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Captain

Inner Sphere Military Ranks
Enlisted
Field Officer
General Officer
For specific ranks see Military Ranks

In most Inner Sphere and Periphery militaries, soldiers with the rank of Captain command companies. In the various naval forces, the rank (position) of Captain is usually a ship's commanding officer and is roughly equivalent to a Colonel of ground forces.

SLDFEdit

In the first Star League, a Captain commanded a company of ground forces. In the SLDF Navy, they commanded DropShips. In any case, these officers were expected to demonstrate initiative.[1]

In the second Star League a Captain is the front line commander of a company of ground troops. Unlike their first Star League counterparts, SLDF Navy officers at this rank are called Commander and command a flight of AeroSpace Fighters, a DropShip, or act as the Executive Officer of a JumpShip or WarShip.[2]

In both cases, the rank insignia for an SLDF Captain is two green bars.

SLDF Rank insignia
Rank Insignia (First SLDF)[3] Insignia (Second SLDF)[4]
Captain
(Commander)
   

Lyran Commonwealth and Lyran AllianceEdit

The LCAF and LAAF use the rank of Hauptmann for company commanders. These officers are the highest rank that routinely see combat. To honor these officers, the Lyran Alliance's first OmniMech was named the Hauptmann.

LAAF Military Rank Insignia
Rank Insignia
Hauptmann  

Draconis Combine Mustered SoldieryEdit

The DCMS uses Tai-i to indicate company commanders. Their symbol is a royal blue "5". The Draconis Combine Admiralty rank is Chu-i.[5] A chu-i in the DCA frequently commands a flight of six AeroSpace Fighters.[6]

DCMS Officer Ranks by branch of service
Rank MechWarrior AeroSpace Fighter Infantry Armor Artillery Naval Crew
Draconis Combine Admiralty
Technical
Service
Tai-i
(Captain)
Chu-i
(Lieutenant)
             

Armed Forces of the Federated SunsEdit

Captains in the AFFS use an epaulette with one narrow band across the base as their rank insignia.[7]

AFFS Captain's Insignia by branch of service.
Rank MechWarrior AeroSpace Fighter Infantry Armor Naval Crew Technical
Service
Administrative Medical Legal Logistics/
Transportation
Captain                    

Capellan Confederation Armed ForcesEdit

Prior to Sun-Tzu Liao's ascension to the Celestial Throne, the CCAF used the rank of Commander to indicate the commanding officer of a 'Mech lance or aerospace squadron, or the commanding officer of an infantry or armor company. They could also sever on regimental command staffs or mid-level managers in non-combat duties. After Sun-Tzu introduced the Xin Sheng reforms, the rank was retitled to Sang-Wei or Captain.[8][9]

A Pai-Zhang is the equivalent rank to Captain within the Warrior Houses, although it denotes the leader of a 'Mech lance or infantry platoon, or if senior enough a member of the command staff.[9]

The CCAF Admiralty rank uses the same insignia, but is named Kong-sang-wei.

CCAF Military Rank
Sang-wei
Kong-sang-wei
(Captain)
 

Free Worlds LeagueEdit

Like their counterparts in other Successor States, FWLM Captains are company commanders. They use two thick gold bars on a purple background as their rank insignia. In the FWLM Navy, an officer at this level is known as a Lieutenant Commander and commands a ship's watch or heads up a department aboard ship.[10]

FWLM Captain's Military Rank Insignia
Rank Insignia
Captain  

The ClansEdit

Star Captain is the rank used by the Clans for the commanding officer of a Binary or Trinary. Commanders of DropShips and JumpShips are also given the rank of Star Captain. Clan Hell's Horses also uses the rank of Nova Captain, who commands a Supernova.

Clan Blood SpiritEdit

Clan Blood Spirit Military Rank Insignia
Rank Insignia
Star Captain  

Clan Cloud CobraEdit

Clan Cloud Cobra Military Rank Insignia
Rank Insignia
Star Captain  

Clan CoyoteEdit

The Nova Captain rank used by the Coyotes could be considered equal to either a senior Inner Sphere Captain or a Major, depending on the holder's experience.

Clan Coyote Military Rank Insignia[11]
Rank Insignia
Star Captain  
Nova Captain  

Clan Diamond SharkEdit

Clan Diamond Shark Military Rank Insignia
Rank Insignia
Star Captain  

Clan Fire MandrillEdit

Clan Fire Mandrill Rank Insignia by service branch[12]
Rank MechWarrior AeroSpace Fighter Elemental
Star Captain      

Clan Ghost BearEdit

Clan Ghost Bear Military Rank Insignia
Rank Insignia
Star Captain  

Clan Goliath ScorpionEdit

Clan Goliath Scorpion Military Rank Insignia
Rank Insignia
Star Captain  

Clan Hell's HorsesEdit

The Nova Captain rank used by the Horses could be considered equal to either a senior Inner Sphere Captain or a Major, depending on the holder's experience.

Clan Hell's Horses Military Rank Insignia
Rank Insignia
Star Captain  
Nova Captain  

Clan Ice HellionEdit

Clan Ice Hellion Military Rank Insignia
Rank Insignia
Star Captain  

Clan Jade FalconEdit

Clan Jade Falcon Officer Rank Insignia[13]
Rank Trueborn Freeborn
Star Captain    

Clan Nova CatEdit

Clan Nova Cat (SLDF)Edit

Clan Nova Cat Military Rank Insignia[14]
Rank Insignia
Star Captain  

Clan Sea FoxEdit

Clan Smoke JaguarEdit

Clan Smoke Jaguar Military Rank Insignia
Rank Insignia
Star Captain  

Clan Snow RavenEdit

Clan Snow Raven Rank Insignia by service branch[15]
Rank MechWarrior AeroSpace Fighter Elemental Naval Crew Armor Infantry Support
Star Captain              

Clan Star AdderEdit

Clan Star Adder Rank Insignia by service branch[16]
Rank MechWarrior AeroSpace Fighter Elemental Naval Crew
Star Captain        

Clan Steel ViperEdit

Clan Steel Viper Military Rank Insignia
Rank Insignia
Star Captain  

Clan Wolf / Clan Wolf-in-ExileEdit

Clan Wolf/Clan Wolf-in-Exile Military Rank Insignia
Rank Insignia
Star Captain  

Comstar/Word of BlakeEdit

The ComGuard and Word of Blake Militia don't use this rank. Instead their Level II formations are led by an Adept.

Free Rasalhague RepublicEdit

In the KungsArmé officers with this rank are called Kapten, Swedish for Captain.[17] These soldiers wear a green patch with a vertical silver bar crossed at the base by a small silver bar as their rank insignia.

KungsArmé Military Rank Insignia
Rank Insignia
Kapten  

Periphery PowersEdit

Magistracy of CanopusEdit

In the Magistracy Armed Forces, purchasing a company command means the officer holds the rank of Commander at a cost of between 16,000 to 35,000 C-Bills. They also used to be able to command battalions until the reforms brought about in the late 31st century. This rank is also used by the Magistracy Navy, where Commanders serve as department heads.[18][19] Commanders wear two gold edged blue-green diamonds set inside each other to show their rank.

Magistracy Armed Forces Insignia
Rank Insignia
Commander  

Taurian Defense ForceEdit

In the TDF, a Subaltern (not be confused with the AFFS rank) commands a battalion of conventional forces or a 'Mech company, or is a department head among the support branches. Among the aerospace branches the rank is known as Air Master, Junior Grade or Air Master, JG and either serves as a department head on a navy vessel or assistant commander of an air division.[20][21][22] In either case, their rank insignia is a single gold ring filled with a red dot.

Taurian Defense Force Insignia
Rank Insignia
Subaltern  

Marian HegemonyEdit

With the interest the Legiones Marianes have in recreating the Roman Empire, company commanders are known as Principes, a Latin word meaning leader or ruler. (To avoid annoying the Imperator and Caesar, the latter translation isn't used.)[23] A principes wears the silver triangle of a legionnaire with an inset black triangle to show their rank.

Marian Legions Insignia
Rank Insignia
Principes  

Outworlds AllianceEdit

In the Alliance Military Corps, company commanders are known as Section Leaders.[24] Their rank insignia is a pair of vertically stacked Supervisor's green bars.

Alliance Military Corps Insignia
Rank Insignia
Section Leader  

Hanseatic LeagueEdit

In the Hanseatic League this rank name is called Commander.[25]

Umayyad CaliphateEdit

In the Umayyad Caliphate this rank name is called Amir kabir.[25]

Castillan PrincipalitiesEdit

In most nations officers with the rank of Captain would command a Company sized unit, however in the Castilian military this rank only commands a Lance sized unit, making the rank of Captain the equivalent to a Lieutenant in most Inner Sphere and Periphery militaries.[25]

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Star League, p. 112
  2. Field Manual: ComStar, p. 80
  3. The Star League, p. 113
  4. Field Manual: ComStar
  5. House Kurita (The Draconis Combine), p. 129
  6. Field Manual: Draconis Combine, p. 19
  7. House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 126
  8. House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. 70
  9. 9.0 9.1 Handbook House Liao, p. 110
  10. Field Manual: Free Worlds League, p. 22
  11. Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 48
  12. Field Manual: Crusader Clans, p. 45
  13. Field Manual: Crusader Clans, p. 97
  14. Field Manual: ComStar, p. 112
  15. Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 127
  16. Field Manual: Crusader Clans, p. 120
  17. Field Manual: ComStar, p. 66
  18. Field Manual: Periphery, p. 25
  19. Handbook: Major Periphery States, p. 86
  20. The Periphery, pg. 74
  21. Field Manual: Periphery, p. 54
  22. Handbook: Major Periphery States, p. 112
  23. Field Manual: Periphery, p. 73
  24. Field Manual: Periphery, p. 88
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Field Manual: Periphery, p. 14 "Periphery Comparative Rank Table"

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