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Questions tagged [starfleet-rank]

The rank of an individual in Starfleet (Star Trek). Starfleet ranks and insignia are fictional titles and badges that form the hierarchy of Starfleet in the Star Trek television shows and movies. It goes from crewman to fleet admiral. Use this with the [star-trek] tag.

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What are the criteria for advancing from Ensign to Lieutenant junior grade in Starfleet?

The Memory Alpha Wiki says: At this rank [LTjg], [officers] had begun to prove their ability to perform acceptably in Starfleet, and typically began to take on more senior roles in command ...
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Geordi's authority in Arsenal of Freedom [closed]

Just watching The Arsenal of Freedom, and I thought La Forge was a bit arrogant. I usually like the character, but he was acting like Logan's superior rank meant nothing! Can a junior grade ...
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Why is Tuvok so accepting of others calling him by his first name?

As Tuvok is Vulcan, I would think that he'd view basically everything in light of Starfleet guidelines, including how subordinates address him. However, he is apparently okay with Harry Kim and Tom ...
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How come there are no middle-aged senior officers on the Enterprise D other than Picard?

In a military organization, the number of members of a given rank is generally lower the higher the rank is: fewer Lt. Commanders than Lieutenants, fewer Captains than Commander and so on. Also, ...
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Besides the famous captains, do we actually know anything any Admiral did to earn that rank?

As far as I recall, we know of the following admirals in the future: Adm. Archer (future), Adm. Riker (future), And we know of Adm. Janeway (comtemporary in Star Trek: Nemesis), Arm. Kirk (...
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Why would Worf be First Officer of the Enterprise?

I'm specifically referring to the episode(s) Gambit. In the absence of Riker and Picard, Data takes command of the Enterprise and Worf is second in command. This seems wrong however because he is ...
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Why is there a prominent cadet on Discovery?

Why is Cadet Tilly on the U.S.S. Discovery? This seems like an odd choice based on previous Star Trek precedent in general and also given that U.S.S. Discovery is the most advanced starship in the ...
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Why are all Starfleet ships commanded by Captains?

To my knowledge every Starfleet ship we see is commanded by a Captain. From what I know of modern navies: Lieutenants, Lieutenant Commanders, and Commanders can also command ships. I'm just curious as ...
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Why is O'Brien who operates the transporter called Chief in Star Trek?

Chief suggests someone high-ranking and/or the job is very difficult. There are higher-ranking officers in Star Trek but they are not called chief. I do not know how difficult the job is but on a ...
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In Star Trek, what's the rank progression from cadet to captain?

In Star Trek, Starfleet academy students take various different courses, for example: medicine, science, communications, exobiology. But how do cadets make the big chair - what's the career ...
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How did Beverly Crusher attain the rank of Commander?

Reading Dr. Crusher's biography on Memory Alpha, I don't understand how it is exactly that she got to be a Commander. When did she put in the time as an officer in a non-medical capacity, enough to ...
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Why was Dr. Bashir a lieutenant instead of an ensign?

In Deep Space 9, Dr. Bashir was posted to the space station as his first assignment, but he had the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade. Why didn't he have a rank of Ensign? Was he fast-tracked?
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What's the command structure at the top of Starfleet?

We seem to meet an awful lot of mostly non-recurring admirals. What's the command structure at the top of Starfleet? Does Starfleet report to a Commander-in-Chief? Is the Federation Council ...
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Why did DS9 need a Science Officer (pre-wormhole!)?

There is some suggestion that there's a position of Science Officer aboard starships. On NCC-1701, this was Spock. On NX-01, this was T'Pol. But there really isn't such high-ranking position on ...
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What's the origin of referring to female superior officers as “sir”?

It is well established in Star Trek: The Next Generation that female superior officers are normally referred to as sir. This is applied to Dr. Crusher, Counselor Troi, Cmdr. Shelby, Maj. Kira, Lt. ...
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Why did they film a scene for Nemesis with Lt. Wesley Crusher?

In this deleted scene, Wesley appears at the Riker-Troi wedding in a Lt JG uniform. Why would this occur? It's clear from "Journey's End" that And then he resigns from the Academy and goes and ...
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Which Star Trek character appeared on screen with the most different ranks?

I don't mean due to inconsistency and prop goofs (like O'Brien's notoriously inconsistent depiction). But field commissions, flashbacks, alternate timelines, Q-manipulations, etc would be in-bounds. ...
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How did Starfleet have an admiralty if it didn't have a fleet?

When you watch Star Trek: Enterprise you see them communicating with Starfleet command, Admiral Forrest is a recurring character. It seems to me that the admiralty and command structure is very ...
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Why wasn't Harry Kim promoted beyond ensign, when others like Tom Paris were multiple times?

I read this question, but it's not the same as mine: Why is Harry Kim senior staff? ST Voyager "Nightingale": JANEWAY: You've been in command on Voyager before. KIM: On the night shift, for ...
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Was there ever a time that the crew of the Enterprise-E would have worn TNG S1-7 / DS9 / Generations-style uniforms?

In 'First Contact', La Forge makes reference to the crew of the Enterprise-E having been in space for over a year by that point. Given that the revised ST:FC Starfleet uniforms (grey shoulders) were ...
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In Star Trek, are there any (named) low-ranking older officers?

Of course, I mean besides Lt. JG Picard in "Tapestry": Is it just Hollywood bias or are we to believe that officers either get promoted, get killed, or retire if their career is not advancing?
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How did Worf's adoptive father know O'Brien's rank?

In "Family", Worf's adoptive father, Sergey Rozhenko beams aboard and is instantly buddies with Chief O'Brien (from his point of view). WORF: They still have not signalled? O'BRIEN: No sir. ...
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How many admirals are in Starfleet?

Let's say in the TNG era. They seem to be pretty rare given that they have to be promoted mostly from the ranks of the most accomplished captains. I would guess maybe twenty are encountered or ...
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In TNG novels, how did this key character leapfrog another for promotion?

Entire question is spoilers for TNG novels. I'm not into reading Star Trek novels, but I somehow stumbled upon the publisher's description for Takedown: Question:
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Why is Harry Kim senior staff?

Harry Kim is an ensign, the most junior of post academy officers. Voyager is Harry's first posting after the academy (VOY: Non-sequitur). Kim is the primary operations officer even before half of ...
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Chief medical officer outranks captain; what is the specific limit to this, and when is it first established?

This answer discusses how combat and non-combat officers fit into a military hierarchy, how this impacts the ability of one to command the other, and how that fits into the ST:TOS hierarchy. However, ...
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Beverly Crusher's rank aboard The Enterprise

In TNG, Riker is the first officer and has the rank of Commander. Lt. Commander Data is the 2nd officer, yet Crusher outranks Data. Why is it that he's the 2nd officer and she isn't? Where does she ...
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Limit of promotions or officers (Starfleet, Klingon fleet, etc.)

Is there any sort of limit as to how many officers a Captain may promote on his/her ship to the appropriate position?
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Is there a minimum ranking a Chief Medical Officer on a Starfleet Starship needs to be?

In TOS McCoy was a Lt Cmdr and Crusher was a full Cmdr. It seems that to be Chief Medical officer you need to be a reasonably high-ranking officer. The exception to this is The Doctor (EMH) in VOY, ...
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What happened to Nog's field promotion on the Valiant?

During "Valiant" (S06E22), Nog is given a field promotion from Ensign to Lieutenant Commander when he's assigned by Tim Watters (himself only a Red Squad Cadet who received a field commission to ...
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Is there a tendency for captains to call their first officers 'Number 1'?

I've noticed that Picard calls Riker 'Number 1' regularly and I thought nothing of it. But in a recent episode I watched (where there's the simulated battle between the Hathaway and Enterprise-D), ...
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Are there Warrant Officers in Starfleet?

Does this rank even exist, or if it does is it utilized? I've often wondered as it would seem quite applicable in many scenarios. I know that on occasion the non-commissioned ranks have been somewhat ...
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Why is Chief O'Brien's rank so low when he is the senior engineer of Deep Space 9?

In all other Star Trek series the chief engineer is a Lieutenant or higher Lieutenant Commander Montgomery Scott Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge Lieutenant junior grade B'Elanna Torres Commander ...
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Why do Lieutenant Torres and Lieutenant Carey have different pips?

Going through and watching Voyager again, I'm noticing a difference in pips for the officers of similar ranks. For instance, Torres and Carey are both lieutenants, yet they have different pips. At ...
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What exactly is a Star Fleet Admiral's duty?

Once a Captain has been promoted to Admiral, what becomes their official duty? Do Admirals have certain predetermined Captains and ships under their command, or do they get orders from higher up? What'...
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Can Starfleet doctors make Captain rank?

In TNG, Beverly Crusher has the rank of Commander. Since she is a high-ranking officer, it got me thinking about doctors in general. Is there a rank for doctors that is higher than Commander? Could ...
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Why is Janeway an Admiral and Picard is not?

Checking out Janeway's history on Memory Alpha, I see that she had her first assignment sometime in the 2350's. Now, Picard on the other hand, had his first assignment in 2327. He was then ordered ...
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Why does Tom Paris get Starfleet rank, but the Maquis get provisional rank?

Once Voyager is stranded in the Delta quadrant Janeway gives Tom Paris the rank of lieutenant, and he gets two little pips on his collar. Janeway gives the Maquis crew including Chakotay rank on ...
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Are the Star Trek Next Generation rank pips based on anything from real life?

In Star Trek: The Next Generation, the rank of Starfleet officers is denoted by the “pips” on their collar. An Ensign has one, a Commander three, a Captain four, and Admirals have three pips in a box ...
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Star Trek movie characters' ranks

How could Kirk become a Captain at the end of the film, or Uhura be a LT, as Spock referred to her before he and Kirk left to rescue Captain Pike, when they both started the mission as Cadets?
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Was Kirk reduced in rank to Captain for Star Trek the motion picture or was he addressed as Captain as head of the ship?

In Star Trek the motion Picture, it is established that Kirk is a rear admiral. However, he is addressed as Captain on the enterprise. Was this done because the heads of all vessels are traditionally ...
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How long does it take for someone to get promoted in Starfleet?

After watching the series finale of Star Trek Enterprise, not a single bridge officer has acquired additional rank in the 10 year mission of the NX-01. How is that possible?