Ranks


Enlisted Grade

The strength of the infantry fighting force are appointed to the enlisted ranks, making up the bulk of the fighting force of the 2nd Battalion 53rd Air Infantry.

All new recruits will start at the rank of Recruit until they have passed their 'Recruits Course'. Upon successful completion Recruits will be promoted to the rank of Private and will be assigned to a combat squad. Promotion to Private First Class will occur any time after 8 weeks of active membership. Promotion to Specialist is earned by completing weapon specialism training.

Rank Description
Recruit
(Rct.)
All new recruits to the 53rd Air Infantry are assigned the rank of Recruit whilst they conduct their Basic Recruits Training.
Private
(Pvt.)
All members who successfully pass their Basic Recruits Training course are promoted to the rank of Private and are assigned to the main squad rosters.
Private First Class
(Pfc.)
Those members who continue to be active during missions and have a satisfactory service record will be eligible for promotion to Private First Class and be able to undertake an Infantry Specialism Course.
Specialist
(Spc.)
This is the highest Enlisted rank achievable. In order to be promoted to this rank a member must demonstrate dedication to the group and a keen teamwork focus. Most members of this rank will also have undertaken an Infantry Specialism course such as Machine gunner or AT gunner.
 
Non Commissioned Officers

The Non-Commissioned Officers are the backbone of the command structure, these members can be found in unit leadership positions throughout the 2nd Battalion 53rd Air Infantry and within the support components. These members have displayed drive, dedication and leadership in order to reach such positions of command.

Promotions to these ranks are based upon individual merit, length of service and upon taking additional responsibilities both within and outside of official missions.

Non Commissioned Officers will be appointed by their Platoon Leadership following an interview and recommendation process.

Rank Description
Corporal
(Cpl.)

The rank of Corporal is the first NCO rank and is normally placed in command of a fireteam within their squad.

Some specialist roles are also likely to be assigned to members with the rank of Corporal.

Sergeant
(Sgt.)

Sergeants are typically assigned as either squad leaders or senior fireteam leaders.

It is their duty to not only guide the enlisted men under their command but to ensure the squad completes the orders assigned to it by their Platoon commander.

Staff Sergeant
(Ssg.)

Staff Sergeants are also typically assigned as squad leaders and will often have additional duties within their platoon.

It is their duty to not only guide the enlisted men under their command but to ensure the squad completes the orders assigned to it by their Platoon commander.

Sergeant First Class
(Sfc.)

Each platoon has one Sergeant First Class who is there to act as both the Platoon Officer's assistant and advisor.

The Sergeant First Class will also provide leadership and advice to the other NCO's and enlisted within the platoon.

Master Sergeant
(Msg.)

Master Sergeants will normally be found within the support branches performing leadership and advisory roles.

On occasions Master Sergeants may also be found assigned as Platoon Sergeants and will provide leadership and advice to the other NCO's and enlisted within the platoon.

First Sergeant
(Fsg.)

First Sergeants perform the role of Company Sergeant acting as assistant and advisor to the Company Officer.

It is their duty to instruct the platoon and squad sergeants within their company on their roles and responsibilities.

Sergeant Major
(Smj.)

The rank of Sergeant Major is found only at Battalion level. The Sergeant Major is responsible for all NCO's and Enlisted men in the Battalion.

It is also their duty to act as the NCO advisor to the Battalion Officers.There may be no more than two Sergeant Majors within the Battalion at any one time.

 
Warrant Officers

The Warrant Officer ranks are primarily found within the support sections of the 2nd Battalion 53rd Air Infantry. Warrant Officers are usually those members who have undergone specialist technical training to become Helicopter Pilots or senior specialist instructors.

Promotion to the Warrant Officer ranks is based upon individual merit, length of service and upon being completing specialist Helicopter Pilot training.

Warrant Officers will be appointed by the Command Staff following an interview process and review by the Training Staff.

Rank Description
Warrant Officer Candidate
(Woc.)

The rank of Warrant Officer Candidate is an intermediary training rank for members who are undergoing training as a Rotary or Fixed wing pilot.

On some occasions members undertaking other highly specialised training may pursue the Warrant Officer career path.

Warrant Officer One
(Wo1.)

The rank of Warrant Officer One is frequently found within the the support functions of the 53rd Air Infantry.

Members who qualify as a Rotary or Fixed wing pilot and are rostered as such will likely follow the Warrant Officer career path due to the technical specialties involved in such a role.

Chief Warrant Officer Two
(Cwo2.)

The rank of Chief Warrant Officer Two is assigned to those intermediate level technical and tactical experts who perform increased duties and responsibilities.

Rotary and Fixed wing pilots will normally be eligible for this rank upon successful completion of active time in grade.

Chief Warrant Officer Three
(Cwo3.)

Chief Warrant Officer Three is found within the support functions Platoon level.

Their duties are frequently similar to those of the Platoon Leader within the Infantry Platoons, being the most senior member of the technical staff they will also act as Squadron Leader for the Rotary Wing element.

 
Commissioned Officers

Oficers within the 2nd Battalion 53rd Air Infantry are expected to be both strong leaders and skilled administrators both within and outside of official missions. Officers are also expected to be figureheads and role models for all other members of the 2nd Battalion 53rd Air Infantry.

Promotion to the Commissioned Officer ranks is based upon individual merit, length of service and upon taking high levels of additional responsibilities both within and outside of official missions.

Officers will be appointed by the Command Staff following an interview process.

Rank Description
Officer Candidate
(Ocs.)

The rank of Officer Candidate is an intermediary training rank for members who are undergoing Officer Candidate School.

Members can gain their commisions through career progress, merit or being appointed to significant posts within the Battalion.

2nd Lieutenant
(2Lt.)

Members who successfully pass the Officer Candidate School are promoted to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant.

The rank of 2nd Lieutenant is the first Commissioned Officer rank and is normally placed in command of an Infantry Platoon.

1st Lieutenant
(1Lt.)

Officers who have proven their abilities as a 2nd Lieutenant will be promoted to the rank of 1st Lieutenant.

The roles and responsibilities are similar to a 2nd Lieutenant but you may also be assigned a role within a Company Command Unit.

Captain
(Cpt.)

Captains command and control company sized units by leading and instructing their own Company Command Unit and the Platoons under their command.

A Captain may also be assigned a Staff position within the Battalion Command Unit.

Major
(Mjr.)

Majors are parimarily found within the Battalion Headquarters operating as Staff Officers.

However on occasions a Major may be assigned to lead a Company sized unit.

In order to achieve this rank an Officer must have an exemplary service record and have demonstrated both a superior teamwork ethic and dedication to the group.

Lieutenant Colonel
(LtCol.)

The rank of Lieutenant Colonel is found only at Battalion level as the Battalion Officer Commanding unless the Battalion is commanded by a full Colonel in which case the Battalion Executive Officer may hold the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

The Battalion OC is tasked with overseeing every aspect of the 53rd Air Infantry and its continual progress as a group.

Colonel
(Col.)

The rank of Colonel is found only at Battalion level as the Battalion Officer Commanding.

The Battalion OC is tasked with overseeing every aspect of the 53rd Air Infantry and its continual progress as a group. This is currently the highest rank attainable within the 2nd Battalion 53rd Air Infantry.






Whilst we have an organisational and rank structure we do not pursue the "hardcore milsim" aspects of making members refer to one-another by rank, sir, or other titles. Ranks within the 53rd are earned through both individual progress and by holding certain rostered positions.

This is to ensure a clear command and control chain both within and outside of official missions so that the teamwork focus and objective based co-operative environment is not only a realistic one, but a structured and enjoyable one for all involved.