Question is pretty much as it says in the title. According to online sources, the Rebel military used a command structure not dissimilar to that of modern armies. A squad of nine troopers was commanded by a Sergeant, aided by a Corporal. Four squads made a platoon, commanded by a Lieutenant. 4 platoons made a company, led by a Captain and so on.

Officers in the alliance military wore dice pips to designate their rank - a Lieutenant had a single pip, a Captain had two. However, I can find no information on what designated a Sergeant or Corporal.

Troopers would also presumably have worn a patch or insignia to show what squad and/or platoon and/or higher level units they belonged to. But I can't source any information on this at all.

Do we have any detail on NCO insignia and unit designation symbols in the Rebel army? If not canon, legends will be fine - so long as it's referenced in a known once-official source.

  • @Valorum If you look at the page - which I already had, as mentioned in the question - you'll see it doesn't give insignia for sergeants or corporals. Nor does it mention squad, platoon or other relevant insignias.
    – Bob Tway
    Apr 24, 2018 at 19:27
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    Indeed, hence why I didn't post it as an answer.
    – Valorum
    Apr 24, 2018 at 19:37
  • @valorum ah! Ok - didn't know if you were downvoting for lack of effort. Don't know why I got one.
    – Bob Tway
    Apr 24, 2018 at 19:40
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    This Legends section of the article Varlorum highlighted might give some insight into the insignia used.
    – Boolean
    Jul 28, 2018 at 15:29

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Rebel Alliance Ground Forces have ranks & insignia, but they are not all detailed...


As linked by Valorum, there are a number of different ranks. Canon material on Wookieepedia only gives us a brief look at Officer ranks (detailed in Star Wars Rogue One Rebel Dossier and Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide), which are indicated through dots on a plaque. As shown in the Wookieepedia article, in descending order:

  • General

General Insignia

  • Colonel

Colonel Insignia

  • Commander

Commander Insignia

  • Major

Major Insignia

  • Captain

Captain Insignia

  • Lieutenant

Lieutenant Insignia

There is no information on Enlisted ranks in either the Legends or Canon, so over to speculation...


As shown by several screenshots of rebel soldiers in the Battle of Hoth, most enlisted and specialist had 3 by 3 patches on their right arm (These three pictures courtesy of Wookieepedia):

Rebel trooper #1 Rebel trooper #2 Rebel trooper #3 (inside Echo base)

It can be assumed at this point that all the troopers in this trop A Rebel technician with an orange and red square on his 3x3 insignia:

Rebel technician

After re-watching the Battle of Hoth, it appears that a common enlisted rank is one red (bottom row, first cell) and one blue square in the center (saw this rank a number of times, in all occasions it appeared that soldiers with this patch were taking orders from others.) This screenshot shows several different ranks at once (labelled for reference):

![Rebel Soldiers

From watching this shot, my speculation is that Numbers 1 and 4 are either troopers/corporals, Number 2 is a Non-Commissioned officer (Sergeant/Sergeant Major/Warrant Officer), also known as an NCO, and No 3 is another enlisted rank either slightly above or below Numbers 1 & 4, possibly in a support role (a trooper/corporal, possibly a machine gunner, medic, etc.) This additional shot shows an enlisted rank shouting to press forward: Rebel trooper #4

It can only be speculated at this point that this trooper is another type of NCO due to there being a solid column of blue on his patch (similar to trooper Number 3 in the previous screenshot.) Another possibility is that these patches are Tactical recognition flashes, patches worn on the sleeve to indicate which regiment/battalion the soldier is from (worn by British army soldiers.)

Please note that this later section is speculation and only the top section about Officer ranks are Canon- This later section is all up for debate. :)

  • great start - if you can list the source that the wiki references that would be better, otherwise the wiki is little more than fan-opinion
    – NKCampbell
    Sep 11, 2018 at 19:51
  • @NKCampbell which source are you talking about, all of them or any in particular?
    – Boolean
    Sep 11, 2018 at 19:51
  • any of them. All you are citing is the wiki, which I could go edit right now to say something entirely different :). In other words, a valid wiki answer will actually point you to the real source (ie - actual canon material, website, book, etc...). For instance, the insignia information in the wiki is listed as being sourced from a visual dictionary (canon print material), Ideally, you would directly cite that, but at least indicate that is the source the wiki states is it's source. Etc....
    – NKCampbell
    Sep 11, 2018 at 19:54
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    @NKCampbell Ok thanks, I'll be working on sourcing
    – Boolean
    Sep 11, 2018 at 19:55

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