Reserves shouldn't be keeping factions alive. Especially in the case of base factions. If you are incapable of being active alongside your officers then you just resign cause you end up hurting the faction and indirectly you did the same intentional or not. Also, lets assume you never had officers and it was just you it is still manageable relying on reserves shows how incompetent of a leader you truly are since you can't rely on yourself as well as your intuition.
As for this post I couldn't agree more this is a step in the right direction and can possibly make ranks have an actual impact as they used to as opposed to being something you are just "given." Also, hoping that people that abused and lied about reserve ranks get looked into @AwesomeAidan you should know a few of the names.