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Promotion Criteria


Crew-members of the USS Dauntless are each assigned a rank which reflects that member's contribution to the ship, region and STARFLEET. Promotions up to the grade of O-5 (Commander & Lieutenant Colonel) are approved by the Commanding Officer.

Crew-members are able to earn rank promotions through a system of required and elective requirements: meet the correct number of requirements, and you are eligible for your promotion. 

All Duty Stations carry with them an automatic promotion which applies if you are not of the requisite rank for holding the position at the time of your appointment. These promotions are independent of any eligibility criteria outlined in this section.

Promotion Criteria By Grade

  • Enlisted Personnel - Members who have not completed the Officers Training School (OTS) course at STARFLEET Academy. This includes:
    • E-1 - Crewman Apprentice (Private)
    • E-2 - Crewman Recruit (Private First Class)
    • E-3 - Crewman (Lance Corporal)
    • E-4 - Petty Officer 3rd Class (Corporal)
    • E-5 - Petty Officer 2nd Class (Sergeant)
    • E-6 - Petty Officer 1st Class (Staff Sergeant)
    • E-7 - Chief Petty Officer (Gunnery Sergeant)
    • E-8 - Senior Chief Petty Officer (First Sergeant)
    • E-9 - Master Chief Petty Officer (Sergeant Major)
  • Commissioned Officers - Members who have completed the OTS course. This includes:
    • O-1 - Ensign (2nd Lieutenant)
    • O-2 - Lieutenant Junior Grade (1st Lieutenant)
    • O-3 - Lieutenant (Marine Captain)
    • O-4 - Lieutenant Commander (Major)
    • O-5 - Commander (Lieutenant Colonel)
  • Cadets - Members under the age of 18.


It's the responsibility of the individual member to keep track of the requirements he/she has met, as well as the necessary supporting documentation. When you've earned eligibility for promotion, bring it to the attention of your direct superior or the Executive Officer, and the Commanding Officer will either grant or reject your promotion at that time.

The CO is ultimately responsible for approving or rejecting all rank promotions. Typically, when you have earned eligibility for promotion, the CO will grant the promotion. The CO may, at his discretion, grant promotions before you have received eligibility as a reward for outstanding meritorious conduct or as part of a Duty Station appointment. Alternatively, if you have a black mark on your record (such as a "Failed to report in" or a record of "Conduct unbecoming"), the CO may choose to reject or significantly delay your promotion, even if you have otherwise earned eligibility.

Rejected Promotion Requests

If your rank promotion is rejected, you may appeal the decision with the Commanding Officer. Having a rejected rank promotion will not prevent you from making successful requests in the future, once the issue that caused the rejected request has been resolved.