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Corporal

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

The first real military rank with command responsibilities, a Corporal is frequently responsible for leading infantry squads, work details, acting as assistant vehicle commanders, or administrative sections. The naval equivalent does the same thing, assisting a WarShip gunnery officer or naval work detail.

SLDFEdit

A corporal in the SLDF typically had to serve for a year, which made them more experienced than their House counterparts. Typically this is the highest rank a soldier or sailor would reach. Their rank insignia was similar to that of a Private, but had the top and bottom sections colored green instead of white.[1]

The rank insignia for a second SLDF corporal was the same as the first SLDF counterpart, but it replaces the green with black.[2]

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

Lyran Commonwealth and Lyran AllianceEdit

In the LAAF, like most militaries, a corporal will command an infantry squad or a heavy weapon element of an infantry squad. [5] Their rank insignia is sometimes known as the "Hunter's Point."

The LAAF, like the LCAF before it, also uses the rank of Senior Corporal. Soldiers with this rank are vehicle commanders and lead infantry squads. In addition, they are mentored by LAAF Sergeants to improve their command and leadership skills.[6] A Senior Corporal's insignia is identical to a Corporal's, but has a black triangle.

LAAF Military Rank Insignia
Rank Insignia
Corporal  
Senior Corporal  

Draconis Combine Mustered SoldieryEdit

Prior to Theodore Kurita's ascension to the Coordinatorship, the DCMS called this rank Corporal.[7] After Theodore's reforms however, the rank was given a new Japanese name: Go-cho. [8]

In each case, the DCMS used a stylized katakana number "3" in lavender as their rank insignia. The branch of service is shown via the background color of the pin.

DCMS Officer Ranks by branch of service
DCMS Ranks DCA Ranks
Rank MechWarrior AeroSpace Fighter Infantry Armor Artillery Rank Naval Crew
Draconis Combine Admiralty
Technical
Service
Go-cho
(Corporal)
          Go-cho
(Corporal)
   

Armed Forces of the Federated SunsEdit

In the AFFS, Corporals are the first level of command responsibility, heading up work details, infantry squads, and occasionally vehicle crews. Usually a Private is promoted to this rank after 12 months of service.[9] This is also the first rank where the soldier begins to collect Death Compensation, a life insurance policy.[10] Corporals wear two Scars as their rank insignia, color coordinated with their branch.

AFFS Ranks by Branch of service
Rank MechWarrior AeroSpace Fighter Infantry Armor Naval Crew Technical
Service
Administrative Medical Legal Logistics/
Transportation
Corporal                    

Capellan Confederation Armed ForcesEdit

In the CCAF, a Corporal serves as an infantry squad leader or armored vehicle commander. The rank is also given to other specialists such as corpsmen and technicians. The device is a green bar, divided into three parts by brass lines. After Xin Sheng the rank was renamed to San-Ben-Bing.[11][12]

CCAF Military Ranks
CCAF Rank Warrior House rank Insignia
San-ben-bing
(Corporal)
N/A  

Free Worlds LeagueEdit

In the FWLM a Corporal typically command infantry squads or serve as vehicle drivers and gunners. Occasionally they may pilot a BattleMech. If a FWLM Corporal pilots a 'Mech, they typically are called "MechWarrior" instead of Corporal. The FWLM Navy equivalent, Petty Officer, Second Class typically lead work details or head up small sections. [13]

A FWLM Corporal/Petty Officer Second Class uses three gold chevrons edged in purple as their rank insignia.

FWLM Military Rank Insignia
Rank Insignia
Corporal  

Prior to the Andurien Secession in 3030 and the passage of the Military Reorganization Act of 3046, the Duchy of Andurien's Defenders of Andurien regiments also used the rank of thegn (pronounced thane). These soldiers were officially no higher than corporals, but had more experience and were likely to be listened to by senior officers.[14]

The ClansEdit

As is the case with most enlisted ranks, the Clans do not use the rank of Corporal.[15] Point Commander is the first official level of command authority. However, in certain formations that consist of a large number of warriors (solahmna conventional infantry platoons or WarShip crews for example) or when dealing with Inner Sphere military forces, a clear chain of command is needed. As such a senior Warrior can be designated by the Point Commander as Point 1, Point 2, Point 3, Point 4, or Point 5. The lowest of these ranks, Point 1 and Point 2 could be considered equivalent to an Inner Sphere Corporal.

Clan Blood SpiritEdit

Clan Blood Spirit Military Rank Insignia
Point positions
Point 1 Point 2 Point 3 Point 4 Point 5
         

Clan Cloud CobraEdit

Clan Cloud Cobra Military Rank Insignia
Point positions
Point 1 Point 2 Point 3 Point 4 Point 5
         

Clan CoyoteEdit

Clan Coyote Military Rank Insignia[16]
Point positions
Point 1 Point 2 Point 3 Point 4 Point 5
         

Clan Diamond SharkEdit

Clan Diamond Shark Military Rank Insignia
Point positions
Point 1 Point 2 Point 3 Point 4 Point 5
         

Clan Fire MandrillEdit

Clan Fire Mandrill Military Rank Insignia[17]
Point positions
Point 1 Point 2 Point 3 Point 4 Point 5
         

Clan Ghost BearEdit

Clan Ghost Bear Military Rank Insignia
Point positions
Point 1 Point 2 Point 3 Point 4 Point 5
         

Clan Goliath ScorpionEdit

Clan Goliath Scorpion Military Rank Insignia
Point positions
Point 1 Point 2 Point 3 Point 4 Point 5
         

Clan Hell's HorsesEdit

Clan Hell's Horses Military Rank Insignia
Point positions
Point 1 Point 2 Point 3 Point 4 Point 5
         

Clan Ice HellionEdit

Clan Ice Hellion Military Rank Insignia
Point positions
Point 1 Point 2 Point 3 Point 4 Point 5
         

Clan Jade FalconEdit

Clan Jade Falcon Point Rank Insignia by Service Branch[18]
Rank MechWarrior AeroSpace Fighter Elemental Freeborn
Point 1        
Point 2        
Point 3        
Point 4        
Point 5        

Clan Nova Cat (SLDF)Edit

Clan Nova Cat Military Rank Insignia[19]
Point positions
Point 1 Point 2 Point 3 Point 4 Point 5
         

Clan Smoke JaguarEdit

Clan Smoke Jaguar Military Rank Insignia[20]
Point positions
Point 1 Point 2 Point 3 Point 4 Point 5
         

Clan Snow RavenEdit

Clan Snow Raven Rank Insignia by service branch[21]
Rank MechWarrior AeroSpace Fighter Elemental Naval Crew Armor Infantry Support
Point 1              
Point 2              
Point 3              
Point 4              
Point 5              

Clan Star AdderEdit

Clan Star Adder Military Rank Insignia
Point positions
Point 1 Point 2 Point 3 Point 4 Point 5
         

Clan Steel ViperEdit

Clan Steel Viper Military Rank Insignia
Point positions
Point 1 Point 2 Point 3 Point 4 Point 5
         

Clan Wolf/Clan Wolf-in-ExileEdit

Clan Wolf/Clan Wolf-in-Exile Military Rank Insignia[22]
Point positions
Point 1 Point 2 Point 3 Point 4 Point 5
         

ComStar/Word of BlakeEdit

Due to their unique base six structure, neither ComStar nor the Word of Blake Militia use this rank. A senior Acolyte would fill this position.[23]

Free Rasalhague RepublicEdit

In the KungsArmé this rank is known by its Swedish name, Korpral. A Kavellrist is a Korpral who pilots a BattleMech. Korprals can also pilot AeroSpace Fighters.[24] These soldiers wear a blue patch with an orange cross with small orange squares appearing in all corners as their rank insignia.

KungsArmé Military Rank Insignia
Rank Insignia
Korpral (Kavellrist)  

Periphery PowersEdit

Magistracy of CanopusEdit

This rank isn't used by the Magistracy Armed Forces.[25]

Taurian Defense ForceEdit

In the Taurian Defense Force, a Corporal is the leader of an infantry maniple, consisting of five troopers, or serves as a tank commander. Among the other branches, Corporal denotes a junior specialist, such as technician or corpsman. A silver ring with a red center serves as the rank insignia.

One step up from Corporal is Section Leader. Section leaders command a squad of two infantry maniples or lead an armor maniple of two tanks. Otherwise it denotes a senior specialist in the other branches. Section leaders wear a silver ring with a single "horn" on the left side.[26][27][28]

Taurian Defense Force Insignia
Rank Insignia
Corporal  
Section Leader  

Marian HegemonyEdit

The Hegemony Armed Forces, with their focus on re-creating the Roman Empire, do not use this rank. The Latin name for the soldiers who hold this rank in the HAF is miles probatus.[29] An inverted silver chevron is their symbol of rank.

Marian Legions Insignia
Rank Insignia
Miles probatus  

Outworlds AllianceEdit

The Alliance Military Corps uses Protector for soldiers who command infantry squads and lead work details.[30] Typically a Defender is promoted to Protector after a year's service. Their rank insignia is two of the Defender's green circles placed side by side.

Alliance Military Corps Insignia
Rank Insignia
Protector  

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Star League, p. 112
  2. Field Manual: ComStar, p. 81
  3. The Star League, p. 113
  4. Field Manual: ComStar
  5. Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 30
  6. Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 30
  7. House Kurita (The Draconis Combine), p. 125
  8. Field Manual: Draconis Combine, p. 20
  9. Field Manual: Federated Suns, p. 27
  10. House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 123
  11. House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. 71
  12. Handbook House Liao, p. 111
  13. Field Manual: Free Worlds League, p. 22
  14. House Marik (The Free Worlds League), p. 85
  15. Field Manual: Crusader Clans, p. 11
  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. MechWarrior: The BattleTech Role Playing Game, Second Edition, Color plate section
  21. Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 127
  22. Field Manual: Crusader Clans, p. 45
  23. Field Manual: ComStar
  24. Field Manual: ComStar, p. 66
  25. Field Manual: Periphery, p. 24
  26. The Periphery, pg. 74
  27. Field Manual: Periphery, p. 53
  28. Handbook: Major Periphery States, p. 113
  29. Field Manual: Periphery, p. 73
  30. Field Manual: Periphery, p. 88

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