TIE Corps rank system
Although a Member's overall status within the Fleet will be entirely determined by their position, the following military ranks are presented to further stratify the Emperor's Hammer TIE Corps and give something for members to strive to attain. The position of a member will always take precedence over conflicting ranks (i.e. a Flight Leader who is a Lieutenant Colonel (LC) does not outrank a Squadron Commander who is a Captain). The primary use of the ranks will be to determine minimum standards for the various positions.
A member may retain a rank achieved in a previous assignment to a higher command position even if his current position does not warrant a promotion to that rank.
In 2006 (14 ABY), the rank panels were updated to be more consistent and to be part of a larger Emperor's Hammer-wide system. The system was primarily designed by the Fleet Commander and the original images created by Zeth Durron.
In the Naval components (including Emperor's Hammer main fleet and the TIE Corps), blue pips form the basis of the rank badge, with red and/or yellow pips replacing blue at the bottom to denote level of rank. In the Ground components (including the Hammer's Fist), red pips from the basis of the rank badge, with blue and/or yellow pips replacing red at the bottom to denote level of rank.
Officers also wear a variable number of code cylinders associated with their rank. The web site and tailoring tool depict these cylinders automatically.
|Flag/Admiralty Ranks of the Emperor's Hammer and TIE Corps
|Grand Admiral (GA) is a flag rank within the Emperor's Hammer main fleet.
Ronin was promoted to this rank in NL14.
|Sector Admiral (SA) is a flag rank within the Emperor's Hammer main fleet. This rank is reserved solely for the Executive Officer.
Members having achieved this rank include:
|High Admiral (HA) is a flag rank within the Emperor's Hammer main fleet and TIE Corps. This rank is the highest achievable without becoming the Executive Officer. Members who are already Fleet Admirals, who have achieved almost all merit awards and who are universally respected by Command Officers and normal membership alike are promoted to High Admiral.
In the main fleet, the rank is awarded to exceptional Command Officers.
In the TIE Corps, High Admiral is the highest rank. It is used solely as a promotion rank to promote an exceptional TIE Corps Commander.
Members having achieved this rank include:
|Fleet Admiral (FA) is a flag rank within the Emperor's Hammer main fleet and TIE Corps.
In the main fleet, Admirals who have shown consistent performance over a long period of time are promoted to the coveted rank of Fleet Admiral. It is usually used to promote only Command Officers.
|Admiral (AD) is a flag rank within the Emperor's Hammer main fleet and TIE Corps.
In the main fleet, Admiral is used as a promotion rank for a variety of positions, including Command officers, Command Attachés, and Imperial Advisors. It also served in the past as the appointment rank for Command Officers.
In the TIE Corps, it is used as a promotion rank for the TIE Corps Commander, Strategic Operations Officer, and Combat Operations Officer, as well as the currently unused Battlegroup Commander position.
|Vice Admiral (VA) is a flag rank within the Emperor's Hammer main fleet and TIE Corps. The rank of Vice Admiral has multiple uses.
|Rear Admiral (RA) is a flag rank within the Emperor's Hammer main fleet and TIE Corps. This is the first level of flag/Admiralty rank.
In the TIE Corps, it is used as the appointment rank for Commodores, and both the Strategic Operations Officer and Combat Operations Officer. Although it is directly senior to General, it is not possible to be promoted to this rank.
|Line Ranks of the TIE Corps
|General (GN) is the highest line rank in the TIE Corps.
|Colonel (COL) is the second-highest line rank in the TIE Corps.
Active Lieutenant Colonels in a Flight Leader role or higher may be promoted to Colonel. Promotion to this rank is achieved by time in grade, but the promotion is only awarded at the discretion of the member's superiors.
Colonels were, in the past, unusually common because members that retired from a position that afforded them a higher rank were reduced to Colonel when joining a squadron. This was the case even if appointed to Wing Commander, as the rank of General was considered to be of high prestige.
|Lieutenant Colonel (LC) is the third-highest line rank in the TIE Corps.
Active Majors in a Flight Leader role or higher may be promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. Promotion to this rank is achieved by time in grade, but the promotion is only awarded at the discretion of the member's superiors.
|Major (MAJ) is a rank in the TIE Corps. Major is the highest rank that a Flight Member may be promoted to.
Promotion to this rank is achieved by time in grade, but the promotion is only awarded at the discretion of the member's superiors.
As with the rank of Commander, members appointed to Wing Commander but of a lower rank are awarded the rank on appointment.
|Captain (CPT) is a rank in the TIE Corps. Members of this rank are often Flight Members, Flight Leaders, or Squadron Commanders.
It is typically awarded to a Squadron Commander who has proven themselves, but can be awarded to exceptional Flight Members and Flight Leaders as well.
|Commander (CM) is a rank in the TIE Corps. Members of this rank are typically Flight Members or Flight Leaders. It is also the minimum rank for Squadron Commanders.
Pilots of a lower rank that are appointed to Squadron Commander (CMDR) are also promoted to Commander and will retain that rank as long as they complete at least one Tour of Duty as a CMDR.
|Lieutenant Commander (LCM) is a rank in the TIE Corps. Active Lieutenants that have completed the TIE Corps Core course from the Imperial University (IU) may be promoted to Lieutenant Commander.
|Lieutenant (LT) is the second-lowest rank assigned to TIE Corps members. A Lieutenant is typically a Flight Member, but some are appointed as Flight Leaders. Sub-Lieutenants that complete one of the requirements listed in the TIE Corps Pilot Manual will be promoted to Lieutenant. Unlike other more senior ranks in the TIE Corps, there is no time in previous rank requirement.
|Sub-Lieutenant (SL) is the lowest rank assigned to members of the TIE Corps. It is the starting rank for newly assigned Flight Members who have completed Cadet training. No other positions may be assigned to members of this rank.
|Cadet (CT) is the initial rank for prospective TIE Corps pilots.
It should be noted that at this time, active pilots were assigned with the rank of General (taken from the TIE Fighter game) and thus, only the ranks of General or higher were used.
On or around NL48 (Jan 1998), FO Kawolski proposed an updating of the rank system. The rank system is as follows:
Side by Side Comparison
|Fleet Command rank