DMF Ranks

The Delta Military Forces use a complex modular rank system designed to be extensible and adaptable.

Structure

A rank is made up of five sub-ranks. Some sub-ranks only ever contain one title, while others can have many and some are optional while others are required. These are as follows:

(Modifier)* Force (Command)? Skill (Specialism)*

* denotes optional plural subranks
? denotes optional singular subranks

Skill

Every member of personnel has one of four skill ranks. These are the same across all forces and merely describe what level of skill the rank-holder has reached within their force. Each rank holds a numerical value which is the basis for calculating a rank-holder's numerical rank. The subranks are, in ascending order:

Value Subrank Notes
0 Herv still in training, numerical ranked hard limited to 4
5 Kunser
10 Dytiag
15 Karl

The names are adapted from Old Canthian.

Force

The Force subrank simply refers to which of the forces the rank-holder belongs to; Space, Drop, Marine, Defence, Special or Security.

Command

Personnel who command others hold a command subrank.

Value Subrank Notes
+1 Leader
+2 Sub-Commander
+3 Commander

Specialism

Soldiers who achieve a recognised level of expertise within a specific art of warfare are awarded Specialism which are added to their full rank. The terms are fairly broad and a soldiers full records will indicate the specifics of their expertise. These are usually omitted from short form and usually do not confer a numerical rank bonus. Examples include:

  • Sniper
  • Commando
  • Engineer
  • Scout

Modifier

Modifiers vary greatly from force to force and from situation to situation. They vary greatly, some conferring significant rank bonuses, while others denote a soldier as fulfilling a specific role within a unit. For example the rank of Captain denotes that an individual is in charge of a starship, starbase or other large vehicle or installation, and confers specific bonuses while aboard that vessel.

Numerical Rank

Every subrank is worth a numerical value which, when combined give a rank-holder's numerical rank. This value, relative to others, governs hierarchical position and ability to give orders.