Ensign is a military rank, the equivalent of which is used by the service organizations of many civilizations. Traditionally ensign is the most junior line officer, however in Star Fleet the rank of Midshipman is the most junior.
An ensign's primary duty is professional growth, both as a leader and as an occupational specialist. Ensigns are mentored by more senior officers as well as their (nominally) subordinate chief petty officers as part of their development as Star Fleet leaders. As ensigns prove themselves more capable, they are considered for promotion.
On some of the larger starship classes, it is not uncommon for veteran and seasoned enlisted personnel to have ensigns working for them as technicians, thus having the ensign "learning the ropes" of the more technical aspects of starship design, such as transporter components.
The 22nd century Star Fleet denoted ensigns with a single rank pin. During the 2250s and 2260s Federation Star Fleet uniform patterns authorized no insignia for ensigns. By the 2270s, ensigns were granted the former insignia of lieutenant junior grade, the LTJG rank itself having been discontinued. By the 2290s, ensigns wore a single pin shaped like a stylized "v" letter. The late 23rd century pin insignia was used until at least the 2320s. By the end of the 24th century, Star Fleet ensigns were once again indicated by one single solid rank pin.
- The points required for ensign are 1,500 - 3,499.
- Players who hold this rank are on probation until they graduate to the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade. During the probationary period, the applicant may be ordered back to the Academy or removed from the game for gross rule violations or by demonstrating a lack of understanding of basic game play mechanics. The President (Pres), Commander-in-Chief (CINC), and the Superintendent of Star Fleet Academy (SUPT) may recommend and enforce this provision.
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