Midnight Cobras Unit Introduction, Information & SOP

INTRODUCTION & FAQ

Message from the Commanding Officer:

Greetings,
This document has been put together in part by members of MNC for the purpose of advisement. It is in no way to change, alter, replace, or interfere with the FUN of the GAME. This SOP has been written to closely match or relate to the Battletech world. All members will try to follow this SOP to keep this unit as original and prestigious as possible. It is my belief the use of an SOP is crucial for any club or group to allow for smooth growth and expansion. This is by no means complete or total for this is always a learning environment. So good judgment should always be used.

Regards,
Colonel Serpent 6
Founder and CO of the Midnight Cobras Online Mechwarrior Mercenary Unit.

 
   
Frequently Asked Questions: Answer:

Who are the Midnight Cobras?

Simply, we are an adult group of simulation gamers with a passion for Mechwarrior and all things related to Battletech. We promote team play and member interaction one hundred percent. Camaraderie is very much part of who we are. Then add the fact we enjoy league style competition.
Our members come from all over. Canada, Mexico and based in the U.S. So we are a diverse group without borders.
Our team, or unit, is democratic. All members have a say or vote in all areas related to the direction, future and matters of the unit.
Our organization is taken right out of Battletech with the only exception being our ranks. We have more than what a typical Inner Sphere Mercenary unit in Battletech would, thus allowing for more growth and potential for our members.

What does it take to become a member?

To become a member is very easy. Register on our forum in the recruiting section. Describe a little of yourself. (if you were recruited, the member you talked to should have given you the information on how to get to the application section). Show up to a few of our meetings so the unit can get to know you. This will lead you to being placed in a recruit lance where your training can begin. Meetings are Wednesdays and Sundays, 9:00PM Eastern (6:00PM Pacific.)
The Midnight Cobras Basic Training, is a two (2) part deal.
The first is you attend an introduction class, around 30 minutes given by either the a Senior NCO or the Sergeant Major. It is merely an explanation to how we operate and our rules. The introduction will also explain our unit structure, rank system and who is who and who does what in the team.
After the intro class you will then go to and complete the fist two levels of Fighter Weapons School.
This is where you can show your stuff and prove you have what it takes to be a Cobra. All potential members go through this. It is very possible some applicants have experience in other units/clans, or are even in the military. But this is just a fundamentals review and to see if you can take direction and work in a team environment and put shots on the mark. Plus the more experience you have, the faster and easier the training will go. After the training you will then be initiated.
The initiation is your right of passage into the Midnight Cobras. A final test of your dedication in joining the unit. Here, a majority of the members will welcome you into the brotherhood of the Midnight Cobras and receive the Midnight Cobra Ribbon.

In short:
1. Fill out an app.
2. Hang out and join a recruit lance.
2. Complete the Introduction class and the first two levels of Fighter Weapons School.
3. Initiation.
You’re now a member!

What are the benefits of being a Midnight Cobra?

Coordinated game play in multiple leagues.
Team atmosphere.
Responsibility.
Awards, promotions and commendations.
A vote and say in all matters regarding the unit.
The knowledge you have joined one of the best up and coming teams in the Battletech/Mechwarrior community.


RANKS
       
 
Name
Level
Enlisted:
(Foundation of the Unit
)
Possible Positions:
Special Notes 
Private/Mechwarrior
Lance
Recruits who enter with this rank are quickly promoted in a week or two.
Lancemate
Rank voted on after initiation by all members.
Private First Class
Lance

This is the most common entry rank earned by a new recruit. Member is promoted in a week or two once he/she has finished The Midnight Cobras Ribbon Training.

Lancemate, 1st Lancemate
Rank voted on after initiation by all members.
Corporal
Lance

Entry into the unit with this rank is not to uncommon although it is rare. Recruits who have experience with both unit and mech enter with this rank.

Lancemate, 1st Lancemate
Rank voted on after initiation by all members.
Non Commissioned Officers (NCO):
(Unit policy enforcers, Management, Back bone of the Unit "The doers")
Sergeant
Lance 

Sign of a seasoned warrior. Has combat experience within the unit. Members with this rank have on average 35 or more combat drops under their belt.

Lancemate, 1st Lancemate, Lance Sergeant
Highest Entry Rank. Rank voted on after initiation by all members.
Staff Sergeant
Lance, Company

Leadership and Responsibility start here. Members with this rank have about 50 plus drops to their record and are well experienced in MNC's method of coordinated game play, meaning combat.

Lancemate, 1st Lancemate, Lance Sergeant, Lance Leader, Company Staff Officer
First rank to be a Lance Leader. Most common rank in the unit. Member is Tournament - League - Competition ready. 
Sergeant First Class
 Lance, Company, Battalion

Symbol of a Veteran Cobra. Members with this rank have taken on extra duties to help support the unit in either leadership or admin capacities in addition to being combat ready. They have combat drop leader experience with over 5 months of unit service.

1st Lancemate, Lance Sergeant, Lance Leader, Company 1st Sergeant, Company Staff Officer, Battalion Sergeant Major, Battalion Staff Officer
Next most common rank in the unit. Promotion to 2nd Lieutenant possible after member reaches this rank.
Master Sergeant
 Lance, Company, Battalion, Regiment

Name says it all. Is a master of many fields. Instructional, combative, and administrative. This member has attained numerous achievements both on and off the battlefield. With proven Lance Leader and Drop Commander experience this member is considered a Senior in MNC with well over 100 combat drops. Basically, a Bad MoFo...

Lance Sergeant, Lance Leader, Company 1st Sergeant, Company Staff Officer, Battalion Sergeant Major, Battalion Officer, Regiment Sergeant Major
Option to go officer or to a Staff NCO position.
1st Sergeant
Company

Highest Senior NCO in the Company. Is in charge of conduct and discipline. Responsible for recruiting and training. Is also responsible for the readiness and Esprit De Corps of the Company. Proven combat expertise with undeniable leadership. Usually addressed as "Top or Top Kick" because he is the top enlisted man in the Company and will kick you in the ass to motivate you.

Company First Sergeant
Only 1 per Company.
Sergeant Major
Battalion, Regiment

Highest Senior NCO in the Battalion. This member has seen it, done it all. Is a member of the commander's personal staff, advises the commander on all matters concerning enlisted members. Responsible for the readiness and Esprit De Corps of the entire Battalion. Proven combat expertise with unquestionable leadership. Conducts basic training of new recruits and the NCO school. Also is the the Color/Honor Guard team leader.

Battalion Sergeant Major, Regimental Sergeant Major

Only 1 per Battalion, CSGM or SGM.

Command Sergeant Major
Battalion, Regiment

Same as Sergeant Major but with the ability to perform the same function in a Regimental capacity (3 times larger). Conducts Senior NCO meetings and training's. This rank is also a promotion for all Sergeant Majors who still want or are in Battalion Level.  

Battalion Sergeant Major, Regimental Sergeant Major

Only 1 per Battalion, CSGM or SGM.


Sergeant Major of MNC
Regiment

The top dog enlisted man. Single highest NCO in the Midnight Cobras period. Directly responsible for all enlisted personnel. Conducts unit meetings and competition readiness sessions. Represents the unit with other teams/units/clans. Conducts Senior NCO meetings and training's. Reports directly to the Commanding Officer.  

Regiment Sergeant Major

Only 1 per Regiment.

Officers:
Unit policy enforcers. Technical, Management, and Logistical goons. (Slaves to the unit)

2nd Lieutenant
Lance, Company, Battalion

 Junior grade officer. Is a proven combat leader and tactician. Is responsible to receive, interpret and delegate orders with his team. Issues progress reports to next in command and to the Commanding Officer. Is a representative of the Unit and conducts him/herself accordingly. Gives promotion, award and or disciplinary recommendations.

Lance Leader, Company Staff Officer, Company Executive Officer, Battalion Staff Officer

Representative of the Unit. League and Tournament match coordinator. Standard rank to be a Lance Leader.


1st Lieutenant
Lance, Company, Battalion

Junior grade officer. Can command up to 12 mechwarriors (3 lances). Is a proven combat leader and tactician. Is responsible to receive, interpret and delegate orders with his/her unit. Issues progress reports to next in command and to the Commanding Officer. Is a representative of the Unit and conducts him/herself accordingly. Gives promotion, award and or disciplinary recommendations. 

Lance Leader, Company Staff Officer, Company Executive Officer, Battalion Staff Officer, Company Commander

1st rank to be a Company Commander.


Captain
Company, Battalion, Regiment

Standard grade officer. Can command up to 12 mechwarriors (3 lances). Is a proven combat leader and tactician. Has a proven ability to ensure the satisfactory outcome of all assignments issued to him/her. Ultimate goal is the success of the mission and duty at hand. Is able to operate on his own and manage an effective combat unit. Is a representative of the Unit and conducts him/herself accordingly. Gives promotion, award and or disciplinary recommendations. Is also able to carry out such recommendations to awardees/offenders.  

Company Executive Officer, Company Commander, Battalion Executive Officer, Regiment Adjutant,

Standard rank for a Company Commander.


Major
Company, Battalion, Regiment

Advanced grade officer. Can command up to 36 mechwarriors (3 Companies). Is a proven combat leader and tactician. Has a proven ability to ensure the satisfactory outcome of all assignments issued to him/her. Always carries the units best interest above all else. Is able to operate on his own and manage an effective combat unit. Represents the Unit and conducts him/herself accordingly. Gives promotion, award and or disciplinary recommendations. Is also able to carry out such recommendations to awardees/offenders. 

Company Commander, Battalion Executive Officer, Battalion Commander, Regiment Adjutant, Regiment Executive Officer

1st rank to be a Battalion Commander.


Lieutenant Colonel
Battalion, Regiment

 Command grade officer.

Battalion Executive Officer, Battalion Commander, Regiment Adjutant, Regiment Adjutant,Regiment Executive Officer

Standard rank for a Battalion Commander.


Colonel
Battalion, Regiment

 Command grade officer.

Battalion Commander, Regiment Executive Officer, Regiment Commander

1st rank to be a Regimental Commander.


Brigadier General
Regiment

 Field grade officer.

Regiment Executive Officer, Regiment Commander

 


Major General
Regiment

 Field grade officer.

Regimental Commander

 


PROMOTION SCALE
Rank
Time in Unit
Minimum Since Initiation.
Required Achievements
Promotion to next rank is after completion of next higher ranks requirements.
Optional Substitutions
Not required but can be used as alternates towards promotion.
Combat Achievements
Not required for promotion but used for consideration in League Competition play.
Maximum allowed in Full Battalion
Promotion is only possible if there is less than the maximum allowed for each rank.
Maximum allowed in Full Regiment
Promotion is only possible if there is less than the maximum allowed for each rank.
Private
-30 days Active
  
The Midnight Cobras Ribbon
1 Merit Ribbon
1 Team Work Medal
1 Solvo Probo Award
1 Hat Trick
1 1KDMG
1 Grimm Reaper
1 MVP Cross
6
18
Private First Class
-30 days Active
  
The Midnight Cobras Ribbon
1 Merit Ribbon
1 Team Work Medal
1 Solvo Probo Award
1 Hat Trick
1 1KDMG
1 Grimm Reaper
1 MVP Cross
12
36
Corporal
2 Months Active
The Midnight Cobras Ribbon 
1 Recruiter Ribbon
1 Merit Ribbon
1 Team Work Medal
1 Solvo Probo Award
1 Hat Trick
1 1KDMG
1 Grimm Reaper
1 MVP Cross
12
36
Non Commissioned Officers - NCO
Sergeant
3 Months Active
The Midnight Cobras Ribbon
Sergeants Ribbon
Merit Ribbon
1 Recruiter Ribbon
1 Instructor Award Ribbon
1 Team Work Medal
1 Solvo Probo Award
1 Meritorious Service Medal
1 Commendation Medal
1 Commendation Medal w/Distinction
1 Hat Trick
1 1KDMG
1 Grimm Reaper
1 MVP Cross
 
25 PUG Commander Ribbon
1 PUG Commander Medal
 
18
54
Staff Sergeant
4 Months Active
The Midnight Cobras Ribbon
Sergeants Ribbon
Recruiter Ribbon
Merit Ribbon
1 Instructor Award Ribbon
1 Drop Commander Ribbon
1 Team Work Medal
1 Solvo Probo Award
1 Meritorious Service Medal
1 Commendation Medal
1 Commendation Medal w/Distinction
50 PUG Commander Ribbon
2 PUG Commander Medal
  
28
84
Sergeant First Class
5 Months Active
The Midnight Cobras Ribbon
Sergeants Ribbon 
Recruiter Ribbon
Merit Ribbons +2
Drop Commander Ribbons +2
Team Work Medal
1 Instructor Award Ribbon
1 Aide De Corp Medal
1 Solvo Probo Award
1 Meritorious Service Medal
1 Commendation Medal
1 Commendation Medal w/Distinction
75 PUG Commander Ribbon
3 PUG Commander Medal
 
Morsure De Serpent
Oeil D'Aigle
Tungsten Star
Titanium Battle Cross
 
24
72
Master Sergeant
6 Months Active
The Midnight Cobras Ribbon
Sergeants Ribbon 
Recruiter Ribbon
Instructor Award Ribbon
Merit Ribbons +3
Commendation Ribbon
Drop Commander Ribbons +8
Team Work Medal
1 Solvo Probo Award
1 Aide De Corp Medal
1 Meritorious Service Medal
1 Commendation Medal
1 Commendation Medal w/Distinction
100 PUG Commander Ribbon
4 PUG Commander Medal
 
Morsure De Serpent
Oeil D'Aigle
Tungsten Star
Titanium Battle Cross
12
36
Command Lance Staff - NCO
1st Sergeant
7 Months Active
The Midnight Cobras Ribbon
Sergeants Ribbon 
Recruiter Ribbon +2
Instructor Award Ribbons +4
Merit Ribbons +4
Commendation Ribbon
Team Work Medals +2
Drop Commander Ribbons +8
Team Work Medal
Solvo Probo Award
Aide De Corp Medal 
1 Meritorious Service Medal
1 Commendation Medal
1 Commendation Medal w/Distinction
1 Distinguished Command Cross
100 PUG Commander Ribbon
4 PUG Commander Medal

Morsure De Serpent
Oeil D'Aigle
Tungsten Star
Titanium Battle Cross
3
9
Sergeant Major
8 Months Active
The Midnight Cobras Ribbon
Sergeants Ribbon 
Recruiter Ribbon +3
Instructor Award Ribbons +5
Merit Ribbons +4
Commendation Ribbon
Team Work Medals +2
Drop Commander Ribbons +10
Team Work Medal
Solvo Probo Award
Aide De Corp Medal  
1 Meritorious Service Medal
1 Commendation Medal
1 Commendation Medal w/Distinction
1 Distinguished Command Cross
100 PUG Commander Ribbon
4 PUG Commander Medal

Morsure De Serpent
Oeil D'Aigle
Tungsten Star
Titanium Battle Cross
1
3
Command Sergeant Major
9 Months Active
The Midnight Cobras Ribbon
Sergeants Ribbon 
Recruiter Ribbon +3
Instructor Award Ribbons +5
Merit Ribbons +4
Commendation Ribbon
Team Work Medals +2
Drop Commander Ribbons +15
Team Work Medal
Solvo Probo Award
Aide De Corp Medal 
1 Meritorious Service Medal
1 Commendation Medal
1 Commendation Medal w/Distinction
1 Distinguished Command Cross
100 PUG Commander Ribbon
4 PUG Commander Medal

Morsure De Serpent
Oeil D'Aigle
Tungsten Star
Titanium Battle Cross
1
3
Commissioned Officers
2nd Lieutenant
10 Months Active 
The Midnight Cobras Ribbon
Sergeants Ribbon
Officers Ribbon
Recruiter Ribbons +2
Instructor Award Ribbons +2
Commendation Ribbons +2
Drop Commander Ribbons +10
Team Work Medals +2
Meritorious Service Medal
1 Solvo Probo Award
1 Aide De Corp Medal
1 Commendation Medal
1 Commendation Medal w/Distinction
100 PUG Commander Ribbon
4 PUG Commander Medal

Morsure De Serpent
Oeil D'Aigle
Tungsten Star
Titanium Battle Cross
11
33
1st Lieutenant
11 Months Active
The Midnight Cobras Ribbon
Sergeants Ribbon
Officers Ribbon
Recruiter Ribbons +3
Instructor Award Ribbons +3
Commendation Ribbons + 2
Drop Commander Ribbons +20
Team Work Medals +2
Meritorious Service Medal
1 Solvo Probo Award
1 Aide De Corp Medal
1 Commendation Medal
1 Commendation Medal w/Distinction
1 Distinguished Command Cross
100 PUG Commander Ribbon
4 PUG Commander Medal

Morsure De Serpent
Oeil D'Aigle
Tungsten Star
Titanium Battle Cross
11
33
Captain
12 Months Active
The Midnight Cobras Ribbon
Sergeants Ribbon
Officers Ribbon
Recruiter Ribbons +4
Instructor Award Ribbons +4
Commendation Ribbons +4
Drop Commander Ribbons +30
Team Work Medals +3
Meritorious Service Medal
1 Solvo Probo Award
1 Aide De Corp Medal
1 Commendation Medal
1 Commendation Medal w/Distinction
1 Distinguished Command Cross
100 PUG Commander Ribbon
4 PUG Commander Medal

Morsure De Serpent
Oeil D'Aigle
Tungsten Star
Titanium Battle Cross
6
18
Major
1 Year Active
The Midnight Cobras Ribbon
Sergeants Ribbon
Officers Ribbon
Recruiter Ribbons +5
Instructor Award Ribbons +5
Drop Commander Ribbons +40
Team Work Medals +4
Aide De Camp Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Commendation Medal
Commendation Medal w/Distinction
2x Solvo Probo Awards
1 Aide De Corp Medal
2x Distinguished Command Cross
100 PUG Commander Ribbon
4 PUG Commander Medal

Morsure De Serpent
Oeil D'Aigle
Tungsten Star
Titanium Battle Cross
4
12
Lieutenant Colonel
1 Year Active
The Midnight Cobras Ribbon
Sergeants Ribbon
Officers Ribbon
Recruiter Ribbons +5
Instructor Award Ribbons
Drop Commander Ribbons +50
Team Work Medals +5
Aide De Camp Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Commendation Medal
Commendation Medal w/Distinction
2x Solvo Probo Awards
1 Aide De Corp Medal
2x Distinguished Command Cross
100 PUG Commander Ribbon
4 PUG Commander Medal

Morsure De Serpent
Oeil D'Aigle
Tungsten Star
Titanium Battle Cross
2
6
Colonel
1 Year Active
The Midnight Cobras Ribbon
Sergeants Ribbon
Officers Ribbon
Recruiter Ribbons +5
Instructor Award Ribbons +5
Drop Commander Ribbons +60
Team Work Medals +5
Aide De Camp Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Commendation Medal
Commendation Medal w/Distinction
2x Solvo Probo Awards
1 Aide De Corp Medal
3x Distinguished Command Cross
100 PUG Commander Ribbon
4 PUG Commander Medal

Morsure De Serpent
Oeil D'Aigle
Tungsten Star
Titanium Battle Cross
1
3
Brigadier General
1 Year Active
The Midnight Cobras Ribbon
Sergeants Ribbon
Officers Ribbon
Recruiter Ribbons +5
Instructor Award Ribbons +5
Drop Commander Ribbons +60
Team Work Medals +5
Aide De Camp Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Commendation Medal
Commendation Medal w/Distinction
2x Solvo Probo Awards
1 Aide De Corp Medal
3x Distinguished Command Cross
100 PUG Commander Ribbon
4 PUG Commander Medal

Morsure De Serpent
Oeil D'Aigle
Tungsten Star
Titanium Battle Cross
0
2
Major General
1 Year Active
The Midnight Cobras Ribbon
Sergeants Ribbon
Officers Ribbon
Recruiter Ribbons +5
Instructor Award Ribbons +5
Drop Commander Ribbons +60
Team Work Medals +5
Aide De Camp Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Commendation Medal
Commendation Medal w/Distinction
2x Solvo Probo Awards
1 Aide De Corp Medal
3x Distinguished Command Cross
100 PUG Commander Ribbon
4 PUG Commander Medal

Morsure De Serpent
Oeil D'Aigle
Tungsten Star
Titanium Battle Cross
0
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