Alliance Navy Field Manual Mark 11
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Membership in the Alliance Navy is open to the public and any person above the age of 16 years old (18+ preferred) may join upon the approval of a Scout.
Membership is universal throughout the Alliance Navy. Except where conflicts of interests exist, such as when a member participates in a rival group in a game in which the Alliance Navy operates, a member of the Alliance Navy is entitled to the privileges of membership in every game the Alliance Navy plays.
Code of Conduct
The Alliance Navy’s Code of Conduct defines the standards of behavior expected of all members. Members who fail to meet these standards are subject to disciplinary action, up to and including ejection from the Alliance Navy. Members shall adhere to the following standards:
Don't Be A Dick
Every other rule of the Alliance Navy is merely a special case of this rule. For our continuance as a group, we rely on members who show respect to each other and to our group as a whole.
Note these points:
- Treating a dick the same way they treat you is still being a dick.
- Being right about an issue does not mean that you are not being a dick.
- Being polite does not mean that you are not being a dick.
- If people keep saying that you are being a dick, you may, in fact, be being a dick.
You Represent The Alliance Navy
Members should avoid those actions that are unflattering or unbecoming of our group, especially in public settings. Cheating at games, using racial epithets, and demeaning others are all examples of actions to be avoided.
Assume Good Faith
Members are volunteers who take part in the group for personal enjoyment and fulfillment. They are always deserving of respect for their contributions to the group. Members should assume good faith of one another until they have an explicit reason to believe otherwise.
The Alliance Navy is a community of adults, and members should expect mature conversations to occur. However, if someone requests that you stop discussing something that is making them uncomfortable, you should listen. Detailed discussion of sensitive topics such as like politics and sexuality should be kept to private channels and conversations.
As a supplement to the Code of Conduct, the Alliance Navy has established a set of Community Guidelines to help illustrate conduct we collectively agree to be acceptable and unacceptable, as well a history of specific interpretations and rules made regarding the Code of Conduct, Community Guidelines, and other standards of behavior for members of the Alliance Navy.
Ranks & Recognition
For a full breakdown of the AN’s ranks, ratings, merits, and medals, refer to Insignias & Decorations.
Ranks indicate the authority and responsibility a member holds at a particular moment in time. Ranks may increase or decrease rapidly in view of both the member’s leadership ability and the group’s needs. E-1 through E-4 are largely awarded through seniority and activity with the group. E-5 and above are awarded on a combination of merit and a history of contributions towards group management.
Most new members are considered a probationary member for their first 30 days of membership.
Enlisted, E2 - E4
Most members of the Alliance Navy are enlisted.
Non-Commissioned Officer, E5 - E7
Non-Commissioned Officers, NCOs, execute limited administrative power to steward the Alliance Navy’s day-to-day operations.
Senior Non-Commissioned Officer, E8 - E9
Senior Non-Commissioned Officers, SNCOs, have moderate administrative authority within the group and are typically senior subject-matter experts or supervisors.
Junior Officer, O1 - O3
While SNCOs are responsible for most high-level administrative tasks, Junior Officers may lead important group-wide efforts.
Senior Officer, O4 - O6
Senior Officers lead high-profile, group-wide efforts and typically hold positions within Central Command.
Admiral, A1 - A2
Admirals are the highest authorities in the group, as set forth in the Central Command Section below.
Ratings indicate a member’s demonstrated competencies, and recognize a member’s achievement in technical skills and facilitate effective organization of teams and events. While ratings are generally permanent, ratings may be revoked for demonstrated incompetence or reworked as underlying skill demands change.
Merits & Medals
Merits & Medals indicate examples of a member’s notable participation. As examples, merits and/or medals may recognize: involvement in major campaigns, outstanding individual or team achievements, or tenure. Merits typically reside with a member for the duration of their career with the Alliance Navy.
The Alliance Navy’s leadership and structure starts with a Central Command of six members:
Jointly, the Fleet Admiral and the Vice Admiral are referred to as the Admiralty. They are meant to cooperate in regards to most decisions of personnel administration within the Alliance Navy, including a role in the appointment and dismissal of most subordinate positions.
The Fleet Admiral has the ultimate responsibility for the group’s welfare and success. He directs the activities of the other members of Central Command and holds final authority over decision-making, excepting under certain limited circumstances.
The Vice Admiral is the Fleet Admiral’s assistant and fulfills his duties in his absence. The Vice Admiral is responsible for coordinating the affairs of Central Command as a group, including their meetings and policy initiatives.
Jointly, the Admiralty directly organize and oversee the Operations Branch for the purposes of:
Games: Selection and prioritization of games the Alliance Navy participates in.
Training: Recommends ratings and courses of training, and appoints trainers.
Teams: Organizes fireteams and appoints team leaders.
Jointly, the officers in charge of components of the Alliance Navy are the Command Cadre. The Command Cadre is subordinate to the Admiralty.
The Administrative Officer is responsible for organizing and overseeing the Alliance Navy’s administrative functions. These include:
Recruitment: Recruitment and orientation.
Alliance Navy News Network (AN4): Creative assets, graphic design, and media.
Policy and Personnel: Documenting personnel actions, status (e.g. activity, discipline), and standing policy decisions.
Collectively, the positions and organization created to perform these duties are referred to as the Administrative Branch. While these functions are vital to the effectiveness of the Alliance Navy, the activities of the Operations Branch are the principal purpose and focus of the group.
The Logistics Officer is responsible for organizing and overseeing the infrastructure of the Alliance Navy. This includes:
Web Infrastructure: Website domain and hosting, wiki, databases.
Game Server Infrastructure: Back-end management of game servers
Communication Software: Discord, Teamspeak, etc.
Development: Creates, updates, and improves the Alliance Navy’s technology assets, including frontend web design, backend web design, and clientside programs.
Accounts: Controls access to community accounts held for media & identity.
Judge Advocate General
The Judge Advocate General is responsible for oversight and accountability across the chain of command. Their job is to investigate and recommend action regarding allegations by membership of conduct against the spirit or letter of AN policy that cannot be remedied through the regular execution of the COC or moderator action. They also make themselves available to answer questions by the membership relating to group policy.
Master At Arms
The Master At Arms is the Alliance Navy's chief moderator, and is responsible for managing the moderation team and moderation dispute resolution.
Appoint Moderators: The MAA may appoint moderators subject to Admiralty approval.
Ensure Compliance: The MAA ensures standards are applied consistently across the board.
Community Moderators: The Master at Arms is responsible for appointed Moderators, who are entrusted with the power to moderate the Alliance Navy’s common communications platforms. Moderators are expected to:
- Demonstrate personal good judgment and conduct in their actions.
- Represent the Alliance Navy in a positive and respectful way.
- Enforce the Code of Conduct fairly, consistently, and without bias.
- Resolve conflict involving members, both internally and with outsiders.
- Document disciplinary issues and actions in a timely fashion. Recommend action by higher levels of authority where necessary.
Operations Leadership Positions
The following positions within the Operations Branch are explicitly defined, as they are essential to the Alliance Navy’s structure and operations. Admiralty retains the ability, in consultation with the Admiralty, to create new positions or to modify the scope or duties of individuals holding the below positions. Appointments to any position within the Alliance Navy are made made by the Admiralty on the basis of merit and activity, and are subject to dismissal on the same grounds.
Admiralty is responsible for appointed Game Supervisors, who are expected to:
- Provide day-to-day structure and leadership of operations in a specific game.
- Promote activity within the game.
- Solicit and direct recruitment within the game in concert with Recruiters.
- Recommend discipline regarding events that occur within the game.
An individual member may be appointed as the Game Supervisors for multiple games, so long as they are able to devote the time and effort needed for each game.
Admiralty is responsible for appointed Team Leaders, who are expected to:
- Serve as a resource to Operations leadership in organizing group events.
- Generate activity for the Alliance Navy at large in formal and informal events.
- Coordinate and develop the Alliance Navy’s event calendar.
Admiralty is responsible for appointed Trainers, who are expected to:
- Provide training necessary for individuals to achieve advanced ratings
- Enhance the effectiveness of teams
- Enhance the Alliance Navy’s effectiveness in games
- Coordinate with systems created by the Administration to track personnel development
Administration Leadership Positions
The following positions within the Administrative Branch are explicitly defined, as they are essential to the Alliance Navy’s structure and operations. The Administrative Officer retains the ability, in consultation with the Admiralty, to create new positions or to modify the scope or duties of individuals holding the below positions. Appointments to any position within the Alliance Navy are made by the Admiralty on the basis of merit and activity, and are subject to dismissal on the same grounds. Personnel may be appointed without meeting the satisfied rank or promoted in conjunction with appointment.