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Roles/Responsibility or Rank?



This seems to be the crux of an organization. Since Bob has X ability shouldnt he have rank? No, no he should not.


Let me explain;

As stated previously, ranks are an organizational and communications tool. Throwing rank at folks because of a niche ability (although kind and well intentioned) is not helping.

If someone has a useful or specialty skill allow them to operate in that role, it doesn't mean they need a higher rank.


For example; Bill joins the militia. He’s wet behind the ears on many things. However, he worked at a local state/national park and he is great at land navigation and knows a bit about foraging. Bill can teach land nav effectively. Have him teach it, he doesn't need rank for that.


Fred joins and he ran a range for the LEOs. He can be a safety on range days and not need rank.

I hope you’re picking up what I’m putting down.


If all that's true, when and how do I rank people?

In the beginning, when its you and a few friends, agree on who’s in charge. If its a hand full of you the highest rank will be a corporal or sergeant (this is covered in growing your ranks).

Later on it’ll depend on who is active, shows up, is proficient, and isn't a power hungry ahole.


Proficiency are up next.



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7 hours ago, 2 Cents said:

But Preston Garvey said, "The leader of the Minute Men has always held the rank of General." 😄


Another settlement needs your help. I'll mark it on your map.

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Here are my thoughts, not as, but by being an Eagle Scout as well as a retired career Army veteran.  In a non-government mandated unit, the members themselves need to assess each member's strengths and weaknesses.  By consensus, they must elect a leader as well as fill the required positions.  I'm a firm believer in the "Patrol method."  Beyond that, in a government mandated unit, I'd support the officers appointed over me.

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Let me caveat this with the fact that my loyalties begin and end with the Constitution of the United States of America.

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Does an SF guy have more experience over a grunt?


The question is phased wrong...


Try again.

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