Private First Class
|Inner Sphere Military Ranks|
|For specific ranks see Military Ranks|
A Private First Class (PFC) is sometimes a rank that adds some command responsibility to the wearer's duties, but it is more often used to show if a soldier has leadership potential or time in grade. The Naval equivalent is frequently Able Spaceman.
- 1 SLDF
- 2 Lyran Commonwealth and Lyran Alliance
- 3 Draconis Combine Mustered Soldiery
- 4 Armed Forces of the Federated Suns
- 5 Capellan Confederation Armed Forces
- 6 Free Worlds League
- 7 The Clans
- 8 ComStar/Word of Blake
- 9 Free Rasalhague Republic
- 10 Periphery Powers
- 11 References
- 12 Bibliography
This rank wasn't used by the first SLDF. It is used by the Second Star League Defense Forces however. Interestingly the rank insignia for Private and Private First Class is identical.
|Rank||Insignia (First SLDF)||Insignia (Second SLDF)|
|Private First Class||N/A|
Lyran Commonwealth and Lyran Alliance
|Private, First Class|
Draconis Combine Mustered Soldiery
Prior to Theodore Kurita's ascention to the Coordinatorship, the DCMS called this rank Lance Corporal. After Theodore's reforms however, the rank was given a new Japanese name: Gunjin.  Gunjin do not have any additional responsibilities but they do receive some additional pay.
In each case, the DCMS used a stylized katakana number "2" in lavender as their rank insignia. The branch of service is shown via the background color of the pin.
|DCMS Ranks||DCA Ranks|
|Rank||MechWarrior||AeroSpace Fighter||Infantry||Armor||Artillery||Rank|| Naval Crew
Draconis Combine Admiralty
Armed Forces of the Federated Suns
In the AFFS, Private First Class isn't a rank which confers any command authority. Instead it's used by instructors to designate "honors graduates" of basic training. Except for the different rank insignia, the rank confers no special responsibilities or advantages to the bearer.
|Rank||MechWarrior||AeroSpace Fighter||Infantry||Armor||Naval Crew|| Technical
|Administrative||Medical||Legal|| Logistics/ |
|Private First Class|
Capellan Confederation Armed Forces
The CCAF doesn't use this rank.
Free Worlds League
A FWLM PFC uses two gold chevrons edged in purple as their rank insignia.
|Private, First Class|
ComStar/Word of Blake
Free Rasalhague Republic
Magistracy of Canopus
Taurian Defense Force
- The Star League, p. 112
- The Star League, p. 113
- Field Manual: ComStar, p.?? 
- Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 30
- House Kurita (The Draconis Combine), p. 125
- Field Manual: Draconis Combine, p. 20
- Field Manual: Federated Suns, p. 27
- Field Manual: Free Worlds League, p. 22
- Field Manual: Crusader Clans, p. 11
- Field Manual: ComStar, p. ?? 
- Field Manual: ComStar, p. 66
- Field Manual: Periphery, p. 24
- Field Manual: Periphery, p. 53
- Field Manual: Periphery, p. 73
- Field Manual: Periphery, p. 88