Here's a thought. It stems from the fact I'm kinda browned off that once I was a major and now I'm a sergeant and basically that's through lower ranks being able to join my games and lower ranks winning. Now I have no problem with lower ranks joining and/or winning, but the simple stats that I see are that over time more numbers or lower ranks join the games and through a variety of reasons they (collectively) are on top.
If I recall correctly a few years ago there were regular call outs to join the game you had to be above a certain rank. Well what about in game creation mode have an option to only allow ranks of two below and any rank above to join? My rationale here is that it is unreasonable to create games with only equal and higher ranks to join (no incentive for higher ranks, possibly lose too many points - equal rank sure) so lower rank should be allowed, but not necessarily cook/cadet and we lose simply because these newbies have joined and have no strategy or huge luck. If we lose, we lose minimally, but higher ranks can join at their own desire (and 'risk' - heheh).
Comments welcome. I am not premium as I like cc far too much and can't afford to spend all my time on it, and yes, I have no self control.