Colonel (IA)

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Imperial Army Ground Forces Command ranks
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Commissioned Officers
O11a » Field Marshal
O10 » General (Colonel-General)
O9 » Lieutenant General
O8 » Major General
O7 » Brigadier General
O6 » Colonel
O5 » Lieutenant Colonel
O4 » Major
O3 » Captain
O2 » First Lieutenant
O1 » Second Lieutenant
O0 » Officer Cadet
Enlisted Ranks
E9 » Sergeant Major
E8 » Master Sergeant (First Sergeant)
E7 » Leading Sergeant
E6 » Staff Sergeant
E5 » Sergeant
E4 » Lance Sergeant
E3 » Corporal
E2 » Lance Corporal
E1 » Private (Private 1st Class)
E0 » Recruit (Private Recruit)

The rank of Colonel (O6) is the commissioned officer rank in the Imperial Army that commands a Regiment or has duties of similar importance.

Description (Specifications)[edit]

Each Regiment in the Imperial Army, Imperial Marines and many Mercenary and Huscarle units will be commanded by a Colonel. Several staff posts at Brigade level or higher are also held by Officers with this rank.

The role of Regimental leader may occasionally be split into the Professional Commander (Colonel) and the Ceremonial Commander (Colonel-in-Chief).

The rank is often misused (and even misspelled) to mean the Leader of a Guerilla Unit, whatever its size.

The equivalent rank in the Imperial Navy is Captain.

History & Background (Dossier)[edit]

The word "colonel" derives from the same root as the word "column" (Italian: colonna) and means "of a column", and, by implication, "commander of a column". The word "colonel" is therefore linked to the word "column" in a similar way that "brigadier" is linked to "brigade", although in English this relationship is not immediately obvious. By the end of the late medieval period, a group of "companies" was referred to as a "column" of an army.

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