Exclusive: New Imperial Symbols, Rankings, and Names from the Force Awakens Revealed!

Very recently, I told you about some names on the Imperial officers outfits that were very interesting. Today, I want to share with some symbols found on Imperial officers uniforms. I have some time to kill but I’m not at a computer with Photoshop so I’m going to do it in Paint. I think it gets the point across. If anyone wants to buy me Photoshop for this computer instead of complaining, that would be awesome (note: joking).

Here are the symbols and the rankings in which they pertain to:

Imperial Symbols

  1. Captain / Lieutenant
  2. Sergeant
  3.  Squad Leader

Imperial Symbols 2

  1. General
  2. Admiral
  3. Colonel
  4. Lt. Colonel
  5. Major

This text is also written on each armband:

The armbands are very basic, just a black background, off-white border with off-white text. It has been suggested that “Kaplan” probably refers to Star Wars: The Force Awakens costume designer,  Michael Kaplan. Hal might refer to 2001’s A.I. It has been suggested RO might be Roberto Orci, Star Trek writer. Maybe someday we will get those answers, maybe we won’t.

Hopefully this is of basic interest to some of you. Cosplayers, maybe down the road I can find a better way to help you out.

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  • Devlinx

    I’m wondering if they are stealing a page from the nazi uniform book for the empire again… Certain german units had cufftitles like that. They weren’t tied to rank, but they signified different things such as the units designation of battle honora. Several featured the names of prominent Nazis, so an imperial one with “Tarkin” makes sense in that regard. Perhaps the Tarkin one is for a “Hero” costume and the others are for extras…

  • Devlin

    I’m wondering if they’re taking another page from the nazi uniform play book.
    In this case the writing on the armband would be a designation of unit, not rank.
    You’ll notice this one reads “Adolf Hitler”. They had a bunch of others.

  • CorsairBeach

    you know there are many ways to get Photoshop, right??

  • Helkish

    Gimp is the same thing as photoshop but free http://www.gimp.org/

    • Another great and free one (but not as good) is Paint.NET — http://GetPaint.net/
      But yes you are right. I love The Gimp. It has been DIRECTLY competing with that bloated nightmareware PhotoShop, for nearly 25 years now! AMAZING that so many people still do not know about it yet! I was using it, professionally, every day at my work, in 1998. FOR FREE. Great comment!

    • Another great and free one (but not as good) is Paint.NET — http://GetPaint.net/
      But yes you are right. I love The Gimp. It has been DIRECTLY competing with that bloated nightmareware PhotoShop, for nearly 25 years now! AMAZING that so many people still do not know about it yet! I was using it, professionally, every day at my work, in 1998. FOR FREE. Great comment!

  • In all honestly…

    I hope filmmakers show the same level of detail and attention to Episode VII’s storyline.

  • Matt

    They look like eggs getting fertilized by sperm – and creepy that I have worked with a Colonel Kaplan in the Army…

  • Rodrigo

    Great!

  • nathankc
  • Fooled Trooper

    Something that didn´t need any change…oh man…

  • Dave

    I love MS paint. You can accomplish a lot with it. If you don’t feel like buying photoshop, “pixlr” is a free solution. It is browser based, so you don’t have to download anything. They do offer a free client, but it’s almoat the same as the browser version anyway. :0

  • DarthMalevonus

    Nice work Jason and very well laid out in MS Paint no less.

  • Hermie

    Where exactly on the uniform are these supposed to go? I assume the second set of rankings are epaulets? but where do the circle/lightning bolt rankings go?

    • I think on the shoulder. But they were removed from the costumes and or the key did not state where they go on the uniforms.