DMF Ranks

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


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


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.


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


Personnel who command others hold a command subrank.

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


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


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.