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UNIFIED PROMOTION POLICY

Version 4 February 2007

Article I. Limitation on number of officer characters.

Every player of the 14th Fleet is allowed a maximum of two officer characters and an unlimited number enlisted or civilian characters.

Every player may have only one character on each simulation.

Non-playing characters can be created in the database under the authority, ownership and responsibility of Starfleet Command and are ineligible for promotions and awards.

Article II. Starting ranks.

New officer characters can start either at the ranks of Fourth Year Cadet or Ensign by the player’s choice.

New enlisted characters start at the rank of Crewman Second Class.

Due to the additional required schooling involved for a medical degree, totalling eight years, medical doctors automatically start at acting Lieutenant junior grade.

Article III. Minimum requirements.

Each rank in the 14th Fleet has specific minimum requirements which must be adhered to. Starfleet Command can approve or deny individual requests to waive such requirements.

Meeting minimum requirements does not automatically qualify a character for promotion. Those authorised to promote characters may have additional personal requirements which need to be fulfilled. Please refer to the person authorized to approve your promotion if you have questions about these additional standards.

Article IV. Promoting authorities.

Starfleet Command has authority to promote characters to the ranks of Commander, Captain, Senior Chief Petty Officer, Master Chief Petty Officer, Warrant Officer and Chief Warrant Officer 1st Grade.

The Commanding Officer, either the permanent Commanding Officer or a Commanding Officer temporarily appointed by Starfleet Command, has the authority to promote characters on their simulation to the ranks of Ensign, Lieutenant junior grade, Lieutenant, Lieutenant Commander, Crewman 1st Class, Petty Officer, Chief Petty Officer, Chief Warrant Officer 2nd Grade and Chief Warrant Officer 3rd Grade (the latter two only after the character has been promoted to Chief Warrant Officer 1st Grade by Starfleet Command).

Article V. Basic requirements of Starfleet Command.

Starfleet Command will not approve promotions for any character without the recommendation of the Commanding Officer.

It will also not approve promotions for characters whose biography in the database is not up to date, nor for the Commanding Officer of a simulation where the crew does not have up to date biographies.

‘Up to date’ means that the following items are both accurate and current:

  • Basic information, not including the web-bio URL or a character picture;
  • Awards & Commendations section;
  • Reprimands section;
  • Promotions section;
  • Transfers section.

Article VI. Officer ranks.

Officers are subject to the following minimum promotion requirements:

FOURTH YEAR CADET:

  • Has no requirements.

ENSIGN (Only when the character starts at Cadet):

  • Requires having served actively* at Cadet for 12 weeks.

LIEUTENANT JUNIOR GRADE:

  • Requires having served actively* at Ensign for 12 weeks.

LIEUTENANT:

  • Requires having served actively* at Lieutenant junior grade for 16 weeks.

LIEUTENANT COMMANDER:

  • Requires having served actively* at Lieutenant for 18 weeks.

COMMANDER:

  • Requires having served actively* at Lieutenant Commander for 22 weeks.

AND

  • Requires a command of a 14th Fleet simulation at time of promotion.

OR

  • Requires having been in temporary command (approved by Starfleet Command) of an official simulation in the 14th Fleet for at least 4 weeks.

OR

  • Having attained either the Medal of Honor, the Medal of Honor with Clusters, the Grankite Order of Tactics or the Grankite Order of Tactics, Class of Excellence.

CAPTAIN:

  • Requires having served actively* at Commander for 26 weeks.
  • Requires having command of an official simulation at time of promotion.
*: serving actively, in regards to promotions, is considered a minimum of one email log per week or your weekly IRC attendance on the simulation you are assigned to. Time served on one-time simulations does not count towards promotion.

Article VII. Enlisted personnel ranks.

Enlisted personnel are subject to the following minimum promotion requirements:

CREWMAN SECOND CLASS:

  • Has no requirements.

CREWMAN FIRST CLASS:

  • Requires having served actively* at Crewman Second Class for 12 weeks.

PETTY OFFICER:

  • Requires having served actively* at Crewman First Class for 16 weeks.

CHIEF PETTY OFFICER:

  • Requires having served actively* at Petty Officer for 18 weeks.

SENIOR CHIEF PETTY OFFICER:

  • Requires having served actively* at Chief Petty Officer for 22 weeks.

MASTER CHIEF PETTY OFFICER:

  • Requires having served actively* at Senior Chief Petty Officer for 26 weeks.

*: serving actively, in regards to promotions, is considered a minimum of one email log per week or your weekly IRC attendance on the simulation you are assigned to.

Time served on one-time simulations does not count towards promotion.

Article VIII. Warrant officer ranks.

Warrant Officers are officers, however they are not subjected to Article I. These officers rank underneath Ensigns and above the enlisted personnel. Warrant Officers are subject to the following minimum promotion requirements:

WARRANT OFFICER:

  • Requires having served actively* at Master Chief Petty Officer for 26 weeks.

CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER 1st GRADE:

  • Requires having served actively* at Warrant Officer for 26 weeks.

CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER 2nd GRADE:

  • Requires having served actively* at Chief Warrant Officer 1st grade for 12 weeks.

CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER 3rd GRADE:

  • Requires having served actively* at Chief Warrant Officer 2nd grade for 12 weeks.

*: serving actively, in regards to promotions, is considered a minimum of one email log per week or your weekly IRC attendance on the simulation you are assigned to.

Time served on one-time simulations does not count towards promotion.

Article IX. Acting ranks.

The Commanding Officer and Starfleet Command can issue acting ranks of any rank they are normally allowed to promote characters to. Starfleet Command will not issue acting ranks when the Commanding Officer of that character disagrees.

A new Commanding Officer is not required to honor acting ranks previously issued, not even when that promotion was approved by Starfleet Command.

The acting rank is only valid as long as the character remains in the situation where it was originally issued. Once the character transfers to another department or simulation, the acting rank is automatically withdrawn.

The only exceptions to these requirements are medical doctor who, per Article II, started their career automatically at acting Lieutenant junior grade.

Article X. Temporary rank reductions.

When transferring from one simulation to another your rank may cause conflict with the integrity of the chain of command of that simulation. This is especially the case when you outrank your superiors in the chain of command.

Rather than to force Commanding Officers to issue acting ranks, they are instead allowed the option forcing a temporary rank reduction. As with acting ranks, this reduction lasts only for the duration of the assignment and the character is automatically reinstated to their regular rank when the assignment ends.

This temporary rank reduction is mandatory for any Captain wishing to join a simulation other than serve as Commanding Officer.

Article XI. Field Commissions.

It is possible for enlisted personnel to be awarded field commissions only when such a commission will not conflict with Article I.

This commission can be given by the Commanding Officer, and will elevate the character to the rank of Ensign. Active time accumulation at the rank of Ensign will start with zero weeks served as of the moment the field commission is issued. It is preferable that such a field commission be motivated by in-character achievement either through single extra-ordinary event or continued excellent service.

Article XII. Civilian characters with retired ranks.

In fairness of all characters that have had to accumulate rank, a retired character may only display a rank which it has actually earned. Retired characters can be re-activated for duty in Starfleet unless such a re-activation violates Article I.

Article XIII. Non-Starfleet ranks.

With an eye towards the future, and the possibility of non-Starfleet simulations, ranks (and awards) belonging to other affiliations also have to be earned.

For example, in order to play a Captain in the Klingon Defence Force, one has to have a character that has worked his way up to Captain in the Klingon Defense Force.

Article XIV. Flag ranks.

While flag ranks are not attainable as part of the regular promotion career, Starfleet Command may elevate individuals to the admiralty to serve specific role-playing needs for the fleet as a whole.

Flag officers cannot permanently be in command of a simulation.


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