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Yong-le: Year 9, Month 8, Day 25

13 Sep 1411

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The Ministry of Rites and the Ministry of War memorialized their deliberations on the levels of promotion and reward to be conferred upon the government troops who had been sent to the Western Ocean and realized achievements in the fighting in Sri Lanka:

All Imperial troops who had realized outstanding achievements were to be promoted two grades and all those who had realized great achievements were to be promoted one grade. The guard commanders, battalion commanders and company commanders who were still alive were to be promoted to fill posts, while those who had died were to be replaced by their sons. The platoon commanders who had realized outstanding achievements and were still alive were to be promoted to substantive company commanders, while the sons of those who had died were to be promoted to provisional company commanders. As to those who had realized great achievements, those still alive were to be promoted to provisional company commanders while the sons of those who had died were to be promoted to substantive platoon commanders. As for the precinct heads, those who realized outstanding achievements, both those still alive and those who had died, were to be promoted to provisional company commanders. Those who realized great achievements, both those still alive and those who had died, were to be promoted to substantive platoon commanders. The squad commanders who realized outstanding achievements and were still alive were to be promoted to provisional company commanders, while the sons of those who had died were to be promoted to substantive platoon commanders. Of those who realized great achievements, those still alive were to be promoted to platoon commanders, while the sons of those who had died were to be promoted to substantive squad commanders. As to the deputy precinct heads, those who realized outstanding achievements, both those still alive and those who had died, were to be promoted to substantive squad commanders.

As to the commandants (校尉), standard bearers, navigators, guides, helmsmen, stern-masters, anchor-masters and troops, if they had realized outstanding achievements, regardless of whether they were still alive or had died, they were all to be promoted to platoon commanders. All those who had realized great achievements were to be promoted to squad commanders. Housemen, reservists, retired soldiers, horse attendants and servants were, if they had realized outstanding achievements or great achievements, to be promoted in the same ways as the commandants. Those who did not want to be promoted were to have their rewards doubled.

For those who realized outstanding achievements: the guard commanders were each to be rewarded with 200 ding of paper money and six biao-li of variegated silks. The battalion commanders and guard judges were to be rewarded with 160 ding of paper money and four biao-li of variegated silks. The company commanders and battalion judges were to be rewarded with 120 ding of paper money and three biao-li of variegated silks. The Imperial doctors and fan navigators were to be rewarded with 100 ding of paper money, one biao-li of variegated silk and two bolts of cotton cloth. The commandants were to be rewarded with 90 ding of paper money and five bolts of cotton cloth. The platoon, squad and precinct commanders, troops, interpreters, navigators, servants, military artisans and military attendants were all to be rewarded with 70 ding of paper money and five bolts of cotton cloth. The civilian doctors, artisans, cooks, messengers, sailors and domestic servants were all to be rewarded with 30 ding of paper money and two bolts of cotton cloth.

For those who realized outstanding achievements of the second grade: the guard commanders were to be rewarded with 160 ding of paper money and five biao-li of variegated silks. The battalion commanders and guard judges were to be rewarded with 130 ding of paper money, three biao-li of variegated silks and three bolts of thin silk. The company commanders and battalion judges were to be rewarded with 100 ding of paper money, two biao-li of variegated silks and two bolts of thin silk. The Imperial doctors and fan navigators were to be rewarded with 80 ding of paper money, one biao-li of variegated silk and one bolt of cotton cloth. The commandants were to be rewarded with 70 ding of paper money and four bolts of cotton cloth. The platoon, squad and precinct commanders, troops, interpreters, navigators, servants, military artisans and military attendants were all to be rewarded with 60 ding of paper money and four bolts of cotton cloth. The civilian doctors, artisans, cooks, messengers, sailors and domestic servants were all to be rewarded with 45 ding of paper money and three bolts of cotton cloth. Those who realized great achievements were to be rewarded at the same level as those who realized outstanding achievements of the second grade. For those who realized great achievements of the second grade: guard commanders were to be rewarded with 150 ding of paper money, four biao-li of variegated silks and three bolts of thin silk. Battalion commanders and guard judges were to be rewarded with 120 ding of paper money, three biao-li of variegated silks and two bolts of thin silk. Company commanders and battalion judges were to be rewarded with 90 ding of paper money, two biao-li of variegated silks and one bolt of thin silk.

The Imperial doctors and fan navigators were to be rewarded with 70 ding of paper money, one biao-li of variegated silk and one bolt of thin silk. The commandants were to be rewarded with 65 ding of paper money and four bolts of cotton cloth. The platoon, guard and precinct commanders, troops, interpreters, navigators, servants, military artisans and military attendants were all to be rewarded with 52 ding of paper money and four bolts of cotton cloth. The civilian doctors, artisans, cooks, messengers, sailors and domestic servants were to be rewarded with 40 ding of paper money and three bolts of cotton cloth. Those who died in battle were to receive, apart from what has been noted above, rewards as follows: guard commanders were to receive 60 ding of paper money and two biao-li of variegated silks. Battalion commanders and guard judges were to receive 50 ding of paper money and one biao-li of variegated silk. Company commanders and battalion judges were to receive 40 ding of paper money and one biao-li of variegated silk. The Imperial doctors, and fan navigators were to receive 30 ding of paper money and two bolts of cotton cloth. The commandants were to receive 25 ding of paper money and two bolts of cotton cloth. The platoon, squad and precinct commanders, troops, interpreters, navigators, servants, military artisans and military attendants were to receive 25 ding of paper money. The sailors and domestic servants were to receive 16 ding of paper money and two bolts of cotton cloth.

Those who died of injuries, drowned or fell into the hands of the enemy and were killed were to receive, in addition to the listed rewards, rewards as follows: The guard commanders were to receive 50 ding of paper money and two biao-li of variegated silks. The battalion commanders and guard judges were to receive 40 ding of paper money and one biao-li of variegated silk. The company commanders and battalion judges were to receive 30 ding of paper money and one biao-li of variegated silks. The Imperial doctors and fan navigators were to receive 25 ding of paper money and two bolts of cotton cloth. The commandants were to receive 20 ding of paper money and two bolts of cotton cloth. The platoon, squad and precinct commanders, troops, interpreters, navigators, servants, military artisans and military attendants were all to receive 16 ding of paper money and two bolts of cotton cloth. The civilian doctors, artisans, cooks, messengers, sailors and domestic servants were all to receive 12 ding of paper money and two bolts of cotton cloth.

All the proposed rewards were approved.

Tai-zong: juan 118.3a-4a

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 12, page 1499/1501

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Preferred form of citation for this entry:

Geoff Wade, translator, Southeast Asia in the Ming Shi-lu: an open access resource, Singapore: Asia Research Institute and the Singapore E-Press, National University of Singapore, http://epress.nus.edu.sg/msl/reign/yong-le/year-9-month-8-day-25, accessed October 22, 2019