Within your prepping group you should have multiple skill sets prevalent. In this article we will be mostly discussing the skill set of leadership. In all circumstances, high ranks should only be given to those with good leadership ability and good reaction skill under stress. Many groups have their rank systems established in a manner that resembles first come first served, giving the first individuals to join seniority. In some situations, where the individuals all have equal skill sets this is a reasonable method. How ever for most groups this will not be the case.
Another large fault not recognized by groups is the officer to enlisted ratio. Many groups consisting of 12 members will have colonels, majors, and captains. In reality this is not an effective set up, as in reality a major would command over 150 personnel. In reality if you have a group of about 30 men, 90% of them should be enlisted. Mostly being private first class and lance corporals with a lieutenant or captain as a commander. With one or two senior NCO’s serving as advisers to the commander. If you’re group consists of any less than 20 men their should be one lieutenant and two senior NCO’s serving as advisers. If the lieutenant were to die, one of the senior NCO’s can replace him and one of the sergeants can replace the senior NCO.
Who becomes a commander or an NCO is dependent on the group leader, and the group leader should take into consideration, how well the individual can handle high stress decisions and short term reactions, as well as how well he can inspire and make his subordinates willing to follow him. Leadership is key to an NCO or officer. Those with outstanding skill sets are better used as junior enlisted, as they will be doing the most work anyways. They can teach others their skill sets as well as developing their own. Always have successors for each billet you have within your group so there is no confusion when one member dies or cannot perform his duties. Maintain strict coherence to authority at all times. Maintain discipline, especially within the lower ranks. If a junior enlisted speaks up and challenges the commander or an NCO the rest of the platoon will see the challenged as weak and will have less willingness to continue in the group.
Obviously, any members will prior military or police experience should be placed at priority for promotions, leadership positions, and teaching positions. Your goal is to have everyone on the same level in training, knowledge, and capability. Once the group exceeds over 90 men, a captain may be installed with 3 lieutenants leading a platoon of 30 each and the captain leading the lieutenants. Once the group exceeds over 300 a major may be installed with 3 captains and 9 lieutenants etc. But do not make the mistake of making 50% of the personnel officers as many amateur groups do.