This term has multiple meanings, and examples of both have appeared in Trek. The first being what this article describes, the SPC rank (like the bulk of this article is about) and then there is the the academic degree/speciality (which this article may be inaccurately describing as "a title to refer to a higher ranked person who has been appointed a specialist in a position"). The point of all this, the page may need to be separated. --Alan 04:24, 23 February 2008 (UTC)
- Does anyone feel that the US military slant of this article is a little too specific without being cited to Trek? -- Captain MKB 19:46, February 24, 2011 (UTC)
I've removed what was mentioned above after 6-8 years of stagnation.
Specialist, in the context of military forces following Earth naval tradition, is an enlisted title (or "rating" in traditional naval parlance.) It is not a rank. For example, in the old Earth United States Navy (the rank structure and titles of which are largely the basis for Starfleet's ranks), an "Operational Specialist" (which is one of several different Specialist ratings) denotes enlisted personnel who work in a Combat Information Center (CIC), the tactical "nerve center" of a ship. Using a wide variety of assets available to them, these particular specialists are responsible for the organized collection, processing, display, competent evaluation and rapid dissemination of pertinent tactical combat information to command and control stations, upon which sound tactical decisions may be made.There is no basis or citations for this information. --Alan del Beccio (talk) 00:50, April 17, 2017 (UTC)
Starfleet gives non-commissioned authority to different rates of specialists, such as "specialist first class", "specialist second class", and "specialist third class". A specialist who is promoted beyond chief petty officer could be referred to as "chief specialist", "senior chief specialist" or "master chief specialist" as they move through the noncom grades. Some specific types of specialists exist, and are referred to by their own titles. These include yeoman, chief, technician, sensor analyst, and nurse.