In combat, your selected soldier's rank is displayed as an icon at the bottom left corner of the screen. Sometimes a yellow star or a white cross will appear on top of it. What do these icons signify? Are there any others?


The yellow star indicates the squad leader, typically the highest ranking or most seasoned soldier in the squad. There's not a lot of in-game indications about what this means, but from experience I believe there's a higher chance of your squad members panicking if this person goes down.

The white cross/plus indicates that the squad member is up for promotion... assuming they survive the mission :)

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    No posthumous promotions? Shame, that would've been a nice touch.
    – kotekzot
    Oct 15 '12 at 16:41
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    The white cross also means this soldier probably won't gain any more experience this mission no matter how many more aliens he kills. Testing has shown that a unit can only gain at most 1 rank per mission, and there does not seem to be any carry-over (a Rookie with 12 kills gets promoted to Squaddie, next mission only gets 1 but remains Squaddie).
    – Elbyron
    Nov 6 '12 at 23:10
  • Orange/yellow hourglass icon (usually under the class icon) - means gene mod
    – Geo
    Oct 25 '14 at 4:18

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