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For information on the TIAF military in general, visit the Military subpage.
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Noa lim Fiakinnosauf, viterinze'trasracorsamans, io faulefo senaea, orrivar.
To the Federation, eternal life, and to her people peace.

- Motto of the Assault Armada (often rendered as "Federation forever!")

The TIAF currently enlists over 75 trillion soldiers and officers in the federal military, which is divided between the Assault Armada and Domestic Defense. Of this 75 million personnel, 50 trillion are in active service and 25 trillion are on reserve duty. While the official stance on paramilitary forces disallows any organized armed force not sanctioned directly by the federal government, there is still a considerable number of paramilitary forces within the Federation, potentially numbering in the billions and usually arming themselves with illegally-obtained or black market military weapons. The Special Forces Organization, while also under the administration of the General Ministry of Defense and therefore a military organization, operates on completely different systems and mechanics than the Assault Armada and Domestic Defense, and as such are not considered traditional military personnel by military statisticians.

This page will provide an overview of the mechanics defining the soldiers of the TIAF military, primarily their ranking systems, classifications, and standard equipment. Since most paramilitary forces are not recognized by the TIAF government and are as such usually highly secretive, as well as being highly varied in structure and composition, there is no well-known standard or even common structures for paramilitary forces so they will not be discussed on this page. The aforementioned Special Forces Organization functions more as a military intelligence and special operations agency rather than a military force, and discussion of its structure will be left to a separate page.

Ranking System[]

Both the Assault Armada and Domestic Defense have a two-track promotion system, though both tracks overlap in their rank designations. The first track is for enlisted or non-commissioned personnel, which are personnel that have directly enlisted into the military without undergoing officer training. The second track is for commissioned officers, personnel who have fully completed some officer training program. These two tracks are often referred to the shorthand of Soldiers and Officers, respectively.

Only the commissioned officer track has access to what are called the Commanding Officer, or CO ranks (starting at the rank of Colonel or Captain), the ranks at which one has considerable control over significant divisions of the military as well as the prestige to have their ideas considered for theater-wide strategy. In addition, while soldiers and officers within the middle ranks (2nd Lieutenant to Major, or Ensign 2nd Class to Lieutenant Senior Grade, often referred to as the Overlap Grades) are supposedly equal, Officers are often treated better than Soldiers of similar rank (so often that some civilians with no military experience have been led to believe it is an exaggerated stereotype). Since becoming an Officer requires officer training and a show of commitment to a military career, there is some credence to this (it is especially baffling in the case of non-commissioned Captains and Majors, which usually require long tenure and considerable battle experience to achieve as an enlisted soldier).

The military also utilizes the traditional naval vessel (or maritime) command structure specifically aboard spacecraft, though on military vessels, the military title takes precedence over the maritime title (for example, a "Major John Smith, Chief Tactical Officer, USS Kavelentat" would be simply referred to as "Mjr. Smith" in shorthand). It should be noted

Assault Armada[]

As the primary traveling military force of the Federation and the most active branch of the military, the Armada is popularly portrayed as the military branch for glory-seekers. Even so, the Assault Armada is still the smaller of the two major branches, possessing 20 trillion of the military's active forces and 13 trillion of its reserves. Due to the more active role of the Armada compared to the Domestic Defense, it is considered much easier to obtain promotions in the Armada. However, the sheer amount of officers in the Armada creates stiff competition for higher command ranks, and the Armada's culture of combat valor makes it difficult to achieve consideration for promotion for soldiers and officers who do not see much combat in their careers.

Enlisted/non-commissioned track (Soldier track)
Rank Pay grade notation Official military abbreviation Level of command Summary
Private AE-1 Pvt. Self Entry-level rank. All Assault Armada soldiers receive this title upon first deployment or assignment, which includes preliminary training. Thus, all AA personnel-in-training are referred to as Privates, even if they are in officer training or are previously higher-ranked Soldiers starting officer training. In the case of officers-in-training, Private is merely a temporary rank and they will be automatically promoted to Second Lieutenant if they must be deployed before completing training (which is a rare occurrence as the TIAF has had few scenarios where it has had such a shortage of available deployed troops).
Private Major AE-2 Pvt. Mjr. Self Automatically awarded with 12 months of active service, can be achieved sooner via recommendation from the Corporal and approval from a Lieutenant or Captain for discipline. Often abbreviated as Major, which can sometimes lead to confusion with the actual Major rank. Sometimes called Major Junior Grade to avoid confusion with Major (which itself is sometimes called Major Senior Grade for this reason).
Sergeant AE-3 Sgt. Self Typically awarded after 24 months of active service, can be achieved earlier through recommendation from the Corporal and approval from a Lieutenant or Captain for discipline and may be directly promoted from Private for examples of valor. While they have no de jure authority among their squadmates, they are often considered de facto leaders in the absence of a corporal due to the rank's connotation of experience for the entry-level ranks.
Corporal AE-4 AA Cpl. Squadron As the first rank that has authority over other soldiers (but not on the level of Commanding Officers), most Corporals are promoted from Sergeants or Private Majors to head up new Squadrons as sanctioned by the Lieutenant or Captain, mostly based on favor with said commanders.
Second Lieutenant AE-5 2nd Lt. NC Platoon
First Lieutenant AE-6 1st Lt. NC Platoon
Captain AE-7 AA Cpt. NC Brigade
Major AE-8 Mjr. NC Division


Commissioned officer track (Officer track)
Rank Pay grade notation Official military abbreviation Level of command Summary
Second Lieutenant AO-1 2nd Lt. Platoon
First Lieutenant AO-2 1st Lt. Platoon
Captain AO-3 AA Cpt. Brigade Separate from the rank "Captain" used on individual space vessels, where it denotes the commanding officer of the vessel itself, and the rank "Captain" in the Domestic Defense, which is on a higher pay grade and authority level than an Assault Armada Captain (curiously enough, however, both AA and DD Captains head divisions called Brigades).
Major AO-4 Mjr. Division
Lt. Colonel AO-5 Lt. Col. Company Chosen by Colonel of the Company based on personal opinions of the Colonel. Typically only two to four per Colonel, mostly depending on the size of the Company.
Colonel AO-6 Col. Company
Brigadier General AO-7 Brg. Gen. Battalion
Major General AO-8 Mjr. Gen. Battalion
Lieutenant General AO-9 Lt. Gen. Battalion
General AO-10 Gen. Battalion
Rear Admiral AO-11 Rr. Adm. Regiment Chosen by the Admiral of the Regiment based on personal preference.
Vice Admiral AO-12 Vc. Adm. Regiment Chosen by the Admiral of the Regiment based on personal preference.
Admiral AO-13 Adm. Regiment
Admiral of the Fleet AO-13F Fl. Adm. Fleet Voted on by the six Admirals of a certain Fleet; stalemates or indecisions are sent up to the Armada Commander for final decision. Almost entirely a symbolic rank except for when command seniority in the Fleet is being considered, and has no actual authority over other Admirals in the Fleet (evidenced by how Admiral of the Fleet's pay grade is the same rank as Admiral).
Lieutenant Commander AO-14L Lt. Com. Assault Armada Chosen by Armada Commander and approved by Prime Minister. Unlike the relationship between Admiral and Admiral of the Fleet as dictated by pay grade, the Lieutenant Commander is subservient to the Armada Commander and, despite sharing the same pay grade, the Lieutenant Commander's authority is overrided by that of the Armada Commander.
Armada Commander AO-14 Ar. Com. Assault Armada

Domestic Defense[]

The Domestic Defense is in charge of defending permanent TIAF territories and as such, it is highly unlikely that they will see action in times of peace. Even so, in times of war, only those in DD Corps stationed near the main front of the war will likely see combat. The Domestic Defense constitutes the larger of the two main military branches, having 30 trillion active troops and 12 trillion reserves. While one is much less likely to be killed in the Domestic Defense, combat prestige does not come quite as easily for DD personnel, which leads much of the ambitious soldiers to enlist in the Armada. The resulting more discipline-focused culture of the DD means that officers are more likely to be considered for promotion based on discipline and leadership rather than valor.

Enlisted/non-commissioned track (Soldier track)
Rank Pay grade notation Official military abbreviation Level of command Summary
Cadet DE-1 Cdt. Self Entry-level rank. All Domestic Defense soldiers receive this title upon first deployment or assignment, which includes preliminary training. Thus, all DD personnel-in-training are referred to as Cadets, even if they are in officer training or are previously higher-ranked Soldiers starting officer training. In the case of officers-in-training, Cadet is merely a temporary rank and they will be automatically promoted to Ensign Second Class if they must be deployed before completing training (which is a rare occurrence as the TIAF has had few scenarios where it has had such a shortage of available deployed troops, especially in the Domestic Defense).
Petty Officer DE-2 P.O. Self
Field Corporal DE-3 F. Cpl. Wing
Corporal DE-4 DD Cpl. Squadron
Ensign Second Class DE-5 2nd Ens. NC Battlegroup
Ensign First Class DE-6 1st Ens. NC Battlegroup
Lieutenant Junior Grade DE-7 Jr. Lt. NC Division
Lieutenant Senior Grade DE-8 Sr. Lt. NC Division


Commissioned officer track (Officer track)
Rank Pay grade notation Official military abbreviation Level of command Summary
Ensign Second Class DO-1 2nd Ens. Battlegroup
Ensign First Class DO-2 1st Ens. Battlegroup
Lieutenant Junior Grade DO-3 Jr. Lt. Division
Lieutenant Senior Grade DO-4 Sr. Lt. Division
Subcaptain DO-5 Subcpt. Brigade
Captain DO-6 DD Cpt. Brigade Separate from the rank "Captain" used on individual space vessels, where it denotes the commanding officer of the vessel itself, and the rank "Captain" in the Assault Armada, which is on a lower pay grade and authority level than a Domestic Defense Captain (curiously enough, however, both AA and DD Captains head divisions called Brigades)
Brigadier Commodore DO-7 Brg. Cde. Vanguard
Major Commodore DO-8 Mjr. Cde. Vanguard
Lieutenant Commodore DO-9 Lt. Cde. Vanguard
Commodore DO-10 Cde. Vanguard
Rear Marshal DO-11 Rr. Mar. Corps
Vice Marshal DO-12 Vc. Mar. Corps
Marshal DO-13 Mar. Corps
Defense Commandant DO-14 Def. Com. Domestic Defense

Combat Classification[]

Standard Equipment[]

Depending on their combat classification, all personnel are given different sets of standard equipment for use on the battlefield. While most military personnel are trained to be able to utilize any common weapon within the TIAF's standard arsenal, weapons are distributed based on combat class in order to keep weapon sets standardized. Otherwise, it would be a nightmare for field officers to determine which soldiers have the appropriate equipment sets for an operation.

Typically, junior personnel are allowed to carry more weapons afforded to their combat classification once they increase in rank. By the senior CO ranks, where combat class is virtually meaningless, practically every officer has a custom set of equipment attuned to their personal style of combat. Normally this might seem like a disaster for standardization, but there is reasoning behind this. Higher-ranked personnel do have greater battle experience and can be trusted with a more diverse set of weapons. For senior COs, custom equipment sets allow for easy identification (though both to friendlies and enemies alike, so this can be a double-edged sword), and the small number of senior COs permits a level of individuality that cannot be afforded to the rank-and-file.

Melee Weapons[]

Melee weapons are short-ranged weapons that physically hit the enemy. They are extremely powerful when used correctly but suffer from an obvious lack of range and require getting close to the enemy before becoming effective. However, if a battle is getting to a point where close combat is a viable option, TIAF melee weapons can be quite deadly.

Combat Knives[]

Combat knives are the smallest and shortest of the melee weapons, usually only several inches long. They are not particularly powerful like blades or bludgeons, but they are not very heavy and are easy to wield. Combat knives are classed into three categories: machete knives, carver knives, and dagger knives.

Machete Knives - Machete knives are mid-range knives, with their main specialty being in their slicing and slashing ability. Machetes are usually around 8 inches to 1 foot long, and resemble a blade weapon. They have one very sharp straightedge adamantium blade and a carbon steel handle. Machetes are well-known for their great slicing ability, able to cut through many enemies in quick succession if strikes are placed correctly. This also gives them a utility purpose for cutting down small obstacles on the battlefield, like small structures and shrubbery (for which the popular machete design Bushwhacker is named).

Carver Knives - Carver knives are the longest of the three knife classes, ranging between 10 inches and 16 inches. As the name implies, carvers are great at carving holes into the target. Using its single serrated adamantium blade, it works very similar to a saw and can easily make deep cuts in the target. However, their initial strike is not particularly powerful or penetrating (unlike machetes), and require the time to dig deep cuts into the target to be effective. However, if used for stabbing instead of slashing, carvers make great penetration with their long blade and their serrated edge.

Dagger Knives - Dagger knives are short, double-edged knives, the one most commonly associated with the modern defintion of "combat knife". They have sharp edges and a very sharp point, with their main purpose lying in attacking points on the enemy with sharp accuracy. As short, small blades, they have poor slashing power, but their penetration is very good thanks their double blades and are usually just long enough to cause puncture wounds to the organs of most modern Gigaquadrant races.

Blade Weapons[]

Blade weapons tend to be long melee weapons designed mainly for slashing or slicing the target. They are generally considered larger versions of knife weapons, though knives and blades do have differences that have caused them to be classified separately. Blades come in a variety of styles, mostly in the categories longsword-broadsword, katana, and light blade.

Longswords/Broadswords - Most traditional blade weapons fall into this category. Longswords and broadswords are typical metal swords, with a double-edged blade and a large hilt. They have decent slicing power (but are outdone by katanas in this aspect), though their main purpose lies in a combination of slicing and pure force. Swords of this design are generally heavy, which, while making them harder to handle, gives them great force when swung with decent effort. Their weight, however, may cause the wielder's movement to slow while swinging it, but if one can use it without too much exertion, swords are very dangerous.

Katanas - A cousin to the longswords and broadswords, katanas are not as heavy as swords, but make up for that by being easier to wield and having greater slicing power. Katanas have very thin, long, but durable adamantium blades, which gives them range far superior to most other melee weapons and near-unmatched slicing ability. While lacking the pure power that swords pack, katana users can be much more agile with a katana, and the cuts caused by a katana strike will likely be very deep or even completely amputate something from the victim.

Trivia[]

  • Modern TIAF military code sometimes uses "Blue-XX" to refer to specific Assault Armada officers (clarified by context) due to the pay grade notation for Assault Armada officers having the same spelling as the Japanese word ao, meaning blue.
  • The Assault Armada, being a mix of terrestrial and naval forces, tends towards a combination of army and navy titles for its ranks, while the Domestic Defense, a more heavily naval force, tends towards navy and air force titles.
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