The Citadel Fleet is comprised of Enlisted Crew and Commissioned Officers. For civilians enlisting in the Fleet and serving a five year mission (after training is completed) is one way to earn citizenship in the galactic Citadel Confederacy. For people who already have citizenship and who join the Fleet, they are granted officer status and receive command training at the Cit Fleet Academy.
Roughly 80% of the people serving in the Citadel Fleet are enlisted “crewpers” (short for crew-person). The most common reason for a civilian to enlist in the service is to work a 5-year tour of duty to earn citizen status.
Crew receive their training at the Academy, or at one of the training outposts. It is not uncommon for the enlisted and commissioned cadets to butt heads. Enlisted often feel as if they are treated as second-class personnel since commissioned cadets receive more in-depth training, have better living facilities and garner greater social respect. Enlisted often feel it is patently unfair that officers are granted command status merely by virtue of their pre-established citizenship.
Rank insignia for enlisted crew are designated with triangular pips. As they gain higher rank a new pip is illuminated on their rank badge.
COMMISSIONED OFFICER CORPS
A person who joins Fleet service who is already a citizen of the Citadel Confederacy is automatically placed in officer training at the Academy. The officer corps is responsible for overseeing the enlisted ranks in their departments and are given command training in order to serve as mission leaders and commanders aboard starships and space stations.
Every away mission is overseen by an officer. They are expected to utilize their expertise to efficiently and professionally make sure that the mission goals are accomplished to the benefit of the Fleet and the people of the galaxy.
Officer rank insignia are designated with pentagon-shaped pips. As they gain higher rank a new pip is illuminated on their rank badge.
For enlisted crewpers that choose to make a career of their Fleet service, they may be granted a warrant to receive training to operate as officers.
Once an enlisted crew member earns promotion beyond the rank of Sergeant Major, they are given command training similar to that of commissioned cadets in the Academy. Warrant Officers are allowed to serve in command positions, lead away missions, operate as officers-of-the-watch and manage departments as directors and executives.
Functionally, a warrant officer is outranked even by the newest ensign, but if they are serving in a command position, it is expected that all present officers respect the command structure, even if they don’t like it. In the nearly 300 years that Warrant Officer ranks have been in use, never has one been granted command of a ship bigger than a Cutter Class vessel. It is not uncommon for Corvette Class ships to be commanded by a Major.
Rank insignia for Warrant Officers are designated with diamond-shaped pips. As they gain higher rank a new pip is illuminated on their rank badge.
Officers of rank Lieutenant Commander and higher qualify to hold positions of Commanding Officer. If they command a starship they are granted the title of CAPTAIN. If they command a station or outpost they are given the title of COMMANDANT. They retain their current rank but the pips of their rank insignia badge are replaced with circles.
Major Warrant Officers can be granted C.O. positions of smaller vessels and outposts.
The entire fleet is overseen by the admiralty who are appointed their positions from within the experienced officer corps by the Citadel Congress. A council of 7 flag rank admirals, the “five pepper pot”, are in over all command of the entire fleet. Each of the seven oversees one of the divisions.
The rank of Commodore is granted to individuals deserving of Admiralty but who are tasked with field command of flotillas, capitol ships such as the CSS Valiant Venture, and grand stations.
Admiral rank pips are hexagons.