Imperial Marines

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The Imperial Marines or Imperial Star Marines are the armed fighting forces carried aboard Imperial starships. Marines deal with piracy and boarding actions in space, defend the starports and bases belonging to the navy, and supplement other ground forces such as the army.

  • By reputation, the Imperial Marines are sent in when something or someone presents a serious threat to the well-being of the Imperium and its member worlds. They are never used lightly, and once committed, they never leave a job half-done.
  • Some derogatorily call them the Lords of Space.

Please see the following AAB Library Data articles for related information:

Description (Specifications)[edit]

The Imperial Marines are a tried and proven military force as well as the tip of the Emperor of the Third Imperium's might.

Mission (Goals)[edit]

The marine's goal is simple: put down opposition to the Emperor anywhere, anytime, and for any reason. They stand as the elite end of interstellar force projection and are kept at the cutting edge if martial technology at a high expense. Marines typically employ top of the line TL-15 weaponry including battledress, FGMPs, and grav tanks.

Doctrine & Strategy (Operations)[edit]

No information yet available.

Rank & Grade (Hierarchy)[edit]

Imperial Marine Ranks
Commissioned Officers
O8 » Brigadier-General (Marshal)
O7 » Brigadier
O6 » Coronel
O5 » Lieutenant Coronel
O4 » Force Commander
O3 » Captain (Force Captain)
O2 » First Lieutenant (Force Lieutenant)
O1 » Second Lieutenant (Force Ensign)
O0 » Cadet / Midshipman
E9 » Sergeant Major
E8 » Master Sergeant (First Sergeant)
E7 » Leading Sergeant
E6 » Staff Sergeant (Gunnery Sergeant)
E5 » Sergeant
E4 » Lance Sergeant
E3 » Corporal
E2 » Lance Corporal
E1 » Marine/Private (Private 1st Class)
E0 » Marine Recruit / Apprentice

Some of the organizational ranks and grades used by this force are included in the table to the right.

Marines, Grades & Ranks
# Grade Remarks
E0 Marine Apprentice Marine recruits are Navy volunteers who go through an arduous selection process called "the Grinder"[1]. They are then on probation for a period afterwards until they are promoted to the rank of Marine. Those that fail the "Grinder" or are deemed unsuitable for promotion during probation are "sent down" to the Navy as Ordinary Space Hands.
E1 Marine/Private
(Private 1st Class)
E2 Lance Corporal None
E3 Corporal None
E4 Lance Sergeant None
E5 Sergeant None
E6 Staff Sergeant None
E6 Section Sergeant The honorary title granted to the senior NCO in a Marine Section, a sub-set of a ship's Marine detachment that can be as large as a platoon. A Section Sergeant is typically an E6 or E7. They assist the Marine commanding the Section, usually a subaltern officer or breveted NCO.
E6 Gunnery Sergeant The lead Marine NCO of a Specialist sub-unit. Specialist Marines are considered technical or combat support rather than administrative support like Staff Marines. A Gunnery Sergeant is typically an E6 or E7.
E7 Leading Sergeant None
E7 Ship's Sergeant The honorary title granted to the senior NCO in a ship's Marine detachment. Large ships can carry a detachment as large as a company. A Ship's Sergeant is typically an E7 or E8.
E8 Master Sergeant None
E8 First Sergeant The senior Marine NCO (Grade E8) in a Marine Company. They are assigned to advise a Marine Company commander (usually a Captain).
E8 Chief/Master Gunnery Sergeant If there is more than one Gunnery Sergeant in a ship's crew, the senior Gunnery Sergeant is known as the Chief Gunnery Sergeant. If a Chief Gunnery Sergeant is of rank E8 or higher (such as the senior-most Gunnery Sergeant in a Marine Company or within a Marine Force or Battalion) he is known by the title Master Gunnery Sergeant.
E9 Sergeant Major The senior Marine NCO (Grade E9) in a Marine Battalion or Regiment. They are assigned to advise a Marine Battalion or Regiment commander. Mostly an honorary title because Marines usually serve in small units that are only notionally assigned to a higher command.
E9 Force Sergeant Major The senior Marine NCO (Grade E9) in a Force. They are assigned to advise a Marine Force commander.
E9 Fleet Sergeant Major The senior Marine NCO (Grade E9) in a Fleet. They are assigned to advise a Marine Fleet commander.
O0 Cadet / Midshipman None
O1 Second Lieutenant
(Force Ensign)
O1 Section Commander A Marine officer or breveted NCO in command of a sub-detachment of Marines equivalent to a squad or platoon in size.
O2 First Lieutenant
(Force Lieutenant)
O3 Captain
(Force Captain)
O3 Ship's Major The honorary rank bestowed upon a Marine Captain when on-board a ship so there will be no confusion between them and the ship's Captain, its commander.
O4 Force Commander A Marine officer placed in command of a Force of Marines. A Marine Force is made up of Ship's Detachments assigned under one Headquarters.
O5 Lieutenant Coronel None
O5 Fleet Commander A Marine officer who commands all Marines in a Navy Fleet-level command.
O6 Coronel None
O6 Brigadier-Coronel A Marine Coronel who is given a brevet-promotion and the responsibilities of a Brigadier. It is a Navy appointment.
O7 Brigadier Senior Marine officer rank, overseeing Fleet-level and/or Subsector-level command responsibilities. It is a Navy appointment.
O8 Brigadier-General A Marine Brigadier who is promoted to the highest General-officer rank in the Imperial Marines. It is a Sector Fleet level (or occasionally multiple-Subsector Fleet level) administrative position, and is a Navy appointment.
O8 Marshal A Marine Brigadier or Brigadier-General who is designated as overall commander of multiple Fleet-level commands. It is only used in wartime and is an Imperial appointment.
O8 Brigadier-Commandant of the Corps The highest ranking Marine Officer in the Imperial Marines. If one or more Marshals have been appointed, the rank is increased to Marshal-Commandant of the Corps. The Brigadier-Commandant's job is entirely political and involves representing the Corps at Court and getting support for its funding in the Moot. The Brigadier-Commandant normally holds a minimum noble title of Viscount.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

The Imperial Marines were founded by Cleon Zhunastu, who transformed the landing forces of the Sylean Navy into the Imperial Marines over 1,100 years ago. Weapons and tactics have changed, but the Marines’ basic function remains the same:

  • Move fast..
  • Strike hard and...
  • Enforce the Emperor’s will.

TO&E (Organization)[edit]

No information yet available.

Force Composition[edit]

No information yet available.

Selected Vehicle Classes[edit]

Some vehicle classes widely used within the systems and worlds of this force include:

Worlds & Sectors (Astrography)[edit]

This force primarily operates in the following areas:
Charted Space:

World Listing: 1105[edit]

This force is known to regularly operate within the following systems and worlds:

No world articles for Imperial Marines

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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  1. GURPS Traveller: Ground Forces, p.49