Introduction: Military hierarchy is a time-honored means of organizing a military force. Ranks and Responsibilities are essential to its effective operation; without that system, 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. It is every soldier’s responsibility to follow and adhere to this system of authority. By addressing ranks properly, following the chain of command, and respecting that there is always someone above their own authority, soldiers reinforce to themselves and others the necessary respect and discipline essential to the army’s success.
By the same token, a soldier with no sense of rank-discipline undermines his fellow soldiers. He disrupts smooth operation, encourages bad habits, and, ultimately, becomes a burden on both his fellow soldiers and his superiors. It is your responsibility, as a soldier, to make sure that you contribute to the army rather than undercut it; the security of the Kingdom rests upon that discipline and, in the end, upon you. This chapter of the Legion of Arathor Field Manual reviews these concepts.
Chain of Command: In the Legion of Arathor, commands must be issued and executed swiftly to carry out the Imperator'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. 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.
A Tribune wishes to have a Decanus drive a mule-drawn wagon. Instead of the Tribune giving a direct order to the Decanusl, he would give the order to a Centurion, who would then tell the Decanus what to do. 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.
A Legionary has been ordered to drive a wagon, but he doesn’t know how to handle a mule team. He would first seek aid from a Decanus, and then a Centurion if the Decanus could not help him. By serving in the Imperator's Legion, you are expected and obligated to follow the chain of command, regardless of rank.
Ranks of the Legion of Arathor: The varying Ranks of the Legion of Arathor are divided into four categories: enlisted ranks, non-commissioned officers (NCOs), and commanding officers (COs). Below are listed the typical duties and requirements of each rank, and the requirements to be promoted to the next rank.
Enlisted Ranks: The Legion of Arathor relies heavily on professional soldiers instead of vast pools of militiamen. The Imperator's military men and women, once finished with their training as enlisted recruits, sign Legionary contracts to bind their service to the Legion of Arathor and receive Enlisted Rank. They are to be addressed by their rank, or by rank and surname in the case of two or more of that rank being present. They are not to be addressed as “sir” or “ma’am”, or saluted.
A Highlander is typically a recent enlistee in the Legion of Arathor. Issued inexpensive armor and basic weapons, they are trainees for military service rather than fully contracted soldiers. Upon approval by a recruitment officer, they must take the oath of service and begin their training. Highlanders may be called to action alongside contracted soldiers to serve as frontline militia. Participation in everyday duties is encouraged as a form of hands-on training.
In order to receive a contract, enlisted Highlanders must satisfy high standards of conduct in and out of uniform for a duration of at least one month. Even an infraction so small as one lie to a superior or one bar fight is all it takes for a Highlander to be ejected from the ranks. If enlisted Highlanders prove their worth to the officers of a unit as viable soldiers, they will be granted official contracts as Legionary in the Legion of Arathor.
Out-of-Character Highlanders, being new to the guild, should be respectful of their new environment and should strive to complete the requirements needed to advance in rank. They must learn the guild rules and procedures, as well as participate willingly and in good faith in guild events. They should strive to reach the current level cap in-game if they have not already done so.
Promotion To qualify for promotion to Legionary, Highlanders must demonstrate their competence with the guild’s rules and protocol both in training events and in regular guild interaction. When the officers and staff of the guild believe a Highlander is ready for promotion in rank, they will bring it up to a Tribune or above and recommend them for promotion. If the Highlander is deemed worthy, a Tribune or above will promote him to the rank of Legionary.
Legionary:(Private) The backbone of the Legion of Arathor, Legionary are expected to perform their duties and maintain good conduct as they were trained while Highlanders. Often granted higher grades of arms and armor, Legionary are expected to continue to attend training and act as examples for Highlanders to strive to emulate and become. It is the privates’ 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 by following.
Out-of-Character Legionary make up the bulk of the guild. As with in-character conduct, Legionary are expected to be exemplary out of character as they represent the regiment's core of "trained" membership. They are expected to attend guild events and should seek out role-play with other members of the guild. They are not required to lead events, but are encouraged to if they seek promotion.
Promotion In order to be considered for promotion to Decanus, Legionary must first maintain exemplary behavior and go without need of disciplinary action for a minimum of one month. They should attend as many guild events as possible and show their proficiency with the guild’s rules and systems. They should demonstrate their leadership abilities by reliably leading small-scale events like patrols around Stromgarde, small trainings, etcetera. Be creative with your events! Legionary should develop a friendly relationship with all of the current staff and officers of the guild. If the officers and staff of the guild believe a Legionary is ready for promotion in rank, the higher ranking commanding officers will make the call to give the promotion.
Non-Commissioned Officers, also 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. They are to be addressed by their rank, or by rank and surname in the case of two or more of that rank being present. They are not to be addressed as “sir” or “ma’am”, or saluted.
Decanus: (Corporal) The rank of Decanus is the first step a soldier can take in becoming a leader in the Legion of Arathor. Recognized for their expertise in battle and knowledge of procedure, they are often tasked with leading squads of soldiers in combat and peacetime duties. It is the Decanus's responsibility to keep their subordinates active within the bounds of their unit's current orders. Although Decanus may lead small task forces, they must still respect the chain of command and cannot give orders to their superiors under any circumstance. With explicit permission granted by officers of their unit, Decanus may hold training courses that are limited to drills, theory, and inspection under the supervision of a senior rank. They are also encouraged to mentor individual Legionary and Highlanders on the same topics.
Out-of-Character As stated above, Decanus is the first step one can take in the guild in being a leader. Decanus should communicate regularly with the guild’s officers and staff and should do their best to involve new Highlanders and Legionary in role-play as much as possible. They are expected to try to host at least one event a month, but are encouraged to host more.
Promotion To be promoted to the rank of Centurion, Decanus 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 Decanus to keep their rank, whereas a Decanus who puts in extra effort and time into their work will be considered for promotion. If the officers deem a need for a new Centurion amongst the staff, they will deliberate amongst themselves and the current staff to determine who amongst the current Decanus is best qualified for promotion. Once the officers make their decision, they will take their recommendation and give it to the Imperator for his final decision.
Centurion: (Sergeant) Marked by long service to the Legion of Arathor and exceptional leadership quality, Centurions execute the unit's orders and ensure the discipline and competence of their subordinates; they are the quintessential engines of training in the army. Centurions by default are responsible for the duties they took on as Decanus, serving as mentors and leading small task forces to complete the army's goals. They are expected to regularly update the officers on the current status of the soldiers under their command. It is a Centurion's duty to handle disputes between enlisted members with professionalism. Centurions 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 Centurions 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, Centurions are held to higher expectations when dealing with people not in the guild. They are to be respectful and courteous in all of their dealings and should encourage interaction and teamwork between all members. They should also make themselves readily available to answer questions about the guild or its policies.
Promotion Promotion to the rank of Tribune is a great honor bestowed on few. In order for a Centurion to attain the rank of Tribune, he or she must first excel in their duties and go well above and beyond them. The Centurion should cultivate a long-term friendly relationship with the current officers of the guild. Such a Centurion may then be promoted to Tribune if the Imperator decides there is a need for a new officer.