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Encyclopedia > Ensign (Star Trek)
Starfleet ranks and insignia
Ensign
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Ensign is a commissioned rank of the Starfleet in the fictional universe of Star Trek. The insignia of Starfleet in the late 23rd century The insignia of Starfleet in the 24th century Starfleet ranks and insignia are hierarchical titles and badges of office which appear in the science fiction universe of Star Trek. ... The starship Enterprise (NX-01) Star Trek: Enterprise is a science fiction television series set in the Star Trek universe. ... Image File history File links Star_Trek_Enterprise_OF1b. ... In the Star Trek television series, the Mirror Universe is an alternate reality. ... Image File history File links ISS_Enterpirse_OF1. ... Star Trek collectively refers to an American science-fiction franchise spanning six unique television series (which comprise 726 episodes) and ten feature films, in addition to hundreds of novels, computer and video games, fan stories, and other works of fiction — all of which are set within the same fictional universe... The starship Enterprise as it appeared on Star Trek Star Trek is a culturally significant science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry in the 1960s. ... Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Paramount Pictures, 1979; see also 1979 in film) is the first feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series and is released on Friday, December 7. ... Image File history File links Star_Trek_TMP_OF1b. ... Star Trek collectively refers to an American science-fiction franchise spanning six unique television series (which comprise 726 episodes) and ten feature films, in addition to hundreds of novels, computer and video games, fan stories, and other works of fiction — all of which are set within the same fictional universe... Image File history File links Star_Trek_Film_OF1b. ... The title as it appeared in most episodes opening credits. ... Image File history File links Star_Trek_TNG_S1_OF1b. ... The title as it appeared in most episodes opening credits. ... Space station Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (ST:DS9 or STDS9 or DS9 for short) is a science fiction television series produced by Paramount and set in the Star Trek universe. ... The starship Voyager (NCC-74656), an Intrepid-class starship. ... Image File history File links Star_Trek_TNG_OF1b. ... The title as it appeared in most episodes opening credits. ... Image File history File links Star_Trek_The_Next_Generation,_Alternate_OF_1b. ... The starship Voyager (NCC-74656), an Intrepid-class starship. ... Provisional ranks were first introduced in Star Trek: Voyager when several civilian members of a Maquis crew were appointed as officers onboard the Federation Starship Voyager. ... Image File history File links Voyager_OF1b. ... The starship Voyager (NCC-74656), an Intrepid-class starship. ... Image File history File links 29th_century_star_trek_Of_1b. ... The insignia of Starfleet in the late 23rd century The insignia of Starfleet in the 24th century Starfleet ranks and insignia are hierarchical titles and badges of office which appear in the science fiction universe of Star Trek. ... Starfleet Command In the Star Trek fictional universe, Starfleet is the paramilitary defense, research, diplomacy, and exploration force of the United Federation of Planets (UFP) with – as of the late 24th century – hundreds of starships and starbases at its disposal. ... Star Trek collectively refers to an American science-fiction franchise spanning six unique television series (which comprise 726 episodes) and ten feature films, in addition to hundreds of novels, computer and video games, fan stories, and other works of fiction — all of which are set within the same fictional universe...

Ensign Pavel Chekov
Ensign Pavel Chekov

Ensign, the lowest commissioned officer rank of Starfleet, made its first appearance in Star Trek: The Original Series, although the first characters to hold the rank were small role extras. The first Ensign of Star Trek can be seen in the episode "Court Martial", where the rank of Ensign is held by an unnamed Personnel Officer who offers testimony at Captain Kirk’s trial. In all Star Trek incarnations, Ensigns often (but not exclusively) succumbed to the "redshirt" or "Ensign Expendable" syndrome on away missions. In fact, the red-shirted Security Ensigns in the original series are the source of the terms. Ensign Chekov of Star Trek This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ... Ensign Chekov of Star Trek This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ... A court-martial (plural courts-martial) is a military court that determines punishments for members of the military subject to military law. ... A redshirt is a stock character, used frequently in science fiction but also other genres, whose sole purpose is to violently die soon after being introduced. ... When a primary mission exists, any missions created during that primary mission that does not take place on the main ship or base is considered an away mission. ...


The original rank of Ensign had no insignia whatsoever, making the rank confusing with enlisted Crewmen of the Original Series. To make the rank of Ensign more notable, the character of Ensign Pavel Chekov was introduced in the 2nd Season of the Original Series. From this point, various other Ensigns appeared, although the character of Chekov was often written as the young, junior officer with much to learn much as is the case with actual Ensigns in many modern day navies. Pavel Andreyevich Chekov (Cyrillic: Павел Андреевич Чеков), a character from the fictional Star Trek universe, was the Navigator and Weapons Officer on the Starship Enterprise under Captain James T. Kirk. ...


In Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the rank of Ensign was granted sleeve stripes similar to the Original Series rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade. An unnamed alien who makes an appearance early in the film, showing support for Captain Willard Decker during a conversation on the bridge of the USS Enterprise, held the rank of Ensign.

Ensign Nog
Ensign Nog

A Starfleet Ensign was not seen again until Star Trek: The Next Generation, when the rank is held (in a flashback) by Jean-Luc Picard. Later Demora Sulu appears in Star Trek Generations, as the first Ensign in displaying the TWOK rank pins in a movie. Nog Ferengi, fair use, Star Trek File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Nog Ferengi, fair use, Star Trek File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Jean-Luc Picard is a character in Star Trek: The Next Generation, the commanding officer (having the rank of Captain) of the USS Enterprise-D and the USS Enterprise-E. He was played by English actor Patrick Stewart in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation (TNG) and resulting... In the fictional Star Trek universe, Demora Sulu (played by Jacqueline Kim), is the daughter of Hikaru Sulu. ... Star Trek: Generations (Paramount Pictures, 1994, see also 1994 in film) is the seventh feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. ...


The rank of Ensign became far more common in the later Star Trek television series and was held by several characters on The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and the Voyager series. To again bring some meaning to the rank, Ensign was held by three major characters those being Harry Kim of Voyager, Nog of Deep Space Nine, and Wesley Crusher of the Next Generation. Harry Kim is a fictional character of the Star Trek universe, played by Garrett Wang, who served aboard the Starship Voyager, with the rank of Ensign and as its chief operations officer, on Star Trek: Voyager. ... Nog is a character in the fictional Star Trek universe, played by Aron Eisenberg. ... Wesley Eugene Crusher is a character on the science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. ...


The most recent Star Trek series, Star Trek Enterprise, had two major characters who were Ensigns, Hoshi Sato and Travis Mayweather. The starship Enterprise (NX-01) Star Trek: Enterprise is a science fiction television series set in the Star Trek universe. ... Hoshi Sato (July 9th, 2128-2246) is a character in the fictional Star Trek universe and the communication officer aboard the starship Enterprise (NX-01) in the science fiction television series Star Trek: Enterprise. ... On Star Trek: Enterprise, Travis Mayweather is a navigator and helm officer on board the Earth starship Enterprise (NX-01). ...


As an entry level rank in the U.S. Navy, a typical Ensign can expect to spend 2 to 3 years "time in grade" before promotion to the rank of Lieutenant (junior grade). It is noted that Harry Kim spent his seven years aboard Voyager as an Ensign, and both Hoshi Sato and Travis Mayweather are seen wearing Ensign's insignia in the final episode of Enterprise, suggesting that they remained at that rank for nearly ten years. The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for naval operations. ... Harry Kim is a fictional character of the Star Trek universe, played by Garrett Wang, who served aboard the Starship Voyager, with the rank of Ensign and as its chief operations officer, on Star Trek: Voyager. ... These Are the Voyages. ...


Fans have suggested that the case of Kim was owing to the isolation of Voyager in the Delta Quadrant, although some say that Kim's actions during his time on Voyager did not bring on a field commission unlike Lieutenant Tom Paris was demoted to Ensign and then promoted back to Lieutenant. Some fans were very bitter that Kim was never promoted during the course of the show. In the fictional Star Trek series, the Milky Way Galaxy is divided into four quadrants, which are further subdivided into sectors. ...


The suggested lack of a Lieutenant (junior grade) rank in Enterprise may explain Sato and Mayweather. Others have suggested that Voyager and Enterprise executive producers Rick Berman and Brannon Braga simply didn't pay attention to such details.
Rick Berman Richard Keith Rick Berman (born December 25, 1945 in New York, New York, USA) is an American television producer. ... Brannon Braga (born August 14, 1965 in Bozeman, Montana) is an American television producer and screenwriter who is mostly known for his significant contributions to the Star Trek series since 1990. ...

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