Actually, Vin, that is a helpful suggestion, thanks. I will also reiterate that the game is sci-fi so there will be weapons available that people may not have thought of.
You're welcome! Happy to help.
I am still considering what details to put on the character sheet. Obviously the basic details - name, rank and serial number. I will probably include a Skills section rather than a specialisation, which will give me and reaper the chance to assign jobs, which I think (and please correct me if I'm wrong) is slightly more how things are done in the military. Sure you can volunteer for something but whether you do it or not is down to the C.O.
Other than that, I am still thinking about it.
If I were running a game with an infantry platoon in modern times (not future sci-fi times like this game), I'd use something like this:
Images (photos only, no artwork, with at least one close up face shot and at least one body shot)
Hair/Eyes: (not always apparent in a photo, yet it can be very specific, so I like having it here)
Height/Weight/Build: (actual stats or just descriptions like tall/buff or short/slim)
Character Model: (name - I like to find other photos of the character model of other characters and maybe use them in my posts)
Rank: (choose one:)
non-officers - Private, Private First Class, Specialist (equal pay to Corporal, but lower rank and less of a leader )
non-commissioned officers - Corporal (equal pay to Specialist, but higher rank and more of leader), Sergeant (leads a Fire Team), Staff Sergeant (leads a squad), Sergeant First Class (helps lead a platoon)
commissioned officers - Second Lieutenant (leads a platoon)
Primary Duty: (choose one: Rifleman, Automatic Rifleman, Grenadier, Machine Gunner, Anti-armor Gunner, Team Leader, Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Platoon Leader, Platoon Medic, Fire Support Specialist, Radiotelephone Operator)
Secondary duty: (choose one: could be something like Critical Life Saver (CLS) or Squad Designated Marksman (SDM), etc., or nothing)
Other military skills:
Other non-military skills:
Primary Weapon: (goes with Primary Duty, choose one: M249 squad automatic weapon (SAW) for automatic riflemen, M4/M203 rifle with grenade launcher for grenadiers, M240B machine gun for machine gunners, FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missile for anti-armor gunners, M4 rifle for everyone else)
Preferred Secondary Weapons: (choose as many as you want: grenades, plastic explosives, claymore mines, knives, unarmed, anything from the primary weapons list)
Background: (nothing long - where you're from, what your childhood was like, why you joined the army, what you do in the army)
Personality: (pick 5 adjectives)
Sexual preference: (choose one: Straight, Bisexual, Lesbian)
Kinks: (list stuff that really gets the soldier going)
Player On's and Off's: (link)
Plot Hooks: (kinds of scenes you'd like to see you character end up in)
Quick and easy.