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"They called me captain. I don't deserve to be called that. I failed my people that day."
Garazeb Orrelios to his fellow Spectres, about when he served in the Honor Guard[32]

In civilian life, a captain was an individual who was in charge of a starship.[1] In military organizations such as the Imperial Navy[5] or the Royal Naboo Security Forces,[12] a captain was an officer of high rank with leadership responsibilities.[5][12]

Military organizations[]

Galactic Republic[]

"My name's Rex, but you'll call me Captain or Sir."

Captain Tarkin of the Republic Navy and Clone Captain Rex of the 501st Legion

During the Republic Era, the Galactic Republic used the position of captain in its Judicial Forces.[12] The Republic Defense Coalition of the High Republic Era also made use of the rank of captain, with such individuals able to captain their own RDC starship.[13] In 22 BBY,[34] the government created a proper army[35] and navy.[36] This new Republic Military, made up of clone troopers from the planet of Kamino, used the rank of captain in both its army[35] and navy.[36] Clone trooper officers who held the rank were known as Clone Captains,[37] although non-clone officers could also serve as captains.[14]

Many clone navigation officers, some of whom held the rank of captain, wore a single-rowed plaque, with two red and one blue square (from left to right).[36] In the army, Clone Captains led companies of 144 troopers and directly reported to a Clone Commander. However, as many of the Jedi Generals had a creative approach to the chain of command, some captains worked directly with to their Jedi officer.[38] Clone Captain[39] Captain Rex was a notable Clone Officer.[39] Rex led the 501st Legion's Torrent Company[37] and worked directly with Jedi General Anakin Skywalker, serving as the Jedi's first in command.[40]

Clone Captains in standard Phase I armor were initially distinguished by maroon markings on their white armor, but many captains began to customize their armor to showcase their individuality, show their company's image, and keep from being easily identified by snipers.[38]

Confederacy of Independent Systems[]

"Captain! Show this droid what happens when you use that word."
―Osi Sobeck, to a droid commando captain[14]

The Confederacy of Independent Systems used the rank of captain. In the Separatist Droid Army both organic officers[2] and droids could hold the rank.[14] Rackham Sear, a male Kage Warrior, served as a captain in the Confederacy military.[2] The Separatists also utilized commando droid captains; one such captain served at the Citadel.[14]

The rank was also used in the Confederacy navy. Captain Mar Tuuk served in the Confederacy navy, and commanded the Ryloth blockade from his Lucrehulk-class Battleship.[41]

Galactic Empire[]

Rank insignia black

An Imperial captain, wearing the rank insignia plaque of a captain

In the First Galactic Empire, there were captains in the Imperial Navy[42][1][5] and Imperial Army. A stormtrooper captain from the army served as a military advisor to Queen Trios of Shu-Torun.[43]

The Imperial insignia plaque of the rank for navy officers had three red squares over three blue,[5][42] or, alternatively, three blue squares followed by two red,[42] for security officers, a single row of of six yellow squares,[42][1] and for army officers, three red followed by one blue square.[44]

The term could also refer to anyone who captained a vessel, regardless of their military rank. Thrawn captained the Chimaera while holding the rank of commodore. He continued to rise through the ranks, becoming a Grand Admiral.[45]

Alliance to Restore the Republic[]

Rebel captain badge

The command insignia of a Rebel captain

In the Alliance to Restore the Republic there were captains in both the army and the navy.[42][1][5][18]

The insignia of a Rebel captain had two pips over each other.[42][1][5][18] The color of the pips (red, blue, or green) indicated the branch of service.[46]

This held for the early rebellion as well.[47]

First Order[]

"I know I'm not supposed to initiate contact with officers, but look at you! Never took you for captain material. Batch Eight, heigh-ho!"
―Stormtrooper 926, to a disguised Finn[48]

The First Order had captains in the navy[4][49] and Army. Two captains in the army's Stormtrooper Corps were Cardinal and Phasma.[50]

The First Order ranks were marked by a combination of uniform color and arm insignia, worn on the left sleeve of the uniform.[4] The First Order captains wore a gray uniform with a black armband edged in silver, bearing the name of Dillon, a particular Imperial hero of the Galactic Civil War, depicted in silver Aurebesh letters.[49]


"Our plan, Captain? Not commander, right? Wasn't it Leia's last official act to demote you?"
Amilyn Holdo, to Poe Dameron[51]
Resistance Army Captain badge

The command insignia of a Resistance Army Captain

Resistance Navy Captain badge

The command insignia of a Resistance Navy Captain

In the Resistance, there were captains in both the army and the navy.[49]

The rank badge of the Resistance captains bore a colored vertical line, red for personnel in the army and blue for the navy.[49]

In the Resistance Army, the rank of Captain was lower than that of Commander.[51]

Other militaries[]

The rank of lieutenant existed in the E'ronoh's military. Jerrod Segaru served as a lieutenant and advisor for the E'ronoh royal family.[3]


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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Kanan 8
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The High Republic: Convergence
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
  6. 6.0 6.1 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Cloak of Darkness"
  7. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Water War"
  8. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "Crawler Commandeers"
  9. Aftermath: Empire's End
  10. The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 22: Guns for Hire"
  11. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: The Visual Dictionary
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace
  13. 13.0 13.1 SWInsider "Tales from the Occlusion Zone: Survivors" — Star Wars Insider 224
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "The Citadel"
  15. Bounty Hunters 8
  16. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  17. ToppsDigitalLogo Star Wars: Card Trader (Card: Wookiee Army - Galactic Republic - Base Series 1)
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  19. Star Wars: Battles that Changed the Galaxy
  20. Darth Vader (2020) 4
  21. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "Legends of the Lasat"
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 23: The Spies"
  23. Darth Vader (2020) 9
  24. Darth Vader (2020) 36
  25. 25.0 25.1 Star Wars: Uprising
  26. Victory's Price
  27. The-Mandalorian-logo The Mandalorian — "Chapter 11: The Heiress"
  28. AhsokaS1 Logo Ahsoka — "Part Six: Far, Far Away"
  29. SWResistanceLogo Star Wars Resistance — "Descent"
  30. SWResistanceLogo Star Wars Resistance — "No Escape: Part 2"
  31. Star Wars: On the Front Lines
  32. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "Legends of the Lasat"
  33. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Rookies"
  34. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas
  35. 35.0 35.1 Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Ambush"
  37. 37.0 37.1 StarWars-DatabankII Clone Captain Rex in the Databank (backup link)
  38. 38.0 38.1 Rise of the Separatists
  39. 39.0 39.1 Star Wars: The Complete Visual Dictionary, New Edition
  40. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Darkness on Umbara"
  41. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars — "Storm Over Ryloth"
  42. 42.0 42.1 42.2 42.3 42.4 42.5 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  43. Darth Vader (2015) 19
  44. Obi-Wan Kenobi new series logo Obi-Wan Kenobi — "Part III"
  45. Thrawn
  46. Star Wars: Rogue One: The Ultimate Visual Guide
  47. Star Wars Rebels: Steps Into Shadow
  48. Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Expanded Edition
  49. 49.0 49.1 49.2 49.3 Star Wars: The Force Awakens: The Visual Dictionary
  50. Phasma
  51. 51.0 51.1 Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi

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