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Ranks and Abbreviations in the Royal Dragoon Guards

The RDG, as a member unit of The Royal Manticoran Navy and its Army branch, utilizes the same ranks and titles as TRMN with two local variances – the Specialist grades for members who are not in NCO billets, and the altered rank structure for Cadets, which is separate from the “Ranger” classifications of the Sphinx Forestry Service.

GRADE

Army/Dragoon Ranks

Specialist Ranks

Naval Ranks

E-1 Private PVT Spacer 3rd Class S3C
E-2 Private First Class PFC Spacer 2nd Class S2C
E-3 Lance Corporal LCPL Specialist-3 SP3 Spacer 1st Class S1C
E-4 Corporal CPL Specialist-4 SP4 Petty Officer 3rd Class PO3
E-5 Platoon Sergeant PSGT Specialist-5 SP5 Petty Officer 2nd Class PO2
E-6 Staff Sergeant SSGT Specalist-6 SP6 Petty Officer 1st Class PO1
E-7 Master Sergeant MSGT Specialist-7 SP7 Chief Petty Officer CPO
E-8 First Sergeant 1SGT Senior Chief P.O. SCPO
E-9 Sergeant Major SGTMAJ Master Chief P.O. MCPO
E-10 Regimental Sergeant Major RSGTMAJ Senior Master C.P.O. SMCPO
WO-1 Warrant Officer 2nd Class WO2 Warrant Officer 2nd Class WO2
WO-2 Warrant Officer 1st Class WO1 Warrant Officer 1st Class WO1
WO-3 Chief Warrant Officer CWO Chief Warrant Officer CWO
WO-4 Senior Chief W.O. SCWO Senior Chief W.O. SCWO
WO-5 Master Chief W.O. MCWO Master Chief W.O. MCWO
O-1 2nd Lieutenant 2LT Ensign ENS
O-2 1st Lieutenant 1LT Lieutenant (Junior Grade) LTJG
O-3 Captain CPT Lieutenant (Senior Grade) LT
O-4 Major MAJ Lieutenant Commander LCDR
O-5 Lieutenant Colonel LTCOL Commander CDR
O-6 Colonel COL Captain (Junior Grade) CAPTJG

Cadet ranks will be denoted by placing “Cadet” before the Rank title, and “C/” in front of the abbreviation.  For example: Cadet Specialist-3 Zane Webb, or C/SP3 Webb.

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Time/Date Format

Date and time notation in the United States differs from that used in other English-speaking countries; in particular, the date notation is not used by any other country in the world. Traditionally, dates are written in the “month-day-year” order (“December 2, 1999”), and time in 12-hour notation (“11:00 p.m.”). The internationally more common notations are used in some professional environments, such as in the military.  The Royal Dragoon Guards will use the international notation, including the 24-hour time notation, in all official correspondence and announcements.  The RDG does conform in specifics to the NATO military usage of the 24-hour notation.  The clock runs from 0000 to 2359, there is never a 2400.

  • No hours/minutes separator is used when writing the time, and a letter designating the time zone is appended (for example “0340Z”).
  • Leading zeros are always written out and are required to be spoken, so 5:43 a.m. is spoken “zero five forty-three” (casually) or “zero five four three” (military radio), as opposed to “five forty-three” or “five four three”.
  • Military time zones are lettered and thus given word designations via the NATO phonetic alphabet. For example, 6:00 a.m. US Eastern Standard Time (UTC−5) would be written “0600R” and spoken “zero six hundred Romeo”.  The Austin AO and all of Texas is in the Sierra time zone, or UTC-6.
  • Local time is designated as zone J or “Juliett“. “1200J” (“twelve hundred Juliett”) is noon local time.
  • Greenwich Mean Time (or Coordinated Universal Time) is designated time zone Z, and thus called “Zulu time”.
  • Hours are always “hundred”, never “thousand”; 1000 is “ten hundred” not “one thousand”; 2000 is “twenty hundred” not “two thousand”.

Dates are given in the format DD MON YY or DD MONTH YEAR.  If the month is abbreviated, the year is given as the final two digits of the year and vice versa.  If the month is spelled out, the year should be written completely as well.  (EX: 22 JUN 17 or 22 June 2017, not 22 JUN 2017 or 22 June 17)  The more complete format should be used on formal communications, such as awards or promotion certificates.  The short version is more commonly used in most club communications.

The day is spoken cardinally, not ordinally.  (EX: “Twenty-two June” not “Twenty-Second June”)

Date Time Groups put all the information together in one string.  The format is DDHHMM(Z)MONYY.

  • DD – Day of the month with leading zero if necessary.
  • HHMM – Four-digit time notation.
  • Time Zone.  Remember, Juliett can always be used for local time.
  • MON – Three-letter month abbreviation.
  • YY – Two-digit year.

(EX: The first RDG Drill in Sepetember of 2017 was scheduled to begin at 021200SSEP17, or 1200 hours (Central time zone) on 2 September of 2017.

 

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Signature Blocks

Official signature blocks in the RDG are three lines for most members, with a fourth line for those who have been named Peers of the Realm by TRMN.

Lord/Lady (if a landed peer) Sir/Dame (if knighted) NAME, any post nominals awarded, limited to the top 3 ONLY
Rank (For all positions other than those on the Royal Council, also append RMMC, RMA, RMN, RHN, GSN, etc..)
Position (If you have more than one hat, please use the proper position for the official correspondence, i.e., do not sign it as Chief of Staff, BuComm if you are posting as a Squadron CO, etc…)
Ordinal number, level, and Landed Peerage (if any)

Signature will be a maximum of four lines as set forth above. This Directive is in accordance with the guidance previously issued, and recently affirmed, by the Bureau of Communications. Please see my signature block, below, for an example. Rank is always spelled out in signature blocks.

EXAMPLES:

Sir Edward Covarrubias, GS, QBM
Captain, RMA
Executive Officer, HM Fort Shorncliffe

Dennis Sustare
First Lieutenant (HG)
Officer Commanding, HM Sandgate Castle (HG)

Jessica Hench
Second Lieutenant, RMA
Operations Officer, HM Fort Shorncliffe

Eric Stolle
Sergeant Major, RMA
Battalion Sergeant Major, HM Fort Shorncliffe

Robert Houser
First Sergeant, RMA
First Sergeant, Able Company, 1/342 AIR

Mary Webb
Private First Class, RMA

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RDG Discord Server

Discord is a voice and text chat application for PC, Macintosh, Android, iOS and Linux.  It can also be accessed through a web browser.  The purpose of the RDG Discord Server is to give us voice and text capabilities free of charge, and to assist distance members as well as Austin AO members with official collaboration and gaming.  The RDG Discord server has a dice bot that can perform die rolls in the chat channels, and a music/sound bot that can play YouTube videos over the channels as well.  It has text-to-speech capability for visually impaired users, as well as being able to display graphics in the chat windows for modern meme-based communication.

All Dragoons are encouraged to download the Discord app on whatever platform(s) you intend to use.  For those without a PC microphone, most smart phones and tablets will fill this need quite easily.  You may of course use the in-browser web app, but it is not as stable as the dedicated applications seem to be.

Click HERE to be taken  to the RDG Discord server to create your profile.  Please note that you may call yourself anything you wish within the Discord limitations, but when interacting with other Dragoons in game or in discussion you may be asked to identify yourself or change your nick to your IRL name, or name and rank for formal discussions.  This can be done temporarily with the “/nick” command.  At any time you may type “/” to get a list of available commands for Discord.

DICE ROLLING COMMANDS

Using it

/r 1d8 + 4d6 – Roll one octahedron and four hexahedrons.

/r 1d20+5 # Grog attacks – Roll dice with a comment.

/r 2d6>=5 – Roll two hexahedrons and take only the ones that turned greater or equal to five (aka difficulty check). Prints the number of successes.

/r 4d6=5 – So can this guy roll five?

/r 3d10>=6f1 – oWoD roll: rolling one is a failure, rolling more failures than successes is a botch.

/r 4dFFudge/Fate dice.

/r 3d6! – Exploding dice.

/r 1d10!>9 – Explode nine and ten.

/r 1d20!1k1 – Roll twenty, reroll on one (because halflings are lucky).

/r 3d10!>=8 – nWoD roll: tens explode, eights and up are treated like a success.

/r 4d6k3 – Roll four hexahedrons and keep the highest three (D&D 5e ability roll).

/r repeat (4d6k3, 6) – Roll D&D 5e ability score six times (to generate a new character).

/r 2d20kl1 – Roll twice and keep the lowest roll (D&D 5e disadvantage).

//roll-dice3-sides999 – AOL syntax. Dice noir.

/r (2+2)^2 – Do math.

/r 4d6^2 – Do math with dice.

You can save the rolls for later!

/r $persuasion = 2d20k1+3 – Remember the roll.

/r $persuasion – Use the memorized roll again.

/r $persuasion = – Remove it.

/r $ – List the memorized rolls.

If you make use of the dice rolling bot, please think of tossing a dollar or three to the author’s Patreon account.

MUSIC AND SOUND EFFECT COMMANDS

Command Description Example usage
;;play url Plays music from the given URLs. See supported sources below. ;;play https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
;;list Displays a list of the current songs in the playlist. ;;list
;;nowplaying Displays the currently playing song. ;;nowplaying
;;skip Skips the current song. Please use in moderation. ;;skip
;;stop Stops the player and clears the playlist. Reserved for moderators. ;;stop
;;pause Pauses the player. ;;pause
;;unpause Unpauses the player. ;;unpause
;;join Makes the bot join your current voice channel. ;;join
;;leave Makes the bot leave the current voice channel. ;;leave
;;repeat Changes the repeat mode. Run this command for more info. ;;repeat all
;;shuffle Toggles shuffle mode for the current queue. ;;shuffle
;;fwd time Forwards the track by a given amount of time. ;;fwd 2:30
;;rew time Rewinds the track by a given amount of time. ;;rew 30
;;seek time Sets the position of the track to the given time. ;;seek 2:45:00
;;split Takes a YouTube track and splits the track based on the tracklist. ;;split https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EdW28B-In4

The bot will not be able to play songs blocked in the US (usually due to copyright infringements on YouTube).

Adding music to the playlist

Adding music to the playlist is pretty simple. To start playing a song, simply use the ;;play command. Here are two examples:

;;play https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
;;play rick roll

You can either explicitly state the URL, or you can get the bot to search YouTube and give you some choices. Here’s an example response:

Please select a video with the ';;play n' command:
1: Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up (03:33)
2: YOUTUBERS REACT TO RICKROLL (Ep. #5) (09:20)
3: I Rick Roll My Entire Chemistry Class! (05:55)
4: The New Rick Roll! (04:26)
5: Melania Trump's RNC RICKROLL (00:19)

You can then choose your song with the ;;select <number> command.

Supported sites:

  • YouTube (streams hopefully coming soon)
  • SoundCloud
  • Bandcamp
  • Twitch
  • Vimeo

 

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Roll 20 Basics

Roll20 is virtual tabletop software used for running the kinds of games the RDG loves to play over the internet.  It is hoped that Roll20 will become a tool that, along with Discord, allows us to get our far-flung distance members involved in our games.  Roll20, like Discord, is also free of charge to use.  There is a “pro” subscription service, and game content can be purchased by players and GMs alike, but the basic functionality is free.

Please view the following video for the basics on using Roll20:

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