In the spirit of Starfleet seen on Star Trek, USS White Buffalo Crewmembers can earn ranks seen on the show. This is not a system to state that one person is better than another, but as recognition for individuals who have contributed time and energy to the fleet and are willing to serve fellow crewmembers at future activities. A quote often stated by Admiral Hollinger is “The more pips you have earned represent the more service you give.”
The requirements may seem daunting, however you will notice that as you continue to have fun and submit your monthly duty reports, you can continue to rise as far as you are willing to go. A Crewman is as welcome in the fleet as a Commander.
If you have any questions about these guidelines, feel free to contact your Department Chief. They are willing to assist you in locating the answers regarding the requirements for rank advancements. A few items are detailed here.
|RANK:||ABBREVIATION:||INSIGNIA ON RIGHT COLLAR:||NOTES:|
|Recruit||Rec||Interested in joining, has not received orders yet.|
|Crewman 3rd Class||C3||New Member, under the age of 13|
|Crewman 2nd Class||C2||New Member, over the age of 14|
|Crewman 1st Class||C1||Also known as “Acting Ensign”|
|Ensign||Ens||Lowest Rank for a Staff Position.|
|Lieutenant (j.g.)||Lt. (j.g.)||Lieutenant Rank|
|Lieutenant Commander||Lt. Cmdr||Command Rank|
Having fun is the best way to advance in rank. As you turn in monthly duty reports to your chapter’s Executive Officer, you can earn Promotional Merit Points. PMPs are divided into four categories. Participation- coming to activities and other ways of having fun. Knowledge- learning about Star Trek and the world around us. Service- helping out the community and the ship. And Leadership- helping others have fun. Besides the points, Officers have other requirements as well. For more information on other requirements contact your Department Chief or the Command Staff of your Chapter. Items marked with an asterisk (*) can be completed before reaching that rank the item is required for.
Ranks on the USS White Buffalo and the Seventh Fleet are unique because they are earned. They are not given out because you are the Captain’s friend, bribes for favors, etc. They are accomplishments in the club. Everyone (including Admiral Hollinger) started out as a Crewman.
An interesting item to note on the Command Ranks. If a crewmember is working towards a command of his/her own ship then they will be working towards a Bridge Officer position, which is a slightly harder path. A crewmember looking at earning just the respect of the rank can become a Line Officer. This was detailed by Lt. Commander Deanna Troi becoming a Bridge Officer in the TNG episode “Thine Own Self”.