Military Ranks

Rank Summary

Peasant Ranks

  • Chōshū-hei (Peasant Conscript): Status 0.0
  • Ashigaru (Peasant Soldier): Status 0.4
  • Rīdā (Peasant Officer): Status 0.5

Samauri Ranks

  • Hohei (Private): Status 1.0
  • Nikutai (Corporal): Status 2.0
  • Gunso (Sergeant): Status 3.0
  • Chui (Lieutenant): Status 4.0
  • Taisa (Captain): Status 5.0
  • Shireikan (Commander): Status 6.0
  • Rikugunshokan (General): Status 7.0

Ranking Descriptions

Choshu-hei (Peasant Conscript): Status 0.0

In times of open war or great desperation it is not uncommon for large bands of farmers, craftsmen and other peasants to be rounded up into impromptu military units. These conscripts are typically given little to no training. At most they are given a basic yari and some rudimentary drilling.

Overuse of Choshu-Hei has lead to more than one peasant revolt or famine across the empire.

Ashigaru (Peasant Soldier): Status 0.4

Ashigaru are peasants trained in the ways of war. Ashigaru are given basic armor, typically a simple Do (chestplate) and Kabuto (Helm), and a yari (spear). Their training consists of several months of drilling.

What they may lack in skill the Ashigaru typically make up in sheer numbers.

Rida (Peasant Officer): Status 0.5

Rida are typically veteran Ashigaru who are put in charge of organizing their peasant units. While still below the rank of samuari, these peasants enjoy a level of moderate respect within the militaries of the great clans.

Hohei (Private): Status 1.0

This is the lowest military rank, assigned to all rank and file samurai serving in clan armies, garrisons, and patrols.

Nikutai (Corporal): Status 2.0

There is little difference between this rank and that of hohei, save that a nikutai has the honor of assisting his gunso in the execution of his orders. The only other distinction is that in the event the gunso is killed or disabled, the nikutai assumes command until a permanent replacement can be made.

Gunso (Sergeant): Status 3.0

The rank of gunso is awarded to soldiers who demonstrate clear thinking and an ability to properly command others. Gunso are typically promoted from the rank of nikutai, but not always. A gunso has command of a squadron, the smallest component unit of a clan army.

Chui (Lieutenant): Status 4.0

A chui is responsible for overseeing a number of squadrons (the exact number varies by clan and circumstance). The group commanded by a chui is generally called a company, and is the smallest unit typically deployed in any military situation.

Taisa (Captain): Status 5.0

A taisa is typically given command of a legion. Although companies are sometimes deployed as discrete units, for administrative purposes they are always grouped together as legions, and an entire legion may be deployed to confront more serious threats. Legions are typically stationed at the same duty post for extended periods, months or even years at a time.

Shireikan (Commander): Status 6.0

Of all the traditional military ranks, shireikan is the least clearly defined. All clan militaries incorporate them in some manner, but they vary in their role. Almost universally, the shireikan oversees a number of legions, with the commanding taisa of those legions reporting directly to the shireikan. The number of legions overseen by a shireikan varies, ranging between four and twelve. Shireikan report directly to their commanding officer, a rikugunshokan.

Rikugunshokan (General): Status 7.0

The rank of rikugunshokan is the highest military rank bestowed by clan armies, and commands a go-hatamoto, or field army. It is not uncommon for family daimyo or Clan Champions to serve as rikugunshokan; however, daimyo or Champions who are not inclined toward military command may cede their authority to an appointed rikugunshokan who answers directly to them. Typically a clan will have between one and three samurai of this rank at any given time.

Military Ranks

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