As you may or may not have noticed, certain posters on 40k Online have Custom Titles that correspond to military ranks. These posters are members of the 40th Corps(Imperial Guard Forum) Chain of Command.How does one become a member of the Chain of Command?
Simply put, you must be recommended by current officer, and then approved by one of the Imperial Guard Forum Moderators, who will give you a Custom Title and add you to the Chain of Command.
There are certain qualities that we look for in posters, such as...
What are the duties of an officer?
- Follow the 40k Online Rules, and know them. We do not accept people who break the Forum Rules, and doing so repeatedly will be detrimental to your chances of becoming an officer.
- Know the IG FAQ, and read the Stickies. The Stickies and FAQ are there for a reason - For you to read them. We expect everyone to have knowledge of the information there regardless of any rank.
- Don't take the rules into your own hands. It is not your job to confront someone for breaking the 40k Online rules, that's why we have Moderators. Every post has a 'Report to Moderator' link, use that instead of replying.
- Be a well-mannered and intelligent poster. Treat others with courtesy, and use proper grammar when you post. Despite the fact that you will more than likely never know most of the people here, they are still as much of a person as you are.
- Show above-average knowledge of the Imperial Guard. This is what will make you an officer, the other criteria just makes sure that you understand the proper conduct befitting an officer. Get yourself noticed by providing solid advice to other's armylists, giving your input during tactical discussions, and have a good understanding of the Guard's background and fluff.
- Contribute to the Imperial Guard Frontpage. This is simple to do, and is one of the best ways to get noticed by officers. Information on how you can help is available here.
- Don't Ask to Be an Officer! This a sure way of not getting a commission. We will find you, not the other way around.
The most important role of an officer is to set an example. Officers are chosen from the best posters on the Imperial Guard Forum, and are expected to be role models. They are to hold themselves to the conduct required to become an officer, and provide guidance to new Guard players, and critique the Vets, enhancing everyones abilities.All officers
are also expected to keep tabs not only upon each other, but upon prospective Chain of Command recruits. All officers have the power to recommend new officers for commission or promotions for other officers. It is not the sole job of the Moderators to pick prospective officers!
The Mods can't be here all the time. The Chain of Command looks out for itself, and if an officer feels that someone should be commissioned or promoted, it is their Duty
to recommend them. Remember that you yourself were recommended at some point.How does the ranking system work?
The current system is based off both current military chain of commands and the rank structure proposed in the Imperial Infantryman's Uplifting Primer
. The current tree is as follows:
- Staff Officer
- Lt. Colonel
Other ranks may be given to retired officers of particular merit, or to Moderators. See the CoC list above for Officers awarded particular custom titles for long service. These are under the "Honourifica Imperialis" section.What if an officer is not abiding by Forum Rules?
It is the duty of any poster, officer or not, to report an officer acting out of line to one of the IG Forum Moderators. It is not your duty to confront them yourself. Proper action will be taken.
Do note that bringing insubstantial charges against an officer will result in penalties to yourself.Can I give myself a rank in my user name?
Absolutely. This cannot be policed by the Chain of Command, and you can put any rank into your user name. However this is frowned upon by some officers as a sign of disrespect towards the proper Chain of Command, and may decrease your chances of earning a commission.
Certain enlisted ranks, such as Trooper, Corporal and Sergeant, are perfectly fine, and can be used as a way of letting people know that you are interested in the Chain of Command.The Most Important Aspect of the 40th Corps CoC
The Chain of Command is a rewards system for the 40kO Imperial Guard community, where the best and brightest posters here recieve Commission and a Custom Title, and the opportunity to 'rise through the ranks' so to speak.
In order to avoid complaint of favoritism, we will generally not promote people unless they are recommended by regular IG posters or members of the Chain of Command.Current Members - You got your place because someone saw that you were fit for the position.
If you know someone who deserves the chance to be part of the CoC, recommend them to Lord Princeps ChosenMan via PM.
The Chain of Command stagnates when people aren't recommended by other officers. With the new changes to the C-O-C, i thought it best to do a brief summary here on what the new rules are.Officers of the Chain of Command;
Their rule is to cruise the boards and insure that everything is okay, they'll keep things in line and ensure flamewars and the like don't start up. Its also up to them to report major infractions to us Moderators, and generally be helpfull members of the community (like they already are) and help people out where needed. And of course, they scout the boards for any new commissions and promotions for that they feel are deserving.Promotion Announcements
Promotion Announcements will be in this thread.
If there are any major changes to the C.O.C, you will expect to see a Moddissar Announcement for it. We will keep you informed of any major changes, dont you worry!Regarding the Senior Ranks
One problem that we've had with the CoC since it's conception is stagnation among the Senior ranks (Colonels and Generals).
To fix this problem, we have decided to implement a 'Distinguished Service' sector in the CoC. Recipients of such merit from the senior ranks will be selected every once in a while to be given a personal Custom Title in line with their style of play, and removed from the CoC proper. Of course, they will still be afforded your respect as due to Officers of the Chain of Command. This is the "Honourifica Imperialis" noted above.