Ranks in the 613th Lyubov follow the normal Imperial Guard pattern of three (3) enlisted grades, six (6) non-commissioned officer grades, six (6) field officer grades and six (6) general officer grades. This simplified pay qualification ranking (SPQR) system is used through-out the guard to standardize pay and rationing systems though titles may vary from regiment to regiment.
A general officer is an officer of high rank in the Imperial Guard. The term general is used in two ways: as the generic title for all grades of general officer and as a specific rank (though the Army of Lyubov is different than many Imperial worlds in that it lacks a specific ‘general’ rank in its military organization. The role of the general rank is typically filled by a Colonel General (G-3.)
G-6 Grand Marshal of Lyubov (Warmaster)
Highest rank awarded by the Royal Government of Lyubov. As a warmaster equivalent rank, it must be confirmed by the Adeptus Munitorium. Grand Marshals are assigned to command entire crusades or campaigns
Highest general officer rank that can be awarded by HRH the Tsar without Munitorium ratification. Typically commanders of an planetary assault or garrison force.
G-4 Field Marshal
General officer typically assigned to command an entire front or army group.
G-3 Colonel General
Typically assigned to command an army
G-2 Lieutenant General
Typically assigned to command a corps or task force.
G-1 Major General
Typically assigned to command a division or task force of several regiments.
Regimental Grade Officers
Regimental grade officer form the upper command of regiments. A regiment is the primary organizational unit of the Imperial Guard and the largest permanent formation within the Imperial Guard – all larger units, such as divisions, corps, armies, army groups, or crusades are ad hoc formations created and disbanded as needed.. The size and composition of Imperial Guard regiments is not standardized across the Imperium; the number of individual Guardsmen alone can vary enormously between regiments, with some only a few hundred strong at founding-strength, whilst others possess tens of thousands of fighting troops.
Colonels are typically regimental commanders with permanent command of a regiment.
O-5 Lieutenant Colonel
Lieutenant Colonels are typically executive officers of regiments or commanders of detachments of specialist troops seconded to regiments. Often, a major will be promoted directly to Colonel – the rank is relatively uncommon outside of staff or support units.
Company Grade Officers
Company grade officers are assigned to command companies within a regiment or serve as executives to regimental grade officers.
Majors command battalions within a regiment for regiments that use battalions (typically 2 companies within a regiment.) A regiment with six (6) or more companies will often make use of battalion levels commands. Where battalions are not part of the regimental organization, the executive officer will often be a major.
Captains typically command companies within a regiment. Lyubov regiments have between five (5) and twelve (12) companies at their founding depending on the type of regiment and the needs of the Munitorium.
Junior Grade Officers
Junior grade officers are assigned to command individual platoons within a company.
Lieutenants typically command platoons. A Lyubov company typically fields three (3) platoons at full strength.
The lowest commissioned officer rank in the Lyubov military. Sublieutenants are often deputy platoon commanders, commanding a section of the platoon if the unit is divided to carry out a specific objective.
Non-commissioned officers (NCO) are military officer who has not earned a commission but rather are promoted through the enlisted ranks. Non-officers, which includes most or all enlisted personnel, are of lower rank than any officer. In Lyubov service, commissioned officers usually enter directly from the Royal Military Academy or from Officer Candidate School if they show promise and aptitude during basic training. Nevertheless, it is not uncommon for NCOs to obtain promotion to the officer ranks in active duty Imperial Guard regiments. Unlike officers, who wear their rank insignia on their shoulder boards, NCOs wear their rank insignia on their sleeves.
S-6 Color Sergeant Major
A CSM is the highest ranking non-commissioned officer in a regiment. Often the CSM carries the regimental colors and serves on the staff of the regimental commander.
S-5 Color Sergeant
A Color Sergeant is typically the ranking non-commissioned officer in a company or battalion. Often, a color sergeant is tasked with carrying the company or battalion colors into battle.
S-4 Gunnery Sergeant
Gunnery sergeants are typically the ranking sergeants in any platoon and often serve alongside the platoon officers in the command squad of any platoon. Often, the platoon gunnery sergeant will carry the platoon’s colors into battle or will operate the platoon command squad’s special weapon.
S-3 First Sergeant
A first sergeant is typically tasked with leading a squad, usually the first squad of a platoon.
A sergeant often leads a squad into battle or serves as a deputy squad leader to a first sergeant.
A corporal is often an assistant deputy squad leader, assisting either the squad leader or his assistant. Corporals are often assigned to carry special weapons or command heavy weapons teams within a squad.
An enlisted grade is any trooper holding any rank below that of a non-commissioned officers or commissioned officer. In most cases, enlisted service personnel perform jobs specific to their own occupational specialty, as opposed to the more generalized command responsibilities of officers.
E-3 Trooper First Class
A Trooper First Class (TFC) is a trooper who has seen at least six (6) months of active service in the Imperial Guard and is considered fully proficient in their Guard Occupational Specialty (GOS).
A trooper is a fully-trained Guardsman who has completed both basic training and training in their GOS. The bulk of active duty Imperial Guard personnel hold this rank.
A recruit is a newly inducted Imperial Guardsman who is undergoing training in their GOS.
There is also a designation of E-0 Trainee, a Guardsman undergoing basic training and weapons familiarization.
In some formations, there are un-inducted personnel, either civilian auxiliaries or children of the regiment who are expected to one day join the regiment. These unranked individuals are often known as whiteshields or conscripts.