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The Ranks and Duties chapter of the Stormwind Army Field Manual covers the ranking system and associated responsibilites of soldiers of the Stormwind Army.

((Note: The OOC implementation of these ranks was for <The First Regiment> guild on Moon Guard server. Feel free to use the in-character portions as you wish!))

Ranks and Responsibilities

A ranking system is essential to the organization and effective operation of a military force. Without a system of ranks, a military becomes little more than a disorganized mob equipped with superior armor and weapons.

But simply having a system of ranks in place is not enough to guarantee successful execution of orders. Soldiers must follow and adhere to the ranking system.

They must address ranks properly, follow the chain of command, and remember that no matter what, there is always someone above their own authority.

A soldier with no sense of rank-discipline brings down everyone around him. He disrupts smooth operation and ultimately, becomes a burden on both his fellow soldiers and his superiors.

Chain of Command

In his majesty's army, commands must be issued and executed swiftly to carry out the king's will. The chain of command is in place to foster effective communication and execution of orders, and to maintain clear and disciplined communication.

In general, military personnel give orders only to those directly below them in the chain of command and receive orders only from those directly above them. A service member who has difficulty executing a duty or order and appeals for relief directly to an officer above his immediate commander in the chain of command is likely to be disciplined for not observing the chain of command. Similarly, an officer is usually expected to give orders only to his or her direct subordinate, even if it is just to pass an order down to another service member lower in the chain of command than said subordinate.

Examples:

Private Percy would first seek aid from Corporal Chris instead of Sergeant Sarah. Instead of Lieutenant Larry giving a direct order to Corporal Chris, he would give the order to Sergeant Sarah, who would then tell the Corporal what to do.

By serving in the King's army, you are expected and obligated to follow the chain of command, regardless of rank. Neglecting to do so is considered insubordination, and is a punishable offense.

Merits

Merits are a means by which senior NCMs keep quantitative track of their subordinate's attendance and performance in rudimentary trainings, regular patrols, and general orders.

Single merits are to be awarded every time an enlisted soldier completes a training or participates in completing a goal of the army, while demerits are subtracted from their merit count whenever mistakes are made in conduct or protocol.

The duty of issuing merits and demerits is essential and required - without them, granting promotions becomes guesswork for the knighted officers. If anyone abuses or lies about acquired or granted merits, the least punishment will be a demotion in rank.

((They are kept track of via the character's officer note, and are separated by events and training. For example, someone who has attended 5 events and 3 trainings would have "5E 3T" in their officer note..))

Commendations

Commendations are awarded by the commanding officers for NCMs' exemplary leadership in completing the Stormwind Army's long term goals. Commendations are issued only when an NCM or officer play a significant, sanctioned leadership role in completing long-term objectives of the army.

Commendations can be stripped from individuals under extreme circumstances. If anyone abuses or lies about acquired or granted merits, the least punishment will be a demotion in rank.

((They are kept track of via the character's officer note in the same fashion as merits. If the same person as shown in the example above had 2 commendations, the note would be "5E 3T 2C".))

Promotions

In the Stormwind Army, one does not simply climb up the ranks for following the rules. In order to be remotely considered for a promotion, a soldier must go beyond the call of duty to present a positive attitude, assist his fellow soldiers, and have self-initiative to complete his or her duties when no standing orders are given. Learn all of the leadership traits and principles, so when they are seen, you won't be overlooked of your service and motivation.

Demotions

Demotions can be given out for any reason. There are so many possibilities that it is not necessary to list them. If you are a good soldier, and present initiative to complete your rank's duties, you should never have to worry about acquiring a demotion.

Discipline and commendation are at the final discretion of the commanding officers. No exceptions.

Temporary acting demotions may, however, also be issued to reserve soldiers that are shipped to a war-zone based on the current supply and demand of Knighted Officers and Non-Commissioned Members. In the event of receiving an acting demotion, your original rank will be restored upon your return to your home garrison.

Promotion Ceremonies

Each regiment of the Stormwind army awards outstanding promotions during parade on a set date every month. Those in receivership are called forward from formation, whereupon they are to present themselves to their regimental Officer Commanding by coming to attention and saluting.

The Officer Commanding will then remove their old rank insignia and affix their new insignia. Upon completion, the receiving soldier salutes, the officer returns his salute, and the soldier must then rejoin his place in formation, marching at standard cadence back to position.

Every two weeks, ranking soldiers and knighted officers will be reviewed for their service prior to the official parade ceremonies.

Noncombatants and Subjects

Within the Stormwind Army, a corps of non-combatant troops and civilians assist in the logistics of armoring, feeding and transporting the soldiers of a unit at home and abroad.

Noncombatant members are soldiers who, while participating in training and holding rank, do not join battle. They are responsible for providing food, advanced medical care, weapons and armor, and basic supplies to their regiment.

While not part of the official chain of military command, non-soldier workers must always be treated with the same respect that you would show any subject of the king. Subjects of the kingdom are sometimes contracted to supplement low numbers of non-combatant staff in smaller regiments or those with a higher demand than can be met by military staff.


Enlisted Ranks


To be addressed only by their rank.

The House of Wrynn relies heavily on professional soldiers instead of vast pools of militiamen. His majesty's subjects, once finished with their training as enlisted recruits, sign private contracts to bind their service to the king's army.


Recruit

In-Character

Recruits must have...

  • Completed an approved application.
  • Taken the oath of service.

Recruits must...

  • Strive to complete promotion requirements!

When a subject of the kingdom enlists within the Stormwind Army, they are issued arms and armor and are given the opportunity to attend training.

As they are not yet recognized as fully contracted soldiers, enlisted recruits are held to high standards of conduct in and out of uniform. One lie to a superior or one bar fight is all it takes for a recruit to be ejected from the ranks by their watchful superiors.

Within three weeks' time, enlisted recruits are required to attend a minimum of three training sessions and demonstrate their competence as able-bodied soldiers. Failure to fulfill this requirement will result in evaluation and summary discharge.

Out-of-Character

Recruits must have...

  • Reached level 25 or higher.

Recruits must...

  • Be respectful and courteous.

Recruits, at the bottom of the proverbial food chain, should be respectful of their new environment and should strive to complete the requirements needed to advance in rank. Vulgar or distasteful banter will not be tolerated. Those who try to skirt the boundaries of expectation will soon find themselves out of the guild.

Promotion

Within 3 weeks Recruits must...

  • Complete 3 trainings.
  • Earn 5 merits.
  • Reach level 55 or higher. (Negotiable)

If enlisted recruits prove their worth to the officers of a unit as viable soldiers in the three weeks allotted, they will be granted official private contracts in the Stormwind Army.

Private

In-Character

Privates must...

  • Follow orders.
  • Maintain a minimum of 5 merits.

The main labor force of the Stormwind Army, Privates are expected to perform their duties and conduct as they were trained to as recruits. Often granted higher grades of arms and armor, Privates are expected to act as examples for recruits to strive to emulate and become.

It is the Private's duty to follow orders and execute them to their best ability. In order to learn to lead, one must first learn what one can accomplish when following orders.

Out-of-Character

Privates must...

  • Be level 55 or higher.
  • Be respectful and courteous.

Privates will ultimately make up the bulk of the guild as it grows and new blood is brought into the ranks. As with in-character conduct, Privates are expected to be exemplary out of character as they represent the regiment's core of "trained" membership.

Promotion

Privates must...

  • Earn 12 merits total.
  • Show emote fighting proficiency.
  • Be without disciplinary action for 2 consecutive weeks at Private.
  • Be approved by the enlisted staff.

Those that hold stringently to expectations over a long period of time are recognized for their service as first class contracted soldiers.

Private First Class

In-Character

First Class Privates must...

  • Follow orders.
  • Maintain a minimum of 12 merits.

First class Privates, commonly known as "P.F.C's," are soldiers recognized for their staunch adherence to protocol. While not different from Privates in function and credentials, first class Privates are recognized and respected above their counterparts with their badges of honor.

Out-of-Character

First Class Privates must...

  • Be level 55 or higher.
  • Be respectful and courteous.

Essentially the glorified and gilded version of their previous rank, first class Privates maintain the good work that earned them their promotion by showing respect and completing tasks assigned to them to the letter.

Promotion

First Class Privates must...

  • Earn 20 merits total.
  • Be trained in recruitment.
  • Be willing to lead and recruit.
  • Reach level 70.

A common misconception is that promotion beyond the Private ranks is a right and not a privilege. Only those who actively participate in the guild while demonstrating correct protocol over time will be given the opportunity to lead if they choose to take it. There is no shame in remaining at first class Private rank if you do not wish for the responsibility of recruitment and leadership.


Non-Commissioned Members


To be addressed only by their rank.

Non-Commissioned Members, commonly referred to as "Enlisted Staff," are responsible for the most basic levels of unit command. They provide instruction during drills and inspections, lead patrols, and relay orders to their units in the field.

Corporal

In-Character

Corporals must...

  • Follow orders.
  • Maintain a minimum of 20 merits.
  • Keep subordinates occupied with current orders.
  • Be available to answer questions from the lower ranks.
  • Hold at least one recruitment drive a week.

The Corporal is the first step a soldier can take in becoming a leader in the King's Army. Recognized by their expertise in battle and tact, they are often tasked with leading squads of soldiers in battle and peacetime duties. It is the Corporal's responsibility to keep their subordinates active within the bounds of their unit's current orders.

Although Corporals may lead small task forces, know that they must still respect the chain of command and cannot give orders to their superiors in any circumstance.

Tasked with spreading the Stormwind Army's recruitment propaganda throughout the realm, they wield pamphlets, applications, and their voice to sway subjects of the kingdom to Stormwind's cause. While Corporals cannot approve applicants, they can direct potential recruits to fill out applications.

With explicit permission granted by officers of his or her unit, Corporals may hold training that is limited to drills, theory, and inspection under the supervision of a senior rank.

Out-of-Character

Corporals must...

  • Be level 70 or higher.
  • Be respectful and courteous.
  • Encourage guild teamwork.
  • Be available to answer questions from the lower ranks.

As stated above, Corporal is the first step one can take in the guild in being an in-character leader and is a template that those seeking greater responsibility can use to prove themselves.

Promotion

Corporals must...

  • Earn 40 merits total.
  • Reach level 80.
  • Go above and beyond Corporal duty expectations.
  • Be approved by the knighted officers.

To be promoted to the rank of Sergeant, Corporals must excel in their duties over an extended period of time and go beyond expectation. Completing only the bare minimum of required duties will allow a Corporal to keep his rank, whereas a Corporal who puts in extra effort and time into his work will be considered for promotion.

Sergeant

In-Character

Sergeants must...

  • Follow orders.
  • Work with other Sergeants to maintain "one training a night."
  • Keep subordinates occupied with current orders.
  • Be available to answer questions from the lower ranks.
  • Hold at least one recruitment drive a week.
  • Grant merits and demerits to subordinates.

Marked by long service to the crown and exceptional leadership quality, Sergeants execute the unit's orders and ensure the discipline and competence of their subordinates - the quintessential engines of training in the army. They are tasked with upholding the "one training a night" mantra, ensuring that some educational lecture or hands on exercise is held for every night that recruits are available.

Sergeants by default are responsible for the duties they took on as Corporals - serving as mentors and leading small task forces to complete the army's goals. They also take on the task of recruitment.

By issuing merits and demerits, Sergeants help to quantify their subordinates' work ethic and competence in the field. Single merits are to be awarded every time an enlisted soldier completes a training or participates in completing a goal of the army, while demerits are subtracted from their merit count whenever mistakes are made in conduct or protocol.

The duty of issuing merits and demerits is essential and required - without them, granting promotions becomes guesswork for the knighted officers. If anyone abuses or lies about acquired or granted merits, the least punishment will be a demotion in rank.

Sergeants often act as disciplinary officers within a unit, carrying out punishment unto unruly soldiers. Allowing breaches in protocol to go unchecked will result in demotion.

Out-of-Character

Sergeants must...

  • Be level 80 or higher.
  • Be respectful and courteous.
  • Encourage guild teamwork.
  • Be available to answer questions from the lower ranks.

Sergeants of all grades are the glue that holds the enlisted ranks and the officer corps together in the guild. They directly lead their subordinates and relay their progress under direction of the officers. As they are so vital and important to the guild's image, Sergeants are held to higher expectations when dealing with people not in the guild.

Promotion

Sergeants must...

  • Reach level 85.
  • Earn 2 commendations.
  • Excel in assigned duties.
  • Be without disciplinary action for 2 consecutive weeks at Sergeant.
  • Be approved by the knighted officers.

A similarity can be drawn between the requirements of promotion for first class Privates and Master Sergeants. Sergeants who excel in their duties over an extended period of time are granted recognition with a higher rank.

Master Sergeant

In-Character

Master Sergeants must...

  • Follow orders.
  • Work with other Sergeants to maintain "one training a night."
  • Keep subordinates occupied with current orders.
  • Be available to answer questions from the lower ranks.
  • Hold at least one recruitment drive a week.
  • Grant merits and demerits to subordinates.

While not different from Sergeants in function and credentials, Master Sergeants are recognized and respected above their counterparts with their badges of honor and experience. They must continue to excel in the duties that they were assigned to as Sergeants.

Out-of-Character

Master Sergeants must...

  • Be level 85.
  • Be respectful and courteous.
  • Encourage guild teamwork.
  • Be available to answer questions from the lower ranks.

Same deal as with Sergeants, although Master Sergeants are held to higher levels of decorum when presenting themselves as members of the guild.

To be eligible for promotion:

  • Earn 5 total commendations.
  • Reach level 90.
  • Excel in assigned Sergeant's duties.
  • Complete training to approve applicants.
  • Be approved by the commanding officers.

Master Sergeants who have excelled in their duties over an extended period of time have the option to be trained in the recruitment process for the rank of Sergeant Major.

Sergeant Major

In-Character

Sergeant Majors must...

  • Follow orders.
  • Work with other Sergeants to maintain "one training a night."
  • Keep subordinates occupied with current orders.
  • Be available to answer questions from the lower ranks.
  • Grant merits and demerits to subordinates.
  • Approve and swear in recruits.

Sergeant Majors administer Sergeants in their training and swear new blood into the army's ranks, masters of protocol and conduct. They have the highest level of enlisted command, and are directly responsible for the direct management and relaying of day-to-day affairs.

Out-of-Character

Sergeant Majors must...

  • Be level 90.
  • Be respectful and courteous.
  • Encourage guild teamwork.
  • Uphold recruitment standards.
  • Be available to answer questions from the lower ranks.

The rank of Sergeant Major is in position as both a rank for those who do not wish to have the responsibility and stress of officer rank, and those who seek training to become leading officers in the guild.

They retain all of their previous responsibilities that they held as Sergeants, but now have the opportunity to shape who and who doesn't get let into the guild by approving or denying applications. As the overall quality and makeup depends directly on whom we recruit, this responsibility is not one to be taken lightly and glossed over. If a Sergeant Major repeatedly approves recruits who prove to not be of the standards the guild needs, they may be demoted for lack of judgement.

Promotion

Sergeant Majors must...

  • Reach the current maximum level.
  • Earn 9 total commendations.
  • Excel in assigned Sergeant's duties.
  • Be approved by the commanding officers.

Similar to how Corporal is the transitional rank wherein enlisted soldiers learn the leadership skills needed to become Sergeants, the rank of Sergeant Major is the transitional rank for enlisted staff to learn the responsibilities and leadership skills needed of an officer.

To be a knighted officer, Sergeant Majors must develop the tact and work ethic needed of such. To be chivalrous in-character, and to be an epitome of respect and the guild's values out of character. The commanding officers handpick Sergeant Majors to be knighted based on their judgement of their progression towards those qualities.


Knighted Officers


To be addressed by "Sir," "Dame," or by their rank.

The knighted order of the Brotherhood of the Horse makes up the officer corps of the Stormwind Army. Bound by chivalric code and blood-sworn duty to the crown, knighted officers uphold the Army's espirit-de-corps, doctrine, and advise the regimental Officer Commanding based on feedback given by senior NCMs.

Knight-Lieutenant

In-Character

Knight-Lieutenants must...

  • Follow orders.
  • Work with Sergeants to maintain "one training a night."
  • Assist in crafting orders that further the kingdom's goals.
  • Be available to answer questions from the lower ranks.
  • Grant merits and demerits to subordinates.
  • Approve and swear in recruits.
  • Be available to represent the army in Alliance matters.

Bound to the chivalric code of the Brotherhood of the Horse, Knight-Lieutenants have earned their place as directors of the Stormwind Army. They assist the commanding officers in drafting orders to pass on to the enlisted staff and manage their subordinates' work.

Knight-Lieutenants are known to act as field commanders of twenty-five man platoons, responsible for overseeing their unit's soldiers in training and discipline and leading them in progressing major goals of the army's campaigns.

Out-of-Character

Knight-Lieutenants must...

  • Be at the current maximum level.
  • Be respectful and courteous.
  • Encourage guild teamwork.
  • Uphold recruitment standards.
  • Be available to answer questions from the lower ranks.
  • Help draft campaigns and plot-lines.
  • Be available for other guild leaders to communicate with.

A great deal of responsibility comes from officer rank. Not only must Knight-Lieutenants maintain their work ethic in maintaining the guild's standards, they must also be able to communicate and work with their commanding officers and other guilds' officers to create dynamic plot-lines for everyone involved to enjoy.

This often goes without saying, but officers are held to the absolute pinnacle of scrutiny when it comes to their out of character behavior. While fun is by no means disallowed, officers absolutely must show a professional face when in the public sphere.

Promotion

Knight-Lieutenants must...

  • Earn 20 commendations.
  • Excel in assigned officer's duties.
  • Uphold recruitment approval standards.
  • Be approved by the commanding officers.

Knight-Captain is only granted by the Lord-Marshal's choice.

Knight-Captain

In-Character

Knight-Captains must...

  • Follow orders.
  • Work with Sergeants to maintain "one training a night."
  • Assist in crafting orders that further the kingdom's goals.
  • Be available to answer questions from the lower ranks.
  • Grant merits and demerits to subordinates.
  • Approve and swear in recruits.
  • Be available to represent the army in Alliance matters.

The most senior of knights may be honored as Knight-Captains, direct advisers to the commanding ranks.

Knight-Captains have been known to command companies that are made up of two or three platoons. They administer Knight-Lieutenants' work as platoon leaders and direct them in campaigns.

Out-of-Character

Knight-Captains must...

  • Be at the current maximum level.
  • Be respectful and courteous.
  • Encourage guild teamwork.
  • Uphold recruitment standards.
  • Be available to answer questions from the lower ranks.
  • Help draft campaigns and plot-lines.
  • Be available for other guild leaders to communicate with.

Same as with Knight-Lieutenants. Officer ranking comes not only with long-term experience, but with high scrutiny of public opinion and ability to work well with others.

Promotion

Commander is only granted by the Lord-Marshal's choice.


Command Staff


To be addressed by "M'lord," "M'lady," or by their rank.

An army's Command Staff is made up of noblemen of the realm and exceptional officers that have been awarded the King's Writ. They are directly responsible for overseeing the command of their provincial armsmen.

Those of Command position that were not born into noble status are awarded such at the end of their service to the Crown, along with a gold stipend and a private plot of land upon which to live out the rest of their days.

Commander

In-Character

Commanders must...

  • Follow orders.
  • Work with Sergeants to maintain "one training a night."
  • Draft orders that further the kingdom's goals.
  • Be available to answer questions from the lower ranks.
  • Grant merits and demerits to subordinates.
  • Grant commendations to ranking Sergeants+.
  • Approve and swear in recruits.
  • Represent the army in Alliance matters.

Commanders are the executive officers of provincial brigades of his majesty's army. They take on administrative duties, directing knights in organizing and directing their units as their Marshal would in their leaders' absence.

They are also responsible for issuing out commendations to ranking Sergeants and above. Commendations are issued only when an NCM or officer play a significant, sanctioned leadership role in completing long-term objectives of the army. Commendations can be stripped from individuals under extreme circumstances.

Out-of-Character

Commanders must...

  • Be at the current maximum level.
  • Be respectful and courteous.
  • Encourage guild teamwork.
  • Uphold recruitment standards.
  • Be available to answer questions from the lower ranks.
  • Draft campaigns and plot-lines.
  • Communicate with other guild leaders.
  • Assist in recording guild history.

A commander it essentially the guild leader when the Lord-Marshal isn't online. They must assist in executing the Lord Marshal's vision for the guild, and must defer to his or her judgement.

To be promoted: A Lord-Marshal must step down from his position as the commanding officer for a commander to receive the rank.

Lord-Marshal

In-Character

Lord-Marshals must...

  • Follow orders.
  • Work with Sergeants to maintain "one training a night."
  • Draft orders that further the kingdom's goals.
  • Be available to answer questions from the lower ranks.
  • Grant merits and demerits to subordinates.
  • Grant commendations to ranking Sergeants+.
  • Approve and swear in recruits.
  • Represent the army in Alliance matters.

Lord-Marshals command and direct county and provincial brigades, taking direct orders from the House of Wrynn. The Lord-Marshal of a brigade advises the king in forging the future of the unit, army, and greater kingdom of Stormwind.

Out-of-Character

  • Lead the guild by adapting and changing policies.
  • Be at the current maximum level.
  • Be respectful and courteous.
  • Encourage guild teamwork.
  • Uphold recruitment standards.
  • Be available to answer questions from the lower ranks.
  • Draft campaigns and plot-lines.
  • Communicate with other guild leaders.
  • Record guild history.

Guild leader. It is upon the Lord-Marshal to change protocol and appoint officers to uphold his or her vision of what the first regiment of the Stormwind Army ought to be.

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