With a few rare variations, all of the Orders-Militant follow a standard organizational hierarchy set forth in some of the oldest texts of the Temple of the Divines
. Leading each Order is a Grandmaster, chosen from among the ranks of the Inner Circle of Keepers to serve for life. Should a Grandmaster become enfeebled with age to a point where he can no longer lead the order, he may abdicate the role or be voted into a forced abdication by the Inner Circle.
The Inner Circle itself is made up of a group of noble-blooded knights who have achieved the rank of Keeper of the Truth among the Order. According to the holy texts, there can only ever be six Keepers. These trusted men are the Grandmaster's council, advising him in all matters important to the Order. In some sects, the Inner Circle is a democratic body who votes on major decisions. In these cases, the Grandmaster acts as mediator of any debates and can cast a tie-breaking vote in the case of a stalemate.
The next rank in the Orders-Militant is that of Brother-Paladin; a rank reserved for those who have proven themselves not only as capable warriors, but also men of pure devotion to the divines and capable leaders. The Paladins of the orders also act as magistrates, generals, and diplomats - depending upon what task they might be called up on to serve.
Brother-Knight is the most common rank among the knighted members of the Orders, and makes up the bulk of its ranks outside of the common foot soldier. Many who join the Orders do so at this rank, having already lead a lifetime of preparation. Landless knights, younger sons of the entitled, and shamed warriors seeking salvation all make up the ranks of the Brotherhood.
Sometimes, however, a common soldier or a young aspirant might join one of the Orders in hopes of one day joining the ranks of the knighted. Squires act as aides, apprentices, and comrades-in-arms to the knights who are training them. The process of becoming a knight can be grueling in any situation, even for those noble sons studying in their father's household. For a squire training to become a knight within one of the Orders-Militant, the process is twice as difficult. The standards to which these aspirants are held are exacting and unforgiving. Added to this is the threat of death on the battlefield as they fight alongside their mentor. A squire might spend years in service to a Brother-Knight before becoming knighted himself.
Before this, an aspiring future-knight will join the order as an Initiate. The Initiates spend the majority of their time learning of the faith from the Speakers who serve the Order in their private chapels, ensuring their piety, devotion, moral integrity, and knowledge of the faith before they undergo the extensive military training of a squire.
Finally among the orders are those who bear arms for the Temple, yet are not knighted or undergoing the process of training to be knighted. These men-at-arms - known simply as Brothers - fight for the Temple and their Order with the same fervent devotion as their knighted brothers. Some Orders have little to no common soldiers, often simply having a dozen or so to act as guards for their fortress-monastery. Others, like the Order of the Flaming Lance, have an entire army of common soldiers lead by the Brother-Knights and Brother-Paladins of the order.