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For questions about 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. Always use with the [star-trek] tag and any appropriate work tags.

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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?
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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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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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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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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, but he is addressed as captain on the Enterprise. Was this done because the heads of all vessels are traditionally ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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