, Morgan. Are you insinuating that the rank descriptions in the EA book are,uh, a little lacking? Don't own the book yet myself...
Well there are some strange elements to the ranks given. From the given info, EarthForce Fleet does not have any enlisted personnel, only officers. :?: Don't ask me how a group of officers run ships the size of EA ones without some enlisted personnel. Guess shades of Star Trek. :?
EarthForce Army the ranks are more or less right. They have Specialist as an enlisted rank, but say it's given to civilians with some experience required in the field. Really don't understand why it was included in the rank table, or how you'd get civilian specialists to expose themselves to harm at very low enlisted pay. This second enlisted rank gets changed to either Lance Corporal or Private First Class in my own setting.
On Army officers, there is the omission of Captain from the rank table. Suppose this is to avoid stepping on toes with Fleet when you have troops embarked since a naval thing is 'there is only one
Captain on a ship'. Some settings have the ground force captain addressed as 'major' or 'brevet major' while embarked as a form of courtesy. So this is avoided by pulling the rank altogether from the Army.
Now more of a form issue and likely transparent to many. There are ten Fleet officer ranks, but only seven Army ones. The last for the Army doesn't count since no one really holds it and usually reserved to a single (or a handful) person at any time. Now why is this bothersome to an extent? Most militaries will a like number of ranks between their services. 1) This makes pay close to equitable between the services, and 2) Makes it easy to establish hierarchy between services. As I said, this discrepency probably doesn't mean much to most who play. If one does wish to change it though and give an equal number of ranks/pay grades between the two services a solution is for Fleet to pull the rank of Second Lieutenant and change the 1LT to simply Lieutenant. For the Army, insert in the ranks of Lieutenant Colonel and Lieutenant General. Not an ideal solution for me and I'll make a new rank structure m'self, but it's a quick and easy fix for those that want it.