What exactly is the purpose of ranking up the pilots? To me the pilots seem just superficial and don't serve any real purpose to the game... It's strange that they even show up in the final score screen after game, considering everyone looks pretty much the same. It's like a half-baked Bethesda/generic MMO game character creator that doesn't really add value to the gameplay.
I think I currently am at rank 25 (Bannerman II)? and I don't see any career progression unlocks for leveling up, or any ship benefits for leveling up - so what's the deal? Is it for matchmaking purposes?