Department of Membership (Ranks)
Within the TarValon.Net community, there are several different levels of membership. The first is Citizen, which has several purposes, firstly for members who didn't want to be incredibly involved with the community and also to give people a chance to figure out whether or not they wanted to fully join the Tower, and to help Administrators reduce the amount of work which proved unnecessary, when the rank of Citizen was created. Citizens have access to the main part of the boards, are eligible to be moderators in some forums and can attend Tower Events.
Novices and Recruits
The levels of Novice and Recruit are the first in Tower membership. Upon obtaining Tower membership, the member must remain at this level for a period of at least twelve weeks before taking the test to become Accepted/Soldier. Members should realize that this is a bare minimum time requirement; many remain at this level for considerably longer. A member reading The Wheel of Time series for the first time will not be able to submit his or her name for advancement from this level until they have finished reading all the books in the main story arc. Reading New Spring and The World of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time as well is recommended but not required.
Accepted and Soldiers
This is the highest level of membership for Junior Members, one step below full Senior Members. One of the main purposes of being an Accepted/Soldier is to learn how to be a Senior Member, which means a greater understanding of TarValon.Net's groups than your average member. They have read all of the books in the main story arc, have passed the test for Accepted/Soldier with a minimum score of eighteen correct answers out of twenty five, and are at least fifteen years of age. At this stage they are allowed to explore two Ajahs/Companies at a time and are encouraged to explore each option that interests them for membership. They must stay at this level for a minimum of twelve weeks.
- Main article: Senior Member
A Senior Member is anyone who has earned the title of Aes Sedai or Gaidin at our community. These people have worked hard, gone through several examinations by the Hall, and passed two sets of tests. They have shown themselves to be dedicated to our community and have integrated themselves fully.