Members are classified into one of the six Membership categories which best describes their main interest. This might identify with a Member's profession, but not necessarily so. There is many a Savage with more than a passing interest in one or more of the Membership categories, but who practises none professionally.

This is not to imply that any gentleman can become a Savage: in this, as in other imprecise areas of life, personal qualities are decisive. It is sometimes an indication of suitability that a candidate has pursuits or attainments of a personal nature which would qualify him for Membership.

A gentleman who would be equally comfortable in more than one category is at liberty to choose.