"What's the matter Jim, don't you trust yourself?"
"I've already got a female to worry about. Her name's the Enterprise.""
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 during the 2250s and the 2290s. (TOS: "The Cage"; 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 junior officer, as seen with a yeoman assigned to the USS Enterprise-A, who wore an officer's uniform with the rank of lieutenant junior grade. (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)
List of yeomen Edit
- Yeoman Doris Atkins
- Yeoman Tonia Barrows
- Yeoman Burke
- Yeoman J.M. Colt
- Yeoman Martha Landon
- Yeoman Third Class Tina Lawton
- Yeoman Mears
- Yeoman Janice Rand
- Yeoman Teresa Ross
- Yeoman Smith
- Yeoman Tamura
- Yeoman Tankris
- Yeoman Leslie Thompson
- Yeoman Zahra
- Captain Pike's personal yeoman
- Unnamed USS Enterprise command yeomen (Unnamed USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) command personnel)
- Unnamed USS Enterprise operations yeomen (Unnamed USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) operations personnel)
- Unnamed USS Enterprise sciences yeomen (Unnamed USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) sciences personnel)
- Unnamed USS Enterprise-A yeomen (Unnamed USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-A) personnel)
|Enlisted personnel||Commissioned officers||Generals and flag officers|
|ENS||LT JG||LT||LT CMDR||CMDR||CAPT||FCAPT||CDORE||RADM||VADM||ADM||FADM|
|2nd LT||1st LT||CAPT||MAJ||LT COL||COL||BRIG||MAJ GEN||LT GEN||GEN||MARSHAL|
|Positions:||Crewman • Technician • Chief||YMN||TAC • SO • 3rd • 2nd • 1st • CO • DD||Portmaster • Chief of Staff • CinC|
|Services:|| Andorian • Bajoran • Cardassian • Jem'Hadar • Klingon • Romulan • SS • Terran Empire Starfleet • Terran Empire MACO •|
United Earth MACO • United Earth/Federation Starfleet • United States • Vulcan
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.