A Chain of Command (CoC) is a structured order of individuals who oversee different levels of responsibility. With each stage of the CoC comes a level of accountability. Information flowing up and down the chain of command insures that everyone in the club is informed of what’s
happening. In cases where you need information, or have information, the place to start is at the level of the CoC directly above or below you. Courtesy-copying others further away from you in the CoC is also acceptable, but the CoC is not being effectively used if someone in it is bypassed.
THE COMMAND STRUCTURE OF KAG
SUPPORT DIVISION CHAIN OF COMMAND
The Chain of Command for KAG’s various Support Divisions mirrors the basic one shown above for Fleets. There are additional connections as Divisional officers coordinate with their Fleet counterparts, i.e. the Quadrant Fencer coordinating Marine activities with the Quadrant Commander. Specifics of these connections and their impact on the Naval/Fleet CoC will be covered in the Fleet and Division descriptions.
Some people are members of more than one club (or of more than one division within KAG). An individual may consider taking on more than one command position. Although this is not prohibited, it must be pointed out that command positions are a responsibility. Trying to do justice to more than one can lead to serious overwork, and sometimes conflict-of-interest situations. So be careful that you don’t take on more than you can comfortably handle. If you find yourself in a conflict-of-interest situation, the honorable thing to do is to defer the duty in question to another officer.
THE HIGH COUNCIL
This is perhaps the most important of all of KAG’s ‘informal structures’. While not itself part of any Chain of Command, the Council consists of all of KAG’s Command, from Quadrant Commanders to Thought Admirals. The Council operates through the positions of its members, using debate, adaptability, and consensus to guide the club. The Council makes sure that when decisions are made that affect the club, they are informed decisions, made with the input of KAG’s members. Through its representatives, each member of KAG has access to all levels of KAG’s Command. Through its work, each member can see that they can have an influence on the future of their club.