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I want to know the Legion's ranks in relation to today's military's rank system. I am assuming Recruit Legionary would be a private, Add on? 220.127.116.11 00:00, October 10, 2012 (UTC)
Tagaziel is right, the militaries are just too different for them to be clearly comparable. if pressed you can use these rough equivalencies from the late republic/early empire:
- recruit legionary = recruit, buck private (E1)
- legionary (no one under them) = private, lance corporal (E2-E3)
- decanus (8 man contumbrium) = corporal, sergeant (E4-E5)
- optio (x.o. for an 80 man century) = cadet, lieutenant (O0-O2)
- centurion (commander of an 80 man century) =captain, major, (O3-O4)
- centurion (commander of an 480 man cohort (or 960 man 1st cohort)) = major, colonels (O4-O6)
- legate (legion of 5,000 -15,000) = colonel, generals (O6-O8)
But these don't really work and are incomplete. The Romans had, for one example, a rank known as the tessiary (?sp) which usually was one per century who was a combination MP/officer of the watch (among other things) and was perhaps equivalent to a modern senior non-com. Or take the decanus, while he might be considered equivalent to a modern squad leader he isn't because the contumbrium wasn't a combat unit, it is a unit for camp organization (the men in one tent). This is also meaningless in terms of how Caesar organized his legion in the wasteland.18.104.22.168 08:58, October 18, 2012 (UTC)