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    angelstarri - Commanding Officer Application

    Commanding Officer Whitelist Application
    Personal InformationByond ID?
    senjx

    Player Name You Use Most?
    Joe Beasley, also known as Joe 'JB' Beasley

    Make a list of links to all of your ban appeals as well as whitelist and staff applications (both accepted and denied) submitted within the past year. For appeals, provide an additional ban reason and the appeal’s verdict next to the link.
    None to provide.

    Have you received any bans in the last month?
    Yes

    What is your timezone in UTC?
    UTC-04

    What is your discord username and handle?
    senjie#1573

    Basic Questions & StoryWhat do you think is the job of a Commander?
    The Commanding Officer is the person directly responsible for the command of a military unit, whatever it may be. In the USCM, the Commanding Officer aboard a ship is directly responsible for the operations of the ship, its crew, weapons and systems. The CO represents the top of the chain of command, ensuring that their subordinates are performing their tasks in an acceptable fashion, and either guiding, assisting or taking over when needed.

    The Commanding Officer is also an representative ambassador to the interests of the United Americas and the United States Colonial Marine Corps, and thus must act as such at all times when required as either a combat commander, a mediator, diplomat, logistics specialist, battlefield support cordinator, and many other duties depending on the situation at hand. Commanding Officers are required to be ready for anything, and thus their cadre is composed of well-experienced, flexible and reliable officers who have proved themselves to their service.

    A good Commanding Officer will make sure that their orders are being carried out by their subordinates, that their logistics and support elements are working as intended, that all operational objectives are met under their command, and to ensure the safety and well-being of their men and women by minimizing risks in combat operations to the best of their abilities. The Commanding Officer is ready to take over any position in the ship, and may even need to deploy alongside their men to inspire them and to personally make sure that their orders are carried out.

    Why do you want to be a Commanding Officer?
    I want to be a Commanding Officer because I believe I am up to the challenge. It is a position with a large amount of responsibility as they are directly in command of their ship and the men and women that crew and man it. I enjoy taking leadership positions, either low level as a Squad Leader or a Departmental Head, or in the senior level as either a Staff Officer or acting as the Executive Officer.

    I want to be part of the Commanding Officer cadre to properly represent the values that a Commanding Officer of the United States Colonial Marine Corps would have. Hard-working, cunning, thorough and protective of his men, the law, the constitution and country. I intend to be, and as many people have seen through my actions as a Commander, a CO with a hands-on approach to make sure everything is running smoothly and by the numbers. I understand that I cannot get my hands on everything, and that micromanagement is not what a Commanding Officer would do.

    Instead, I will guide my subordinates through coaching, teaching and mentoring, assisting them and taking their duties over if need be to ensure that the combat operation does not suffer through unnecessary bottlenecks and inefficacies. I intend to represent a natural leader, one that takes his job and duties seriously, keeping the men and women under my command informed at all times of the operation's status. I like taking a serious, roleplayish stance when I am leading, mirroring those that you would find in an actual infantry unit commander though with the added characteristics of being an enlistedman that has been in the thick of it, that went through Officers Candidate School through merit, rather than joining right away from a college-level degree. I understand that many people will not see things the way I do, and I accept it, letting others choose their own level of enjoyment in the operation while also catering to those who seek a more serious aspect to the Almayer.

    Provide a short story of your Commanding Officer.
    UPLINK WITH CHINOOK 91 GSO STATION ESTABLISHED
    INTERFACE 2037 READY FOR INQUIRY

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    ExperienceHow familiar are you with command positions?
    I am very familiar and comfortable with command positions. I have been playing since 2019 and thus the following hours do not mirror my actual playtimes due to several resets inbetween.

    Executive Officer 30.3 HOURS
    Staff Officer 25.4 HOURS
    Squad Leader 20.9 HOURS
    Chief MP 4.3 HOURS
    Chief Medical Officer 2 HOURS
    Chief Engineer 0.9 HOURS

    Approximately how many hours do you have as Executive Officer (XO) at the time of writing this application?
    30.3 hours as mentioned previously.

    How familiar are you with Department Head positions?
    Though my playtimes for department head positions do not reflect, I am familiar and feel very comfortable with any position. I can very easily switch roles between rounds and operate as efficiently as one another.

    How familiar are you with Marine Law and Standard Operating Procedure?
    Military Police 20.6 HOURS

    Familiar enough with Marine Law, SOP and CO precedents to understand the nature of them, their meanings and the punishments for not following them. I play the role of Chief of Military Police handling appeals, making sure that all of my subordinate MPs follow ML and SOP correctly, and that arrests are made with backing evidence that proves guilt beyond the shadow of a doubt. I often take on random names when I do this to appear as a neutral party, as I like to be fully impartial with every appeal, arrest and situation that I go over.

    ScenariosWhen do you believe a Battlefield Execution should be used?
    I believe the Battlefield Execution clause is too extreme for my taste, and while I understand the need for such a clause, I would like to use any method of de-escalation before even thinking of executing a fellow marine as it takes somebody out of the operation permanently without a chance to return. There are some who actively seek opportunities to execute people when there are other alternatives. I am not that kind of person for the reasons entailed above, and much prefer either talking, debating, disarming, imprisonment, transfer and even establish a drumhead court before a battlefield execution.

    That said, if there is someone who is insistently and undoubtedly endangering the proper flow of the operation either through sabotaging critical areas of the ship or that is conspiriring with others to usurp or overthrow the command structure, then a Battlefield Execution is one of the many tools at one's disposal to deal with the threat, though I would much rather like to de-escalate such a situation to begin with by going through the proper channels and procedures except when time is of the essence and any threats to the command structure would mean certain doom for the operation.

    Under what circumstances do you believe it is legal to pardon a prisoner?
    Pardons are a necessary part of Marine Law as they empower the Commanding Officer to release an imprisoned marine from the Brig. These powers, however, must not be used lightly.

    There are some who believe that their positions in the Almayer give them special statuses to go against Marine Law and to go out of their way to negatively impact the operation and the people behind it, especially those who like to take Squad Specialist, Squad Smartgunner and such positions to use it as leverage when being arrested. I wouldn't pardon anybody who uses said excuse to commit crimes onboard the ship, as I see it as a clear case of blackmail, as those slots are held to a higher standard even if the lack of their presence in the operation impacts it somewhat.

    However, there are cases where pardons are a good tool to use when dealing in cases where the letter of the Marine Law was broken, but the spirit was not. Such a case could be Damage to Government Property, as there are people who, out of necessity rather than malice, break windows and open airlocks to retrieve mission critical equipment such as medical vendors. I would use a pardon to clear them of said charge if the Marine offered an apology to the department whose structure was damaged as to me that is the most important part behind such an action.

    Another such case would be with Insubordination. There have been cases where Marines have refused to follow an order that would otherwise have gotten them or their comrades in unnecessary risk, that would've surely incurred bodily harm, that would've brought consequences to the USCM or that simply were illegal and have been brigged for. I would apply a pardon to cases where it is clear the Marine had the best intentions and interests in their own lives, the lives of their fellow Marines and the interests of the USCM.

    In contrast, there are crimes I would consider completely unacceptable and unbecoming of a Marine. Murder or Attempted Murder, Sedition, Desertion, Animal Cruelty, Sexual Harrassment, Prevarication and Illegal Confinement are crimes that mean bodily, psychological or other types of harm to their fellow marines or to the command structure and thus may not qualify for a CO pardon as I see no way in which there are clear intentions where the offending marine had any good will behind the crimes listed.

    ConfirmationsDo you understand that any player - even donors or staff members - can have their whitelist status revoked should they break our Server Rules or Roleplay Guidelines?
    Yes

    Do you understand you cannot advertise or promote this application on any platform, including Discord?
    Yes

    Do you also understand that you may not edit this application 1 hour after it has been posted?
    Yes

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    Heyyy!

    I can tell you spent quite some time with this app, and definitely dug some time and effort into your answers, as well as your Story element (very cool!). Everything else aside, that definitely is a good thing to me.

    Your experience seems very much sufficient for the role of the CO, and your intricate explanation(s) of how you see the job of a CO and his responsibilities make it clear to me that you're more than aware of how a Captain is meant to think, work and act. On that front, I have no doubt you'd make a good Captain.

    However...

    I do have some issues with this app. Namely, your pardon and BE answers. I'll quickly go over them, as such.

    For your BE answer, you say you are one CO who would refrain from BEing basically always. You say you like to de-escalate rather than being trigger-happy and killing someone for good, and even in the instance where you say "I would consider it" you add "-but I would rather not", meaning you wouldn't do it after all.
    The thing is that you seem to have this sort of PTSD about BEs being a cheap way for COs to get an adrenaline rush out of baiting people into doing major/capital crimes in their presence and then gunning them down without mercy. That's... not what the BE mechanic is for, and if you see a CO do this I (and others on the WL) encourage you to ahelp and/or make a player report here on the forums. It's illegal to purposefully bait people just to permanently remove them from the round, and a lot of other BEs can be questioned, as well.
    A Execution is a lot of things. A Last Resort for when every other avenue of negotiation or escape is unavailable, or a quick tool of dispensing justice. I know you don't like to permanently remove people from the round (as you said) but there are A LOT of situations where soldiers under your command simply won't stop to listen to you trying to 'reason' with them, and in some situations a BE is genuinely the best course of action because it's fast, swift and makes an example to people not to fuck with you and your authority or else they end up similarly.

    In the end, being weary of BEing people is fine. Outright refusing to utilize the provision, like you seem to be, is not. There is a reason it's a tool for COs to use, and knowing when to use it is part of what makes a good Captain.


    For your Pardon answer now... I actually agree with most of it. People shouldn't get a get-out-of-jail-free card just because they got lucky and rolled Delta Spec or some dumb shit like that. That mentality is toxic and genuinely deteriorates gameplay, to me, and so I'm glad you share that sentiment.
    The thing I have issue with is the one crime you specifically cited: Insubordination. This is tricky, because insubordination means a Marine disobeyed an order, sometimes a direct one if it's major. The issue? You are the COMMANDING Officer. YOU are the one giving orders to people, or are overlooking the CiC staff who are your direct subordinates that, in turn, give orders. YOU are responsible for the issuing of orders, and if a order is given then that order is usually issued by you, the XO or an SO. In other words, the order is probably what you want to have happen. Yet, your situation described implies you don't even agree with the order given - that someone somehow ordered Marines to suicidally charge Xenos or something like that. If such an order *was* given, then either YOU yourself issued it, or a subordinate did... in which case you could have simply overruled it, since you are higher up in the Command Structure.
    There is also a case to be made about the actual legality of such an order. An order that would have "surely incurred bodily harm" is not actually a legal order in the proper sense. It's an illegal order to order someone to get themselves hurt knowingly. Similarly, you mention that "an order that simply was illegal and have been brigged for". If a Marine was brigged for disobeying an illegal order, then you yell at the (C)MP right away and have the Marine released. Disobeying an illegal order is not a crime - it's a duty. Following through with an illegal order, on the other hand, can get you arrested. A SL that told his Squad to follow through with a suicidal order, for example, could be arrested later for (attempted) Manslaughter of his Squad, since such an order is illegal and knowingly posed great risk to personnel, but was carried out anyway.


    Ok, text wall aside... this is still a cool app, and I don't quite want to give a +1 or -1 yet. I'm gonna let this one sit for a bit longer while I think. Please do feel free to reply to what I've said if you have any input! I just went off of what I personally picked up, and some of it may be a misunderstanding, even.

    Good luck with your App, meanwhile! ^^
    Lance Corporal Misti Rockwell, Squad Medic (Alpha/Bravo)


    Captain Misti Rockwell, USS Yokosuka, 2nd Division, 2nd Battlegroup, 3rd Fleet.


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    +1 for the player, don't care about the story.

    Entertaining and somewhat reliable guy to have around - not a troublemaker.
    I don't think he's gonna cause trouble based on my observation of his behaviour IC/OOC





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    I think your answer on BE's is pretty much spot on, alot of CO players get by very well without having to BE people and de-escalation is a much more important skill imo. But answers aside I mostly base my recommendations on gameplay and from what I've seen I trust you'll be an enjoyable CO who will put the effort into leading marines, you've got experience where it matters too. +1 from me
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    This dude is a beast, more than competent and he's a blast to play with. If your main concern is his behavior, know that he's come a long way from Joe Beasely the APC NASCAR driver.

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    Joe 'JB' (Joe Biden) Beasley gets a 1+ for being a good delta marine (all deltas are good) and adapting on the field of war decently as the situation develops and changes a lot, or at least when i played
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    Joe is a very cool guy who's recently put in a ton of effort in order to gain the whitelist, and he actually knows how to play the game. Pretty awesome, solid +1
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    I enjoy playing with senjx, he's a good cool and a nice player. I've seen him play a substantial amount of both CIC roles and SL and I have no reason to think he'd be a bad co player in any capacity. +1!
    Literally who is this dude? Who does he play??

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    this guys a asshat but he can lead a OP thats for sure. +1

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    Not sure if I'm allowed to vote, but Joe is a solid dude to talk to, a beast in gameplay, and one of the few people who play Command that I'll listen to. He knows what he's talking about when it comes to fighting xenos on multiple maps. +1

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