Recruit

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Inner Sphere Military Ranks
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For specific ranks see Military Ranks

Recruit is the rank given to soldiers who are entering boot camp or undergoing basic training. Frequently they have no rank insignia or a very simple one.

SLDF[edit]

Recruits in the SLDF wore a white rank patch during basic training and on their first posting.[1] Recruits who were entering the SLDF Naval Command were known as Spaceman Recruits.

In the Second Star League Defense Forces, a Recruit was promoted to Private immediately after graduating boot camp.[2]

SLDF Rank insignia
Rank Insignia (First SLDF)[3] Insignia (Second SLDF)[4]
Recruit SLDF-Recruit.png SLDF-Recruit.png

Lyran Commonwealth and Lyran Alliance[edit]

LCAF/LAAF recruits wear the "Narrow Arrow" as their rank insignia, like Privates. They are not allowed to wear the Lyran Alliance insignia however.[5]

Draconis Combine Mustered Soldiery[edit]

A recruit in the DCMS is titled hojuhei but bears no rank insignia.[6]

Armed Forces of the Federated Suns[edit]

Recruits in the AFFS wear a black sword on a green field as their rank insignia, regardless of their service branch.[7]

AFFS Ranks by Branch of service
Rank Insignia
Recruit Recruit-AFFS.png

Capellan Confederation Armed Forces[edit]

Unlike in other militaries, in the CCAF the rank of Recruit takes the place of Private and is retained by everyone who has completed basic training; prior to then, they are simply known as "Citizen." Infantry soldiers, vehicle support crews, and other non-rated laborers are all Recruits. After the Xin Sheng reforms, the title was replaced with Shia-ben-bing.[8][9]

Free Worlds League[edit]

Like the first Star League, the FWLM has Recruits and Spaceman Recruit depending on the desired branch of service. A Recruit in the FWLM has no rank insignia.[10]

The Clans[edit]

All the Clans lack the rank of recruit, as all members of a Warrior caste training sibko are essentially recruits. Several Clans refer to their warrior sibko members by nicknames however, which could be considered recruit ranks.

Clan Hell's Horses[edit]

Clan Hell's Horses warrior trainees are frequently referred to as "colts." [11][12]

Clan Jade Falcon[edit]

Clan Jade Falcon training officers (Falconers) will sometimes refer to their sibko members as "fledgelings."[13]

ComStar/Word of Blake[edit]

Neither ComStar nor the Word of Blake Militia use the rank of recruit.[14]

Free Rasalhague Republic[edit]

The KungsArmé doesn't use an explicit recruit rank.[15]

Periphery Powers[edit]

Magistracy of Canopus[edit]

In the Magistracy Armed Forces, all incoming troops are known as a Volunteer.[16] Their rank insignia is a simple blue-green diamond edged in silver.

Magistracy Armed Forces Insignia
Rank Insignia
Volunteer MagistracyOfCanopus-Volunteer.png

Taurian Defense Force[edit]

Like many other Inner Sphere militaries, trainee troops of the Taurian Defense Force are called Recruit.[17] They use a single silver ring as their rank insignia.

Taurian Defense Force Insignia
Rank Insignia
Recruit TaurianConcordat-Recruit.png

Marian Hegemony[edit]

In the Hegemony Armed Forces, a recruit undergoing training is known as miles, which is Latin for soldier.[18] They wear no rank insignia.

Outworlds Alliance[edit]

As the Alliance Military Corps gets most of its new troops via planetary lotteries held by the Parliaments of individual member worlds, calling a trainee "Recruit" is inaccurate. In recognition of this, the AMC identifies all its trainee soldiers as Defender.[19] A Defender's rank insignia is a simple green circle.

Alliance Military Corps Insignia
Rank Insignia
Defender OA-Defender.png

References[edit]

  1. The Star League, p. 112
  2. Field Manual: ComStar, p. 80
  3. The Star League, p. 113
  4. Field Manual: ComStar
  5. Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 30
  6. Field Manual: Draconis Combine, p. 20
  7. Field Manual: Federated Suns, p. 27
  8. House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. 71
  9. Handbook House Liao, p. 111
  10. Field Manual: Free Worlds League, p. 22
  11. Field Manual: Crusader Clans
  12. MechWarrior's Guide to the Clans, p. 46
  13. Field Manual: Crusader Clans
  14. Field Manual: ComStar
  15. Field Manual: ComStar, p. 66
  16. Field Manual: Periphery, p. 24
  17. Field Manual: Periphery, p. 53
  18. Field Manual: Periphery, p. 73
  19. Field Manual: Periphery, p. 88

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