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Encyclopedia > Starfleet enlisted ranks and insignia

Enlisted are non-commissioned ranks 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. ... 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...

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Enlisted insignia and titles

Starfleet ranks and insignia

Enlisted ranks
Rank Master Chief Petty Officer Senior Chief Petty Officer Chief Petty Officer Petty Officer 1st Class Petty Officer 2nd Class Petty Officer 3rd Class Crewman 1st Class Crewman 2nd Class / Crewman Crewman 3nd Class / Recruit
Enterprise N/A N/A Conjectured Conjectured Conjectured Conjectured
The Motion Picture Conjectured Conjectured No Insignia No Insignia No Insignia
Feature Films No Insignia No Insignia
TNG No Insignia No Insignia No Insignia
DS9 No Insignia
Enlisted personnel from Star Trek: The Original Series wore uniforms without rank insignia


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Rank (The Original Series)
  • Chief Technician/Chief Petty Officer
  • Technician 1st Class/Petty Officer First Class
  • Technician 2nd Class/Petty Officer Second Class
  • Technician 3rd Class/Petty Officer Third Class
  • Crewman First Class
  • Crewman
  • Recruit



Enlisted rank information

When Star Trek was first created, Gene Roddenberry allegedly had stated that, within Starfleet, there were no enlisted ranks since all personnel onboard a starship were trained astronauts and thus had the education required of officers. This comment, however, is quickly contradicted by characters which appear in the first pilots of Star Trek, such as the Captain’s Yeoman, who bear titles of enlisted positions. Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek Eugene Wesley Roddenberry (August 19, 1921 – October 24, 1991 Born in El Paso, Texas) was an American scriptwriter and producer. ... U.S. Space Shuttle astronaut Bruce McCandless II using a manned maneuvering unit. ...


The question of enlisted rank insignia is largely unanswered in the early days of Star Trek, due most significantly to the fact that no enlisted Starfleet member was ever shown wearing rank insignia of any kind.

Rank stripe for Chief Petty Officer, seen briefly in the pilot episode The Cage
Rank stripe for Chief Petty Officer, seen briefly in the pilot episode The Cage

The one exception to this was a bridge officer, seen briefly in the unaired pilot Star Trek: The Cage. In the pilot episode, a communications technician (referred to as "Chief") is shown wearing a modified officer rank stripe. This stripe, however, is unique to the pilot episode. Star Trek Pilot CPO Stripe (released by Paramount Pictures) This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ... Star Trek Pilot CPO Stripe (released by Paramount Pictures) This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. ...

A Yeoman of the Original Series
A Yeoman of the Original Series

During the time frame of Star Trek: The Original Series, several enlisted Starfleet members are shown on camera however none of these persons wear any type of insignia. Most such enlisted members are referred to by "rate titles" (i.e. Yeoman, Medical Technican, Security Guard, etc), however there are a few instances where an actual enlisted rank is mentioned. Such was the case in the episode "Space Seed" where Captain James Kirk cites several enlisted crew members for commendations and refers to them as "Technicians First and Second Class". A Star Trek Yeoman This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ... A Star Trek Yeoman This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ... 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. ... Space Seed is a first-season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, that was first broadcast on February 16, 1967 and repeated on August 24, 1967. ...


Within the Star Trek feature films, enlisted personnel make a brief appearance in Star Trek: The Motion Picture with a small number of extras addressed as "Chief", "Petty Officer", and "Crewman". The characters wear a simple version of insignia, that being a pattern of coloured triangles displayed on shoulder tabs. The one confirmed Chief Petty Officer in the film, CPO Janice Rand, displays a hollow gold square centred on a shoulder strap. Ordinary crewman who appear in the film wear no rank insignia.


With the debut of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, a new uniform and insignia pattern was introduced and for the first time an enlisted uniform was established separate from the uniform worn by officers. This uniform, commonly referred to as the "space cadet jumper", was originally seen worn by Starfleet cadets and it is not until Star Trek III: The Search for Spock that the enlisted jumper is seen worn by actual enlisted personnel, that is crew members of the starship Excelsior. The Star Trek II Cadets wore the spacesuit jumper with red turtlenecks while the enlisted personnel of Star Trek III wore the same uniform with dark blue and black undershirts. Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (Paramount Pictures, 1984; see also 1984 in film) is the third feature film based on the popular Star Trek science fiction television series. ... The USS Excelsior in 2293 The USS Excelsior is a starship in the Star Trek fictional universe. ...

A Petty Officer of theStar Trek feature films
A Petty Officer of the
Star Trek feature films

Based on visual information in Star Trek III, a pattern of enlisted insignia emerges for the feature films after Star Trek II as enlisted personnel are shown to wear a variety of coloured shoulder tabs which would seem to indicate their seniority as Petty Officers, while regular crewmen wearing bare black shoulder tabs. Star Trek Petty Officer This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ... Star Trek Petty Officer This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ...


An alternate "shoulder tab theory" indicates that such tabs indicate membership in a particular shipboard department rather than Petty Officer rank. Under this system, a gold tab would indicate an engineering petty officer, a grey tab operations, and a blue tab would denote membership in the science department. If this system is accepted, enlisted personnel in the feature films would have no rank insignia much like their Original Series counterparts. The Star Trek Encyclopedia attempts to explain this by providing rank insignia pins for Crewman and Petty Officer, however these pins are considered apocryphal since the feature film enlisted uniforms do not display rank pin insignia[1]. The Star Trek Encyclopedia: A Reference Guide to the Future is an encyclopedia of all things related to Star Trek. ...


With the exception of Janice Rand in Star Trek: The Motion Picture, no Chief Petty Officers are ever seen in the feature films. The "Star Trek Encyclopedia", and the technical manual "Starfleet Dynamics", would later indicate that subsequent to Star Trek II Chief Petty Officers wear officer uniform jackets (minus gold trim) with shoulder pins similar to the well known officer versions. This would correlate with uniform regulations of the United States Navy, where Chief Petty Officers wear officer uniforms with CPO insignia[2]. The United States Navy (USN) is the branch of the United States armed forces responsible for conducting naval operations around the globe. ...

A Crewman of ST: The Next Generation
A Crewman of
ST: The Next Generation

When Star Trek: The Next Generation was first aired, enlisted personnel were again a very ambiguous subject. Apart from occasional dialogue addressing an extra as "Crewman", no set of enlisted ranks or insignia was established in the first two seasons of the Next Generation. By the third season, the character of Miles O'Brien had been developed into the first recurring enlisted role since Yeoman Janice Rand of the Original Star Trek series. The rank insignia worn by O’Brien was confusing, however, in that he was often addressed as "Chief", but appeared to wear the insignia of a Lieutenant (in the episode "Contagion" he is actually addressed as "Lieutenant"). Star Trek Crewman This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ... Star Trek Crewman This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ... The title as it appeared in most episodes opening credits. ... Miles OBrien Miles Edward OBrien is a character in the fictional Star Trek universe, played by Colm Meaney. ... Contagion is a second season episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation first broadcast on March 20, 1989. ...


In the fourth season episode the Drumhead, Admiral Norah Satie questions Crewman Simon Tarsis. When Picard talks to him, it is revealed that Crewman Tarsis never went to the academy because he wanted a quick space assignment, not years of study. Admiral Norah Satie is a character from the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode, The Drumhead, although she was mentioned in passing in other episodes. ... There are several Picards: Charles Emile Picard (1856 - 1941) was a French mathematician. ...


By the fifth season of the Next Generation series, a system of rank insignia for enlisted personnel had at last been established. Such insignia was actually identical to officer pips, with a variation in the number of pips displayed depending on an enlisted member’s status as a Petty Officer, Chief Petty Officer, or the higher CPO ranks. The rank pips in the Next Generation series also were displayed in silver and gold with silver worn by officers and gold for the enlisted ranks. Later Star Trek live action productions would eliminate this gold/silver distinction and establish gold pips as the standard insignia for all grades.


In the first seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, there were no established enlisted ranks in use. Miles O'Brien, whose character had crossed over from Star Trek: The Next Generation, now wore a single collar pip and was referred to variously as "Chief of Operations" and "Chief". Some Star Trek novels indicated his character was a Warrant Officer while the novelisation of the episode "Emissary", refers to O'Brien by a never-before-heard rank known as "Ensign Junior Grade"[3]. 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. ... Miles OBrien Miles Edward OBrien is a character in the fictional Star Trek universe, played by Colm Meaney. ... Emissary was the first episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. ...


In the fourth season of Deep Space Nine, the character of Miles O'Brien was the first enlisted character of Star Trek who was addressed as a recognisable enlisted title and given an insignia which was clearly established as an enlisted rank. From this point on, Miles O'Brien was referred to as Senior Chief Petty Officer with the dialogue of Deep Space Nine making it clear that he was an enlisted member of Starfleet. The insignia worn by O’Brien was the basis for the first complete enlisted rank insignia pattern shown in Star Trek.


Star Trek Voyager did not address the question of enlisted ranks nor was any version of enlisted insignia seen on camera during the production of the show, although several minor and extra characters are often addressed as "Crewman".


Due to the plot of Star Trek Voyager, it can perhaps be assumed that the ship has very few enlisted crew members with the majority of the ship manned by Starfleet officers and provisional Maquis personnel.


Within the time frame of Star Trek Enterprise, enlisted personnel are often seen and addressed by such titles as "Chief" and "Crewman". Prior to the release of the Season 1 DVDs, enlisted insignia was small and difficult to read onscreen, but the greatly enhanced picture quality of the DVDs makes it possible to clearly see this insignia.


Examination of the Enterprise DVDs reveals enlisted rank denoted by a small Starfleet arrowhead symbol with varying numbers of straight lines directly to its left, the number of lines presumably denoting different enlisted grades. The highest rank worn by an on screen character was "Crewman First Class".


Additional dialogue from Star Trek Enterprise gives indication that the enlisted ranks of the Earth Starfleet extend upwards from the Crewman grades to encompass Petty Officer ranks as well as the rank of Chief Petty Officer. Earth Starfleet possibly also maintains the ranks of Senior Chief and Master Chief Petty Officer. To date, however, no character holding these ranks has appeared on the show nor have these two senior enlisted ranks been mentioned in live action dialogue.


Enlisted rates

It should be noted that Starfleet enlisted ranks do not take into account Enlisted rates. Enlisted rates are titles that enlisted personnel hold, depending upon their career field, and to which they are typically addressed in verbal correspondence. An example would be a Petty Officer Second Class, who holds the rate of Yeoman, referred to as "Yeoman Second Class". It has been suggested that Yeoman Farmer be merged into this article or section. ...


The concept of Starfleet Enlisted Rates is widely unexplored and there are very few references to enlisted rates in the feature films or television series. The following is a list of the only confirmed Starfleet enlisted rates which have been mentioned in the dialogue of Star Trek live action productions.

Enlisted Rate     Production     Episodes     Characters  
Yeoman Star Trek: The Cage Unaired Pilot Yeoman Colt
Communciations Technician Star Trek: The Cage Unaired Pilot Chief Garrison
Yeoman Star Trek: The Original Series Numerous Janice Rand + various others
Medical Technician Star Trek: TOS/TNG Numerous Numerous
Engineer's Mate Star Trek: The Original Series That Which Survives Crewman Watson
Security Guard Star Trek: The Original Series Numerous Mr. Leslie + various others
Transporter Technician Star Trek: TOS/TNG/DS9 Numerous Miles Edward O'Brien + various others
Combat Tactical Specialist Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Nor the Battle to the Strong Burke
Security Specialist Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Valiant Dorian Collins
Sensor Analyst Star Trek: Voyager Good Shepherd Tal Celes

Starfleet Dynamics, an unofficial Star Trek technical manual, is the only publication to date which gives a complete listing of all possible Starfleet enlisted rates, however this publication is considered fan literature and not deemed official by the producers of Star Trek[4]. That Which Survives is a third season episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, first broadcast January 24, 1969 and repeated July 29, 1969. ... The S.S. Valiant is a ship in the Star Trek universe. ... The term The Good Shepherd comes from the tenth chapter of John of the gospels, where Jesus is depicted as the Good Shepherd who lays down His life for the sheep. ...



Junior rank:
Cadet ranks
Starfleet ranks and insignia Senior rank:
Warrant Officer ranks

Cadet is a rank held by Starfleet student officers 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. ...

Footnotes

  1.  Star Trek Encyclopedia (Second Edition), Page 210
  2.   “The Emissary, Star Trek Deep Space Nine #1”, published by Pocket Books (1992)
  3.   Starfleet Dynamics, Pages 46 and 47

 
 

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