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Gurkha Military Ranks

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A short summary of the ranks used by the Gurkha Regiments of the British Indian Army.

Really not much detail available, however it is always nice to have yet another rank system to keep from seeing the same thing over and over again.

Sepoy (Private) - The term for an infantry private (the cavalry equivalent is Sowar).

Lance Naik (Lance Corporal) - In cavalry units the equivalent was Acting Lance Daffadar.

Naik (Corporal) - In cavalry units the equivalent is Lance Daffadar.

Havildar (Sergeant) -  The cavalry equivalent is Daffadar.

Company Quartermaster Havildar (Company Quartermaster Sergeant) - Non-commissioned officer who acts as the company-level assistant to the Quartermaster.

Company Havildar Major (Company Sergeant Major) - The senior non-commissioned officer in a company.

Jemadar (Lieutenant) - Jemadars either commanded platoons or troops themselves or assisted their British commander. They also filled regimental positions such as Assistant Quartermaster (Jemadar Quartermaster) or Assistant Adjutant (Jemadar Adjutant). In cavalry or armored units the equivalent is a Naib Risaldar.

Subedar (Captain) - Subedars generally command companies. In cavalry or armored units the equivalent is a Risaldar.

Subedar Major (Major) - Subedar Majors generally assist the regimental commander. In the Cavalry, the equivalent rank is Risaldar-Major.



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Voted MoonHunter
September 16, 2008, 1:15
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Everything deserves a vote and a comment.

I don't know the accuracy of this, but it sure seems neat.
Voted Scrasamax
September 16, 2008, 13:44
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Jemadar = Jem'hadar?

An interesting idea, and perhaps the inspiration for the DS9 alien.
Voted RGTraynor
April 9, 2011, 7:19
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It's reasonably accurate, yes, but of limited utility to the great majority of campaigns, the more so in that the Indian Army followed British command structure ... so, in effect, this is just a list of the Hindi names for such ranks.  For a campaign set in colonial India or in the aftermath of the Raj, I'd want to see an outright article on the nature of John Company's military and its successors.

MoonHunter
April 12, 2011, 22:22
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To be honest with you, I have the same complaint (and thus the same less than stellar vote) about this one. While they can be inspirational and adapted, it wasn't that much useful information. (suggested that Kuseru Satsujin do all of these as one big article... but we have a bunch of little ones).
Voted valadaar
December 5, 2012, 8:37
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Voted Murometz
March 14, 2013, 23:38
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Only in the Citadel... (and Gurhka fan-sites)

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While setting up camp for the night, the PC's are aproached by another group of adventurers who seem nice enough. The road is somewhat dangerous and the other group suggests camping together. The two bands split watches, one adventurer from each group watching at once. The night goes by without incident, the next day the PC's travel with the other group as they are going the same way.

The group consists of Hordel the ranger, who is skilled with the bow. Hordel is a quiet man who speaks little but appears quite skilled. Dremar is a barbarian who is a little excentric, he seems to be an excasive drinker and thiunk that battle is the solution to everything. He appears to be a stout and powerful fighter with his greataxe. Ferrin is the leader of the group, a rouge by trade. He is daft and witty, speaking with the PCs often and asking many questions. He fights with finesse with his rapier. Preminitat as a cleric but he will not say which god he worships. He uses his spells to empower and heal his party and fights with a club. He sticks close to Ferrin. Ferrin is a great talker and tells much of himself and his party, but asks even more about the history and capabilities of the PCs. He tells of some adventures his party has had, and they seem like an interesting group of mercenaries. Hordel is quite and has little interest in speaking with the PCs, he ignores most questions. He spends a lot of time with Dremar and sometimes Ferrin. Dremar seems to not care about any questions ansked to him, nor does he seem to know the answers. He seems battle hardened and is a simple man. Preminitat rarely starts conversations but will speak with the PCs. However, some of his accounts of the party's history seem to condradict those of Ferrin.

The Party spends another night and day with Ferrin's group. One of four things can happen on the third night.
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3. Preminitat gets mad after repeated questioning from the PCs about what god he worships.
4: One of the PCs rejects the offer of a drink from Dremar and he takes it as an insult.
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