Yay! You’ve chosen a rank system, now what?
Now may be the time to take a look at what role a rank plays in your organization.
In the military rank is used for organization, but so much more is connected with it. Pay is a big one, status another, proficiency… eh, you’d be surprised.
Rank in the militia is a tool for organization and purpose. Unlike the military, rank should be much more fluid meaning; John is a Captain and has been here over 3 years. A life event has happened and John can’t give the role the attention it needs, he steps down and Fred steps up.
This is not a negative on John. Knowing ones limitations (and asking for assistance) is a strength, and a group that can share the yolk of burden in trying times will most likely weather the storms in life.
Ranks can be used as an organization for communication as well.
One should consider people who can teach rather than ones who are proficient, but can’t show others to do the same, for leadership roles.
Some folks get hooked on how the military operates and how they treat lower enlisted/ranked. In the military you are in a legal contract, if you tick off the wrong person they can ruin your life.
This is not how it should be in the militia. People are lazy, poor listeners, and flaky. It is what it is, but you can not start yelling at them like they’re some private. They are patriots, or at least have some modicum of themselves that wants to be.
In a later blog I intend to talk about “proficiencies” and accountability which should help in choosing people for ranks.
And just a reminder, you don’t need a rank to be a leader.
Thank you and stay tuned.