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Janice Rand, 2266

Yeoman Janice Rand

Yeoman with honor cord, 2287

An unnamed yeoman aboard the USS Enterprise-A

"When I get my hands on the Headquarters genius that assigned me a female yeoman..."
"What's the matter Jim, don't you trust yourself?"
"I've already got a female to worry about. Her name's the
– James T. Kirk and Leonard McCoy discussing Yeoman Janice Rand, 2266 ("The Corbomite Maneuver")

Yeoman was a Starfleet title during the 23rd century with duties as personal assistants, such as carrying a Starfleet tricorder and retrieving information for a starship's captain, or announcing one's arrival with a boatswain's whistle. Throughout the 2260s and 2270s, Yeomen were typically young females but that was not exclusive, as there were also male Yeomen in the 2290s. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

Some yeomen, such as Janice Rand, were enlisted personnel during their time in this position. Yeomen could also have held the rank of an officer, as seen with an unnamed yeoman assigned to the USS Enterprise-A, who wore an officer's uniform with the rank of lieutenant. (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

There were different rates of yeoman, all the way down to "third class". Seventeen year old Tina Lawton carried this rate in 2266. (TOS: "Charlie X")

The final draft script of "Charlie X" abbreviated this, calling Lawton a "Yeoman 3rd" in the scripted stage directions.

List of yeomen Edit

This chart shows only general equivalencies based on the ranks used by many governments on Earth, as well as the rest of the galaxy.

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Background information Edit

Gene Roddenberry always imagined an attractive young woman as his Star Trek captain's personal assistant, writing the first yeoman on Trek as Chris Pike's young Yeoman Colt in "The Cage". However, Pike states in the episode that he cannot get used to seeing women on the bridge with the exception of Number One, indicating that his previous yeoman was male. During the run of the original series, only female yeomen were featured. Male yeomen later appeared on screen in both Star Trek: The Animated Series and the Star Trek films.

Given that Starfleet ranks typically correspond to those of the Uniformed Services of the United States which use the traditional naval-rank nomenclature of English common-law canon in those countries (at least in English-language Star Trek)--"yeoman" most likely refers to the job specialty, or "rating", rather than a rank of its own. A yeoman in this case is one who performs administrative and clerical duties. However, this does not entirely fit the duties portrayed on Star Trek, where they are only ever shown acting as personal secretaries or servants to ranking officers.

In foreign translations of Star Trek, the yeomen of TOS were usually not referred as yeoman, as their title was changed to "corporal", "sergeant" or another naval rank.

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