A Rapier marshal is in charge of all rapier combat-related SCA activities. Depending on what type of marshal they are, their responsibilities may include being in charge of safety on the field (both tournament and war), carrying out armour inspection, authorisation of new fighters and keeping up-to-date with Society combat laws.
Marshals exist in two forms for all types of SCA combat. First are the Field Marshals who are charged with maintaining safety and order on the field and performing armor inspections. The second form of Marshal is the Authorizing Marshal who will administer the qualification tests as required by the appropriate kingdom procedures before a fighter can recieve authorization to participate in tournaments and battles for their chosen style of combat.
Many Kingdoms do not make a distinction between "Field" and "Authorizing" marshals.