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Ranks and Honorifics

RANKS

A Warrior’s first rank increase traditionally comes at the time of completion of his first uniform.  Subsequent rank increases are given as recognition  of the Warrior’s activity level and scope of service to the club. KAG awards promotions for continued participation and achievement, never solely for length of membership. Promotion to rank is used in the Klingon Assault Group as a symbol of recognition for activity and scope of service. It is not a license to issue orders.

NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS

The below ranks are for KAG’s non-commissioned officers, those members who do not have a uniform. They proceed from Lance-Corporal through Sergeant-Major. These ranks may be granted by a Ship’s Commanding Officer, or, in the absence of one, may be granted by the Quadrant or Fleet Commander.

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Symbol

Rank

tlhIngan Hol

Lance-Corporal
Da’ wa’DIch
Corporal
Da’
Sergeant
bu’
Sergeant-Major
bu”a’

COMMISSIONED OFFICERS

Symbol

Rank

tlhIngan Hol

Ensign  – This rank is given to the commanding officer of a newly formed ship when the officer is not yet  uniformed.  Once this Warrior completes his uniform, he will be promoted.  The rank of Ensign may be granted by Quadrant Commanders and Fleet Commanders.
lagh
2nd Lieutenant (Lieutenant JG) –  IXL/Marine Lieutenant (tai) – This rank is awarded when a Warrior completes his uniform.  The uniform may be Classic or Imperial Klingon style (or the equivalent for alien Warriors serving in the Imperial Xeno Legion).  It is a Ship Commander’s prerogative to pass approval on the acceptability of a Warrior’s uniform.  The rank of 2nd Lieutenant is usually granted by the Ship’s Commanding Officer, but in the absence of one it may be granted by the Quadrant or Fleet Commander. The honorific of tai is also granted along with this rank.
SoghHom
Lieutenant or IXL/Marine Captain (tai, vestai) – This rank is  awarded when a uniformed Warrior has served his ship or division well and  consistently.  The honorific of tai  is carried over with this promotion.  The honorific of vestai is granted as an upgrade to this rank.  The rank of Lieutenant and/or the honorific of vestai may be granted by officers at or above the rank of Lt. Commander, whether the Ship’s Commanding Officer, Quadrant Commander, or Fleet Commander.
Sogh
Lieutenant Commander or IXL/Marine Major (vestai, sutai) – This  rank is awarded when a Warrior’s club service has reached beyond his own  ship and has begun to have regional influence. The honorific of vestai  is carried over with this promotion. The honorific of sutai is granted as  an upgrade to this rank. The rank of Lieutenant Commander and/or the honorific of sutai may be granted by officers with the rank  of Captain or above.
la’Hom
Commander or IXL/Marine Lieutenant Colonel (sutai) – This rank  is awarded to seasoned, active Warriors whose service and influence has  extended to the fleet-wide level.  The honorific of sutai is carried over  with this promotion. The rank of Commander may be granted by officers  with the rank of Commodore or above.
la’
Captain or IXL/Marine Colonel (sutai, zantai) – This rank is awarded  to the Warrior whose service is consistently at the fleet-wide  level. The honorific of  sutai is carried over with this promotion.  The honorific of zantai is granted  as an upgrade to this rank. The rank of Captain and/or the honorific of zantai may be granted by officers with the rank of Admiral or above.
HoD
Commodore or IXL/Marine Brigadier (zantai) – This rank is awarded to the Warrior whose service has extended to the club-wide level. The honorific of zantai is carried over with this promotion. The rank of Commodore may be granted by the Leader of KAG and/or a consensus of the Admiralty.
totlh / ‘ech
Admiral or IXL/Marine General (zantai) – Seasoned Commanders  of the Fleets,  Seasoned Warriors commanding a national division, Seasoned  Warriors whose activities are usually at the fleet- and club-wide levels.   The honorific of zantai is carried over with this promotion.  The rank of Admiral is granted by the Leader of KAG with the consensual agreement of the Admiralty.  Active members of the Admiralty serve on KAG’s Command Council whether or not they hold any command position.
‘aj / Sa’
Thought-Admiral  (epetai) – The rank of Thought Admiral is granted to the Leader of KAG. The honorific of epetai is granted along with this rank. Retired club leaders retain the rank of thought Admiral (and the honorific of epetai) and are considered members of the Admiralty for as long as they are active. References to “THE Thought Admiral” in this handbook or elsewhere should be taken to refer specifically to the current leader of KAG.
la’quv

BRANCHES

The Klingon Assault Group has several different branches that warriors can serve in. These different branches have their own unique symbols and colors that represent them. The branch color is shown behind both the branch symbol and the warriors rank symbol.

Branch Symbol

Branch

Background Color

Navy Fleets
Black
IXL Division
Green
Marine Division
Red

HONORIFICS

In addition to ranks, officers are distinguished by Honorifics.  These are titles awarded much as ranks are, and some may be considered ‘half-rank’ promotions.

Honorific Symbol

Honorific

tlhIngan Hol

tai
tai – This is the first honorific.  It is automatically awarded with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant (Lt jg) and is carried over with the promotion to Lieutenant.
tay
vestai
vestai – Awarded to one holding the rank of Lieutenant.  Lieutenants with the honorific of vestai are sometimes referred to with the title of ‘Senior Lieutenant’. This honorific is carried over when the warrior is promoted to the rank of Lt. Commander.
veStay
sutai
sutai – Awarded as an upgrade to the rank of Lt. Cmdr, and carried over to the rank of Commander.  The promotion to Commander (sutai) signifies that the officer has advanced to the senior officer phase.  The honorific of sutai is automatically carried over with the promotion to the rank of Captain.
Sutay
zantai
zantai – Awarded as an upgrade to the rank of Captain.  These Captains are considered senior captains because of their  extensive service to the Empire.  This honorific is carried over with promotion to the rank of Admiral.
Santay
epetai
epetai – Used with the rank of Thought Admiral.  This is the highest honorific.
‘Iptay

ADDRESSING AN OFFICER

The customary method of address is to put the rank first, followed by the individual’s name, then the honorific followed by a dash and then the person’s House or Line name.  Example:  Lt. Cmdr. K’Rak vestai-Moghri

If you prefer to use the Klingon language, the most common method is to put the individual’s name first, followed by the rank, then a comma followed by the person’s House or Line name and then the word tuq meaning house, tribe, clan or ancestral unit. The honorific is optional in this method, but can be included before the house name. Examples: qraq la’Hom, moghrI’ tuq or qraq la’Hom, veStay, moghrI’ tuq.

(Note: The term ‘epetai’, while it is the honorific of a Thought Admiral, can also be used as a formal title for the Leader of a Family Line.  It can be used in addressing or referring to a line leader, as in “K’ruel, Epetai of the House Kraghor”. When used in these situations, Epetai is always capitalized as it is a title, not an honorific and should not be used in the honorific spot of warrior’s full name. In tlhIngan Hol names, the title of juH lord, lady is added after the house nameTo combine the both an honorific and Line leadership, we suggest writing names like this: Lt. Cmdr. K’Rak vestai Epetai of House Moghri, or qraq la’Hom, moghrI’ tuq juH.)