Arshan Fleet Commander
One of the more prestigious titles within the United Arshan Federation's military, the Fleet Commander is in charge of a fleet of space-faring vessels and holds ultimate authority over the actions of their fleet.
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A tier 4 title within the United Arshan Federation's military, Fleet Commanders hold command of a full fleet of ships. These commanders receive their instructions directly from Squadron Command and are the highest ranking Delta Squadron personnel deployed in the front lines. While primarily a title used by Delta Squadron, Alpha Squadron also fields a number of Fleet Commanders throughout their relatively smaller naval force. This is a highly coveted title within Delta Squadron as the highest commanding role 'in the field' with absolute authority, yet difficult to acquire due to the limited number of fleets available to command.
As a tier 4 (Colonel) profession, natural progression to the title of Fleet Commander typically involves a lengthy career through at-space professions at tiers 1 (Sergeant), 2 (Lieutenant), and 3 (Major), in that order. In most cases, this manifests as a military record showing prior assignments as a Shift Lead, Deck Lead or Division Commander, and Ship Commander before finally being selected for 'promotion' to a Fleet Commander role. The requirements for such a promotion include a minimum 4 years service as a Ship Commander, a letter of recommendation from the promotee's current Fleet Commander, and an opening for a new Fleet Commander within the military. The barrier to promotion typically lies in the third requirement as the Federation does not have an infinite number of ships and fleets.
Arshans whom attend the Federation Officer's Academy and graduate the Ship & Fleet Command courses are able to skip the first two tiers of the Promotion path toward the Fleet Commander title. Such persons serve a mandatory one-year cadetship aboard a ship as a bridge support role, with the rank of Cadet Major (3-0) as part of the course. Graduation of this course requires a letter of recommendation from the cadet's Ship Commander and passing scores on the logical and practical tests, with the full course requiring three to four years to complete. Graduates of the course are assigned the rank of Junior Major (3-1) and assigned to bridge support roles, with exemplary cadets being offered Ship Sub-Commander of non-combat ships. Promotion to Fleet Commander from here holds the same requirements as listed above.
The primary role of a Fleet Commander is to manage and distribute orders down to the fleets under their command. Most commanders are given free reign to operate within their designated theatres by Squadron Command with absolute authority, and are expected to work alongside other high-level commanders to accomplish whatever primary objectives have been set forth for their region. Fleet Commanders are also placed in charge of non-combat fleets, typically in the form of logistics or dedicated training fleets for Academy cadets. All ships within a fleet answer solely to the Fleet Commander while underway or in a combat scenario.
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In Arshan terminology, a Sub-Commander is the second in command after the Commander, filling in the role of what modern day militaries call an Executive Officer of rist Officer aboard ships, or Second-In-Command in other fields.