So yeah, Captain Solo is a captain because he has the Millenium Falcon. What is the rank structure for pilots? What is the group structure? Commander Skywalker commands how many men?
So what would a typical rank be for Red squadron or gold squadron pilots?
How is rank identified on flight suits?
If you want just the Rebel Allaince Pilots then the system works like this. Take note The Allaince Navy is seperate from StarFighter Command.
Starfighter Command oversees the Alliance's extensive starfighter fleet. It trains pilots and assigns wings to Fllet Command and Secotr Command and provides operational orders for wings without permanet assignments, such as RogueSquadron. Star fighter Command can find itself at odds with Sector Command when scarce starfighter wings are pulled away from sector defense to cover operational duties.
The lost rank in Starfighter Command is Flight Cadet. They don't have a equv rank of Senior Deckman, Pettry Officer, nor Chief Petty Officer which are Alliance NAVY ranks. Next Starfighter Command has Flight Officer, Lieutenant, Captain, Commander, Colonel (Wing Commander) and General.
Rebel Allianc emilitary ranks are primarily divided between army and navy ranks, with variation within SpecForce and Starfighter Command. Compared with the galaxy's major military forces, the Alliance features fewer formal officers and enlisted personnel ransk. The simplified structure allows for more leeway in intergrating newly recruited combat forces into the Alliance military command orgainizatio. It also discourgages Alliance personnel from worrying to much about their career rank, espeically since the Alliance espects the military to be dissovled or substantially reorgainzed upon victory over the Empire.
Local commanding officers are expected to clarify and ambiguities in their own chain of command and sometimes creat unofficoal or temperoray designations: occasionally, a newly recrutied organizization retians its own rank structure. Additionally, as the Alliance frequently deplys units with mixed forces, command hierarchies between specific officers of equivalent rank but from different branches are estabilshed in the planning stages of mission. Temperoray or role-specific titles can be utiltzed with an given unit, base, or task force. The tile of "commander" is used to designate the commanding officer of a given unite or mission, despite the actual rank of the individual.
Starfighter Command controls startegic deployment and development of Alliance starfighter forces, It carries out pilot training and wing assignments to the fleet, Sector Forces, and other commands, It issues operational orders to those wings not permanetly assinged to the fleet or to specific sectors. Once a wing is assigned to teh fleet or sector, Starfighter Command relinguishes operational control until the unit is needed elsewhere.
Since th efleet is forbidden from engaging Imperial forces in large-scale battles, raids and skirmishes are carried out by starfighters. A huge percentage of Alliance resources is dedicated to starfighter services. Alliance forces at all levels rely hevily on starfighter support and fight vigiriously to hold on to it when it is available to them. Some starfighter squadrons or wings operate from their own dedicated bases. However, in most cases, starfighter squadrons and wings rely on the commands to which they are attached for supplies and support.
Starfighter Wings and Command Structure
Whether attached to a crusier, carrier, sector base, or dedicated facility, starfighter wings have the same basic organization. The smallest unit assigned to a specfici command is typically the squadron. A wing is tyically scattered among several ships or bases of the command to which it is assigned.
Element (2 starfighters): The element is the smallest tractial uint in a wing. It consists of a leader and a wingman.
Flight (2 elements): A flight consists of four starfighters, led by a flight commander, the most senior of the flight's pilots (a lieutenant or captain).
Squadron (3 flights): A squadron is made up of 12 starfighters, led by the squadron commander. Each squadron contains only one type of starfighter. which might dictate the squadronds role in battle. A squadron has a name or color designation and may infromally be referred toa s a group.
Wing (3 squadrons): A Wing consists of 36 starfighters plus all necesary support personnel, craft, and equipment. A wing i normally made up of three squadrons, one of which is a recon squadron. Each squadron within a wing can use a different fighter type, so A-Wings, X-Wings, and Y-Wings are commonly deployed inthe same wing. Wings are led by a colonel, called the wing commander, although an officer of lesser rand holding the postion also uses the tile of wing commander. The wing commander reports directly to the local commander, either a Sector Force officer or a ship's captain. When assigned to the fleet,a wing also reports to the fleet's Starfighter Command.
Group (2 or more wings): Formally, a group contains tow or more wings. In Starfighter Command, the group is realy used: smaller deployment of wings or suadrons are more common. In a rare battles where large numbers of starfighters are deployed, a group is led by the most senior wing commander or by a general.
If you want the Imperials I got that to and its more detailed.
As for seeing the rank of the people in the Rebel Starfighter command I am not sure if you can, at least with the naked eye. Imperial Pilots got alot of hud displays in their helmets, in theory the rank and even possiblely personnal markings are displayed on the pilots in their squadron. The same can be said for the Rebs. I know that the Y-Wing pilots with the diffrent helmets in ROTJ have a similar set up as Imperial Pilots, I don't see why the others wouldn't if they have the visors.