“All the Rights and Privileges of that Rank…”

We have had many promotions recently, and whenever someone is promoted they are granted “all the rights and privileges of that rank.”  What does that mean? Here is a brief breakdown.

Rights and Privileges of Rank

Admiral:  Admirals outrank all lower ranking Admirals, flag officers Captain and below, senior officers and junior officers.  Admirals also outrank any fellow Admiral of the same level who was promoted after he or she was promoted.  Admirals may promote all officers under their command. Admirals also have the right to take command of a starship if they deem the Captain or other commanding officer either unfit for service or unable to command the mission adequately.   Admirals, due to their extreme workload, should only be asked to serve as a Pawfleet Academy Adviser in extreme circumstances of need.

Captain:  Captains outrank all lower ranking officers save for fellow Captains who were promoted before they were promoted.  Captains may promote any officer on their ship without approval from their commanding Admiral.  They may also grant a Field Commission to a civilian as they see fit. Captains are in command of their ship on all missions, even if an Admiral is present, unless the aforementioned Admiral removes them from command either temporarily or permanently.  Captains, due to their extreme workload, should only be asked to serve as a Pawfleet Academy Adviser in extreme circumstances of need.

Commander: Commanders outrank all lower ranking officers as well as fellow Commanders who were promoted after they were promoted. Commanders have the right to take command of a ship if the ship’s Captain is incapacitated during a mission and no higher ranking officer is present.  Commanders are qualified to service as a First Officer on Pawfleet ships (see below).  Commanders have the right, if desired, to serve as a Pawfleet Academy Adviser for Pawfleet Academy Cadets.  They are also qualified to serve as Senior Officers on all Pawfleet Ships, including Department Command roles.

Lieutenant Commander: Lieutenant Commanders outrank all lower ranking officers as well as fellow Lieutenant Commanders who were promoted after they were promoted.  Lieutenant Commanders have the right to take command of a ship if the ship’s Captain is incapacitated and there is no higher ranking officer present.  Lieutenant Commanders are qualified to serve as First and Second Officers on Pawfleet ships.  Lieutenant Commanders have the right, if desired, to serve as a Pawfleet Academy Adviser for Cadets.  They are also qualified to serve as Senior Officers on all Pawfleet Ships, including Department Command roles.

Lieutenant (Full):  Lieutenants outrank all lower ranking officers as well as fellow Lieutenants who were promoted after they were promoted. They have the right to take command of a ship if the ship’s Captain is incapacitated and there is no higher ranking officer present.  Lieutenants are qualified to serve as Second Officers on Pawfleet ships.  Lieutenants have the right, if desired, to serve as a Pawfleet Academy Adviser for Cadets. They are also qualified to serve as Senior Officers on all Pawfleet Ships, including Department Command roles.

Lieutenant (Junior Grade): Lieutenants (Junior Grade) outrank all lower ranking officers as well as fellow Lieutenants (Junior Grade) who were promoted after they were promoted. Lieutenants (Junior Grade) have the right to take command of a ship if the ship’s Captain is incapacitated and there is no higher ranking officer present.  Lieutenants have the right, if desired, to serve as a Pawfleet Academy Adviser for Cadets. Lieutenants (Junior Grade) are qualified to serve as Senior Officers on all Pawfleet Ships, including Department Command roles and Assistant Department Command Roles.

Ensign: Ensigns outrank all Pawfleet Academy Cadets as well as fellow Ensigns who were promoted after they were promoted.  Ensigns have the right to take command of a ship in extreme cases if the ship’s Captain is incapacitated and there is no higher ranking officer present. Ensigns have the right, if desired, to serve as a Pawfleet Academy Adviser for Cadets. Ensigns are qualified to serve as Senior Officers on all Pawfleet Ships, including Assistant Department Command roles.

Cadet Acting Ensign: Cadet Acting Ensigns outrank all lower ranked cadets. Unlike commissioned officers, all Cadet Acting Ensigns hold exactly the same rank, regardless of promotion date.  Cadets are not qualified to command a mission under anything but the most extreme circumstances.

Cadet Chief Petty Officer:   Cadet Chief Petty Officers outrank all lower ranked cadets. Unlike commissioned officers, all Cadet Chief Petty Officer hold exactly the same rank, regardless of promotion date.  Cadets are not qualified to command a mission under anything but the most extreme circumstances. Cadet Chief Petty Officers have the right and requirement to declare a major of study and select an adviser amongst the available, qualified Pawfleet Officers.

Cadet Petty Officer: Cadet Petty Officers outrank all lower ranked cadets. Unlike commissioned officers, all Cadet  Petty Officer hold exactly the same rank, regardless of promotion date.  Cadets are not qualified to command a mission under anything but the most extreme circumstances.

Cadet Crewman: Cadet Crewmen outrank Ensign Ricky. Unlike commissioned officers, all Cadet  Crewmen hold exactly the same rank, regardless of promotion date. Cadet Crewmen are not qualified to lead a mission under any circumstances.

Ensign Ricky: Ensign Ricky outranks nobody. Ensign Ricky has the right to be sent on all dangerous missions, be placed at the front of the line, and be the first member of any crew to die, preferably before the first commercial break. Ensign Ricky is not qualified to lead a Boy Scout Troop, much less a mission.

Rights and Privileges of Position

Ship’s Commanding Officer: Upon assignment to command a starship, all officers must be promoted to the rank of Captain, regardless of previous rank, unless they already hold the rank of Captain or higher.  Captains have the right to voice their concerns, in private if at all possible, to their commanding Admiral at any point during a mission. Captains have the right, unless deemed unfit in some way, to retain command of their ship’s moment to moment situations, even if an Admiral is present.  Captains who outrank other Captains due to position or time of rank have the right to take command of a multiple ship mission as necessary.

First Officer: Upon assignment to the position of First Officer, an officer must be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander, regardless of previous rank, unless they already hold the rank of Lieutenant Commander or higher. First Officers have the right to voice their concerns, in private if at all possible, to their Ship’s Commanding Officer at any point during a mission. First Officers have the right, unless deemed unfit in some way, to retain command of their ship’s moment to moment situations in the absence of their ship’s Commanding Officer, even if a higher rank from another ship or an admiral is present. First Officers may recommend promotion of any officer under their command to their ship’s Commanding Officer at any time.

Second Officer: Upon assignment to the position of Second Officer, an officer must be promoted to the rank of full Lieutenant, regardless of previous rank, unless they already hold the rank of Lieutenant or higher. Second Officers have the right to voice their concerns, in private if at all possible, to their Ship’s Commanding Officer and/or First Officer at any point during a mission. Second Officers have the right, unless deemed unfit in some way, to retain command of their ship’s moment to moment situations in the absence of their ship’s Commanding Officer and First Officer, even if a higher rank from another ship or an admiral is present.  Second Officers may recommend promotion of any officer under their command to their ship’s Commanding Officer at any time.

Department Command Officer: A Department Commanding Officer (i.e. Chief of Security, Chief Engineer) leads their department and, in the topic of their expertise, should have their recommendations and opinions be considered more highly than a higher ranking officer of another department. A Department Commander must hold a minimum rank of Lieutenant (Junior Grade). Upon appointment to a Department Command Post, an officer must be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant (Junior Grade), unless they already hold the rank of Lieutenant (Junior Grade) or higher.  A Department Commander has the right to voice any concern they may have to the ship’s Commanding Officers (Captain, First Officer and Second Officer).

Assistant Department Command Officer: An Assistant Department Commander must hold a minimum rank of Ensign and cannot be promoted to Assistant Department Commander until they have obtained that rank either by Academy Commission or Field Commission.  An Assistant Department Commander has the right to voice any concern they may have regarding their field of expertise to their Department Commander, or to the ship’s Commanding Officers (Captain, First Officer and Second Officer) in the absence of their Department Commander.

Pawfleet Academy Commandant: The Academy’s Commandant advises the Academy’s Chief Instructor and provides general oversight of all Cadets and Advisers. The Commandant may recommend promotion up to and including graduation to the Chief Instructor at his or her pleasure.  The Commandant has the right to select the Academy’s Chief Instructor, including relieving and replacing the current Chief Instructor as he or she sees fit.

Pawfleet Academy Chief Instructor: The Academy’s Chief Instructor organizes and leads all aspect of Pawfleet Academy and works directly with the Academy’s Commandant. The Chief Instructor has the right to assign advisers to cadets, decide upon and grant all promotions up to and including graduation, and organize Academy Graduation Ceremonies.  The Chief Instructor may approve and assign Academy Cadet Advisers as the need arises and as officers demonstrate worthiness to hold that position, including relieving and replacing current Cadet Advisers as he or she sees fit as well as reassigning cadets to a new adviser as the need arises.

Pawfleet Academy Cadet Adviser: A Pawfleet Academy Cadet Adviser has the right to set the curriculum of their cadets, provided it is appropriate to their field of study. A Cadet Adviser may administer tests at their discretion to their cadets. A Cadet Adviser may also recommend promotion up to and readiness for graduation from the Academy to Pawfleet Academy’s Chief Instructor.