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 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 eighty percent 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 serve a five year tour of duty to earn citizen status. Crew receive their training at the Academy, or at one of the training outposts, along side their citizen counterparts. 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 earn higher pay. Enlisted often feel it is patently unfair that officers are granted command status merely by virtue of birth.
Rank insignia for enlisted crew are designated with triangular pips. As they gain higher rank a new white pip is added to their rank badge.
The highest achievable ranks available to enlisted crew are the four ranks of Warrant Officer. When an enlisted crew member decides to stay in Fleet service, even if they have already earned their citizenship, they are capable of earning position above and beyond that of regular enlisted.
Once an enlisted crew member earns promotion after achieving rank of Sergeant Major, they are given command training similar to that of commissioned cadets in the Academy. Once this training is completed, 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.
Rank insignia for Warrant Officers are designated with diamond-shaped pips.
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 as officers of the watch aboard starship and space stations.
Every away mission is overseen by an officer. They are expected to utilize their expertise to efficiently and professional 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.
Captains & Commandants
Officers of Lieutenant Commander and higher rank qualify to hold positions of Commanding Officer. If they command a starship they are granted the title of CAPTAIN and 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 are granted C.O. positions and are primarily assigned to captain Courier-class vessels.
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 seven flag rank admirals, “five peppers”, 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 the very large vessels, stations and outposts such as the C.S.S. Valiant Venture.
Admiral rank pips are hexagons.