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PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:22 pm 
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keybounce wrote:
So "Sergent" means "non officer specialist of high rank"?

Schlock's specialty is killing people, I take it? So that goes with Bria and K2so.

Schlock has two specialties:

1. Killing people.
2. Leading a group of people who specialize in killing people.

You can be a specialist in a technical field and not be a leader--in US Army ranks, such a person would usually be ranked as a Specialist. Being a non-com requires being a small-group leader.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:38 pm 
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keybounce wrote:
So "Sergent" means "non officer specialist of high rank"? . . .

Not so much "high rank" as above-median rank . . . an E5, halfway up the payscale, is a sergeant. E1-E4 are not sergeants, E5 are ranked and addressed as "sergeant" and E6-E9 are addressed as sergeant or their specific rank, e.g. sergeant-major. (Specific rank is usually better . . . even if the speaker does outrank the addressee.)

keybounce wrote:
. . . Schlock's specialty is killing people, I take it? So that goes with Bria and K2so.

Schlock, certainly . . . the others, most likely, though it's not certain. I would expect the Toughs would have a lot of multiple qualifications so they will have the requisite skills in the requisite quantities for their variable needs.

And even Schlock has secondary specialties . . . while his primary specialty is death & destruction along with small-group leadership (as Black Sheep noted above), he also has secondary specialties in intimidation, tracking, comedic relief and chemical analysis, among other things.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 5:33 am 
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By the way, in the Toughs rank structure, both Schlock and Thurl are NCOs: http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2013-03-17


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:57 am 
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Barmaglot wrote:
By the way, in the Toughs rank structure, both Schlock and Thurl are NCOs: http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2013-03-17

A Chief Warrant Officer as a senior NCO rank makes perfectly good sense in many present-day militaries except for the US forces, where it's a quirk of their system.

The Toughs' rank structure is odd by present day standards, since they use Army-style ranks for enlisted and Navy-style ranks for officers. However, it makes sense in its own way. If you have a small-scale problem for the Toughs, you get infantry and tanks, and you talk to people with Army-sounding ranks. If you have a large-scale problem, it involves spaceship combat, and you talk to people with Navy-style ranks. The fact that "captain" and "lieutenant" are rank titles in both armies and navies, but the navy versions are more senior is thus convenient. Kaff Tagon is a ship's captain, but he usually only commands about as many people as an Army captain (up to 100 or so).

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