The Major rank is the sixth rank for soldiers. Unlike most ranks, this rank only has one ability to unlock. Having a soldier at this rank allows the purchase of New Guy and Iron Will at the Officer Training School.

Abilities at this rankEdit

Class Abilities Description
XEU ClassAssault
XEU Assault ExtraConditioning  Extra Conditioning Confers bonus health based on what type of armor is equipped. Heavier armor increases the bonus.
XEU ClassHeavy
XEU Heavy WillToSurvive  Will to Survive Reduces normal damage taken by 2 if in cover and not flanked.
XEW ClassMECTrooper
MEC Trooper
Overdrive Icon  Overdrive Firing the MEC's primary weapon as the first action no longer ends the turn.
XEU ClassSniper
XEU Sniper LowProfile  Low Profile Makes partial cover count as full.
XEU ClassSupport
XEU Support DeepPockets  Deep Pockets XCOM: Enemy Unknown: Confers an additional item slot in inventory.
XCOM: Enemy Within: Grants one additional use of most limited-use items in the soldier's inventory.


  • The XCOM Major rank insignia closely resembles the "winged dagger" badge (actually supposed to be flame-wreathed Excalibur) of the famed Special Air Service of Britain.