Structure & Grades

The Order of Musketeers and the Order of the Musketeer’s Cross are two distinct organisations which share extremely close ties, to the extent that they are administrated as one body. The only meaningful distinctions are their separate honour codes, and that the former is for men and the latter is for women, all other differences flow from these.

Houses are the local branches of the Orders. Each chapter (below) is part of its local house. If both Orders have chapters in an area, then their houses also share close ties. Houses are expected to meet regularly in any facility that is available to them, and may conduct their own charity work and hold their own social events. If they wish, houses may acquire a permanent facility for the use of both Orders. Houses are formed when a desire is expressed to form a chapter where there would be no existing house. 

Senior chapters are the main groups within the Orders. Each chapter is made up of members of the same order and is no larger than what could comfortably meet in a modest home, typically ten or fewer, although there is no obligation for any individual member to host his chapter. The primary purposes of a chapter are camaraderie and to hold each other accountable to the Tenets of Honour, but it may also carry out its own charity work. Chapters have no formal affiliation with each other outside of membership in the same house, but may freely form informal associations. Chapters are formed when an interest is expressed in joining either Order but no suitable chapter is currently available.

Junior chapters are similar to college fraternities and sororities. They are composed entirely of students of the same university. Members of junior chapters are encouraged to recruit new students and to join a senior chapter after graduation. Junior chapters are also encouraged to acquire a house to serve as a meeting place and residence for its members. Other than housing junior chapters perform the same functions as their older counterparts. Junior chapters cannot be the first chapter in their houses, if you are interested in forming a junior chapter contact your school’s local house

Scout chapters are planned boys’ chapters and would be part of the international scouting movement, teaching boys outdoorsmanship skills and good citizenship. Members of scout chapters would be referred to as “Scout Musketeers.”

Administrative Structure

The top level leadership of the Orders is a joint council of the Officers of both Orders, which makes all its decisions by consensus. The most senior Officer of the Order of Musketeers is referred to as the Grand Master of the Order and acts as the council’s chairman. The vice chair is the most senior Officer of the Order of the Musketeer’s Cross, who uses the title of Grand Mistress of the Order. Each order has three Officers who are appointed by the existing Officers, with preference given to the current and future spouses of the Officers.

Each house is led by a council made up of a treasurer, secretary, and two members-at-large, all of whom are elected by and from the house’s general membership. The membership meetings and council are chaired by the most senior member of the Order in the house l, who is referred to as the House Master or House Mistress. The council makes decisions by consensus and the general membership does so by an appropriate majority. The houses of both Orders are encouraged to appoint a shared chaplain, who must be clergy of a respected local religious community and is welcome at council meetings. 

Senior chapters have the least formal structure. The most senior member of the Order in that chapter is known as the Chapter Father or Chapter Mother and acts as the official leader and primary representative of the chapter.

Junior chapters elect a council from their own membership consisting of a chair, treasurer, secretary, and two members-at-large. This general membership and council make decisions in the same manner as houses. Also, the most senior member of the Order in the local house takes on the role of Chapter Patriarch or Chapter Matriarch, bestowing the responsibility to approve new members, the right to eject members and overrule decisions, and a standing invitation to the chapter’s social events, as well as being the ceremonial leader of the chapter. 

All positions granted by seniority may be passed down to the next in line instead. Seniority is determined by grade then time in grade, so a squire of ten years would be junior to a Knight of two years. A member holding a position is considered to be senior to anyone who may take his place.

Grades

Order of Musketeers

Grade Description Formal Address (does not apply to clergy)
Officer The Officers are the leaders of the Order (above). “Lord” before name and earned titles (such as military ranks)
Officer Emeritus Officers Emeriti are Officers who no longer hold the authority but remain members of the Order
Knight Knights are members who are singled out for recognition by the Officers. Up to thirty enter this grade per year, either joining the Order at the same time or being promoted. “Sir” before name and earned titles (such as military ranks)
Squire Squire is the default grade for members of the Order. A man is made a squire by being accepted into a authorised to form a chapter. As non-members
Brother Brothers are the members of junior chapters. After graduation they may be referred to as alumni of their junior chapters. “Brother” before first name

Members of the Order may refer to each other as sisters.

Order of the Musketeer’s Cross

Grade Description Formal Address (does not apply to clergy)
Officer The Officers are the leaders of the Order (above). “Lady” before name and earned titles (such as military ranks)
Officer Emeritus Officers Emeriti are Officers who no longer hold the authority but remain members of the Order
Dame Dames are members who are singled out for recognition by the Officers. Up to thirty enter this grade per year, either joining the Order at the same time or being promoted. “Dame” before name and earned titles (such as military ranks)
Matron Matron is the default grade for married members of the Order. A man is made a squire by being accepted into a authorised to form a chapter or by getting married, regardless of who her husband may be. As non-members
Maid Maid is the default grade for unmarried members of the Order. A man is made a squire by being accepted into a authorised to form a chapter or by getting married.
Sister Sisters are the members of junior chapters. After graduation they may be referred to as alumni of their junior chapters. “Sister” before first name

Members of the Order may refer to each other as sisters.