Originally Posted by Elrond
I'm skeptical of how much a captain knows about all of these grand political questions. But I do have one question:
- If you told me, would you have to kill me?
The level of the rank of "Captain" varies widely from one country to another and even from one branch of military to another.
For instance, in the US Army, Air Force and Marine Corps, a Captain is the third lowest officer rank, or "O-3". That's just above an "O-2" First Lieutenant.
But in the US Navy a Captain is the rank of O-6, equivalent to a full bird Colonel in the other branches. This is a very big difference.
Do we know how the rank of Captain is approximately ranked against the US system of officer rank? This would make a big difference in his relative importance.