Promotions within Fleet 31 are awarded by merit, duties performed, and proven value to your ship. To clear up what this means, here’s a quick breakdown of what goes into that value:
- Presence at fleet events
- Time and effort at project work days
- Help with local administration (usually only from Lieutenant up)
- Recruitment of active personnel
Note: Resources contributed to fleet goals (materials, money, etc.) will not be directly considered in promotions, as this goes against the currency-free nature of the fleet.
Ranks and Duties
Below are listed all the ranks available within Fleet 31, and the duties associated with each rank.
All incoming recruits are considered to hold the rank of Ensign, unless they request to be regarded as enlisted personnel.
Lieutenant Junior Grade
To reach the rank of Lt.JG., an Ensign must attend at least 3 designated fleet events representing Fleet 31, or show diligence in at least one fleet project work day.
To reach the rank of Lieutenant, a Lt.JG. must represent the fleet well in public setting and show desire to continue furthering the causes of the fleet, in addition to attending events as a representative of the fleet and/or working with senior officers in project work days.
This rank is to be considered a much higher honor than the rank of Lieutenant, as it will be held only by senior officers of a local ship who have shown diligence in representing Fleet 31 at events, helping achieve fleet goals at project work days, and aid in administration of the local ship. This rank is to be considered the standard rank for department heads.
Personnel holding this rank are to be chosen from among Lieutenant Commanders by the Captain of the local ship. This rank is to be considered rare, as it is generally to be held only by a First Officer, who has shown extraordinary dedication to duty and furthering of the goals of Fleet 31. In the event where a senior Lieutenant Commander has shown such extraordinary dedication, more than one Commander may exist on a ship, though this should not exceed three under any circumstances unless otherwise approved by Fleet 31 Command. A Commander is expected to adhere as closely as possible to the duties of a Captain.
There may be only one Captain per ship. No exceptions. This person has been chosen from his or her local area to administrate the local ship, and to carry forth the goals of Fleet 31 through recruitment, representation of the fleet, contribution to fleet projects, and administration of local Star Trek events. This person will also represent the local ship in Fleet 31 Command. The primary differences between a Commander and a Captain are that only the Captain may represent a ship in fleet command, and a Captain is called upon to make final judgment on issues of local concern. A Captain can only be chosen or replaced by order of Fleet 31 command, though in the case of dereliction of duty or high grievance, a senior officer of the ship may bring the attention of the fleet command to the Captain for consideration of replacement.
Appropriate rank of Admiral shall be awarded to a Captain within a major geographic region comprising multiple ships. Each Admiral’s primary duty is the administration of the ships within his or her region. When a Captain is promoted to Admiralty, a new Captain will be chosen for his or her ship to facilitate smoother administration of the local ship, although the Admiral will still be considered part of the ship.
Fleet 31 Command
This council is made of the total Commanding Officers of the fleet, or a representative chosen by the local CO, led by the fleet’s Admiralty. In areas where an Admiral and a Captain are both present, both will be considered as part of fleet command. The primary purpose of this council is to decide on issues of fleet-wide significance, such as future projects and continuing goals. In addition, Fleet 31 Command is also tasked with monitoring the fleet’s expansion, commissioning new ships as appropriate, and choosing Commanding Officers.
This rank is NOT used by Fleet 31. Usage of this rank is extremely rare in Starfleet, and in many cases was intended to be only temporary, used in the event of an emergency to establish chain of command. Therefore, a fleet that is directly led by an Admiral has no logical need for a Fleet Captain.