Command Department

Appoint officers to a position in one of 16 Command Departments.  Any Officer can be appointed, however each Command Department has a combination of specific officers that are more effective in that Department.  The Command Department is unlocked at HQ level 8.

Multiple Officers can be assigned to each Command Department - most allow for 4 Officers, while Quartermasters only allows for 2.  Three Officer parameters are taken into account to determine the impact of each Command Department:

  1. The Officer's star level - the sum of the stars of all the Officers in each Command Department determines how many of that Department's buffs are activated.
  2. Whether the Officer is included in the Specified Officers list for that Department - if you have matched all 4 of a group of Specified Officers for that Department you will activate the lower level of buffs in that Department.
  3. The Officer's overall level - The actual bonus each Department buff provides is highly dependent upon the average level of the officers assigned to that Department.

I used to take great care to assign only Specified Officers to each Department, no matter what their level.  However once someone showed me the impact of Officer Level on the Department buffs I realized that whether or not the Officer fit the Specified list for that Department wasn't the most important Officer aspect to consider.  More on this later.

Officer Star Level

When you start out playing Army Men Strike your Officers don't usually have a very high star level.  To see the impact of Officer Star Level, let's look at some examples in the Operators Department:

  

In the first picture the sum of the start of all the Officers is 8, however the total number of stars required to activate the Paint Production buff is 9 - we haven't met that minimum, so that buff isn't activated.

In the next picture we've increased Roger's star level (from 2 to 3), so we now meet the 9 total stars necessary to activate the Paint Production buff.  Notice also that we raised Roger's level (from 10 to 25, which was necessary to promote him to 3 stars) and take a look at what that did to the buff percentages.  It raised the Paint Production buff from 51.8% to 55.8%.  This is because the average level of all the officers increased from 11.5 ((1+10+25+10)/4) to 15.25 ((1+10+25+25)/4).  The other buffs increased in percentage as well, however they're not activated yet because we don't have enough total stars.

In the third picture we've increased Martin's and Wayne's star levels, so we now meet the 12 star minimum for the Unit Load buff and that's now active as well.  We've also increased the total average level to 25, and the buff percentages have increased along with them.  In fact, it looks like a direct 1:1 correlation between average level and increase in buff percentage for the Paint Production buff, and a 1:2 increase for the other two buffs.

Specified Officers

In the third picture we can also see that we've activated the Marching Speed buff in the Specified Officers section - this is because we've met two requirements:

  1. Minimum total stars (12/12)
  2. All four Officers being used are in the Specified list for that Department:

There are two combinations of 4 Officers that will satisfy the Operator Specified Officers requirement:

  1. Group 1: Eric, Marco, Chris, and Kianna
  2. Group 2: Martin, Wayne, Robinson, and Roger

Obviously we satisfy Group 2.  By the way, you must match all 4 in one of the groups, you can't mix and match between groups and still meet the requirement.  For instance, Eric, Wayne, Robinson, and Roger together won't work.

(Aside: Marco??? Kianna??? Who the heck are these Officers?  I've never heard of them, never seen them in the game.  It's probable that they're leftovers from AMS Beta? In any case - I don't think we can get them, so Group 1 is essentially invalid.  If anyone knows more about these Officers put it in the comments or email amswiki@amswiki.com.)

Average Officer Level

We've already seen the impact of average Officer Level in the above examples, let's keep increasing Officer Level and Stars:

  

In the first picture above we increase Robinson from level 25 to level 40, and promote him from 3 stars to 4 stars.  We aren't able to activate any more buffs (we'd need 16 total stars to activate the next two), but by increasing the average officer level to 28.75 we've increased the buffs again.

In the next picture we decide to abandon Martin and Roger in favor of Wendy and Soldier-X.  These are both S-Class Officers, but that has no effect on the activated buffs or their percentages.  Three things do change, however:

  1. We've increased the average officer level to 34.5 (an increase of 5.75, which rounds up to 6), and that gives us exactly what we'd expect: a +6% increase in the Paint Production buff.
  2. We've increased the total stars to 16, which meets the requirement for the Resource Gathering Speed buff - it's now active.
  3. We no longer meet the requirements either Specified Officer Group, so we've lost the Marching Speed buff, even though we have enough stars.

In the third picture above we increase the level of Wayne, which brings our average up to 38.25, and results in a corresponding increase in buff percentages.

As I mentioned above, I viewed the Specified Officer List as crucial for my selections for a long time, and after performing this analysis I've really changed my mind, at least in some cases.  In the Operator Department I still think it's important to use the Specified Officers of Martin, Wayne, Robinson, and Roger, and get them to a combination of 16 stars, because that extra Marching Queue buff is so valuable.

Here's a situation where I've decided to substitute out a Specified Officer for a higher level officer instead:

 

In the first picture I have the two Specified Officers for Quartermasters - Bull and Chris.  The problem is that Chris is only level 60, so the average officer level is 90 - not great.  I gain the Gold Gathering Speed, but I never gather gold (it takes way too long for too little) so that's not a buff I care about.

In the second picture I've swapped out Chris for a level 120 Demon Queen, raising the average officer level to 120.  There's a 50% increase in Plastic Production, which I care a lot about.  I've lost my Gold Gathering Speed buff, but that doesn't matter to me.  Demon Queen isn't a Specified Officer for any of the other Departments, so I can use her here.  This is a good tradeoff for my needs.

Now that we've looked into how the officer parameters impact our buffs let's look at each Department individually.

Quartermasters
Basic Buff Plastic Production (5 )
Special Buff Gold Gathering Speed (6 )
Max Department Level 5
Specified Officers - Group 1 Tina, Hanzo
Specified Officers - Group 2 BullChris
Specified Officers - Group 3 Chris, Tristan
Beginning Recommendation Use any officers you can to achieve the 5 star minimum for Plastic Production, and use the highest levels you can.
Advanced Recommendation Essentially the same thing: Make sure you have at least 5 stars, and use any two officers with level 120 or higher.

 

Quartermasters has only one Basic Buff: Plastic Production - this is an important buff, as plastic ends up being pretty important.  The Special Buff is Gold Gathering Speed.  I never gather Gold (it takes too long for too little production), so in my opinion it's not important to use the Specified Officers.

My suggestion for Quartermasters is to get the minimum of 5 stars to get the Plastic Production Buff, and use any officers you can, with as high of a combined level as you can.  This goes for both beginners and high levels.

I do wonder what the Gold gathering result would be if I were to level up my Chris to 120, but it seems foolish to me to do so - a high level Chris isn't very useful.

Operators
Basic Buffs Paint Production (9 )
Unit Load (12 )
Resource Gathering Speed (16 )
Special Buffs Marching Speed (12 )
Marching Queues (16 )
Max Department Level 10
Specified Officers - Group 1 Eric, Marco, Chris, Kianna
Specified Officers - Group 2 Martin, Wayne, RobinsonRoger
Beginning Recommendation That extra Marching Queue is really valuable, so in my opinion that's your goal.  That means you need to get the 4 group 2 officers to 4 stars, each which takes a while.  You could take Robinson or Roger to 5 stars too, which means you could leave Martin and/or Wayne at 3 stars.  Once you achieve your 16 stars you want to level them all up as high as possible to increase your buff percentages.
Advanced Recommendation No different than above - get the Specified Officers to at least 4 stars each, and level them up.  The Marching Queue is the most important.

 

The first goal for your Operators is to unlock that extra Marching Queue.  The Specified Officers are easy to get and to promote to at least 4 stars, and as long as your sum is 16 you don't need to promote them any more (unless you want to for other reasons).  Once you have your 16 stars level them all up as high as you can to increase your buff percentages - especially important is the Marching Speed.

Technicians
Basic Buffs Construction Speed (13 )
Technology Research Speed (14 )
Training Speed (16 )
Special Buffs Utilization Rate of Paint, Plastic, Electricity, and Metal in Construction (14 )
Utilization Rate of Paint, Plastic, Electricity, and Metal in Research (16 )
Max Department Level 10
Specified Officers - Group 1 Spencer, Nancy, Luke, Stanley
Specified Officers - Group 2 Eric, Lupen, Sergeant MaxSteven
Beginning Recommendation Work on getting the 2nd group Specified Officers to a total of 16 stars, then work on increasing their average level.
Advanced Recommendation Same.

 

All of the Technicians buffs, including the Special buffs, are useful for your periodic administrative tasks (Construction, Research, and Training).  Your ultimate goal is to have all of the 2nd group Specified Officers with 4-5 stars and as high level as possible.

Strategists
Basic Buffs Unit Attack (13 )
Unit Defense (14 )
Unit HP (16 )
Special Buffs Inter-Server Attack (13 )
Inter-Server Defense (14 )
Inter-Server HP (16 )
Max Department Level 10
Specified Officers - Group 1 Sally, Roger, Ellen, Kassia
Specified Officers - Group 2 Patrick, Wendy, EllenReindeer
Specified Officers - Group 3 Patrick, Wendy, EllenFlora-X
Beginning Recommendation As you begin the game your need for heavy battle buffs isn't as important as your troop strength and attack officer level, so this section isn't a big focus at first.  Both viable groups require Wendy for the Special Buffs, and if you're F2P (Free To Play) you may not be interested in purchasing Wendy.  Your need for the Inter-Server buffs is likely not high however, so you can substitute out Wendy for another high-star, high-level officer instead to get the local server battle buffs.  Do your best to get as many stars as possible, then level them up, but don't worry about this Department too much (especially the Specified Officers) until you are higher levels.
Advanced Recommendation More advanced players will be trying to eke out every bit of battle buffs they can, and the Strategists Department is an easy way to get some good buffs.  Although I'd prefer to swap Flora-X for Reindeer, unfortunately Flora-X is required in the Artillery Colonel Department, so Reindeer is selected here. Getting all of your Specified Officers to 5 stars shouldn't be too hard, then work on your average level.

 

The focus of the Strategists Department is battle.  Lower level players will get most of their battle strength from troops and officers, but higher level players will want every battle advantage they can muster.

Auditors
Unlocked at Commander Lvl 30
Basic Buffs Resource Assistance Quantity (12 )
Electricity Production (13 )
Metal Production (14 )
Utilization Rate of Paint, Plastic, Electricity and Metal in Construction (15 )
Utilization Rate of Paint, Plastic, Electricity and Metal in Research (16 )
Special Buffs Construction Speed (13 )
Technology Research Speed (16 )
Max Department Level 10
Specified Officers - Group 1 Tristan, Hedy, Habina, Scott
Specified Officers - Group 2 McDevils, Spencer, TankmanPumpkin Man
Specified Officers - Group 3 McDevils, Stark, TankmanPumpkin Man
Specified Officers - Group 4 Tristan, Spencer, TankmanEllen
Beginning Recommendation These are all valuable buffs, especially the Metal Production, Construction, and Research buffs, but the requirement of Pumpkin Man in the two viable groups of Specified Officers means you must spend money in order to achieve most of them. Stark isn't common either (although he is available for free, if you're patient).  If you decide not to spend the money on Pumpkin Man you can swap him out for another high-star, high-level officer to get as many of the Basic Buffs as you can.  When/If you purchase Pumpkin Man you can swap him in to activate that valuable Research Speed buff.
Advanced Recommendation You'll have Pumpkin Man and Stark, so activating the Special Buffs should be achievable for you.  In my opinion the most valuable buff here is the Technology Research Speed buff, so get the minimum 16 stars and level those officers up.  By the way: although Spencer is one of the options, he's required for the Copter Colonel Department, so go with Stark if you can.

 

More administrative buffs, but relatively valuable ones, especially Metal Production and Research Speed.  Getting far in the Special Buffs in this department will be difficult/impossible if you are F2P (Free To Play) due to Pumpkin Man.  You can swap in another unused high-star, high-level officer to get the Basic Buffs instead.

Commander
Unlocked at Commander Lvl 35
Basic Buffs Artillery Attack, Defense and HP (12 )
Copter Attack, Defense and HP (13 )
Commando Attack, Defense and HP (14 )
Vehicle Attack, Defense and HP (16 )
Special Buffs Rally Capacity (14 )
Deployment Capacity (16 )
Max Department Level 20
Specified Officers - Group 1 Krush, Mosh, Ellen, Stella
Specified Officers - Group 2 Edwin, Sally, Headless KnightSoldier-X
Specified Officers - Group 3 Edwin, Sally, Gingerbread ManSoldier-X
Specified Officers - Group 4 Edwin, Sally, Headless KnightWendy
Beginning Recommendation With good battle buffs and mostly accessible officers for F2P, beginners can make some good headway in this department.  Headless Knight is required in the Guardians Department, so go with Gingerbread Man to achieve the Specified Officer group.  Work towards your minimum 16 stars, then level your officers up to get as high buff percentage as possible.
Advanced Recommendation Not much difference from above.  The Rally and Deployment Capacities are especially useful for warriors and rally initiators.

 

The Commander Department focuses on battle buffs, and the Specified Officers are achievable for most players.  Soldier-X is a little difficult to get, but if you're patient I believe he becomes available for free every now and then.

Guardians
Unlocked at Commander Lvl 40
Basic Buffs Effective Defense Facilities (13 )
Defense Facility Building Speed (16 )
Special Buffs Defending Unit Defense (12 )
Defending Unit HP (14 )
Defending Unit Attack (16 )
Max Department Level 20
Specified Officers - Group 1 Marco, Matthew, Sally, Evilhorn
Specified Officers - Group 2 Captain Glory, Guan Yu, Headless KnightTurkey Knight
Specified Officers - Group 3 Captain Glory, Sally, Headless KnightEllen
Beginning Recommendation Beginners will have a tough time getting ahold of any officers besides Captain Glory, Headless Knight, and Ellen if they're not spending money, so perhaps forgoing the Specified Officers will be a better bet here.  Deals can be found on Sally, Guan Yu, and Turkey Knight though.  My recommendation is to assign what you have, promote them to as many stars as you can, and level them up.
Advanced Recommendation All of these are achievable if you're spending even a little bit of money.  Ellen is required for Strategists, and Sally is required for Commander, so go with Guan Yu and Turkey Knight, along with Captain Glory and Headless Knight.

 

No surprise that Guardians focuses on defensive buffs.  In my opinion the Special Buffs are more important than the Basic ones, so try to get a set of Specified Officers with the suggestions above.

Sergeant Major
Unlocked at Commander Lvl 50
Basic Buffs Chance of reducing damage taken when defending. (16 )
Chance of dealing extra damage when attacking. (20 )
Special Buffs Reduces enemy unit Attack. (16 )
Reduces enemy unit Defense. (18 )
Reduces enemy unit HP. (20 )
Max Department Level 20
Specified Officers - Group 1 Snow Fairy, Fluffy Bear, Nur, Lu Bu
Specified Officers - Group 2 Flora-X, Lee, Top PlayerDemon Queen
Beginning Recommendation (This Department and the ones that follow it only unlock when the player reaches Commander Level 50, which is inherently no longer a beginner, so this will now give advice for Free To Play (F2P) players.)

The only Specified Officers that are available for free are Nur and Top Player, so your best bet if you're F2P is to go for high star officers who aren't used elsewhere, then level them up.  The minimum star requirements are substantial, too, making this Department difficult to get very far until you're much higher level and spending money.
Advanced Recommendation Flora-X is required in the Artillery Colonel Department, so stick with group 1 of the Specified Officers.  Fluffy Bear is one of the best Officers to Assign to Defense, and you can use him both here and there, so he's worthwhile to get. Lu Bu is also good for both.

 

Sergeant Major also focuses on defense, with some substantial buffs, but also requiring high star levels of Officers that must be purchased.

Vehicle Colonel
Unlocked at Commander Lvl 50
Basic Buffs -Enemy Vehicle (Lv.5-Lv.9) Attack (13 )
-Enemy Vehicle (Lv.5-Lv.9) Defense (15 )
-Enemy Vehicle (Lv.5-Lv.9) HP (17 )
Special Buffs +Vehicle (Lv.10-Lv.11) Attack (14 )
+Vehicle (Lv.10-Lv.11) Defense. (16 )
+Vehicle (Lv.10-Lv.11) HP (18 )
+Vehicle (Lv.10-Lv.11) Damage (20 )
Max Department Level 40
Specified Officers - Group 1 Bunny Girl, Phantom, Witch, Mother Frost
Beginning Recommendation This department has only one group of Specified Officers, and both Witch and Mother Frost cost money, so F2P players will focus on high star officers and level them up.
Advanced Recommendation The broken record says: Get the Specified Officers, get as many total stars as you can, and level them up.

 

The Vehicle Colonel Department weakens your enemies low level vehicle troops, while strengthening your high level troops.  These are good things - you want them.

Commando Colonel
Unlocked at Commander Lvl 50
Basic Buffs -Enemy Commando (Lv.5-Lv.9) Attack (13 )
-Enemy Commando (Lv.5-Lv.9) Defense (15 )
-Enemy Commando (Lv.5-Lv.9) HP (17 )
Special Buffs +Commando (Lv.10-Lv.11) Attack (14 )
+Commando (Lv.10-Lv.11) Defense. (16 )
+Commando (Lv.10-Lv.11) HP (18 )
+Commando (Lv.10-Lv.11) Damage (20 )
Max Department Level 40
Specified Officers - Group 1 Top Player, Brian, Mr. & Mrs. Jones, Iron Will
Beginning Recommendation This department has only one group of Specified Officers, and both Mr. & Mrs. Jones and Iron Will cost money, so F2P players will focus on high star officers and level them up.
Advanced Recommendation Get the Specified Officers, get as many total stars as you can, and level them up.

 

Commando Colonel Department - same thing as the Vehicle Colonel Department, except more feet and less wheels. The Commando Colonel Department weakens your enemies low level commando troops, while strengthening your high level troops.

Copter Colonel
Unlocked at Commander Lvl 50
Basic Buffs -Enemy Copter (Lv.5-Lv.9) Attack (13 )
-Enemy Copter (Lv.5-Lv.9) Defense (15 )
-Enemy Copter (Lv.5-Lv.9) HP (17 )
Special Buffs +Copter (Lv.10-Lv.11) Attack (14 )
+Copter (Lv.10-Lv.11) Defense. (16 )
+Copter (Lv.10-Lv.11) HP (18 )
+Copter (Lv.10-Lv.11) Damage (20 )
Max Department Level 40
Specified Officers - Group 1 Spencer, Clint, Monkey King, EOD
Beginning Recommendation This department has only one group of Specified Officers, and three of the four cost money, so F2P players will focus on high star officers and level them up.
Advanced Recommendation Get the Specified Officers, get as many total stars as you can, and level them up.

 

Copter Colonel Department - same thing as the Commando Colonel Department, except more rotor blades and less feet. The Copter Colonel Department weakens your enemies low level copter troops, while strengthening your high level troops.

Artillery Colonel
Unlocked at Commander Lvl 50
Basic Buffs -Enemy Artillery (Lv.5-Lv.9) Attack (13 )
-Enemy Artillery (Lv.5-Lv.9) Defense (15 )
-Enemy Artillery (Lv.5-Lv.9) HP (17 )
Special Buffs +Artillery (Lv.10-Lv.11) Attack (14 )
+Artillery (Lv.10-Lv.11) Defense. (16 )
+Artillery (Lv.10-Lv.11) HP (18 )
+Artillery (Lv.10-Lv.11) Damage (20 )
Max Department Level 40
Specified Officers - Group 1 Demeter, Lee, Flora-X, Amimen
Beginning Recommendation This department has only one group of Specified Officers. Demeter and Amimen are easy to get, but both Lee and Flora-X cost money. Flora-X is very useful in attacks, so it's worth it to spend money on her if you're thinking about it. Otherwise, load this department up with non-Specified Officers.
Advanced Recommendation Get the Specified Officers, get as many total stars as you can, and level them up.

 

Artillery Colonel Department - same thing as the Copter Colonel Department, except more missiles and less rotor blades. The Artillery Colonel Department weakens your enemies low level copter troops, while strengthening your high level troops.

Chief of Strategists
Unlocked at Commander Lvl 50
Basic Buffs Reduces cooldown of Storm Wind's (Plane) active skill: HEAT (13 )
Reduces cooldown of Shadow Airship's (Plane) active skill: Anti-Air Cannon (15 )
Reduces cooldown of Slug Copter's (Plane) active skill: Active Protection (17 )
Special Buffs Enhances effect of Storm Wind's (Plane) active skill: HEAT (16 )
Enhances effect of Shadow Airship's (Plane) active skill: Anti-Air Cannon (18 )
Enhances effect of Slug Copter's (Plane) active skill: Active Protection (20 )
Max Department Level ??
Specified Officers - Group 1 Tarma Roving, Eri Kasamoto, Marco Rossi, Fio Germi
Beginning Recommendation Don't bother.
Advanced Recommendation Only bother if you have the Slug Officers.

 

I find this whole department offensive and annoying. First of all, the buffs have little to no importance, since they'll rarely be used. I have seen some very powerful (read 2B+) players use Slug Copter as their main attack plane, but very few of us are going to use any of these planes in any significant capacity. Second, the Specified Officers are the Slug Officers, which are all AMS officers, and as of October 2020 can no longer be acquired, even by purchasing them. If you have all of the Slug Officers go ahead and assign them here. I just think they created this department to encourage us to spend a lot of money.

Secretary of Defense
Unlocked at Commander Lvl 50
Basic Buffs Increases Commando HP when defending the Command Center (13 )
Increases Commando Defense when defending the Command Center (15 )
Increases Commando Attack when defending the Command Center (17 )
Special Buffs Increases Copter HP when defending the Command Center (16 )
Increases Copter Defense when defending the Command Center (18 )
Increases Copter Attack when defending the Command Center (20 )
Max Department Level ??
Specified Officers - Group 1 Elijah, Dark Soul, Fantom Rider, Roderic
Beginning Recommendation Although you will almost certainly not have the Specified Officers, this is a pretty useful Department. Use as many high-star Officers as you can, and level them up to get the Basic Buffs.
Advanced Recommendation Put some effort in here to get the Specified Officers, as this Department gives you some good buffs for defending your HQ.

 

The buffs this Department provides are useful in boosting the defense of your HQ, so put some focus here. The Specified Officers are all pretty interesting in their own right, with some Battlefield Skills that are worth checking out.

Chairman of the Joint Staff
Unlocked at Commander Lvl 50
Basic Buffs Reduces cooldown of Pegasus's (Plane) active skill: Combo (13 )
Reduces cooldown of Conqueror's (Plane) active skill: Elite Battle (15 )
Reduces cooldown of Ice Dragon's (Plane) active skill: Frost Breath (17 )
Special Buffs Enhances effect of Pegasus's (Plane) active skill: Combo (16 )
Enhances effect of Conqueror's (Plane) active skill: Elite Battle (18 )
Enhances effect of Ice Dragon's (Plane) active skill: Frost Breath (20 )
Max Department Level ??
Specified Officers - Group 1 Lion General, Ice Warrior, Lina, Silent Night
Beginning Recommendation If you use Pegasus as your main attack plane you'll want to work towards getting the Basic Buffs in this Department. Use high-star, high-level officers to get as far as you can here.
Advanced Recommendation These are useful buffs - get the Specified Officers and improve them.

 

If I'm irked at the Chief of Strategists Department, I'm delighted at the Chairman of the Joint Staff Department. Both Pegasus and Ice Dragon are frequently used planes, and most of the Specified Officers have other uses that are important (although they are AMS, so you will have to spend a good amount of money to improve them). Lina is very useful when Assigned to the Military Department for Training Troops, I keep Silent Night Assigned to the Technology Department all the time, and Ice Warrior is a good Assignment Defense Officer. (I do think that they added this Department to encourage you to purchase the 2019 Christmas Officers, though.)

Devil's Academy Principal
Unlocked at Commander Lvl 50
Basic Buffs Reduces Enemy Artillery Attack (13 )
Reduces Enemy Copter Attack (15 )
Reduces Enemy Commando Attack (17 )
Reduces Enemy Vehicle Attack (19 )
Special Buffs Increases Artillery Attack, Defense, and HP. (16 )
Increases Artillery Attack, Defense, and HP. (18 )
Increases Artillery Attack, Defense, and HP. (20 )
Increases Vehicle Attack, Defense, and HP. (24 )
Max Department Level ??
Specified Officers - Group 1 Christmas Yeti, Forest Guardian, Shield Maiden, Johnson
Beginning Recommendation Use non-Specified Officers to get the Basic Buffs, because they're good.
Advanced Recommendation These are useful buffs - get the Specified Officers and improve them.

 

Much as they did for the 2019 Christmas Officers with Chairman of the Joint Staff, they added this Department to encourage you to buy all of the 2020 Christmas Officers. The buffs are useful, though, debuffing enemy troops and boosting your own. Start with high-star, high-level officers until you can get and improve all of the 2020 Christmas Officers. You might also notice that the final Special Buff requires all four of your officers to have 6 stars - thanks AMS.