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We can track Han and Luke's advancement through the ranks in the original trilogy pretty easily. What about Chewie? Did he have a formal rank? If so, what was his rank in each of the movies in the original trilogy? Or was he just an aide to Han?

  • I always wondered the same thing about Teal'c and Daniel Jackson on Stargate SG-1. – Omegacron Apr 8 '15 at 20:27
  • @Omegacron - Daniel was a civilian consultant hired by DoD. Teal'c was an undocumented illegal alien (unless there's in-universe proof that INS issued him papers :) – DVK-on-Ahch-To Apr 8 '15 at 20:51
  • @DVK agreed. The same applies here, though, with Chewie basically being Han's civilian partner. In all three cases, though, you could argue that a rank - even an honorary one - would make for a clearer chain of command. – Omegacron Apr 8 '15 at 20:58
  • @Omegacron - I suspect that the Alliance was a wee bit less bureaucratic than US DoD. – DVK-on-Ahch-To Apr 8 '15 at 21:05
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Currently, there is no mention in any G/Disney Canon or EU/Legends material where Chewbacca has ever received an official rank in the Rebel Alliance or the New Republic.

Han's biography on StarWars.com specifically mentions his promotion to General in the Alliance. Chewbacca's entry has no mention of any rank or commission.

This has never been explained, but one of the more common fan-explanations I've seen is that since Chewbacca has sworn a debt to Han, accepting an official position in the Alliance could possibly require him to unwillingly serve away from Han.

  • Why not make him a permanent Aide-de-Camp to Han? – Wad Cheber Apr 8 '15 at 23:53
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    @WadCheber There is literally NO explanation for any of this in any currently existing works. The theory I mentioned isn't mine, just the one that I've seen put forward the most. If I had to hazard a guess, it'd be because it'd just be a title of interest only to the Alliance. Chewie's life debt (and resulting friendship) is the only thing that matters to Chewie/Han. – phantom42 Apr 9 '15 at 5:38
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    I thought the days of Wookie discrimination were behind us... – Daft Apr 9 '15 at 15:06
  • @phantom42 I understand what you're saying, I'm just playing with the fan explanation. You could make Chewie a permanent aide-de-camp to Han, in theory. – Wad Cheber Apr 9 '15 at 19:59

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