Crew Orientation

 As a newly signed up member of STARFLEET International and a new member of the USS Stargazer NCC – 7991 it is our aim to answer as many questions as we can over the next few pages.

Chapter History

STARFLEET International Star Trek Fan Association Inc. is an international fan association with branches across the globe.

The USS Stargazer NCC 7991 is a not-for-profit Trek and Si-fi correspondence Chapter based in the UK.

The Stargazer is an excelsior class starship, and we carry a nominal staff of 150 and their families along with a further 150 scientists, VIP, ambassodors



The crew is divided into departments, and each department has their associated colour:


Division Name Division Strap Division Name Division Strap Division Name Division Strap
Command Engineering Science
Medical Security Special Services
Cadets and Trainees


o FLEET / COMMAND DIVISION [White] – Fleet Personnel / Commanding Officer, First Officer, Second Officer

o ENGINEERING [Yellow Ochre] – Operations Division, Helm, Shuttle Operations, Engineering Branches

o SCIENCE:  [Grey]  – Operations Division, Communications and Navigation Branches; also Sciences Division, Scientific Research and Technical branches

o MEDICAL: [Light Green] – Medical Sciences Division, Medical Branch

o SECURITY:  [Hunter Green] – Security

o SPECIAL OPERATIONS: Sky Blue – Janatorial, Musicians, Hairdressers, Chefs

Crew Questions

  • Rank Structure
    • The Rank Structure outlined in the STARFLEET Members Handbook is operated on the USS Stargazer
    • A complete list of rank insignia’s can be found on the Rank’s page and these are used on and around our website and on promotion or appointment certificates.



Promotion on board the USS Stargazer is the visible sign of recognition given to those members of the crew who have worked for the benefit of the Chapter.

All promotions are at the discretion of the Commanding and are gained through time served and a merit-based system (although any other SFI member, from the regular member through to Admiralty, may make a recommendation for promotion.

Quick links:

Rank on first joining the crew:  Enlisted Ranks: E1 – E9

Promotion to Ensign through to Commander:  Officer Rank – 01 – 05

Flag Officer Promotions – All ranks of Captain and above are governed by our Regional policy document.



Our rank devices that are used on board the USS Stargazer are in keeping with our ships era.

An overview can be found here.

  • Facebook Groups to join:
  • Getting involved
    • Begin by selecting your choice of Department where you would like to serve.
    • Take the time to get to know your Chief of Department and have a look at the options for roles within your chosen department
    • Apply to your Chief of Department for the role you wish to undertake.
    • Activities include posting in our Crew or Welcome Facebook pages, to writing articles for our website in your chosen role, to Cosplay, Gaming, Bookclub, story writing, STARFLEET Academy, to name just a few.


Enlisted Ranks

In Starfleet, an enlisted crewperson is one who has not completed the four-year Starfleet Academy course. Enlisted crewmen receive basic training, along with any specific courses required for their position at the Starfleet Technical Services Academy on Mars, before being posted. (TNG: “The Drumhead“, “Eye of the Beholder“; DS9: “Shadowplay“, “Starship Down“)

As with commissioned officers, there is a rank structure among enlisted crew.  The term “non-commissioned officer” refers specifically to any enlisted personnel given authority over other personnel. In Starfleet, this refers to any petty officer up to master chief.

All commissioned officer ranks, from ensign upward, outrank all enlisted officers in the chain of command. However, in certain cases, non-commissioned officers can exercise authority over commissioned officers. Additionally, chief petty officers, such as Miles O’Brien, wield influence far beyond their place in the rank structure due to their extensive experience and skill and act as mentors to junior enlisted and commissioned officers.

Enlisted personnel may be promoted to receive a commission, but must pass necessary examinations and/or attend the Academy.

Crew Bio**

As a new member of the USS Stargazer, your first mission is to complete your Bio.  This can be found here