Initiates are the mainline rank of a Fighting Company of the Black Templars Space Marines. Initiates are the backbone of a Fighting Company, playing a role similar to Tactical Marines. After honing their skills, Initiates may specialise in a particular area of combat, such as jump pack assaults, heavy weapons or bikes.
In addition to their combat duties, Initiates are responsible for picking and training Black Templars Neophytes and guiding them in battle. The Initiate decides when the Neophyte has completed his training, after which the Neophyte is implanted with the Black Carapace and receives his power armour.