July 8th, 2014

Zayne confused

Lower-ranked officer relieving superior officer of command - medical reasons?

I'm writing in the Star Wars universe, Old Republic era. Both of my characters are former Republic military, but left the service before my story starts. One was of much higher rank, and is currently the informal leader of the whole group of characters I'm writing about.

In this scene, my leader has just been through a day full of both physical fighting and emotional turmoil (she returned to a place she once called home to find it ruined). She's really not in the mental state to be doing more leaderly things, but she's stubborn and wants to keep trying anyway. I want my other character to say something that references a Republic military rule that allows lower-ranked officers (or maybe medical officers?) to tell their superiors to take a break, because they aren't fit to be commanding right then. This would be a temporary thing, along the lines of "go get some sleep/get that injury looked at", but enforceable.

I am totally okay with something that "sounds right" but doesn't actually mean anything. I'm making up a hell of a lot for this already, but for the life of me I can't find a phrase that sounds right.

Everything I've tried to search - from "emotionally compromised" to "unfit for duty" to "relieved of command" to even "can I relieve a superior of duty for medical reasons" has come back with nothing that feels really useful. Lots of Star Trek hits, but I'm a little wary of leaning too heavily on the "wrong" space opera. ;) If there's any such regulation in Earth militaries, I just can't find it.

Thanks in advance for any help!