Starfleet Enlisted Promotion Requirements

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The below chart shows the minimum requirements for Starfleet enlisted promotions in the rates of Crewman Recruit through Petty Officer Third Class.

Requirements Crewman Recruit to Crewman Apprentice Crewman Apprentice to Crewman Crewman to Petty Officer Third Class
Time in Grade 6 Months 9 Months 6 Months
Performance Test None None Selected ratings must complete applicable performance test
Leadership Training Boot Camp Advanced Crewman Training Petty Officer Indoctrination Course
Performance Evaluation Used by Commanding Officer when giving promotion approval. Used by Commanding Officer when giving promotion approval. Used by Commanding Officer when giving promotion approval.
Recommended by Commanding Officer Yes Yes Yes


The below chart shows the minimum requirements for Starfleet enlisted promotions from Petty Officer Third Class through Master Chief Petty Officer.

Requirements Petty Officer Third Class to Petty Officer Second Class Petty Officer Second Class to Petty Officer First Class Petty Officer First Class to Chief Petty Officer Chief Petty Officer to Senior Chief Petty Officer Senior Chief Petty Officer to Master Chief Petty Officer
Time in Grade 12 Months 36 Months 36 Months 36 Months 36 Months
Performance Test Selected ratings must complete applicable performance test Selected ratings must complete applicable performance test Selected ratings must complete applicable performance test None None
Leadership Training P02 Leadership Training Course Continuum P01 Leadership Training Course Continuum Senior Enlisted Academy CPO Leadership Training Course None
Performance Evaluation Used by Commanding Officer when giving promotion approval. Used by Commanding Officer when giving promotion approval. Considered by Promotion Board of other CPO's when making promotion decisions. Considered by Promotion Board of other SCPO's when making promotion decisions. Considered by Promotion Board of other MCPO's when making promotion decisions.
Recommended by Commanding Officer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Disclaimer: The time in grade refers to the time in-game and not the actual length of real time a player writes the character.

Path of Professional Development for Typical Enlisted Personnel

Potential enlisted candidates must first apply to any of the numerous Starfleet Basic Training Centers located throughout Federation space. Minimum age is 17 for most humanoid species, although allowances are made for certain species who mature intellectually and physically faster. Once they are screened by recruiters, candidates then must take the three-part Enlisted Entrance Examination (3-E). Unlike exams for entry into Starfleet Academy, 3-E tests are not competitive. They test general knowledge and mental aptitude, psychological factors, and physical abilities to gauge if an individual can handle what is expected of crewman.

Once the exam is passed, recruits are assigned to a Basic Training Center, more commonly referred to as "Boot Camp". They may begin immediately or defer beginning for a length of time up to 6 months. Boot Camp encompasses a 12-week course, where recruits are taught everything from grooming standards to basic watchstanding to Starfleet history. Weapons, zero-G, damage control, and higher technical training are taught in the latter weeks.

Basic Training Center Locations

(This is not an exhaustive list.)

Upon graduation, crewmen have the choice to attend an occupational specialty school (OSS or "A-school") to learn the specific position, or immediately join the fleet as a non-designated crewman. OSS courses last between two and eight months depending on the rating. This is then followed by intensive on-the-job training overseen by senior enlisted personnel on his or her assigned ship or station. Together, the OSS and the OJT are called Advanced Crewman Training (ACT). Many ACT graduates further their training and can receive two- or four-year college-level degrees from Starfleet or participating educational institutions. Non-designated crewman are nomally assigned positions as damage controlmen, cargo handlers, personnel specialists, and the like. At any time they may request entrance into ACT and "strike" (a process that allows for crewman to take OSS courses without leaving duty) for a rating.

Advanced Crewman Training/Occupational Specialty Schools

(This is not an exhaustive list.)

Crewmen enter the ranks of the non-commission officer upon promotion to Petty Officer Third Class. One of the prerequisites to obtain PO3 is successful completion of the Petty Officer Indoctrination Course. This 3-week training is the start of the Petty Officer Leadership Training Course Continuum, a program that lasts througout a petty officer's career until making Chief. This training serves to teach POs how to be leaders and teachers themselves, as well as how to be a vital link in the chain of command. Time management, motivational techniques, handling disclipinary issues, and developing functional working relationships with officers are just a few of the topics touched on. Indoctrination is normally done in small classes at large Starfleet stations or planet-side facilities, and overseen by senior enlisted personnel.

The Course Continuum is a self-paced program that allows Petty Officers to focus on becoming experts in their rating while continuing to recieve the knowledge needed to advance up the enlisted ranks. POs take the required courses in a series of holographic programs administered by their Chief of the Boat, Command Chief, or assigned training officer. Promotion through the Petty Officer ranks not only requires the successful completion of assigned Continuum programs, but also a grade of "excellent" on rating proficiency tests.

The move from Petty Officer First Class to Chief Petty Officer is possibly the most important event in an enlistedman's career. From that moment on s/he is a leader, and is expected to shape and guide the enlisted assigned to them into productive members of Starfleet. Besides experts in their field, they are now teachers that are required to pass on the knowledge they've acquired. They are also an active and vital part of the command structure, and are expected to set the example for all to see. So important are senior NCOs in the Starfleet structure that they warrant their own schools, known as the Senior Enlisted Academy (SEA). Marines with the rank of Gunnery Sergeant and above also attend SEA.

Senior Enlisted Academy Locations

(This is not an exhaustive list.)

SEAs are designed to make potential senior NCOs into leaders. These ten-week schools focus on command and organizational skills, personnel management, strategic affairs, political/military history, and the like. Attendance in a SEA if mandatory for the promotion to CPO. Once complete, the graduate is prepared to take on larger command roles, staff-level billets, and teach other Petty Officers/Sergeants. Senior NCOs can return for additional courses anytime throughout his or her career, reliant on availability and clearance from duty.

The final set of training is the Chief Petty Officer Leadership Training, which is given when a candidate is ready to step up to Senior Chief. It is given and graded by other Chiefs and is entirely based on on-the-job performance, particularly as it relates to command and leadership abilities.