RandomGuy341 - Commanding Officer Application

Commanding Officer Application - RandomGuy341

What is your BYOND key?


What is your Discord ID?


What is your timezone in UTC?


Player Name You Use Most?

Candace ‘Buck’ Clark

Ban Appeals, Whitelist and Staff Applications:

Have you been banned in the last 3 months?


If so, why?


Command Knowledge:

How familiar are you with command positions?

I’ve had plenty of experience both on low pop and high pop, I can handle myself in the CIC alone though prefer discussing plans with all the other CIC members before going through.

I know to verify radio callouts and what to tell the marines groundside. I can handle myself and the op during an admin event which made everyone hostile to me and got me killed 3/4 times later on [Was a great time]

I know how to micro manege squads and get the point across to the marines with pretty good results.

I’ve got plenty of JTAC experience on both sides and can mostly tell apart good and bad OB calls.

I know how to run a squad from groundside and keep the morale of the marines up while fighting.

Hours in XO:


Hours in SL:


Character Information:

Why did your character decide to become the CO of a ship?

After serving in the USCM for a while and being a captain for a whole year, she noticed a possibility of becoming a Commanding Officer. So eagered to learn and become one of the youngest Commanding Officers USCM ever had she took off trying her best to reach the position, doing some brave manouvers during every op and volonteering to lead the marines from the front.

How did your character attain the position of CO?

After the trial period Candace was reviewed positevily by the USCM command, thanks to her merit and questionable at best but succesful manouvers and became the Commanding Officer of a small vessel which allowed her to learn how to run a ship fully on her own without any advise from a higher officer, the vessel was tasked with scouting for the most part, barely deploying for emergency response or defense due to the low personnel count on board, for Candace however it was a perfect training ground only to later on just like any other Command Officer to be moved to a bigger vessel, in Clark’s case the USS Almayer. Or so thats what she though.

Provide a short story of your CO.

Command Actions:

When do you believe it’s appropriate to pardon a prisoner?

An appropriate time for a pardon is when the operation cannot continue without the prisoner in question and the crimes are minor enough or the need so high that it may be neglected, however the crimes which CO’s may pardon cannot be higher than “Major” under the Marine Law.

Give some examples of when you would or would not use pardon.

I would use a pardon if lets say RO ordered guns from requisition that come from the black marked as long as it was the only way to save marines and or the entire operation, I would use a pardon on a weapon specialist that killed a marine on accident while trying to perform their duties and help the operation to the best of their abilities.
I would not pardon Private Bowlcut for beating their Squad Leader to crit using a table or a chair, or better yet shooting him.

When do you believe it’s appropriate to use a Battlefield Execution?

I believe Battlefield Executions should be held when the offender sabotages the operation in any way, be it sabotaging critical parts of the Almayer or murdering important figures like command or squad members. For example Corporate Liason John Bowlcut got a team together to sabotage the operation by breaking the CIC, REQ and OB. It is a great time to remind yourself of the kick your sidearm holds and the Liason of the stopping power USCM members have.

Give some examples of when you would or would not use Battlefield Execution.

I would not use a Battlefield Execution if Liason Bowlcut gave me forms to sign even if he bugged me for half the pre op.
I would not execute a marine that shoved me on accident or decided to make jokes of CIC staff, while disrespectful I’d take it and continue with whatever I had to do or lecture him.

Hello Candace!

Maybe it’s timezones, but I don’t think i’ve seen you XO as of recent on my rounds. Your name isn’t something that pops out to me.

I understand you have the minimum required to apply! I like the interest and initiative, and while you have every right to apply, I would feel more comfortable fully supporting someone who has more than the bare minimum. There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to COing, and it will definitely take more than the bare minimum to obtain Major. I like to see applicants making a splash in other areas such as discord or these forums in a positive note and having other marine players talk about your character, but I don’t think you are making waves there either.

Your story definitely looks like it needs better formatting, and you could have had a councilor or two look over that story a bit more. Don’t be afraid to ask councilors for feedback prior to posting an app! They can mean the difference between an accepted app or not.

I’ll try to spectate you to give you a fair chance and tell you what I see, but I’ll be honest when I say you have a steep hill to climb. Bare minimum time apps very rarely get accepted, but don’t be discouraged; nothing is impossible if you work for it. I look forward to seeing you more in game.

I’ll leave you with a question for now:

Assume you are a Commanding Officer/Major.

Operation Starts and you hear that your SADAR Spec kills someone with his sidearm in Requisitions Line because the person in front of him took the last Barrel Charger.

He gets arrested, and his squad throws a fit, and starts saying, “We need him for the operation!!” “He’s important for the operation!” “CO Pardon him!” Everyone in general radio starts saying that the “Operation is doomed,” etc.

The SADAR is a powerful specialist role that CAN turn the tide of any operation.

3 minutes later, the spec is brigged and charged with “Murder.” How would you pardon this spec? How would you go about this situation?

Hey, thanks for the advice on the story and application in general.
You may have not seen me as of recent but thats due to a few important exams, but thats past me already.
And to answer your question, While the SADAR is indeed incredibly useful, he has murdered a fellow marine over a weapon attachment, I would order the marines to deploy or continue the operation regardless, if the need arrises I would of course pardon him. But that would be the case only when absolutely neccessary, or in other words we’re loosing ground and SADAR could make a difference between a success and failure of the op.

Hello Candace,

I’m still a bit shaky to support you, as it seems that you still might need some work on the leadership side of things. I’m not exactly satisfied with the answer either, as you failed to breakdown the correct procedure with handling this type of arrest, which happens from time to time.

I did give you half of a trick question; please be aware that you CANNOT pardon capital crimes for any reason (Murder is a Capital crime.) unless High Command faxes you for special circumstances. This can be found under Pardons.

This is a -1 from me, however I encourage you to keep trying your best, and seek out help from other councilors and other CO WL holders; we are always helpful in reaching back out and providing help for making your next app!

I’ve had you as my XO for a couple of rounds. I think you got good potential from what I’ve seen, but I still think you need more experience before I can, in good conscience, support your application.

For @song_m trick question. Not only was the answer that, but you also should keep it in mind. While a good specialist can turn the tides of a fight, most won’t. The chances are even lower than the guy who murdered a dude for attachments will be the type of spec to turn the tide, as you said. So not only can you but you shouldn’t really look at roles with any importance pardon-wise.

Sometimes, a good spec gets jailed over something stupid and intervention is needed but in general 90 percent of the time it’s someone being a bit of a dick and getting arrested thinking their RNG makes them important.


You need to make a name for yourself.

While the requirements for the whitelist has been met, it’s at the bare minimum and myself along with fellow CO’s don’t really know you.

Furthermore, questions about your command has been raised into question - barring the fact that you cannot pardon capital crimes.

Give yourself some time to develop as a player and commander, as far as I’m concerned it’s a rather rushed semi-desperate application; and for those reasons as to why I cannot support the application.

Good luck and don’t be disheartened.

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As others have stated, unfortunately, the Council hasn’t seen you enough lately to be able to accurately gauge your experience. Even after waiting a while none of us can report to seeing you in-game as an XO over the last two weeks or so.

Part of the bare minimum for someone applying for the CO whitelist is to be seen. This lets community members and the Council gauge your abilities and competence and determine if you’re fit for the whitelist or not; the application itself is only half of what we look at. If we can’t assess you properly, even after some time waiting, then we can’t in good faith accept you.

I understand you’ve been busy with exams and real life as of late, so we won’t hold that against you. Still, policy is policy, and we need to see you in action in order to make it into the whitelist. Do that, and you’ll do much better next time. In the meantime, once you do wrap up exam season (if you haven’t already), I’d recommend playing XO more over the next few weeks and building a reputation for yourself.

This application is denied. You can reapply in 30 days’ time on July 4, 2023.