The =RvE= organization is based on a minimalistic ranking structure. This allows for a more member-defined level of participation, proficiency, and responsibility. Rather than forcing members to advance through numerous mil-sim styled ranks in order to gain some perceived level of authority, =RvE= members will instead enjoy a community of like-minded individuals flying in DCS, without the burden of wondering when their next promotion is coming, if they can pass a performance review - or God forbid, remember to say 'sir'.
That being said, there are a few reasons for having the ranks as described below. One - New members need an easily identifiable person to bring their questions or concerns before. And Two - a group of this size needs designated people to perform administrative tasks, produce content in the form of missions, set behavior expectations, and provide voluntary leadership.
Fucking New Guy (FNG)
These are the newly accepted recruits of =RvE=. As an FNG, they are probationary members and are in the process of being vetted by the entire group. The only required expectation of an FNG is to learn how the group operates, and to maintain a good relationship with everyone. This is the Trial by Fire. We can teach a person a lot about DCS and how =RvE= operates, but we can't force someone to change their personality. If a person does not fit, and finds themselves at odds with the majority of the group, that person will not make it within =RvE=.
Once a person has established themselves reasonably sound of mind, participates in Squad Events regularly, gels with the main group, and maintains an active presence in TS/Slack/Forums, after a month, that person can expect to have their title changed to that of Airman. This is an automated process; there is no formal ‘request for promotion’. Welcome to =RvE=.
The Reservist/Inactive rank is assigned to those casual members of =RvE= that cannot make the commitment to participate in =RvE= events as much as they would like, and want to remain a member. Additionally, prior members/legacy members/founders of =RvE= that Leadership wants to remain within the group will be assigned this rank.
Once a person has been officially accepted into the group, their title will change to that of Airman. This group makes up the bulk of =RvE=, and as such, tends to be the face of =RvE= in public events due to their numbers. These are the people the DCS community at large interacts with on the various forums and public servers. As such, there is a lot of responsibility placed upon an Airman. The public perception of =RvE= hinges on that very first moment interaction begins. Don't be 'that =RvE= asshole'.
An Airman is a member who at times may want to lead a flight or two, provide GCI in a mission sometimes, or take a more relaxed position and fly wing all the time. There is no pressure to perform as an Airman, other than to participate on a regular basis with =RvE=. We are keeping =RvE= purposefully low in number, and those that do not or cannot be counted on to show up on Squad Nights or =RvE= publicly involved events consistently will be placed on Reserve Status (discussed below). This will allow Staff to let a few new FNGs into the group who really want to play.
The Specialist is a member of =RvE= that has demonstrated the desire to consistently provide expertise in one or more areas of DCS and has taken on the role of mentor, trainer, or content provider. Additionally, the Specialist may be one who Staff relies upon to lead missions as overall mission commander, flight lead, or GCI. This role should only be requested if the member is prepared to take on additional responsibility in the group and provide leadership for others, both in game and out.
Specialists should be well versed in a specific area of the game with near complete knowledge of an airframe or game mechanic/function (A2A/A2G/Mission making, etc). A specialist may also be a member with exceptional skills in out of game concepts, such as image editing, 3rd party app expertise (Helios/game mods/Lua/MiST), and the like.
These are the people who are responsible for the well-being of FNGs, regardless of the 'specialty' they bring to the table. All Specialists are expected to train, offer advice, and monitor the progress of FNGs on their journey toward full membership.
=RvE= Board are veterans of =RvE= and other trusted individuals who Leadership has identified as those who are relied upon to have additional responsibilities assigned to them, such as website/server administration, initial FNG contact, squadron liaison and coordinator, and disciplinarian/mediator. A member of Staff is not in any way superior to any other member of =RvE=, the position is one that does not impart any special treatment or preference. In terms of pure 'rank', a member of Staff is equal to that of a Specialist. However, as Staff, expect what is imparted upon the =RvE= members as far as policy is concerned, is coming from Leadership (Flame).