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Senior officer

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A senior officer denotes a member of the senior staff of a starship or starbase involved in the top level, command decisions of the day-to-day operations of their post.

In the Earth Starfleet, where there were limited personnel choices with special talents, junior officers by rank were sometimes senior officers by practicality. Some such personnel included:

In the Federation Starfleet, senior officers usually included officers with the rank lieutenant commander or above and could include, but was not limited to (regardless of rank):

The commanding officer could also add certain officers at his or her discretion. These officers had the privilege of sitting in with the senior staff during briefings, or at times had the ear of the commanding officer.

Some of the more permanent additions have included:

Occasionally, one is referred to as a senior officer in a manner that is equivalent to a ranking officer. Both B'Elanna Torres and Tuvok tried to take responsibility as the senior officer in the installation of a spatial trajector without Captain Kathryn Janeway's consent. (VOY: "Prime Factors")

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