The Midnight Squadron has a unique internal command structure designed to be robust and flexible, yet give a clearly defined view of who is in charge, and who is not. Based on the command structures of several actual military organizations, it has been modified to suit the needs of this team and of the team we aspire to become in the future. We call the system Psuedo-Military.
It is strict enough, to keep people in order, and to appeal to those members who have been, or currently are in, a branch of the military, and lax enough that it does not encumber those who have never been in the military, and does not interfere with our having fun.
Authority Level Overview
Regardless of rank (with the exception of Cadet), Command authority is broken down into groups, which supercede rank. These are directly tied to the usergroups on the forums also.
A Cadet is just that, someone who has been recruited into the clan by a Division Commander. In order to receive this rank, a potential canidate must fulfill all the requirements for application to the clan, based on the division they have applied for. the authority to add someone the the recruit rank is granted to all Division Officers and Senior Commanders. In order to maintain this rank, a Recruit must remain active and show growth and a general acceptance of the Midnight Squadron Code of Conduct. Recruits report to a designated Team Leader or the Executive Officer.
An Officer(regular member) is someone who has successfully met the requirements to be a full member of the Midnight Squadron. In order to receive this rank, a Recruit must satisfy all recruitment requirements, including a time requirement, to his/her Division Commander(s). The authority to promote a Recruit to a full Member is granted to all Division Officers and Senior Commanders. In order to maintain this rank, a Member must examplify the Midnight Squadron Code of Conduct in their daily matters with the clan, as well as maintaining an active role in the Midnight Squadron. Members report to Team Leaders, or Executive Officer in case of a lack thereof.
A Team Leader is someone who has shown that not only can they play, they can lead as well. In order to receive this rank, a Member must exhibit dedication and drive above and beyond the call, and show a willingness or talent to lead, to his/her Division Commander(s). The authority to promote a Member to Team Leader is granted to all Division Officers and Senior Commanders. In order to maintain this rank, a Team Leader must examplify the Midnight Squadron Code of Conduct in their daily matters with the clan, as well as maintaining an active role in the Midnight Squadron, and have a unquenchable thirst for knowledge. The Team Leader reports to the Executive Officer.
A Technial Admin is someone who has a designated role administering a specific department In order to receive this rank, a Member must exhibit dedication and drive above and beyond the call, and show a willingness to handle projects not normally done by a conventional gamer. The authority to promote a Member to Technical Admin is granted to all Commanding Officers, although rare, and Senior Commanders. In order to maintain this rank, a Technical Admin must examplify the Midnight Squadron Code of Conduct in their daily matters with the clan, as well as maintaining an active role in the Midnight Squadron, and have the ability and time to operate behind the scenes. The Technical Administrator reports to either a Commanding Officer or to Senior Command.
Division Executive Officer
An Executive Officer, or XO, is the executor, or second-in-command of a division, and works directly under the Commanding Officer of a division. There is only one XO per Division in the MS, so obtaining this rank is extremely difficult. There are no real requirements to reach Executive Officer, but experience as a Team Leader is very helpful. The Executive Officer is selected by the Commanding Officer, and then approved by Senior Command. An Executive Officer's role in Midnight Squadron is to handle all incoming reports from members and Team Leaders, and to act as the Commanding Officer when he/she is not present.
Division Commanding Officer
A Commanding Officer, or CO, is the commander of a division, and works directly with Senior Command. There is only one CO per Division in the MS, so obtaining this rank is extremely difficult. There are no real requirements to reach Commanding Officer, but experience as a Team Leader or Executive Officer is very helpful. The Commanding Officer is selected by Senior Command, or by the relieved Commanding Officer, at the discretion of Senior Command. A Commanding Officer's role in Midnight Squadron is to lead the Division they are responsible for, handle escallated reports from the Executive Officer or Technical Administrators, and to carry out the directives of Senior Command.
A Senior Commander is the supreme authority for the clan. Senior Commanders work as a team and individually to ensure smooth operations of the clan. Only Capm or Cav may promote to Senior Command. Senior Commanders do not generally dabble in the operations of individual Divisions, and will more than likely take concerns to the Commanding Officers, opposed to confronting members directly.
The cadet rank, the lowest rank you can hold in the Midnight Squadron. Everyone starts here, and works their way up. How long you stay here, and what you have to go through to become a full member varies from Division to Division, so see the recruiting requirements of your repsective Divisions for further details.
These are the beginning Officer ranks(aka Enlisted), where you start at the beginning of your career with MS.
L2O's may start working towards a leadership position, and may hold Team Leader positions.
Warrant Officers in the Midnight Squadron have even higher expectations of maturity, loyalty and conduct, therefore officers go through a further training period before becoming Chief Officers. Members at this level may already be serving as team leaders, the lowest authoritative position.
Once you become a Chief Officer (aka commisioned), a number of doors open to members. All authority levels start with the commissioned officers. The highest standards of behavior and honor are expected of our officers. Not saying all officers will automaticly be bestowed with a position of authority, but these are the ranks, as well as the minimum rank for each authority level, except for those who may already be serving as Team Leaders.
Command. The top. Usually, after years of service you will reach this level, although it can be achieved quickly, that is usually the exception. Only the best, brightest, most mature, loyal and honorable achieve Command Status. The last of the doors start to unlock at these levels. Normally those who are at this level have a Division Command or have in the past commanded a Division. Earning Command Status means you have demonstrated an unfailing commitment to the team, and you have earned the respect and admiration of your peers. Not a small honor, and not easily earned.