I got my first stripe on my glove in stand-up fighting, and I got promoted to the non-beginner class.
My instructor used the words, "good all-around fighter" in his little promotion speech.
It's funny, because when I first started fighting stuff, the belt/promotion concept terrified me. There is a reason I started with a program that has no belt but black. I didn't want to have to test. I didn't want to be judged and found lacking, I suppose.
Now I love the rankings. I don't love them because they prove one person better than another. I love them because they give you something to mark your progress.
I don't need to have a black belt right this second, or even a blue belt, but it feels good to be able to say, "I worked hard, and I got better, and I earned the color I"m wearing around my waist."