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

Once a Recruit has completed their initial training, they are usually promoted to the rank of Private. Privates (and their naval equivalent, the Spaceman) make up the bulk of every army, performing every task from maintenance (as AsTechs) to the rifle carriers in infantry units to members of naval gunnery crews or vehicle crewmen.


Unlike most militaries, a SLDF recruit was only promoted to Private after they had survived one battle. Their rank patch was divided into three sections by diagonal lines.[1][2]

In the Second Star League Defense Force, a recruit was promoted to Private immediately after graduating boot camp. Members of the Naval Command at this level were known as Spaceman.[3]

SLDF Rank Insignia
Rank Army Insignia (First SLDF)[4][5] Navy Insignia (First SLDF)[6][5] Insignia (Second SLDF)[7]

Lyran Commonwealth and Lyran AllianceEdit

LCAF/LAAF Privates wear the "Narrow Arrow" as their rank insignia, like Recruits. Unlike LAAF recruits, privates are allowed to wear Lyran Alliance insignia on their uniforms.[8]

LAAF Military Rank Insignia
Rank Insignia

Draconis Combine Mustered SoldieryEdit

A DCMS heishi is a private. They wear a stylized katakana "1" in pink as their rank, on a colored background based on their service branch. [9]

DCMS Heishi Rank insignia by branch of service
DCMS Ranks DCA Ranks
Rank MechWarrior AeroSpace Fighter Infantry Armor Artillery Rank Naval Crew
Draconis Combine Admiralty

Armed Forces of the Federated SunsEdit

The lowest rank for regular AFFS members is Private, which is gained automatically after they pass basic training as a Recruit. A Private in the AFFS wears single "Scar" on their sleeve to show their rank. The edges of the Scar is black for Regular Army and March Militia units, while planetary militias edge the Scar in dark green. The interior of the Scar is color coded to the wearer's branch of service.[10]

AFFS Private Rank Insignia by Branch of service
Rank MechWarrior AeroSpace Fighter Infantry Armor Naval Crew Technical
Administrative Medical Legal Logistics/

Capellan Confederation Armed ForcesEdit

Unlike other militaries once a CCAF recruit graduates to regular service is still known as a shia-ben-bing rather than a Private. They continue to wear a plain green bar as their rank insignia. [11]

Old Rank New Rank Insignia
Recruit Shia-ben-bing (Recruit)  

Free Worlds LeagueEdit

Privates in the FWLM use a single gold chevron edged in purple as their rank insignia. The FWLM Navy calls sailors at this rank Spaceman. They typically have less than a year in service.[12]

FWLM Military Rank Insignia
Rank Insignia

The ClansEdit

In one sense, there are no privates or any other enlisted rank in the Clan toumans: Every warrior who tests out of training is simply a warrior. This means that there are no "official" ranks until a warrior tests up to a higher position (like Point Commander or Star Commander) or tests down into a solahma unit. This means that there are no specific insignia until higher ranks, so Clan warriors use their branch insignia (daggerstar) or Clan insignia as a rank device. [13]

The color of the daggerstar varies by branch, and sometimes by Clan. The Snow Ravens, for example, use an orange daggerstar for combat vehicle crewmen, while the Steel Vipers use a white daggerstar. The Clans use the same colors for the main touman branches however: Red for MechWarriors, blue for AeroSpace Fighters, green for Elementals, and black for Naval forces.

Clan Daggerstars, by branch of service
Clan Branch Insignia
All MechWarrior  
All AeroSpace Fighter  
All Elemental  
All Naval  
All Nova Commander
(MechWarrior CO w/Elemental)
All Nova Commander
(Elemental CO w/Mechs)
All Nova Commander
(ASF CO w/Elementals)
All Nova Commander
(Elemental CO w/ASF)
All Nova Commander
(MechWarrior CO w/ASF)
All Nova Commander
(ASF CO w/Mechs)
Snow Raven Armor[14]  
Snow Raven Conventional Infantry[15]  
Snow Raven Support[16]  
Steel Viper Conventional Infantry[17]  
Steel Viper Armor[18]  

ComStar/Word of BlakeEdit

Due to their unique base six structure, neither ComStar nor the Word of Blake Militia use the rank of Private. Instead, soldiers are identified as Acolytes.[19]

ComStar Acolytes use a ComStar logo with a gray halo to show their rank. Word of Blake Acolytes use a brass 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

Free Rasalhague RepublicEdit

The KungsArmé uses the rank of Private, but they use the Swedish term. Thus an infantry squad rifle carrier has the rank of Menig.[20] These soldiers wear a blue patch with an orange cross with two small orange squares appearing in the bottom corners as their rank insignia.

KungsArmé Military Rank Insignia
Rank Insignia

Periphery PowersEdit

Magistracy of CanopusEdit

In the Magistracy Armed Forces, any Volunteer who successfully completes basic training (and does not receive disciplinary action) is promoted to First Ranker. For those serving out their compulsory service, this is the highest rank they will achieve. Those who want to make a career in the MAF will receive advanced training, typically from their Lance Corporal.[21][22] Their rank insignia is similar to a Volunteer's, but has a second smaller silver-edged blue green-diamond inside it.

Magistracy Armed Forces Insignia
Rank Insignia
First Ranker  

Taurian Defense ForceEdit

Infantry in the Taurian Defense Force are still known as Recruits, though they will have already gone through their 18 weeks of basic training when they are assigned to a field unit. They wear a silver ring with a red center as their rank insignia.[23][24][25]

Taurian Defense Force Insignia
Rank Insignia

Marian HegemonyEdit

In the Hegemony Armed Forces, a miles is a soldier who has successfully completed basic training in addition to the rank used by HAF Recruits.[26] They wear no rank insignia.

Outworlds AllianceEdit

The Alliance Military Corps identifies all its lowest-level soldiers as Defender. This has to do with the fact that the AMC is not granted much respect by the average citizen of the Outworlds Alliance.[27] They wear a single green circle on their lapel to show their membership in the AMC.

Alliance Military Corps Insignia
Rank Insignia


  1. The Star League, p. 112
  2. Field Manual: SLDF, p.24
  3. Field Manual: ComStar, p. 81
  4. The Star League, p. 113
  5. 5.0 5.1 Field Manual: SLDF, color plate 1
  6. The Star League, p. 113
  7. Field Manual: ComStar
  8. Field Manual: Lyran Alliance;;, p. 30
  9. Field Manual: Draconis Combine, p. 20
  10. Field Manual: Federated Suns, p. 27
  11. Field Manual: Capellan Confederation
  12. Field Manual: Free Worlds League, p. 22
  13. Field Manual: Crusader Clans, p. 11
  14. Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 127
  15. Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 127
  16. Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 127
  17. Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 141
  18. Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 141
  19. Field Manual: ComStar
  20. Field Manual: ComStar, p. 66
  21. Field Manual: Periphery, p. 24
  22. Handbook: Major Periphery States, p. 86
  23. The Periphery, pg. 74
  24. Field Manual: Periphery, p. 53
  25. Handbook: Major Periphery States, p. 112
  26. Field Manual: Periphery, p. 73
  27. Field Manual: Periphery, p. 88