1st Ranger Battalion: A Realism Unit for Day of Infamy

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Rank System

Ranks and Insignia

Once you decide to join the 1st Ranger Battalion, your advancement depends on how much of a commitment you want make to the group. Advancement into leadership positions is competitive and will require you to put in extra free time to help run the group, organize events, help other members, etc. Below are the various ranks for Enlisted Soldiers (Privates and NCOs) as well as Officers. If you are familiar with the Army's modern day rank structure, you may notice a few differences as our system is based on the one used during WWII.

Regular Members

Pvt.

Private (Pvt.)

Soldiers entering Basic Training begin at the rank of Private. Their job is to carry out orders to the best of their ability.
(No Insignia)

Pfc.

Private First Class (Pfc.)

Soldiers who complete basic training will reach this rank after about a month of active service in the unit. Their job is to carry out orders to the best of their ability.

Non-Commissioned Officers

Cpl.

Corporal (Cpl.)

The base of the Non-Commisioned Officer (NCO) ranks, Corporal is the first rank at which a member will be in a leadership position. Typically assists a Sgt. or S/Sgt. in leading a squad (8-12 Soldiers).

Sgt.

Sergeant (Sgt.)

Typically either an assistant or a squad leader (8-12 soldiers). They lead soldiers in-game during scrims and are responsible for enforcing unit policies, training subordinates, and setting an example for those under their command.

S/Sgt.

Staff Sergeant (S/Sgt.)

Staff Sergeants either lead a squad or assist in leading a platoon as the platoon sergeant. Key advisor and assistant to the platoon leader. As the platoon sergeant, a S/Sgt. typically has two or more squad leaders under their leadership. Responsible for helping develop the other NCOs and achieving the platoon's full potential.

T/Sgt.

Technical Sergeant (T/Sgt.)

Despite their name, Technical Sergeants are not limited to strictly "technical" work, the T/Sgt. is usually a platoon sergeant, or placed in a senior staff position such as the battalion clerk. An experienced leader managing critical unit functions.

M/Sgt.

Master Sergeant (M/Sgt.)

Master Sergeants are almost always assigned to senior staff positions at the battalion level. While not part of the normal chain of command, they provide mentorship to the other NCOs in the unit.

1st Sgt.

First Sergeant (1st Sgt.)

Senior advisor to the company commanding officer. The 1st Sgt. is known informally as "Top," because of his singular position as the Top NCO in the company. All NCOs in the unit look to him for leadership and direction.

Technician Ranks

T/5

Technician 5th Grade (T/5)

T/5s, unlike their counterpart Corporals, are typically soldiers who work in staff offices or do technical work and have been recognized for that rather than their leadership abilities. They can be called upon to fill in as an assistant squad leader should the situation require.

T/4

Technician 4th Grade (T/4)

Much like T/5s, the T/4s are those who perform necessary staff duties. They can serve as section heads or senior technicians. With the equivalent rank of a Sgt. The T/4 can fill in as an assistant squad leader or squad leader.

T/3

Technician 3rd Grade (T/3)

T/3s are the highest level of tecnician and fill vital staff roles at the battalion and company level, such as company clerk or an NCO In Charge (NCOIC) of a staff office. Further recognized for their continued contributions to the unit, they are able to substitute for their equivalent S/Sgt. in either a squad leader or platoon sergeant role.

Commissioned Officers

2nd Lt.

Second Lieutenant (2nd Lt.)

The entry-level officer position. 2nd Lt's typically serve as platoon leaders with a platoon sergeant and two or more squads under their command. As an officer, he sets the tone and direction for the platoon.

1st Lt.

First Lieutenant (1st Lt.)

As a senior lieutenant, a 1st Lt. may serve as a platoon leader that has been recognized for exceptional leadership, or the heavy weapons platoon. They may also serve in a staff leadership position with more specialized responsibilities. Lastly, they can be assigned as the executive officer for a company-sized unit.

Capt.

Captain (Capt.)

Commands and controls a company-sized unit with a 1st Sgt. as his principal assistant. The commanding officer is responsible for everything that goes on in the company, directing his subordinates to achieve the unit's goals.

Maj.

Major (Maj.)

Serves as the commanding officer or executive officer of a battalion-sized unit. As the executive officer, a Major is responsible for assisting the battalion commander and delegating work to the staff offices.

Lt. Col.

Lieutenant Colonel (Lt. Col.)

Serves as the commanding officer of a battalion-sized unit. As the commanding officer, a Lieutenant Colonel is responsible for everything that goes on in the unit, directing his subordinates to achieve the unit's goals.