Lieutenant General

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

A Lieutenant General (sometimes Brigadier General) is the first of the general officer ranks in most of the Inner Sphere militaries. Typically a Lieutenant General commands multiple regiment formations, brigades, or divisions.

SLDF[edit]

In the SLDF a Lieutenant General commanded Regimental Combat Teams and Brigades. On occasion, an extremely skilled Lieutenant General would command a Division. Lieutenant Generals in the SLDF needed excellent administrative and strategic command skills since they commanded so many troops. A Lieutenant General wore a single three dimensional star as insignia.[1]

After the formation of the Second Star League, the commanding officer of the Eridani Light Horse brigade was promoted from Brevet General to Lieutenant General.[2]

The Star League Navy's equivalent rank was Rear Admiral. They used a single stripe on their jacket cuff as their rank insignia. Usually a Rear Admiral commanded a SLDF fleet or shipyard.[3]

SLDF Rank insignia
Rank Insignia
Lieutenant General SLDF-LieutenantGeneral.png

Lyran Commonwealth and Lyran Alliance[edit]

In the LCAF a Leutnant-General was an aide to one of the Military District commanders. They were responsible for overseeing the support, garrison, and reserve units in their District.

Leutnant-General was also the lowest rank that an officer could assume command of an entire LCAF service branch, like Military Intelligence, Quartermaster Corps, or the Strategy and Tactics Division.[4]

The equivalent rank in the Alliance Navy is Leutnant-Kommodore.

LAAF Military Rank Insignia
Rank Insignia
Leutnant-General
Leutnant-Kommodore
LeutnantGeneralLAAF.png

Draconis Combine Mustered Soldiery[edit]

In the DCMS a Lieutenant General is known as a Sho-sho, which is sometimes translated to Brigadier General. The corresponding naval rank used by the Draconis Combine Admiralty is Cho-sho or Commodore.

DCMS Officer Ranks by branch of service
Rank MechWarrior AeroSpace Fighter Infantry Armor Artillery Naval Crew Technical
Service
Sho-sho
(Brigadier General)
Cho-sho
(Commodore)
Shosho-mech.png Shosho-asf.png Shosho-infantry.png Shosho-armor.png Shosho-artillery.png Shosho-naval.png Shosho-tech.png

Armed Forces of the Federated Suns[edit]

A high officer rank in the AFFS, the use of "Leftenant" is unique to the AFFS. Leftenant General was created in 2953 in order to differentiate between field and administrative staffs.[5] Later, they commanded brigades of infantry and armored vehicles.[6]

During the Federated Commonwealth's existence, Leftenant General was the equivalent of Colonel, despite the latter rank already existing in both the Federated and Lyran militaries.

AFFS officers used epaulettes with two broad bands and one narrow band across the base as their rank insignia. This insignia is also used by the AFFS Navy for Rear Admirals.

AFFS Leftenant General insignia by branch of service
Rank MechWarrior AeroSpace Fighter Infantry Armor Naval Crew Technical
Service
Administrative Medical Legal Logistics/
Transportation
Leftenant General
(Rear Admiral)
LeftenantGeneralMW.png LeftenantGeneralASF.png LeftenantGeneralInf.png LeftenantGeneralarmor.png LeftenantGeneralnaval.png LeftenantGeneraltech.png LeftenantGeneraladmin.png LeftenantGeneralmedical.png LeftenantGenerallegal.png LeftenantGenerallogistics.png

Capellan Confederation Armed Forces[edit]

This rank is not used by the CCAF.

Free Worlds League Military[edit]

This rank isn't used in the FWLM. Prior to the secession of the Duchy of Andurien, the rank of Lieutenant General was primarily a political ranking. In the Duchy, the Oath Edict of 2914 allowed any prominent landowner to become a general regardless of previous military experience. These political appointees almost never took the field, and the vast majority never reached the rank of Major General. [7]

After Thomas Marik's military reforms, the rank was eliminated completely.[8]

The Clans[edit]

The Clans do not use this rank. Depending on the branch of service, warrior caste members at this level are either Galaxy Commanders or Star Admirals.

Comstar/Word of Blake[edit]

This rank is not used by the ComGuards or Word of Blake Militia.

Periphery Powers[edit]

As the militaries of the Periphery powers are small compared to those of the Inner Sphere, no Periphery power uses this rank.

References[edit]

  1. The Star League, p. 112, "Lieutenant General"
  2. Field Manual: ComStar
  3. The Star League, p. 112, "Lieutenant General"
  4. House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 119
  5. House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 126, "Leftenant General"
  6. Field Manual: Federated Suns, p. 28
  7. House Marik (The Free Worlds League), p. 86, "General"
  8. Field Manual: Free Worlds League

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