There must be several levels. In the US Army there is the private (new recruit) all the way to general.

What is the rank structure of stormtroopers?


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For the boring version go to here to Wookieepedia:

Stormtroopers apparently use the same rank system as the Imperial Army, but rarely wear any type of outward insignia. It is mentioned that Stormtroopers most likely have an identification scanner, built into their helmets, which can determine the rank and seniority of other stormtroopers. This does not explain, however, the colored shoulder pads used by Stormtroopers on Tatooine. Also, in the Battle of Hoth, a stormtrooper is seen wearing the insignia of an Army Captain on his armor. It is assumed that such insignia display is for the benefit of non-stormtrooper personnel.

In the higher ranks of the Stormtroopers, it can be reasonably assumed that the senior Stormtrooper officers do not wear the Battle Armor on a regular basis, thus a different uniform, for the more casual "office" setting, would most likely be worn. This explains a number of Imperial officers, seen in the feature films directing groups of Stormtroopers, who appear to be wearing solid black uniforms with rank badges. Such personnel are most likely Stormtrooper commanders whose daily duties do not necessitate the regular wearing of battle armor.

If you click on the links you will see additional examples of people both non-canon (EU) and in-canon in each rank.

Some sample information includes:

  1. Navy Rank
  2. Army Rank
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  4. Version 2
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    Don't forget to add in some quotes. Link-only answers are frowned on because if the link dies, the answer becomes useless.
    – Valorum
    Feb 3, 2016 at 21:44

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Based on some books like the Star Wars visual dictionary, battlefront and other sources here is my interpretation of the Stormtrooper Pauldron ranks. Seems to make sense to me.

  • Red was used as Commander in Battlefront. As the other comments mention commanders seemed to not usually be in the white armor. So could explain the rare appearances of the red pauldron in the films, in the instance a commander wasn't in the officer uniform and was wearing the white armor you might see the red pauldron.
    – Ryan
    Oct 12, 2018 at 18:53

So the Storm Trooper Corps Rank are and pauldron colors are:

  • Cadet
  • Private
  • Lance Corporal, Black pauldron.
  • Corporal, Grey pauldron.
  • Sergeant, White pauldron.
  • Staff Sergeant, Orange pauldron.
  • Master Sergeant, Red pauldron.

Officer ranks of the storm Trooper corps:

  • Officer Cadet
  • Lieutenant
  • Captain
  • Major
  • Colonel
  • Commander

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  • Hi, welcome to SF&F. What is the source of the image and your information? Attribution is an important part of writing a good answer.
    – DavidW
    Jan 22, 2020 at 1:07

First Order Stormtrooper squad leaders were Sergeant Stormtroopers within the First Order. Squad leaders (Sergeants) were responsible for all

  • Training,
  • Discipline,
  • Mentoring and
  • Conducted tactical planning and execution of orders in conjunction with the platoon leader at squad level.

They would lead teams of seven Troopers and one Corporal. The Corporal acted as the Sergeant's assistant squad leader and conducted all administration within the squad.

The squad consisted of two fire teams - Alpha and Bravo. In a flanking attack, Alpha the (Sergeant and four other troopers) would conduct the assault on the objective while the Bravo Team - the Corporal, 2 Gunner Troopers armed with FWMB-10 repeating blasters and a Marksman armed with a F-11D enhanced scope - would provide fire support (base of fire) to the assaulting team.

A Stormtrooper platoon consisted of:

  • A Lieutenant (Platoon Leader),
  • Sergeant Major (Platoon Sergeant),
  • 1 Trooper (platoon signaller),
  • 4 Sergeants (squad leaders),
  • 4 Corporals (assistant squad leaders) and
  • 28 Troopers.
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    Interesting, where is this information from?
    – Möoz
    Apr 5, 2016 at 22:18
  • This is just my own take on the function of a squad and the squad leaders role within it. I'm hoping it will catch on in the franchise. Apr 5, 2016 at 23:05
  • I am still confused tho. It states a squad leader wears a white Pauldon and a sergeant wears a black Pauldon. Firstly, "squad leader is a position/function not a rank. Secondly, what is the function/role/ duties/ command of a Sergeant??? Apr 5, 2016 at 23:25

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