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A quick question for the learned LO members to answer/debate upon. What is/would be the average age for a SM captain?? I know that some are promoted because of bravery/valour/amazingness (ala 1st company), but not all of them would be like that. Some of them would be captains because of veterancy, so I'm wondering what everyone thinks. This question is borne out of me trying to write my own codex in effect for my Hawk Lords SM so any help is always appreciated (see my other posts!!!)
You wouldent be a Captain purely because of age, it doesnt work like that, there are Marine Captains who have Honour guards/Veteran Sgts who are much older than them, its the same as the British army, just because you have been serveing for 8 years, doesnt mean you have a batter grasp of tactics than the guy thats been in for 3, thats why iv been in 2 yrs and iv made it to squad command possition when it takes omost people 5-6 years, same for marines!
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To raise to the level of Captain would take some time one would expect. 100 Years could be seen as pretty young among marines.
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I'd be inclined to agree with Horus Lupercal on this one, but a little of what you plan to write might help. If you're willing to show it. Because personally I would find it hard to believe that a marine fresh out of the tenth company showing tremendous bravery of any sort being promoted to anything but Sergeant, and even that might be a stretch.
I would expect that a Company Captain would have at least one Long Service Stud, if not two. Of course, basing that on the idea that long service studs are awarded for every century of combat.
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Probably ranging from close to a century to maybe two or three. Beyond that and you're probably getting into Chapter Master/Honor Guard, etc. type positions.
Doesn't the SM codex say something about these men leading for centuries or summat?
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I'm sure there are some marines who are just good at be a marine, not at as a leader of others (which is a skill on to it's self). Some marines may very well spend their whole carreers as line troopers or sergeants, only to go into retirement.
And no, retirement for a marine is not getting a camera, comfortable sneakers and going siteseeing, it'll mean training neophytes, working the forge etc.
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Thank you one and all for some insight and I take it all on board. Again thank you
You mean I can't rejoin the 10th company? Aww Emperor's fiddlesticks.Originally Posted by Zemaphore
I'd say a century or two of experience would be about average for a company commander.
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