Royal Caledon Navy Officer Ranks and Titles
The officer corps of the Royal Caledonian Navy is incredibly competitive, subject to several stages of ruthless weeding-out. The goal is to create ship and fleet commanders who are peerless combat leaders.
Entry: Graduates of the Royal Caledonian Naval Academy start at age 21 at the rank of "O1".
Ranks in the Royal Caledonian Navy fall into three broad bands:
- Junior Officers -
- Command Officers -
- Flag Officers -
All graduates of the Naval Academy start as O1 "Ensigns". The end of the first term is a major pass-fail point; ensigns who don't show the capacity to be combat leaders are shunted into the Warrant Officer corps, to serve the rest their careers as technical specialists.
The years spent as a Sublieutenant and Lieutenant are basically training for becoming a commander - the next step to which is being promoted to "First Lieutenant" (O4) rank, serving as the second-in-command of a ship . This is the next major pass-fail point; showing great aptitude as a leader of men in combat is non-negotiable for advancing to command rank. It is possible for an officer to spend decades as a Lieutenant without advancing to command rank or being shunted into staff work.
- O1 - Ensign
- O2 - Sub-Lt
- O3 - Lt
- O4 - First Lt
These officers command ships - from smaller warships and auxiliaries as a Lieutenant Commanding (O5), to Battleships as a Captain of the Line (O8). Command Officers are to a person intelligently aggressive, and masters of the art and craft of space warfare. This is true even of officers commanding auxiliaries - transports, tankers, repair and depot ships and the like; their commanders are expected to be knowledgeable about starship combat, so as to be best able to support fleet operations under fire.
- O5 - Lieutenant Commanding*
- O6 - Corvette Captain
- O7 - Frigate Captain
- O8 - Captain of the Line
These officers command the Navy's Task Forces, Stations, and the Navy itself.
- O9 - Rear Admiral
- O10 - Vice Admiral
- O11 - Admiral
- O12 - Admiral of the Fleet
Officers above the rank of O3 who "fall off the command track" move into Staff billets. Their separate career progression is noted below.
Referee's Note - To account for different game and dice systems, a fairly abstract promotions system is provided here.
It involves adding a character's Intelligence, Leadership, and either Ship Tactics (O6 or below) or Fleet Tactics (O7 and above) ratings, and rolling against the result.
- Outstanding Success is 1/4 or less of the number arrived at above
- High Success is 1/2 or less of the number above.
- Success is less than the number arrived at above
- Failureis greater than the number arrived at.
Note that the number will change as the officer gets additional Ship/Fleet Tactics and Leadership skill levels through his/her career.
|Character Rank||Roll vs. Leaderhip + Intelligence +...||Outstanding Success||High Success||Success||Failure||Notes|
|O1 - Ensign||NA||Promotion to O3||Promotion to O2||Promotion to O2||Switch to Warrant Officer at rank WO1||It's not supposed to be easy to get past this point!|
|O2 - Sublieutenant||Ship Tactics||Promoted to O4||Promoted O3||Promoted to O3||Remain at O2||-|
|O3 - Lieutenant||Ship Tactics||Promoted to O4||Promoted to O4||Remain at O3||Move to Staff (at current O-level rank)||-|
|O4 - First Lieutenant||Ship Tactics||Promoted to O5||Remain at O4||Remain at O4||Move to Staff (at current O-level rank)||See First Lieutenant notes below. Subtract one from the die roll for each term after the first full term as an O4. A "First Lieutenant" is always the second-in-command of an RCN vessel|
|O5 - Lieutenant Commanding||Ship Tactics||Promoted to O7||Promoted to O6||Remain at O5||Move to Staff (at current O-level rank)||Character commands a sloop or small auxiliary (<1,200 tons)|
|O6 - Corvette Captain||Ship Tactics||Promoted to O8||Promoted to O7||Move to Staff (at current O-level rank)||Move to Staff (at current O-level rank)||Character commands a Destroyer, Corvette, Surveillance Ship or AXL or other auxiliary <5,000 tons|
|O7 - Frigate Captain||Ship Tactics||Promoted to O9||Promoted to O8||Move to Staff (at current O-level rank()||Retire from service||Commands Frigate, Monitor, AXH or major auxiliary, or a squadron of Destroyers or Corvettes|
|O8 - Capitain of the Line||Fleet Tactics||Promoted to O9||Remain at O8||Move to Staff (at current O-level rank)||Retire from service||Character commands a battleship, carrier, or a squadron of Frigates/Auxiliaries.|
|O9 - Rear Admiral||Fleet Tactics||Promoted to O10||Remain at O9||Retire from service||Retire from service||Character commands a RCN Task Force|
|O10 - Vice Admiral||Fleet Tactics||Promoted to O11||Remain at O10||Retire from service||Retire from service||Character commands an RCN Station / Fleet|
|O11 - Admiral||Fleet Tactics||Promoted to O12||Retire from service||Retire from Service||Retire from service||Character is in effect the commander of the RCN; O12 is an honorific bestowed by the Parliament and Prince.|
'Note about First Lieutenants - the longer a First Lieutenant remains in grade, the larger the ship he/she is second in command.
- First term: Sloop, Destroyer, Corvette, Surveillance Ship, AXL
- Second Term: Frigate (heavy or light), AXH or other large auxiliary
- Third and subsequent terms: Battleship or Carrier.
Staff Officer Career Progression
When officers of rank O3 through O8 are moved to Staff billets, they roll for promotion every term against their (INT+Bureaucracy). Success results in a promotion; failure, in remaining in current grade (through O6) or retirement (O7 and O8). At O8, outstanding success results in promotion to Staff O9; any other result is retirement.
Staff officer billets are as follows:
- O3 - Junior staff Lieutenant.
- O4 - Staff Lieutenant on a Base, Task Force or Station department (Logistics, Intelligence, Operations or Administration)
- O5 - Senior Staff Lieutenant in a Base, task force or station department (Logistics, Intelligence, Operations or Administration)
- O5 - Commander of a RCN Task Force, Base or Station Department (Logistics, Intelligence, Operations or Administration)
- O7 - Commander of an RCN base, or Chief of Staff for a Task Force.
- O8 - Chief of Station staff, or member of the central Naval Staff.
- O9 - Chief of Naval Staff. Head of all naval staff; there can be only one.