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Part Six of the Mister Sandman Plot is up!
MISTER SANDMAN PLOT PART 6 IS UP!
Posted: Feb 2 2017, 12:34 AM
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Note that several have additional requirements as well, particularly the SFA ones.
Posted: Feb 2 2017, 12:37 AM
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Descriptions and Progression Paths
Captains & XOs
In order to earn the position of Captain on WtS, one must have earned the rank of at least Lieutenant Commander (this may later change to Commander) and submit an application to the admins for the position. Time, activity, demonstrated creativity, and ability to work well with other RPers (among other things) will be considered when making this choice. When a captain is chosen, they will have the ability to voice their opinion on who they would like as their XO.
XOs must also reach the rank of Lieutenant Commander and must also submit an application for the position.
Depending on member numbers and activity, we may eventually make ships available to purchase in the shop, from small personal vessels to Starfleet vessels. For now, however, this is just an idea.
Commanding officers hold positions like Chiefs or leaders of a department (such as the Science Officer or Navigator). These positions require a rank of Lieutenant or higher. With this requirement met, one can apply for a position when it opens up. The captain makes the ultimate decision as to who will get the position. Officers must be at least LtJGs to apply for an Assistant Chief position.
These officers are in charge of leading a department. This will require consistent activity, willingness to come up with creative ideas/mini plots/ activities for ones team, regular RPing, and participation as needed in all events. Assistant Chiefs must have the ability to carry out orders given by their Chiefs and Chiefs must have the ability to carry out orders given by the Captain or XO. Unsatisfactory performance will result in demotion.
See this page for better explanation of the relationship between officers, particularly the quoted section.
All commissioned officers (COs) outrank all non-commissioned officers (NCOs) including MCPOs. However, there is typically a strong level of respect COs have for upper ranked NCOs and would not dream of abusing their power with them. (Upper ranked NCOs also usually have some friends among the commanding COs who might make ones life a bit miserable for their disrespect)
Starfleet personnel do not have direct command over civilians.
The term Junior Officer typically applies to those ranked Ensign or Lieutenant Junior Grade. Lieutenants are typically just called Officer (though any and all commissioned ranks can also be called just Officer).
A Junior Officer who holds a leadership position is typically called a Staff Officer, rather than a Junior Officer.
Posted: Feb 2 2017, 12:40 AM
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How ranks work on WtS
Ranks on WtS
The following are the enlisted ranks in order from lowest to highest ranking. The higher the enlisted rank, the more responsibility and opportunities that character has. Higher ranked Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) command lower ranked NCOs and serve more leadership roles.
NCOs cannot take the role as a department head (such as Chief of Engineering or Chief Medical Officer), but particularly exceptional MCPOs with significant experience, demonstrated dedication, oustanding skill, and exemplary Starfleet service may serve as Assistant Chiefs.
Commissioned Officers have received significant training in their chosen fields along with leadership, organization, emergency and other training that has prepared them to be able to lead as officers in Starfleet.
The following are the list of CO ranks from lowest to highest. High ranking officers often lead departments, working with lower ranking officers to coordinate with their teams to get things done.
Given that this is an RPG, there are some exceptions made. The idea behind having the officers organize and plan and the enlisted carry out those orders is one we try to stick to and keep in mind while RPing.
However, many of those who like to play officers are far more likely to get their hands dirty than in the real military. In this way, we're much more like the TV show where you regularly see the senior officers elbows deep in whatever is going on with their department. Away missions are also often, but not always, done in a similar manner as the shows.
How hands on a character may or may not be is up to the play style of the RPer, but we want to make it known that we are okay with characters getting more involved that they likely would realistically.
This is a very brief overview of what each rank means on our RPG.
Someone becomes a Crewman by being enlisted into Starfleet due to having a particular skill that Starfleet finds useful. They are typically very good at what they do and often older, as they'd have needed time to learn and develop these valuable skills prior to coming to Starfleet. Crewmen are general duty deck hands that serve in a general capacity within their department/team.
A Petty Officer has demonstrated an understanding of the culture and values of Starfleet as well as a growing expertise in their field. At this point they are able to claim a specialty and focus their attention as needed in that area. Their focus is on improving their skills surrounding their specialty, contributing more to their department.
Chief Petty Officer
At this point a crew member is beginning to learn more than just the mastery of their own area and job. They begin to be given more responsibility and control, and are introduced to leadership positions.
Senior Chief Petty Officer
SCPOs have demonstrated the ability to lead as well as a very high level of proficiency in their department and rating. They often begin to take on administrative tasks as well as leadership roles within the department.
Master Chief Petty Officer
Those who have achieved this rank have dedicated significant time and effort to Starfleet. Less than 1% of all enlisted personnel ever achieve this rank. They have proven their will and determination as well as their superior skill in their position and their excellent ability to lead others efficiently and according to Starfleet standards.
Cadets are students actively attending Starfleet Academy and may be participating in a temporary 'tour' of the ship for experience.
Those who have earned the rank of Ensign have undergone four or more years of specialty training at Starfleet Academy and graduated. They have been given the rank they have earned and have gotten their very first assignment serving Starfleet.
Lieutenant Junior Grade
As a Lieutenant Junior Grade, crew members have demonstrated skill and mastery in their specialized area as well as shown a strong ability to adapt to the Starfleet environment and follow orders and regulations.
Lieutenants are strong leaders in their departments and have shown excellence in their area. They are often leaders in their teams, either serving as senior officers or assisting senior officers. They can be put in charge of shifts, projects, and missions are relied on quite a bit for helping to direct the lower level officers.
Being a LtCdr is much like an SCPO who is moving into a role where they are helping their department and senior officers quite a bit, but to a much higher degree of responsibility in that they usually serve those duties across the entire division and can be utilized as needed for a variety of tasks.
People in this rank have shown time and time again that they have exactly what Starfleet needs. They are disciplined experts in their field. They show strong leadership skills and work well under pressure. They can lead a team and run a department with efficiency and their knowledge and decisions should be trusted without question.
One earns this rank through many years of exceptional service and leadership. They are the highest rank one can earn before moving to admiralty and have displayed dedication and commitment to Starfleet. They can be relied on and there is likely no one on the ship who knows more about it than someone who earned the rank of Captain while on board.
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