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In Starfleet, an enlisted crewperson is one who has not completed the four-year Starfleet Academy course. Enlisted crewmen receive basic training, along with any specific courses required for their position at the Starfleet Technical Services Academy on Mars, before being posted. (TNG: "The Drumhead", "Eye of the Beholder"; DS9: "Shadowplay", "Starship Down")

Other force structures, such as the Klingon Defense Force and the Bajoran Militia, have enlisted men in their ranks,(citation needededit) but it is unclear as to how they differ from their standard officer ranks.

As with commissioned officers, there is a rank structure among enlisted crew.(citation needededit) The term "non-commissioned officer" refers specifically to any enlisted personnel given authority over other personnel.(citation needededit) In Starfleet, this refers to any petty officer up to master chief.(citation needededit)

All commissioned officer ranks, from ensign upward, outrank all enlisted officers in the chain of command.(citation needededit) However, in certain cases, non-commissioned officers can exercise authority over commissioned officers.(citation needededit) Additionally, chief petty officers, such as Miles O'Brien, wield influence far beyond their place in the rank structure due to their extensive experience and skill and act as mentors to junior enlisted and commissioned officers.(citation needededit)

Enlisted personnel may be promoted to receive a commission, but must pass necessary examinations and/or attend the Academy.(citation needededit)

The Star Trek Encyclopedia had the TNG-era enlisted insignia labeled as "warrant officers", which contradicts several canon mentions.

Rank structureEdit

Naval ranksEdit

The Star Trek Encyclopedia refers to these ranks with the non-canonical designation "ables'man". Some modern systems refer to crewman 2nd and 3rd class as "apprentice" and "recruit", respectively.

Groundside ranksEdit

Gene Roddenberry initially envisioned a Starfleet entirely composed of officers during the creation of TNG. As a result, there were negligible numbers of enlisted personnel seen in TNG. During DS9, the writers made a conscious decision to increase the number of enlisted personnel in Starfleet, to a level either equal to or exceeding that of the officers.
This chart shows only general equivalencies based on the ranks used by many governments on Earth, as well as the rest of the galaxy.

See alsoEdit

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