The Royal Tierran Army is the land based branch of the Tierran Military of the Unified Kingdom of Tierra . Though eclipsed by the Royal Tierran Navy in size, reputation and funding, the Royal Army maintains readiness mostly through the sale of commissions and the private contributions of various powerful Cortes nobles, who often pay to maintain private units of "House Guards " who serve as that noble house's private guards in times of peace. The Army has a wartime strength of approximately 24.000 fighting men, divided into 18 regiments.
The basic administrative unit in the Tierran Army is the Regiment. Although horse (cavalry) and foot (infantry) regiments are organized differently, both types are large, usually independent formations of around 1.000 men. These regiments are ranked by the seniority and the percieved quality of their officers and men. The elite "Guards " regiments (The Grenadier Guards , Wolf's Head Cuirassiers and Kentauri Highlanders ) are ranked first, followed by the three regiments of the Royal Marines and then by the remainder.
To ensure that the Royal Army's officer corps is populated by men of wealth and appropriate class, the Royal Army usually requires an officer to purchase a promotion once they have the appropriate seniority. Of course, any officer could refuse to sell their commission to a would-be successor considered too disreputable to advance in the ranks. In addition, promotions are extremely expensive, expecially in more prestigious regiments. Even a Major's commission in a Regiment of Foot (infantry) costs some 800 Crowns , equivalent to ten year's wages for a working member of the middle class. This means that the peacetime army is populated by men of wealth, honour and privilege. Only during times of war are officers from humble backgrounds capable of earning the great sums of money needed to reach the higher ranks.
Ranks and Insignia (cavalry equivalents for infantry-only ranks in parantheses)Edit
Armsman (Trooper/Dragoon) - One bar
Lance Corporal - One chevron
Corporal - Two chevrons
Sergeant - Three chevrons ^
Sergeant-Major (Staff Sergeant) - Three chevrons and crown
Colour Sergeant - Three chevrons over an reversed chevron enclosing a crown ^^
Ensign (Cornet) - One gold pip
Lieutenant - Two gold pips
Captain - Three gold pips
Major - Pair of crossed swords
Lieutenant Colonel - Two pairs of crossed swords
Colonel - Two pairs of crossed swords topped with a small crown ^^^
General of Brigade - Two small crowns
Lieutenant General - Three small crowns
General-Royal - One large crown ^^^^
^ Sergeants usually lead cavalry patrols or infantry sections, the smallest individual units.
^^ The Colour Sergeant is the most senior NCO in a Regiment. He is tasked with guarding the oficer carrying the Regimental flag, or "Colours".
^^^ Colonel is the highest rank obtainable by purchased commission. General ranks must be earned by seniority and excellent service.
^^^^ This rank is reserved for the King, as commander-in-chief