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INTRODUCTION TO AU MECHWARRIOR SERVICE RECORDS

(NOTE: Click any name in any Battalion page to see that individual's MSR.)

MechWarrior Service Records were first proposed in the second iteration (May 2002 to March 2004) of operations for Armageddon Unlimited, and have evolved through each iteration, since.  The first record was built in HTML and covered a few items, though not many, and never saw use.  Between April and September 2012, the first total MSR had a fair test-run; these were built into a Word 97-2003 Document format and, except for exact positioning, were not difficult to take care of, though they were only tested against 77 personnel.  Unless PGIs Merc Corps HQ interface for MWO is relatively robust, this latest web-based version will see a great deal of use.

So, why would you do this for each MechWarrior coming to the unit for this GAME?  The answer to that is relatively simple: many of the MechWarrior's from each of the past iterations, including the most recent one in 2012, expressed that our awards and rank system was the only thing that kept them coming back to the unit, kept them wanting to play in games that had long-since run stale, and made their stay in Armageddon Unlimited worthwhile.  So, the Colonel figured out that, if people could see their scores, standing, and history with the unit, they would be able to take some pride from their efforts, and it would seem like more than just a game to them, which would keep them coming back time and again.

Alright, what is tracked in Armageddon Unlimited, and what will we see on the MSR?  Do you remember that application you filled out for us when you were first joining?  That goes into a section called Pre-AU in our Excel Personnel File (EPF); your experience in the real-world and with the BattleTech, MechWarrior and MechCommander computer games is important to us, because it lets us know you have experience and knowledge about how things work in the BattleTech and MechWarrior games, and perhaps even in the universe and with the fluff.  The more ingrained you are with that knowledge and experience, the more likely you are to understand the reason AU operates the way it does, and the more likely you are to be able to help bring others along in the universe that has spawned this multitude of games, including MechWarrior Online.  That's more important than you might think.  After that, we track more current things, such as your completion of Educational Opportunities, your accrual of Awards and Achievements, your Participation in combat and training, both in the game, on our forums, and in the community as a whole.  We track the types of jobs you do for AU, such as being a Department Head, Lance Leader, Battalion Commander, etc., and we offer incentives for wanting to complete the ED OPPS and move into positions of authority.  All of that, including your basic information -none of which is sensitive in the MSRs-, goes into your MSR, and is tracked as often as personnel and time are available to do so.

But, it's ONLY a GAME, for pete's sake; why do all of that work?  Are you thinking anyone actually appreciates this?  Let's address the second question first: YES!!!  The Colonel, and various staff members of iterations past, have been told how appreciated it is to receive an award, achievement, promotion, new assignment, or even a transfer to a new element within AU.  So, why all the work?  Because it allows folks to feel like they're achieving something, and gives them incentive -if they look at other MSRs- to try harder, to achieve more, and to stay loyal to the unit.

Okay, so what importance does this have to me?  Well, again, you can click on your name -or on the name of anyone in the unit, normally through the Battalion pages- and see what your accomplishments are.  If you see things are not up-to-date, or perceived not to be up-to-date, you're welcome to put in a request to have it updated and, the moment someone in the Adjutant Corps, or from your Battalion, or from the Command & Staff are able to get to it, you will be informed of the update, and can then go keep track of your career.  If you want to compare how you're doing in the unit with others, you can do that, as well and, hopefully, it will encourage you to do more in the unit with your 'career'.

So, what happens if I leave Armageddon Unlimited?  Well, on leaving, or anytime thereafter, you may request a PDF version of your MSR and, again, as soon as personnel and time are available, we'll build a PDF copy and send it to you.  Your MSR web packet, and your DOC and PDF versions will remain on official record with Armageddon Unlimited, forever.

Is there anything else I need to know?  Yes.  Appreciate the work being done, even if it means nothing to you, and thank your Battalion Commander and/or the Command & Staff for the ability to see your health-within-the-unit overview, as you choose.  It's better to have the information available for your perusal and not need to view it, then to desire to view it, and not have it available.
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SPECIALIZED AWARD REQUIREMENTS

Certain of the Achievements and/or Awards you may gain toward your Promotion Points require some proof; should PGI automate these in the Mercenary Corporation Headquarters interface, and allow Merc Commanders to place awards and requirements properly within, this page may well disappear.  Until then, however, the following should show up either in your introduction thread on the forums, either as attachments or links, or be emailed to your immediate supervisor.

Medal of Valor (4-1): As Savior Kills are not tracked in the stats shown on the MWO forums, you are not required to report on them.  However, if you wish to post screen shots of your journey up to 10,000 XP, you may.  This award iterates, so each 10,000 XP in Savior Kills is worth another Medal of Valor.  It may also be earned for completion of each of the following MWO Achievement: All Around Helper.

Commander's Honor (3-2): This award may be recommended to a Company Commander by any MechWarrior, but only granted, added to an MSR, by a Final Authority, a Regiment Commander or above.  As well, this award may be earned in-game as an upgrade from Five (5) previous awards of the Above the Call Medal, Five (5) previous awards of the Mission Top Secret Achievement, and/or Five (5) previous awards of the Honor Corps Achievement.  It may also be earned for completion of each of the following MWO Achievements: Littlest Helper, The People's Hero, Heavy Lifter, and Big Daddy.

Above the Call Award (2-2): This award may be recommended by any MechWarrior to their Lance Leader, though it may only be granted, added to an MSR, by a Final Authority, a Battalion Commander or higher, out-of-game.  It is also earned through completion of the iterations of the Lance Leadership Award.  It may also be earned for completion of each of the following MWO Achievement: Death Star.

Commendation Medal (2-1): This award may be earned in-game as an upgrade from Five (5) previous awards of the Achievement Medal, Five (5) previous awards of the Top Gun Achievement, and/or Five (5) previous awards of Hawkeye Gunnery.  It may also be earned for completion of each of the following MWO Achievements: Light Shove, A Fair Hand, Accounting Heavy, and Jolly Giant.

Lance Leadership Award (1-2): As BattleGrid use, wins and losses, are not tracked in the stats shown on the MWO forums, there is presently no way to track earning this award.  Once it becomes a trackable item, however, this award iterates, so each set of 50 wins while using the BattleGrid earns another Lance Leadership Award.

Achievement Medal (1-1): This award may be recommended by any MechWarrior to their Lance Leader, though it may only be granted, added to an MSR, by a Final Authority, a Company Commander or higher, out-of-game.  As well, this award may be earned in-game through earning five previous Sharpshooter achievements.  It may also be earned for completion of each of the following MWO Achievements: Light Push, Sharing in Moderation, Big Helping, Friendly Giant, Ace of Spades, and Knight Errant.

Sniper Gunnery Achievement (3-G3): This iterative Achievement is based on a screenshot where four or more (4+) kills, or a combined total of seven-hundred-fifty or more (750+) points of damage (not overall experience, but points of damage) are achieved in a single drop.  This Achievement may be granted once per month, and requires a screen shot as proof; it is incumbent on the MechWarrior to take and post the screen shot.  It may also be earned for completion of each of the following MWO Achievements: Shreddin', Johnny Five, Ace of Spades, Death Star, and Creeping Death.

Zero-G Achievement (3-C(Z)): This Achievement is earned in-game only, by logging 25 wins in space/zero-g maps; on introduction of a Zero-G map to MWO, this will become trackable, though this Achievement may only be earned one time.
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SPECIALIZED AWARD REQUIREMENTS (cont'd.)

Combat Unit Type Achievements (2-C(A, D, X, T, U)): Taking and posting a screen shot of your Map Stats tab under Stats in your MWO Profile will gain your CUT statistics for you.  Each CUT Achievement, and the Master CUT Award, are earned one time only; thus, once you've posted completion of all CUTs, and earn the Master CUT Award, you no longer need to update this screenshot.

Hawkeye Gunnery Achievement (2-G2): This iterative Achievement is based on a screenshot where three or more (3+) kills, or a combined total of between five-hundred (500) and seven-hundred-forty-nine (749) points of damage (not overall experience, but points of damage) are achieved in a single drop.  This Achievement may be granted once per month, and requires a screen shot as proof; it is incumbent on the MechWarrior to take and post the screen shot.  It may also be earned for completion of each of the following MWO Achievements: Mech Smash, Philanthropist, and Hat Trick.

Weapon's Specialist Achievements (2-W(E, L, M, B)): Taking and posting a screen shot of your Weapon Stats tab under Stats in your MWO Profile will gain your Weapon statistics for you.  Each Weapons Specialist Achievement, and the Master Weapons Award, are earned one time only; thus, once you've posted completion of all Weapons Specialist requirements, and earn the Master Weapons Specialist Award, you no longer need to update this screenshot.

BattleGrid Utility Advanced/Basic Achievements (2-BG2/1-BG1): As BattleGrid use, wins and losses, are not tracked in the stats shown on the MWO forums, there is presently no way to track earning this Achievement.  Once the requirements of each of these Achievements are met, each Achievement is earned, and once both Achievements have been granted, a Battle Commander Award is also granted.

Sharpshooter Gunnery Achievement (1-G1): This iterative Achievement is based on a screenshot where two or more (2+) kills, or a combined total of between two-hundred-fifty (250) and five-hundred-forty-nine (549) points of damage (not overall experience, but points of damage) are achieved in a single drop.  This Achievement may be granted once per month, and requires a screen shot as proof; it is incumbent on the MechWarrior to take and post the screen shot.  It may also be earned for completion of each of the following MWO Achievements: Breakin' and Share the Love.

Basic Service (Service 1) Achievement (1-S1): This achievement is granted for the completion of four months of real-world service, and also for service not fitting the requirements of another achievement, for work done to aid or improve Armageddon Unlimited.  It may also be earned for completion of each of the following MWO Achievements: Little Helper, A Moderate Giver, Big Brother/Sister, and A Giant Helper.

HALO Achievements (1-P(9, 10, 11, 12)): As HALO drops are not tracked in the stats shown on the MWO forums, there is presently no way to track earning these Achievements.  Once they become a trackable item, however, each HALO Achievement, and the Jump Master (HALO) Award for earning all four of them, are earned only one time.

Clan 'Mech Driver Achievements (1-P(5, 6, 7, 8)): Taking and posting a screen shot of your OmniMech Mastery tab, one for each class of OmniMechs, in the MWO interface will gain your OmniMech mastery statistics for you.  Each weight class -Light, Medium, Heavy, and Assault- of OmniMech mastered, and the Clan Master 'Mech Driver Award, are earned one time only; thus, once you've posted completion of a screen shot for one OmniMech mastered from each weight class, and earn the Clan Master 'Mech Driver Award, you no longer need to update this screenshot.

Inner Sphere 'Mech Driver Achievements (1-P(1, 2, 3, 4)): Taking and posting a screen shot of your 'Mech Mastery tab, one for each class of 'Mechs, in the MWO interface will gain your 'Mech mastery statistics for you.  Each weight class -Light, Medium, Heavy, and Assault- of 'Mech mastered, and the Inner Sphere Master 'Mech Driver Award, are earned one time only; thus, once you've posted completion of a screen shot for one 'Mech mastered from each weight class, and earn the Inner Sphere Master 'Mech Driver Award, you no longer need to update this screenshot.
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SPECIALIZED AWARD REQUIREMENTS (cont'd.)

MechWarrior Quality: Taking and posting a screen shot of your Base Stats tab under Stats in your MWO Profile will gain your MechWarrior Quality for you, whether Green, Regular, Veteran, or Elite.  On achieving Veteran quality, you no longer need to update this screenshot.
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