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Inner Sphere Military Ranks
Field Officer
General Officer
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.


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

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

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

Armed Forces of the Federated Suns

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

In the CCAF, recruits are known as Shia-ben-bing. Unlike other militaries a CCAF recruit who graduates to regular service is still known as a shia-ben-bing rather than a Private. Applicants to a Warrior House are called Aspirants.[8]

Free Worlds League

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.[9]

The Clans

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

Clan Hell's Horses warrior trainees are frequently referred to as "colts." [10]

Clan Jade Falcon

Clan Jade Falcon training officers (Falconers) will sometimes refer to their sibko members as "fledgelings."[11]

ComStar/Word of Blake

Neither ComStar nor the Word of Blake Militia use the rank of recruit.[12]

Free Rasalhague Republic

The KungsArmé doesn't use an explicit recruit rank.[13]

Periphery Powers

Magistracy of Canopus

In the Magistracy Armed Forces, all incoming troops are known as a Volunteer.[14] 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

Like many other Inner Sphere militaries, trainee troops of the Taurian Defense Force are called Recruit.[15] They use a single silver ring as their rank insignia.

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

Marian Hegemony

In the Hegemony Armed Forces, a recruit undergoing training is known as miles, which is Latin for soldier.[16] They wear no rank insignia.

Outworlds Alliance

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.[17] A Defender's rank insignia is a simple green circle.

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