A Guide to Rank and Insignia of the United Earth Oceans...


Department Colours and Insignia...

The UEO military is the single largest martial organization in the history of mankind - millions of sailors, soldiers, pilots and officers make up the ranks of this organization, and the military is broken up in to four specific commands; Fleet, Marines, Intelligence and Science. Ultimately, all of these departments fall under the control of the UEO Naval Command; the one permament military formation within the United Earth Oceans. (Ocassionally, when circumtances demand it, the UEO will requisition Army and Airforce units from member nations who act as joint task forces. This is rare; as the vast majority of the UEO's interests are at sea, and these other organizations will use their own chains of command, insignias and uniforms as necessary.)

The branch insignia worn by officers and enlisted men alike in the UEO is typically denoted by colour; with all other considerations of design, chevrons, stars or other apparel remaining unchanged across the uniform. The department colours are as follows;

Light blue - Worn by Officers and NCOs of the Navy's Fleet Command; this typically denotes commanding officers and their staff aboard warships and extends to their immediate subordinates. This can sometimes include enlistedmen, although it is rare.

Red - The most common, this is worn by any fleet crew member with a technical qualification who serve in areas outside of command duties; including engineering, security, operations and any other aspect of a ship's hands-on operations. This includes EVA ground staff aboard carriers.

Gold - Worn by naval staff who serve on bases, ashore, or any command not aboard a ship or submarine. This will typically mean base personnel, and more importantly - high ranking members of UEO Naval Command who do not actively serve in the fleet.

White - Worn by medical personnel of any branch, department or service, irrespective of rank or commission.

Grey - Worn by members of the UEO Marine Corps. There is no distinction between the UEOMC's various services, with personnel (officer or non-commissioned alike) all generally receiving the same training and disciplines. Marine Corps pilots wear the Navy's light blue insignia with a pair of rifles to denote their status as Marines.

Subdued - This all-grey scheme eliminates the identification of department and service and is worn by members of any service who are participating in potentially high-risk operations that may involve direct-action with the enemy. It is a low-visibility system designed to allow for identification of rank.

Royal Blue - Worn by science technical staff who serve as part of the UEO Navy's R&D division. Rarely do they serve in combat units.

Black - Highly recognisable and very visible amongst the other departments, black insignias are worn by members of the UEO Military Intelligence divisions - including the Office of Naval Intelligence, Section Seven, Counter-Intelligence and Strategic Services.

Shown below are example insignias of an O5 paygrade officer in each of the department's colours...


Fleet Command
Fleet Operations
Shore/Base Operations
Special Forces Subdued


The Enlisted...

The Enlisted ranks of the UEO make up the overwhelming majority of the various military branches. The system of ranks and associated pay grades is largely derived from the US military; which makes up nearly 70% of all the UEO's actively serving personnel. Enlisted ranks carry out the most basic tasks in a military force; serving as basic soldiers and 'grunts' of the Marine Corps, and tending to the menial but crucial tasks of labor and maintenance that keep warships operating in the Navy. Enlisted sailors and soliders of pay grades E4 (Navy) and E5 (Marines) are referred to as "Non-Commissioned Officers" (NCOs) and will usually be given charge of a significant number of inexperienced junior enlistedmen in any given discipline or department; taking charge in place of more highly valued officers. NCOs ranked E7, and sometimes E6 begin to take on more advisory roles and positions to the officers themselves; usually having accumulated more experience in their long careers than the Ensigns and Second Lieutenants they call "Sir"; providing pivotal knowledge that can only come from seeing action first-hand in the field - something which the vast majority of Junior Officers lack. (This usually leads to many junior officers, regardless of their 'seniorority' to an enlistedman being the butt-end of many jokes within the NCO ranks...)

Pay Grade
No Insignia
Seaman Recruit
Private First Class
Seaman Apprentice
Lance Corporal
Petty Officer Third Class
Petty Officer Second Class
Staff Sergeant
Petty Officer First Class
Gunnery Sergeant
Chief Petty Officer
First Sergeant
Master Sergeant
Senior Chief Petty Officer
Master Gunnery Sergeant
Sergeant Major
Command Master Chief Petty Officer
Force Master Chief Petty Officer
Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy

The Warrants...

Neither Enlisted nor Officer, Warrant Officers are effectively senior NCOs who are afforded the courtesies and priveliges of commissioned officers. Warrant Officers are rare; usually being NCOs who have been appointed to a position usually held by a commissioned officer due to their technical expertise in a certain field; and NCOs who attain the rank of Chief Warrant Officer are then given a full commission, although by this time most Warrant Officers have been in the service for so long that they opt for retirement rather than commission. (Indeed, a 50 or 60 year old Ensign is practically unheard of... Although in special cases, the Warrant Officer would likely be propelled to a higher rank such as Lieutenant or Lieutenant Commander.)

Pay Grade
Warrant Officer
Warrant Officer
Chief Warrant Officer 2
Chief Warrant Officer 2
Chief Warrant Officer 3
Chief Warrant Officer 3
Chief Warrant Officer 4
Chief Warrant Officer 4
Chief Warrant Officer
Chief Warrant Officer

The Officers...

The commanders and leaders of the military: officers hold a great deal of responsibility - being charged with often hundreds, if not thousands of enlisted men under their command. Officers are commissioned after completing several years in military college - where they study disciplines not dissimilar to undergraduate university studies - and leave with a degree in any number of fields from medicine to engineering, command, business administration, or even quantum physics (if they were so inclined...) Given this, it is quite possible for a 22 year old Ensign who has studied at the UEO's naval college for 4 years to be called "Sir" by a 50 or 60 year old non-commissioned officer, as all line-officers are superior in rank to any non-commissioned or warrant officer. This said, the wise junior officer should always heed the advice of these grizzled veterans; listening and learning from the men and women who have many years of experience under the belts.

Career officers who excel move on to more challenging positions; many attaining the rank of Captain to assume command of a Warship and its crew, or a battalion of soldiers should they be a marine Colonel. Several 'special' ranks exist within the Naval heirarchy for officers who go above and beyond the calling of a normal commission... without being relegated to a desk command. These ranks - namely, Wing Commanders and Fleet Captains - are assigned multiple commands while still maintaining active control of their own squadron or vessel. These commissions are rare, and most officers at this level of their careers simply progress to the flag-ranks of Rear Admiral without getting such an opportunity.

The naval command - contrary to popular belief - is broken in to two very distinct services; the Fleet Command, and the Subfighter Command. While both services progress through the same ranks and serve in the same commands and environments, their independence gives both forces a great deal of flexibility - and Wing Commanders will often serve Carrier Captains as advisors on subfighter tactics and warfare - and while the ultimate decision of what the subfighter group of any carrier does is ultimately that of the Captain or Commanding Officer - the operation of this department is independant of the ship's normal operations under the direction of the Wing Commander, or senior squadron leader. It should be noted however that once officers attain the rank of Admiral, the difference between these two services becomes indiscernable; with these officers having the executive power to command any aspect of any part of the navy.

The Fleet Admiral is the highest ranked officer in the military; a rank that is reserved for times of war or crisis, and - if history is any indication - is appointed only once or twice every century. As of 2041, there are two Fleet Admirals in the UEO Navy - Jonathan "Jack" Riley, and Travis Sinclair. Riley is the present theatre commander of the Pacific and North American West Coast, while Sinclair's command extends to the Atlantic and Western Europe.

Pay Grade
Second Lieutenant
First Lieutenant
Lieutenant Junior Grade (JG)
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Colonel
Wing Commander (Superior)
Fleet Captain (Superior)
Brigadier General
Rear Admiral (Lower)
Major General
Rear Admiral (Upper)
Lieutenant General
Vice Admiral
No Rank
Fleet Admiral of the UEO Navy



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