Royal Caledon Navy Officer Ranks and Titles

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Overview[edit]

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[edit]

Ranks in the Royal Caledonian Navy fall into three broad bands:

  • Junior Officers -
  • Command Officers -
  • Flag Officers -

Junior Officers[edit]

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

Command Officers[edit]

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

Flag Officers[edit]

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

Staff Officers[edit]

Officers above the rank of O3 who "fall off the command track" move into Staff billets. Their separate career progression is noted below.

Promotion[edit]

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[edit]

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.

References & Contributors (Sources)[edit]

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