Field Marshal

Field Marshal
Affiliation: Federation/Starfleet Marine Corps
Lower Rank: General
Command: Armies
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Field Marshal is the highest military rank of the Starfleet Marine Corps. It is considered a five-star rank, immediately above the rank of General, and is the marine equivalent of an Admiral of the Fleet. On appointment, a Field Marshal is traditionally presented with a gold-tipped baton which he carries on ceremonial occasions. The origin of the rank of field marshal dates to the early Middle Ages, originally meaning the keeper of the king's horses, from the time of the early Frankish kings. The rank can trace its modern origins to the British Army.

The office of Marshal was known in England from the 12th century, but the introduction of the more modern military title in Great Britain was a relative latecomer. It was introduced by King George II, who was also Prince-elector of Hanover, in the style of the continental armies. The 1st Earl of Orkney became the first field marshal in 1736. Around 15 years later, the rank appeared in its shortened form simply as "marshal" in the additional verse to God Save the King which, demonstrating anti-Jacobite sentiment, expressed the hope that "Marshal Wade" would crush the "Rebellious Scots".

During the early part of the 20th century, the Chief of the Imperial General Staff was usually a field marshal. After the creation of the office of Chief of the Defence Staff, army occupants of the office were field marshals until the retirement of CDS Peter Inge in 1997.

Additionally, members of the Royal Family were eligible to be appointed. Often the British monarch was a field marshal, in addition to being the Commander-in-Chief of the British Armed Forces.

When serving officers were appointed to the rank of field marshal they did not formally retire and remained on the active list, as the rank is conferred for life - a tradition that has been held and respected since the rank's adoption by the Starfleet Marine Corps.

It has the rank code of A-5. The insignia consists of five silver stars on a rectangular plate.

Starfleet Marine Corps Officer Ranks
Second Lieutenant First Lieutenant Captain Major Lieutenant Colonel Colonel Brigadier General Major General Lieutenant General General Field Marshal