Unless your rank was granted by an Affiliate using the same standards as all Institute Affiliates, your rank does not automatically transfer. Depending on your level of experience you may take trials for the rank closest to your level of knowledge. Or we may discuss your background; perhaps create a modified trial to determine your level of knowledge to determine what courses you need to bring you up to speed. We don’t, however, hand out rank easily. Rank is not just a way to measure the level of knowledge a person has, but also whether they have internalized the Jedi path, as shown by their behavior and attitude. That requires us knowing you for more than a week. Therefor, unless you have been given permission to use your rank with us, we ask that you leave it at the door and join a place where it is the learning and sharing that matters, not the rank. The reason for this is that we are taking a big picture view of the Jedi community. Currently, most people interact online because there are not Jedi in their local area that they are aware of. However, the Jedi path is one that is lived and practiced offline, so standards are set to have meaning offline as well as online. While our standards are high, all students are given the tools to reach those standards. Whether or not you have the goal of attaining rank within the Institute, you will find Jedi training of value in your day to day life. If you would like examples, just ask anyone who has been training for a short while and they’ll be able to provide examples from their work, school, or relationships.