As a military organization, CAIN has a structured chain of command and rank system, both performing a number of valuable functions.

CAIN Ranks

Rank system helps pilots to easily determine who has the most experience, the confidence and responsibility necessary to lead combat operations (and bring them to a successful conclusion), and who can make important decisions about corporate policy when answers are needed in short order. Ranks are NOT used for forcing lower-ranked members to do the bidding of higher-ranked members - especially in the peacetime. During wartime, however, it is imperative that pilots follow the chain of command. Because of this, the general staff makes sure that flag officers are not only experienced, but that they command the respect of the rank and file so that they can trust the decisions and follow the orders of flag officers without a second thought. The burden of rank is a two-way street, and both sides work together to make sure that things run smoothly. Ranks are 100% based on merit, not on the length of service. 

Flag Ranks

Fleet Admiral (ADM) - CAIN's Commander-In-Chief (CINC). The rank and position are always received at the same time. Current CINC of CAIN is Fleet Admiral Trony, with Admiral Ladel Teravada second-in-command

FADM Trony
ADM Ladel Teravada

Admiral (ADM) - the highest standard flag rank. Admirals must have held the rank of commodore for a minimum of six months prior to promotion, and must be nominated by a member of the general staff for promotion to this rank. Promotion is approved by a majority vote of the general staff (with CINC vote breaking any ties). The Chief of Fleet Operations (CFO) must carry the rank of Admiral to assume his or her position. While divisional commanders may hold the rank of Admiral, only the CFO is required to do so. All admirals, regardless of position, sit on the general staff.

Commodore (CDRE) - the intermediate flag rank. In order to be promoted to commodore, an officer must have held flag rank for a minimum of three months and during that time, the officer must have led a significant number of combat missions (be they low security patrols or war operations) during which contact with hostile forces was made and CAIN forces emerged victorious. In addition, the officer must be nominated for promotion to commodore by a member of the general staff and approved by a majority vote of the general staff (with CINC's vote breaking any ties).

Captain (CAPT)  - the lowest flag rank. In order to be promoted to captain, a pilot must held the rank of commander for a minimum of three month and have a significant and successful combat record during his or her time in service. They must also have earned the respect of their peers and be trusted to lead combat operations with confidence. They must be nominated by another flag officer for promotion to flag rank, and while a formal vote of the general staff is not necessary for their promotion to captain, a minimum of two members of the general staff (one of whom must be the CFO or CINC) must sign off on the promotion, and a formal objection by two or more members of the general staff to the promotion will veto it. Captain is the minimum rank required in order for a pilot to be considered for a divisional commander position.

Note that all flag rank officers are required to wear their regulation uniform in an official EVE portrait.

Fleet Ranks

Commander (CDR) - the highest non-flag rank, commanders are the most experienced of the rank and file, with significant combat experience as well as a minimum of six months in the Reserve. In order to be promoted to the rank of commander, they must be nominated for promotion by a flag officer and approved for promotion by two members of the general staff (one of whom must be the CFO or CINC). A formal objection by two or more members of the general staff to the promotion will veto it.

Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) - pilots with this rank have distinguished themselves in combat during wartime or on multiple patrols over a period of at least six months in the Reserve. In order to be promoted to lieutenant commander, pilots must be nominated by an officer of commander rank or above, and approved by a minimum of two officers rank commodore or above (one of whom must be a member of the general staff). A formal objection by any member of the general staff will veto the promotion. Lieutenant commander is the minimum rank an officer must achieve prior to receiving divisional responsibilities, such as recruitment officer, quartermaster, or diplomatic and intelligence staff.

Lieutenant (LT) - A recruit will be promoted to full lieutenant if all the following terms are met: the pilot has a minimum of three months flight time; the pilot has shown an active interest in the operations of CAIN during his or her probationary period; the pilot has participated in a minimum of two combat operations and performed well, according to the operational commander(s); the pilot has shown an ability to operate self-sufficiently.

Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG) - this rank is bestowed upon recruits who have successfully completed their probationary period. The privileges for a Lieutenant JG are few, and most Lieutenants JG who do not achieve the rank of full lieutenant within a year will most likely be mustered out of service with the Reserve.

Ensign (ENS) - this is the rank all new recruits have in the Reserve during their probationary period. It confers no privileges, other than the basic ones of being in the Reserve.

Fleet rank officers are not required, but highly encouraged to wear their regulation uniform in an official EVE portrait. If ones does not have a uniform, one will be provided at no cost.

CAIN Structure

Flag Rank
The rank Admiral, commodore and captain that makes up the leadership of the Reserve and often are the divisional commanders of the Reserve.

Fleet Rank
The five ranks below commander that makes up the majority of the reserve. When members reach the rank of Lieutenant Commander he receives a divisional position where the pilot has shown skill during his service.

General Staff
The ruling body and leadership of the Reserve.

Command Staff
Divisional commanders and their staff.

Divisional Commanders
CAIN has four divisional commanders whom each has one area of responsibility.

Chief of Fleet Operations (CFO) is in charge of the Fleet Operation Division, responsible to carry out any military operations and objectives of the Reserve. Current CFO is ADM Ladel Teravada.

Quartermaster General (QMG) Is responsible for the Quartermaster Division and of the material needs of the Reserve making sure that logistic during both peace and wartime is working as intended. Can appoint junior Quartermasters to help out with the task.

Chief of Diplomatic Staff (CDS) has the responsibility of the Diplomatic Division and the public responsibilities of the Reserve, the CDS is in charge of public announcements on behalf of the Reserve.

Chief Recruitment Officer (CRO) Responsible for the Recruitment Division and is in charge of both recruitment and the training of new recruits in basic combat operation. The CRO can appoint recruitment officers that can help out and make sure same high standard is meet.