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Lieutenant

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

In most militaries, a Lieutenant is a platoon or lance commander. In naval or administrative settings, they command departments or sections. The Naval equivalent to this rank in most militaries is Ensign.

SLDFEdit

In the SLDF many Lieutenants were "mustangs", non-commissioned officers who were so capable that they went to Officer's Candidate School. Unlike many other militaries, the SLDF did not immediately commission graduates of military academies as Lieutenants. These recent graduates were instead made Sergeants until they distinguished themselves on the battlefield.

SLDF Lieutenants wore a simple olive green bar as their insignia.[1]

In the second Star League, Lieutenants wore the same insignia as their first Star League counterparts. The second Star League also used an additional Lieutenant rank, Lieutenant, Senior Grade. This rank was indicated by adding a silver pip to the center of the standard Lieutenant insignia.[2]

SLDF Rank insignia
Rank Insignia (First SLDF)[3] Insignia (Second SLDF)[4]
Lieutenant    
Lieutenant, SG N/A  

Lyran Commonwealth and Lyran AllianceEdit

In the LCAF, a Leutnant is the rank given to recent academy graduates while they demonstrate their technical and leadership skills. Uniquely, the Leutnant has not yet won a commission, and is technically not an officer, similar to the AFFS rank of Subaltern. A Leutnant is frequently referred to by their job title, for example, MechWarrior, Gunner, Pilot, etc. [5]

Once a Leutnant demonstrates their leadership abilities, they are promoted to the rank of First Leutnant, and given permanent command of a lance or platoon.[6]

LAAF Military Rank Insignia
Rank Insignia
Leutnant  
First Leutnant  

Draconis Combine Mustered SoldieryEdit

In the DCMS, a lance or platoon leader holds the rank of Chu-i. These officers wear a royal blue katakana number 3 as their rank insignia.[7] In the Draconis Combine Admiralty these officers are called Sho-i (Ensign). A sho-i who commands a lance of two AeroSpace fighters is often called a lancer.[8] In the DCMS Support and Engineering Corps (Technical Service) officers at this rank are known as Master Chief Petty Officers.[9]

DCMS Officer Ranks by branch of service
Rank MechWarrior AeroSpace Fighter Infantry Armor Artillery Naval Crew Technical
Service
Chu-i
(Lieutenant)
Sho-i
(Ensign)
             

Armed Forces of the Federated SunsEdit

In the AFFS a Leftenant is a lance or platoon leader. This rank is equivalent to Lieutenant. They wear an epaulette in their branch color as their rank symbol.[10]

AFFS Leftenant insignia by branch of service
Rank MechWarrior AeroSpace Fighter Infantry Armor Naval Crew Technical
Service
Administrative Medical Legal Logistics/
Transportation
Leftenant                    

Capellan Confederation Armed ForcesEdit

Formerly known as Subcommander, post-Xin Sheng the CCAF retitled this rank as Sao-wei or Lieutenant. After graduating from the academy all MechWarriors and fighter pilots are given the rank of lieutenant. Among conventional forces a lieutenant commands an infantry platoon or armor lance, or serves in a managerial position in non-combat units.[11][12]

Within the elite Warrior Houses, the equivalent rank is Ban-zhang, denoting an infantry squad leader or MechWarrior.[12]

CCAF Military Ranks
CCAF Rank Insignia
Sao-wei
Kong-sao-wei
(Lieutenant)
 

Free Worlds LeagueEdit

Traditionally, the FWLM divides Lieutenants into two ranks: Lieutenant, Junior Grade (Lieutenant JG) and Lieutenant, Senior Grade (Lieutenant SG). In any case Lieutenants serve as lance/platoon leaders or staff officers.[13]

Typically Lieutenant SG's were lance commanders, while Lieutenant JG's were recent academy graduates (similar to the AFFS Subaltern).[14]

Lieutenant JG's wear a single narrow gold bar as their rank insignia, while Lieutenant SG's wear a wide gold bar and a narrow gold bar as their rank insignia.[15]

FWLM Lieutenant's Rank Insignia
Rank Insignia
Lieutenant, Junior Grade  
Lieutenant, Senior Grade  

The ClansEdit

In the Clans, Lieutenant doesn't appear as a rank. Instead Stars (a Clan lance) are commanded by Star Commanders.

Clan Blood SpiritEdit

Clan Blood Spirit Military Rank Insignia
Rank Insignia
Star Commander  

Clan Cloud CobraEdit

Clan Cloud Cobra Military Rank Insignia
Rank Insignia
Star Commander  

Clan CoyoteEdit

The Nova Commander rank used by the Coyotes could be considered a senior Lieutenant rank.

Clan Coyote Military Rank Insignia[16]
Rank Insignia
Star Commander  
Nova Commander  

Clan Diamond SharkEdit

Clan Diamond Shark Military Rank Insignia
Rank Insignia
Star Commander  

Clan Fire MandrillEdit

Clan Fire Mandrill Rank Insignia by service branch[17]
Rank MechWarrior AeroSpace Fighter Elemental
Star Commander      

Clan Ghost BearEdit

Clan Ghost Bear Military Rank Insignia
Rank Insignia
Star Commander  

Clan Goliath ScorpionEdit

Clan Goliath Scorpion Military Rank Insignia
Rank Insignia
Star Commander  

Clan Hell's HorsesEdit

The Nova Commander rank used by the Horses could be considered a Senior Lieutenant rank.

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

Clan Ice HellionEdit

Clan Ice Hellion Military Rank Insignia
Rank Insignia
Star Commander  

Clan Jade FalconEdit

Clan Jade Falcon Officer Rank Insignia[18]
Rank Trueborn Freeborn
Star Commander    

Clan Nova CatEdit

Clan Nova Cat (SLDF)Edit

Clan Nova Cat Military Rank Insignia[19]
Rank Insignia
Star Commander  

Clan Sea FoxEdit

Clan Smoke JaguarEdit

Clan Smoke Jaguar Military Rank Insignia
Rank Insignia
Star Commander  

Clan Snow RavenEdit

Clan Snow Raven Rank Insignia by service branch[20]
Rank MechWarrior AeroSpace Fighter Elemental Naval Crew Armor Infantry Support
Star Commander              

Clan Star AdderEdit

Clan Star Adder Rank Insignia by service branch
Rank MechWarrior AeroSpace Fighter Elemental Naval Crew
Star Commander        

Clan Steel ViperEdit

Clan Steel Viper Military Rank Insignia
Rank Insignia
Star Commander  

Clan Wolf/Clan Wolf-in-ExileEdit

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

ComStar/Word of BlakeEdit

Neither Comstar nor the Word of Blake use Lieutenant in their ranking system. Instead six-element Level II formations (Demi-Companies) are commanded by Adepts.

ComStar Adepts use a ComStar logo with a blue halo to show their rank. Word of Blake Adepts use a silver medallion. Insignia shows theta symbol, indicating JumpShip/WarShip crew. Other service branches replace theta with appropriate Greek letter.

ComGuard/Word of Blake Militia Insignia
Rank ComGuard Insignia Word of Blake Militia Insignia
Adept    

Free Rasalhague RepublicEdit

In the KungsArmé officers with this rank are called Lojtnant, Swedish for Lieutenant.[21] These soldiers wear a green patch with a vertical gold bar crossed at the base by a small gold bar as their rank insignia.

KungsArmé Military Rank Insignia
Rank Insignia
Lojtnant  

Periphery PowersEdit

Magistracy of CanopusEdit

In the Magistracy Armed Forces, all officer ranks are purchased, with the rank of Ensign as the lowest for sale, anywhere from between 10,000 to 15,000 C-Bills. Found in both the Army and Navy, an Ensign is not assigned the command of a specific number of personnel, but varies depending on the mission, circumstances and her combat experience. Some ensigns can command as few as ten or as many as a hundred.[22][23] Ensigns wear a blue-green diamond edged in gold as their rank symbol.

Magistracy Armed Forces Insignia
Rank Insignia
Ensign  

Taurian Defense ForceEdit

In the Taurian Defense Force, a Cornet is the lowest-ranking junior officer. Among the conventional forces Cornets command companies of infantry or armored vehicles. Prior to 3065, all MechWarriors officially attained the rank of Cornet, though afterwards it became reserved for 'Mech lance commanders. The TDF naval equivalent is Ensign, and either serve as assistant department heads aboard ships or command a Wing of two air lances.[24][25][26] These officers wear a single gold ring as their rank symbol.

Taurian Defense Force Insignia
Rank Insignia
Cornet  

Marian HegemonyEdit

The Legiones Marianes, with their focus on re-creating the Roman Empire, do not use this rank. The Latin name for the lowest level of HAF officers is Legionnaire. Senior Legionnaires (Lance commanders) are known as Centurions.[27] A legionnaire wears a silver triangle as his rank insignia, while a centurion wears a silver triangle topped by a black triangle with a small silver triangle in the center.

Marian Legions Insignia
Rank Insignia
Legionnaire  
Centurion  

Outworlds AllianceEdit

In the Alliance Military Corps, lance commanders are known as Supervisors.[28] Their rank insignia is a single green bar.

Alliance Military Corps Insignia
Rank Insignia
Supervisor  

Hanseatic LeagueEdit

In the Hanseatic League this rank name is called Lieutenant.[29]

Umayyad CaliphateEdit

In the Umayyad Caliphate this rank name is called Amir'ashara.[29]

Castillan PrincipalitiesEdit

In the Nueva Castile this rank name is called Captain.[29]

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 Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 115
  6. House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 116
  7. House Kurita (The Draconis Combine), p. 124
  8. Field Manual: Draconis Combine, p. 19
  9. Field Manual: Draconis Combine, p. 19, comparitive rank table
  10. House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 126
  11. House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. 70
  12. 12.0 12.1 Handbook House Liao, p. 110
  13. House Marik (The Free Worlds League), p. 86
  14. Field Manual: Free Worlds League
  15. Field Manual: Free Worlds League
  16. Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 48
  17. Field Manual: Crusader Clans, p. 45
  18. Field Manual: Crusader Clans, p. 97
  19. Field Manual: ComStar, p. 112
  20. Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 127
  21. Field Manual: ComStar, p. 66
  22. Field Manual: Periphery, p. 25
  23. Handbook: Major Periphery States, p. 86
  24. The Periphery, pg. 74
  25. Field Manual: Periphery, p. 54
  26. Handbook: Major Periphery States, p. 112
  27. Field Manual: Periphery, p. 73
  28. Field Manual: Periphery, p. 88
  29. 29.0 29.1 29.2 Field Manual: Periphery, p. 14 "Periphery Comparative Rank Table"

BibliographyEdit