The management simulation makes crew, workers and soldiers real. In Rulers of the Sea gamers will care about the fate of those they command, but if management is not their passion, they can leave the details to their officers.
Gamers can choose to serve as an uncommissioned officer, free to fight campaigns of their own choosing with militia. If they enter the commissioned Army, they belong to a Regiment and serve under a commander. This means commanding professional soldiers, but also having to obey orders and fight on behalf of one’s Regiment.
Land warfare is just as much about preparation and tactics as it is about action. Gamers primarily command soldiers in the field and will not often choose to actively fight along with their soldiers as they need to keep control of their command to win.