Use the following descriptions to get a general idea of what’s expected of you at each of Vanguard’s ranks. Each Wing has its own rank expectations that fit their role and culture, but the behaviors listed here hold true throughout.
Making up the majority of the organization, Talons travel a path towards mastery.
\ / Talon Recruit
A Talon Recruit should focus on learning the basics, both of Star Citizen and Vanguard. Eventually, this will be formalized through our Talon Training to bring new members up to speed before your Wing is chosen. Once you wrap up basic training, your rank insignia will change to \ · / as you “earn your eye” and choose your Wing, becoming a fully certified member of Vanguard.
-\ ∶ /- Talon Hoplite
As a Talon Hoplite, you have a strong understanding of the concepts covered in basic training, and are actively learning the skills needed for your primary role. In the future, Wings will run a Claw Camp to help members familiarize themselves with their Wing, and learn how to perform their role.
-\ ∵ /- Talon Adept
A Talon Adept has mastered the skills required to perform their primary role competently. They are familiar with our Standard Operation Procedures, and are able to help others learn how to operate within their Wing. A Talon Adept is a veteran with the knowledge and experience to fully support their Group, Wing, and Vanguard as a whole.
=\ ⊙ /= Raptor, Bronze | =\ ⦾ /= Raptor, Silver | Raptor, Gold =\ ⦿ /=
Raptors are individuals who have focused on deep mastery of specific skills or roles within their Wing, above and beyond the norm. As such, expectations for a Raptor’s responsibilities and competencies are highly Wing and Group specific. Raptors are among the best-of-the-best, not just in Vanguard, but in the ‘verse as a whole.
Masters have shown natural leadership ability, and are tasked with leading groups of Talons. As the first command rank in Vanguard, all Masters are expected to serve as examples to the Talons of their organization. They should work to embody their Wing and Group mission statements, and the Vanguard Prime Directive.
=\ · /= Claw Master
A Claw Master leads the smallest unit in Vanguard, the Claw. They should be dedicated to the growth of their Talons’ skills and interpersonal connections, work to implement orders handed down to them, and aim to improve their own leadership and communication skills.
=\ ∶ /= Lance Master
A Lance Master is a seasoned leader who is able to lead not only their own Claw, but two others. In addition to supporting their own members, who will often be more experienced members such as Talon Adepts, Lance Masters should encourage and cultivate the growth of leadership and proficiency in their Claw Masters.
=\ ∵ /= Senior Master
A Senior Master is the highest ranked embedded leader in the organization. They are a veteran who embodies their Wing and Vanguard’s core values, and have strong leadership abilities in addition to proven skill in their primary role. Senior Masters will often lead Elite Units, or be the Lance and Claw Masters for HQ Lances and Squadrons.
Chiefs are the bridge between our Commissioned Officers and the Enlisted members. They are the trusted advisers who keep Captains and Commanders informed and honest, and the standard-bearers for their Wing and Group.
≡\ · /≡ Squad Chief
A Squad Chief serves as the Executive Officer for a Squadron, handling personnel and daily operation while working alongside a Star Captain. They are advocates and role models for the Talons and Masters in their command, and care fiercely about the morale of their Squadron.
≡\ ∶ /≡ Group Chief
A Group Chief is the Senior Non-commissioned officer for an entire group. They work closely with their Squad Chiefs, helping them advocate as needed, and conveying the commands from the Group Captain and Vice Captain.
≡\ ∵ /≡ Wing Chief
Wing Chiefs are the highest ranked Non-Commissioned Officers in the organization, working directly alongside the Wing Commander and his Officers to lead the Wing. They are seasoned members with proven leadership ability, and stalwart champions of their Wing both internally and in cooperation with the rest of the organization. They work closely with the Group Chiefs to keep a strong hand on the pulse of the Wing’s morale, and to keep the members in their command aligned with the Wing and Organization goals.
Captains make up the bulk of the commissioned officers in the Vanguard, and are focused on the operation of their groups in order to meet the goals set by those in command above them. Captains should be intimately familiar with the Officer Code of Conduct, as they are the face of Vanguard Command for many of our members. Captains must be able to work at a cross-organizational level,
⟪✦⟫ Star Captain
Star Captains lead one of the three Squadrons that make up a group, and are responsible for the growth and performance of those under their command. They should work closely with their Squad Chief, as well as remain acquainted with the members of their Squadrons to make appropriate recommendations for training, promotions, and career changes as needed.
⟪✦✦⟫ Vice Captain
As the executive officer of their group, Vice Captains handle much of the day-to-day matters required to run it. Working alongside the Captain, the Vice Captain is responsible for ensuring the consistent operation of logistics, deployments, resupply, and maintenance as required for the Group’s current goals, working through their Group Captain to interface with the Squad Chiefs in their command.
As the leader of a Group, a Captain must be a master of delegation, relying on their Vice Captain and Group Chief to keep the Group running, and on their Star Captains to implement the orders handed out to them. Captains are focused on overall group strategy, taking larger Wing and Organizational goals and creating Group Specific orders to match.
⟪★⟫ Star Commander | ⟪★★⟫ Vice Commander | ⟪★★★⟫ Commander
The Commander, alongside his Vice Commander and Star Commander, are the ultimate authority over the operation of a Vanguard Wing. They are the arbiters of a Wing’s culture and mission, and handle overall strategic vision for their Wing. Commanders are given wide latitude on the operation of their Wing inasmuch as it does not conflict with the Vanguard Prime Directive and actively progresses the organization’s goals.
⟪✶⟫ Star Marshal | ⟪✶✶⟫ Vice Marshal | ⟪✶✶✶⟫ Marshal
The three Marshals oversee the operation of the entirety of Vanguard, and are given complete latitude to determine its goals and operations, subject only to intercession from the Wardens if their direction falls into conflict with the Core Values of the organization.
The Wardens are our Founders, and hold responsibility for the Identity and Mission of Vanguard as a whole. Warden is not an attainable rank, and the Wardens are generally not focused on operation or strategy, but rather are the arbiters of Vanguard's Identity. To this effect, the Wardens may intercede to course correct the organization when it falls away from these ideals.
Star Warden ⟪✵⟫ MasonStonewall
The Star Warden, MasonStonewall, is our keeper of lore, master of ceremony, and the originator of our Ranking and Organizational structure, in alignment with the Rule of Three.
Vice Warden ⟪✵✵⟫ Randrik
Randrik is the right hand of the Warden, his closest confidante and most trusted adviser. The conversations between he and DracoHardt led directly to the creation of our organization.
Warden ⟪✵✵✵⟫ DracoHardt
DracoHardt is our highest authority. As our Founder, he keeps watch over Vanguard, keeping it faithful to its culture, its ideals, and its purpose.