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N7 is a vocational code in the Systems Alliance military. The "N" designates special forces and the "7" refers to the highest level of proficiency. It applies to Alliance marines who have graduated from the legendary Interplanetary Combatives Training (ICT) program at the Vila Militar in Rio de Janiero on Earth, and is the only ICT designation that may be worn on field or dress uniforms. The ICT program recruits officers from every branch of Earth's militaries to participate in formidable training courses. Satisfactory performance earns an internal designation of N1 and an invitation to return for additional training. Subsequent courses - N2 through N6 - are often held off-planet and include instruction in zero-G combat, military free-fall (parachuting), jetpack flight, combat diving, combat instruction, linguistics, and frontline trauma care for human and alien biology. The highest grade of training, N6, provides actual combat experience in combat zones throughout the galaxy. If trainees survive these scenarios in "admirable and effective fashion," they finally receive the coveted N7 designation. Even if a trainee fails an ICT course, the universal prestige of merely attending the program elevates an officer to a position of respect among his or her peers. Known graduates of the ICT program include Admiral David Anderson and Commander Shepard. more...

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