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Deployment FAQ

Discussion in 'News and Updates' started by Sierra 107, May 31, 2017.

  1. Sierra 107

    Sierra 107 Membership Officer Division Staff 405th Regiment Officer

    Congratulations on building your first Halo costume! You've taken your first step into a larger world. If you wish to delve deeper into your passion, your next step is the Deployment system.

    What is Deployment?

    Deployment is an optional process where a 405th member may submit their completed costume for evaluation and sorting into one of three (3) tiers based on the accuracy of their build and it’s fit to the wearer.

    Do I have to be Deployed to be a member of the 405th?
    No. Anyone over the age of 13 is free to create an account and join the 405th forums and make use of all the resources found on 405th.com including The Armory regardless of Regimental affiliation or Deployment status. However, you must be over 18 to submit a Deployment application.

    Do I have to be Deployed to join a Regiment?
    No. Anyone who has an account with at least 50 posts who has been on the site for 90 days may request to join their local regiment. A completed costume is not a prerequisite to joining a regiment.

    What can a non-deployed member do in a Regiment?
    Any Regimental members over the age of 18 may vote in any Regimental election and may be appointed by the Regimental Commanding Officer (RCO) to a Regimental Position such as Regimental Executive Officer (RXO) or Regimental Membership Officer (RMO). Non-Deployed members may attend any event that has not had any limitations placed on it by Division Command, Regimental Command, or the Event Requester.

    There are events that Non-Deployed members can’t do?
    They are very rare, probably less than 1% of events, and usually are born out of a specific request for certain characters or based on specific requirements for a High Profile event. These requests or requirements come from the person, organization, or company approaching the 405th asking for our participation in their events. However, if no requests or requirements are given, all Deployed and non Deployed costumes are free to attend the event. The over whelming majority of 405th events, and the default view on events, is that all costumes are welcome.

    If these events are Rare, why is there a Deployment System?
    The deployment system is not designed wholly for event participation. It is also meant as an acknowledgement and celebration of a member’s hard work on their costume as well as an encouragement and goal for new members starting out on their great journey into the costuming world.

    What else aren’t Non-Deployed Members allowed to do?
    Aside from the very rare events that are limited to deployed members only, moving forward, the only “restriction” on non-deployed Regimental members is that those who wish to run for the Regimental Commanding Officer position in the yearly election must be a deployed member. Any Regimental Member, deployed or not, may nominate an RCO candidate, vote in the election, and serve in an appointed Command Staff position, but the position of RCO will be limited to Deployed members. This is because these members have demonstrated a dedication to the 405th and their local Regiment, an understanding of the practices and policies of the 405th, and an understanding of the skills needed to create a Halo costume.

    What are the Tiers for Deployment?
    Tier 1 is for those that have successfully completed a Halo Universe costume, but might have inaccuracies or have some fitting errors.
    Tier 2 is for those costumes that have achieved a superior level of fit and accuracy, but might still be missing some details.
    Tier 3 is for those costumes that have achieved a level of accuracy and fit that they appear to have stepped right out of the game.

    Are there different benefits to each Tier?
    When it comes to Deployment, a Deployed Member is a Deployed member. Within the 405th, higher level Tier members do not have any special permissions, access, or benefits than a lower Tiered member. All three deployment levels fit into the same membership category, “Deployed Member.” The only time the Tier level might come into consideration is if an outside Event Requester specifically asks for certain costumes or places certain requirements for a High Profile event.

    Is there a way to keep track of my progress through the Tier system?
    At this time there is no way to keep track, albeit being informed of your deployment status. We have plans to introduce a Deployment Scorecard, which will help you take note of whatever suggestions/help you are given after receiving your Tier ranking. We plan to introduce this sometime before Q3 2017!

    What costumes are eligible for Deployment?
    There are three main criteria for a deployable costume:

    1. Is it a costume from the Official Halo Universe?
    In order to be deployed, a costume must be from an official Microsoft or 343i source. While this is primarily the games, Graphic Novels, Live Action Productions, Animated Projects, and even some concept art from Official published; Art Books can be considered.

    Additionally, the 405th recognizes the partnership with Bungie and later 343 Industries that Rooster Teeth’s Red vs Blue series has had. As such, some variants seen in Red vs Blue but not seen in game, such as Insurrectionist ODSTs, Project Freelancer members and other world characters may be considered for Deployment.

    Fan art and even art from known Concept Artists that has not been published in an official source or publication is not a basis for deployment. Any concept art must be published by an official source either through Halo media, or on the artists profile on Artstation.

    2. The costume must have a visual reference to be compared to and judged against.
    One of the primary aims of Deployment is to celebrate a member’s recreation of a Halo Universe costume. As such, there must be something to compare the finished costume to when determining the accuracy of someone’s build. The visual reference should be of sufficient detail and clarity to accomplish this. This can be achieved via sources such as games, Live action/Animated projects, Graphic novels, and concept art from Novels/Art books.

    Additionally, keep in mind that UNSC, Covenant, Forerunner and civilian costumes are eligible for Deployment. Each costume has it's own categories.

    3. It must be a completed costume.
    In order for a costume to be eligible for Deployment, it must be complete. Partial costumes or costumes missing components or pieces seen in the visual reference will not be considered for Deployment.

    What categories are there for costumes?
    There are four categories.
    • Armor,
    • Uniforms,
    • Constructs, and
    • Aliens.
    Could you explain what each category is for?

    Armor is for costumes such as Spartans, ODSTs, Marines, Army, Pilots, and Military Police.
    Uniforms is for costumes such as Officers, Scientists, Crew members, and Ceremonial uniforms.
    Constructs is for costumes based on AI characters, such as Cortana, Deja, Roland, and Mendicant Bias.
    Aliens is for costumes such as Elites, Grunts, Prometheans, as well as the Didact and Librarian.

    That was a lot to read! So... how do I apply for Deployment?

    To send in your Deployment Application, go to our Application Forms page, and click Request Deployment. Please ensure that all details are filled out, and images are attached. We need full body images of your costume. We cannot accurately inspect your costume if we can't see it! We need images of your costume that show the front, both sides, and the back.

    So it's really that simple?
    Yes, it is! Please note, that as stated before, Deployment is optional, and will not directly affect your experience with the 405th. CommanderPalmer and myself are looking forward to helping you progress further with the 405th!
  2. FANGS

    FANGS Commanding Officer Division Staff

    Deployments will be back up and running as of June 1, 2017. Thank you everyone for your patience!
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  3. arma358

    arma358 PR Officer Division Staff 405th Regiment Officer

    Yay! :D Pretty excited, TBH.
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  4. TurboCharizard

    TurboCharizard RMO 405th Regiment Officer

    Does this mean that we need to resubmit for deployment at the start of June or if we already have a form that's on hold, is that still valid? Just asking since I know that there's a couple of us who applied late last year and got trapped in update limbo.
  5. FANGS

    FANGS Commanding Officer Division Staff

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  6. Sierra 107

    Sierra 107 Membership Officer Division Staff 405th Regiment Officer

    Hey TurboCharizard, I have your application available, however as the images were submitted to the email address (due to restrictions on the applications from the website) I can't see what your suit looks like. Would you be okay with resubmitting your application to us? I'd like to make sure you're deployed correctly :)
  7. TurboCharizard

    TurboCharizard RMO 405th Regiment Officer

    Sure thing, I have the photos in my profile's media as well but I'll be a trial run of the new application form for you guys.
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  8. Cadet

    Cadet Executive Officer Division Staff 405th Regiment Officer

    Just a reminder, in order for your costume to be accurately reviewed, Jack and Mara will need Front, Side, and Back views of your costume.
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  9. Evolver79


    I submitted for deployment last September, do I need to resubmit?
  10. FANGS

    FANGS Commanding Officer Division Staff

    Oh goodness! I do apologize for the delay! Let me look in to see what happened.
  11. Evolver79


    It's ok. I know it's taken a lot of work to get th process squared away.
  12. MyrHerder


    Something I don't see here or in the Membership FAQ, but is in the Mantle: we need to attend 1 sanctioned event per year to maintain our membership/deployment status.
    That being said, is that per calendar year? Because I attended RTX last July and won't deploy again until my local con this November.
  13. Cadet

    Cadet Executive Officer Division Staff 405th Regiment Officer

    The once per year event attendance is an eventual goal. It is something that we want to do, but like a few other sections of the Mantle, like requiring an RCO to be a Deployed Member, it is not something we are "enforcing" right now. We completely understand that many Regiments are still getting their feet under them and still working to get everyone on board and working together, and as a result not many Regiments have a tremendous amount of event opportunities and more isolated members do not have a lot of people around them with which to do events.

    So, while it is not something we are "Enforcing" right now, the goal is that once our Regiments are better populated and our RCOs are active and engaging with their members, we will start to roll out more of the tenets of the Mantle.
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  14. wilsoncai

    wilsoncai New Member

    hello submitted my application 3 months back :) haven't heard from you guys about status yet. hahaha
  15. TurboCharizard

    TurboCharizard RMO 405th Regiment Officer

    Same, mine was about a year ago, things are a bit wonky in the restructure and I'm assuming they'll get to it in due time. For now, kick back, have fun and enjoy this wild 405th ride.
  16. CommanderPalmer


    wilsoncai - I apologize for the longer wait, we're working on it.

    TurboCharizard - I didn't know you submitted. It's from time before, where there was a different system. I found your application, but it isn't complete. You don't have to submit new application if you don't want to but I'd ask you to send me few photos of your finished costume (best full-body neutral pose shots, detail shots, etc.) and it'll be enough, so I can check it.

    To everyone else - if you submitted lately - this summer after the applications were opened again, you're welcome to ask about an update.
    (if you submitted an application between June-July and you're still waiting, please contact us)

    However, if you submitted about a year ago, please contact us - most likely you'll have to submit photos again (full-body neutral pose front/back/sides, few detail shots also welcome).
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2017
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  17. TurboCharizard

    TurboCharizard RMO 405th Regiment Officer

    I tossed one in around October last year and then one at the start of this year when the new system was announced and uploaded a media album that was linked in one or both of those. Not sure if the link was killed in the transition between the two sites. I'm not super worried about the delay, it's given me time to start working on a 3D printed helmet and a rework of the greaves.
  18. CommanderPalmer


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  19. FANGS

    FANGS Commanding Officer Division Staff

    Hello all!

    We're caught up with our deployments. Aside from those very recently submitted which are being reviewed, you all should have heard back from us in some capacity. If you have not, please send me a PM as soon as possible. We're noticing that not all messages about deployments have been received. Over the next week or so, I'm going to be contacting all of you who have been deployed over the year to ensure that you have received a response. I'd much rather you hear twice than not at all.

    Thanks to all of you who have submitted applications!
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  20. TurboCharizard

    TurboCharizard RMO 405th Regiment Officer

    Thank you Sierra 107, CommanderPalmer and FANGS for all your hard work in getting this process nailed down. I'm glad that I could be of assistance in helping find a way to break the system :p

    You guys rock, don't ever change. S068 signing out.
  21. FANGS

    FANGS Commanding Officer Division Staff

    Awwww....thank you, TurboCharizard! I'll just add that Cadet has been helping us greatly in coming up with a system that works through all stages. Team effort for the win!
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  22. TurboCharizard

    TurboCharizard RMO 405th Regiment Officer

    Yay teamwork!
  23. Cadet

    Cadet Executive Officer Division Staff 405th Regiment Officer

    As a reminder, we need full body images, front, back, and both sides, in good lighting, in the Deployment Application.

    We have been getting applications with no pictures or only one picture, and we have to put the application in hold until we get the necessary pictures to review your costume.
  24. TurboCharizard

    TurboCharizard RMO 405th Regiment Officer

    Question about I guess re-deployment.

    Say I have made another suit that I know is more accurate than the first but is a different source material, do I reapply to get a higher costuming tier for this one and have Suit A be Tier 1 and Suit B be a different (hopefully) tier? Should I hold off and let the backlog of Deployment Applications settle down? Asking for a friend. That friend is me.
  25. Cadet

    Cadet Executive Officer Division Staff 405th Regiment Officer

    In terms of "Membership Level," once you're a Deployed member, you are a deployed member and the level and number of deployed costumes does not influence that standing. Once your first suit goes through and you get your Deployment ID number you have that number for life, regardless if you only submit one costume or 10.

    Now, each suit you submit is judged individually, so it is possible to have multiple suits judged/graded and be given different grades for each. You can submit multiples and have a Tier 1 ODST, a Tier 2 Halo 3 Mark VI, and a Tier 3 set of Reach Mark V armor, but you will only ever get your one unique Deployment ID number.
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