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I cannot find Valin Hess’ Imperial rank online anywhere. He’s just called an “Imperial officer”, or he’s referred to by his given name.

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  • It's most probably a new character, so you won't find it until more of new stuff comes out.
    – Mithoron
    Dec 12, 2020 at 15:45
  • Per wookieepedia; A major, a colonel and a commodore were all shown by four red squares over four blue, along with the rank of general, although in this case the squares were spaced out further than other ranks.
    – Valorum
    Dec 13, 2020 at 1:13
  • @Valorum Since Hess is described as commanding an infantry division, I think we can safely say he isn't a commodore, as that's a Naval rank both in-universe and out. Dec 13, 2020 at 18:00
  • @SpaceWolf1701 - So that leaves us with three ranks seen in-universe that could fit but only 1/4 closer to the goal of identifying his personal rank.
    – Valorum
    Dec 13, 2020 at 18:05
  • @Valorum Have we seen a Major with the ESB-type rank plaque in canon? I have pics of Gen. Veers and Gen. Gollin (a comic character); Veers has the wider-spaced plaque while Gollin doesn't. Comic art restrictions aside, if Veers is the only ESB-plaqued general onscreen, seems like Hess wouldn't be one based on his plaque. Dec 13, 2020 at 18:50

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Major.

The rank insignia combined with the one code cylinder fits exactly to the description in the Imperial Sourcebook. It's a guide that had been published in the 90's.

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    Is a 90s sourcebook considered valid post-Disney purchase? Has it been consistently followed? Dec 13, 2020 at 0:45
  • Can you be more specific. I'm looking at my copy right now and I can't see what you're referring to.
    – Valorum
    Dec 13, 2020 at 0:54
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The Star Wars: Helmet Collection (Part 1) contains a list of Imperial Rank Insignia. It's possible that Hess is a general, but it seems more likely that he was either a Colonel or a Major.

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Note that the same rank placard is seen on an Imperial Navy Commodore, but it's passingly unlikely that this would apply.

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he is a major, in the picture with the different rank plaques you can also see the number of code cylinders associated with that rank. And Valin Hess only has on cylinder, making him a major.

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  • We've seen other numbers of slcylinders used that don't relate to the known rank.
    – Valorum
    Dec 18, 2020 at 9:18
  • Also, by your reasoning, he could also be a general.
    – Valorum
    Dec 18, 2020 at 9:18

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