Remember, this is
Rank is really just an indication of how dangerous the missions/tough the enemies are that you are expected to engage at close quarters. (Example: various Close Wars
episodes, where in really critical situations, they throw three generals (plus their companies) into the front lines, while also sending a couple of senators in a sort of scout/secret agent role
Havoc Squad - and other famously ******es - presumably get treated by non-Spec Ops as effectively higher rank than they are.