Enlisted Officers are the main back bone to any organization. Starfleet is no different...
Enlisting allows individuals who do not wish to take a 4 year training course at the Academy and a years tour of duty, to join up and become a member of Starfleet. There training is more specific and shorter, lasting but one year allowing for a continued training that takes place in the field.
This continued training means that upon reaching a high Rate a NCO may become an officer. (See the Bureau for Enlisted Affairs for more detailed information on this).
Bellow you can find a list of Rates (the term used to describe the Insignia used by NCOs), and pips, for Naval and Marine Enlisted Officers, or more simply called Non-Com's (non-commissioned officers).
Also provided hear is a comparison of the "experience chain of command" between the Officer and Warrant Officers Ranks and NCO Rates.
Click here to see the Officer Ranks
|Petty Officer Third Class|
|Petty Officer Second Class|
|Petty Officer First Class|
|Chief Petty Officer|
|Senior Chief Petty Officer|
|Master Chief Petty Officer|
of Bravo Fleet
|Private First Class||Crewman Apprentice|
|Corporal||Petty Officer Third Class|
|Sergeant||Petty Officer Second Class|
|Staff Sergeant||Petty Officer First Class|
|Gunnery Sergeant||Chief Petty Officer|
|Master Sergeant||Senior Chief Petty Officer|
|Sergeant Major||Master Chief Petty Officer|
|Sergeant Major of Bravo Fleet||Master Chief Petty
of Bravo Fleet
At a high rate NCOs are deemed trained sufficiently to achieve an Commissioned Rank and become a Warrant Officer. On reaching the Rate of Chief Petty Officer/Gunnery Sergeant the NCO can apply for Officer Training. At the next Promotion the NCO is promoted to Warrant Officer, and may hold any Junior Officer position (i.e. Asst. Chief Engineer) or any specific Warrant Officer position.
On the next promotion the NCO may can be promoted to CWO and may hold any Senior Officer position (i.e. Chief Engineer), or any specific Warrant Officer position. A Chief Warrant Officer who wishes to become an Starfleet Officer, rather than a Warrant Officer should inform his/her CO, at which point the CO may promote at his/her discretion the CWO to the rank of Lt./Marine Captain.
|Chief Warrant Officer|
|Chief Warrant Officer 2|
|Chief Warrant Officer 3|
Important: In the chain of command, all commissioned officers (by rank) outrank all warrant officers (by rank) who in turn outrank all non-commissioned officers and enlisted personnel (by rate). Thus, the lowliest Ensign has more official authority than the most experienced Chief Warrant Officer or Master Chief Petty Officer. However, Starfleet does not operate by the chain of command alone and experience is often more valued by Commanding and Flag Officers when it comes to getting the job done. Below is a chart which approximates the levels of experience-based authority that warrant and non-commissioned officers earn as compared to commissioned officers.
Note: Below the Officer rank of Lt./Marine Captain is marked against a number of different Enlisted Rates. This is not a mistake. This is because the Enlisted Rate, whilst assumed to have greater experience than the NCO bellow him/her, s/he is not assumed to have more experience than an officer at the rank of Lt./Marine Captain.
Experience Chain Of Command for Officers, Warrant and NCO
Officer Insignia Warrant Insignia NCO Insignia
The rank pips graphics on this page where created by Brian Minosh. Please do not copy these images, simply e-mail Brian Minosh for permission for use. Brian will happily pass along the files to anyone who takes the time to ask him for the files