Ranks

The following guidelines have been set forth as the path for new members to follow on their journey through the ranks. Completing the activities indicated in each of the following steps will qualify a member for promotion. The purpose of these various items is to provide a solid base of knowledge for new members that will allow them to succeed in the future.

Promotion Path

The path that members take when joining Bravo Fleet is an interesting and fun one! The path goes from civilian (when you first join), to cadet and junior officer, to senior officer, and finally the admiralty ranks. The standard cadet to officer path gives Bravo Fleet the opportunity to maximize its ability to reward its members, you, with as many promotions as possible. Instead of 4 cadet ranks with larger mountains and longer times to get through each officer rank, the cadet path Bravo Fleet has adopted allows for smaller hills and quicker times in each rank to get towards the coveted officer ranks. However, think of your rank as more about you, the member. Your characters are able to theoretically hold any rank. So even if you, the member, are a rank of Commander, your main character could just as easily be a chief petty officer if you so desired. Rank is not a way to track authority, and Bravo Fleet isn’t a military; it is simply a way to reward our members who are active.

Cadet and Junior Officer Guidelines

The list of activities that are provided are a series of examples of members’ accomplishments that will qualify an individual for promotion – but promotions at the cadet level are not limited to these tasks. Substitutions for items on these lists are acceptable on an individual basis, so long as the substituted activity is of similar or equivalent effort. If a member completes the tasks as they are defined below, they will be promoted accordingly, but it is not the only way. As a cadet and junior officer, you’ll be assigned to your task force’s main headquarters to help you learn the ins and outs of Bravo Fleet and the intricacies of the fleet.
Rank
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Time in Previous Rank
Cadet Freshman Grade (CDTF)
Cadet Sophomore Grade (CDTS)
Cadet Junior Grade (CDTJ)
Cadet Senior Grade (CDTSR)
Ensign (ENS)
Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG)
1 week
Lieutenant (LT)
1 week
Lieutenant Commander (LTCDR)
2 week

Promotion Requirements

Rank Activity Requirements
Cadet Freshman Grade to Cadet Sophomore Grade Complete one of the following:
  • Join a Bravo Fleet game
  • Pass a Bravo Fleet Academy course
  • Reach Level 1 on Bravo Fleet’s Discord server
  • Participate in a Bravo Fleet competition
  • Earn 1 Service Ribbon
  • Join the Bravo Fleet Star Trek Online Fleet
Cadet Sophomore Grade to Cadet Junior Grade Complete one of the following:
  • Join a Bravo Fleet game
  • Pass a Bravo Fleet Academy course
  • Reach Level 1 on Bravo Fleet’s Discord server
  • Participate in a Bravo Fleet competition
  • Earn 1 Legion of Honour
  • Earn 1 Service Ribbon
  • Earn 1 Combat Action Ribbon
  • Earn 2 Strategic Action Ribbons
  • Join the Bravo Fleet Star Trek Online Fleet
Your activity must be different than previously completed. Higher activity requirements to previous ranks constitute a new activity. Activity award requirements refer to your total earned, not those earned solely in-rank.
Cadet Junior Grade to Cadet Senior Grade Complete one of the following:
  • Join a Bravo Fleet game
  • Pass three (3) Bravo Fleet Academy courses
  • Participate in two (2) Bravo Fleet competitions
  • Reach Level 5 on Bravo Fleet’s Discord server
  • Earn 5 Legions of Honour
  • Earn 5 Service Ribbons
  • Earn 2 Combat Action Ribbons
  • Earn 5 Strategic Action Ribbons
  • Earn 1 Campaign Ribbon
Your activity must be different than previously completed. Higher activity requirements to previous ranks constitute a new activity. Activity award requirements refer to your total earned, not those earned solely in-rank.
Cadet Senior Grade to Ensign Complete three of the following:
  • Join a Bravo Fleet game
  • Join a second Bravo Fleet game
  • Reach Level 10 on Bravo Fleet’s Discord server
  • Pass five (5) Bravo Fleet Academy courses
  • Participate in five (5) Bravo Fleet competitions
  • Follow Bravo Fleet on Facebook or Twitter
  • Earn 10 Legions of Honour
  • Earn 10 Service Ribbons
  • Earn 5 Combat Action Ribbons
  • Earn 10 Strategic Action Ribbons
  • Earn 2 Campaign Ribbons
  • Join the Bravo Fleet Star Trek Online Fleet
Your activity must be different than previously completed. Higher activity requirements to previous ranks constitute a new activity. Activity award requirements refer to your total earned, not those earned solely in-rank.
Ensign to Lieutenant Junior Grade One week at Ensign required. Complete three of the following:
  • Participate in ten (10) Bravo Fleet competitions
  • Place in a Bravo Fleet competition
  • Organise and run one (1) Bravo Fleet competition
  • Reach Level 14 on Bravo Fleet’s Discord server
  • Join a Bravo Fleet Department as a staff member (specs, awards, canon, academy, gfx, software, faculty, social media)
  • Follow Bravo Fleet on Facebook or Twitter
  • Earn 15 Legions of Honour
  • Earn 15 Service Ribbons
  • Earn 10 Combat Action Ribbons
  • Earn 20 Strategic Action Ribbons
  • Earn 3 Campaign Ribbons
Your activity must be different than previously completed. Higher activity requirements to previous ranks constitute a new activity. Activity award requirements refer to your total earned, not those earned solely in-rank.
Lieutenant Junior Grade to Lieutenant One week at Lieutenant Junior Grade required. Complete four of the following:
  • Reach Level 17 on Bravo Fleet’s Discord server
  • List three (3) characters on BFMS
  • Participate in fifteen (15) Bravo Fleet competitions
  • Place in a Bravo Fleet competition
  • Organize or co-organize one (1) Bravo Fleet competition
  • Join a Bravo Fleet Department as a staff member (specs, awards, canon, academy, gfx, software, faculty, social media)
  • Serve as a task force level staff member
  • Earn a Recognition Award.  This can count two times if you earn two Recognition medals.
  • Create a well developed biography for your character
  • Earn 20 Legions of Honour
  • Earn 20 Service Ribbons
  • Earn 20 Combat Action Ribbons
  • Earn 40 Strategic Action Ribbons
  • Earn 4 Campaign Ribbons
Your activity must be different than previously completed. Higher activity requirements to previous ranks constitute a new activity. Activity award requirements refer to your total earned, not those earned solely in-rank.
Lieutenant to Lieutenant Commander Two weeks at Lieutenant required. Complete five of the following:
  • Reach Level 20 on Bravo Fleet’s Discord server
  • List five (5) characters on BFMS
  • Participate in twenty (20) Bravo Fleet competitions
  • Place in three (3) Bravo Fleet competitions
  • Organize or co-organize three (3) Bravo Fleet competition
  • Join a Bravo Fleet Department as a staff member (specs, awards, canon, academy, gfx, software, faculty, social media)
  • Serve as a task force level staff member
  • Earn a Recognition Award.  This can count two times if you earn two Recognition medals.
  • Create a well developed biography for your character
  • Earn 30 Legions of Honour
  • Earn 30 Service Ribbons
  • Earn 40 Combat Action Ribbons
  • Earn 80 Strategic Action Ribbons
  • Earn 5 Campaign Ribbons
Your activity must be different than previously completed. Higher activity requirements to previous ranks constitute a new activity. Activity award requirements refer to your total earned, not those earned solely in-rank.

Senior Officer & Beyond

At the rank of lieutenant commander, members will be given a ship of their own to command. This ship will help you better interact with the storylines going on in Bravo Fleet at large, have a ship for competitions, and help boost your own dossier. Promotions beyond Lieutenant Commander are decided on a case-by-case basis. The Chief of Staff looks at the whole record of the prospective promotee including, but not limited to: competitions entered and hosted, writing and simming contributions, gaming activity, academy activity, medals awarded and why, projects completed, leadership, and administrative experience. The latter two often hold a greater weight with each subsequent rank. Attitude and how one interacts with the larger organization also plays a role as it represents one’s growth and maturity in the club. Strive to establish your strengths and never be afraid to test your weaknesses. The Chief of Staff may promote up to Rear Admiral Upper Half, but only the Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer can promote up to Admiral. Only persons currently or previously holding the position of Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer may hold the rank of Fleet Admiral. There are no activity lists for senior officer promotions, and the time in rank provided is meant as an average minimum. Activity is expected to be recent and consistent. A member who has been a Commander for over a year but only returned to active status two months ago is unlikely to be promoted. Large scale activity may make up for time in rank, however, including Bravo Fleet-wide events or prolonged projects that reach conclusion. There is no clean path toward a senior officer promotion, no absolute rules or expectations. Be active. If you want to know what you can do, speak to your unit leaders and ask to assist with projects. Apply for leadership positions, experience that is required for the senior officer & admiral ranks. Leadership is evaluated based on consistency, achievements, and the satisfaction of your superiors. If you are striving to earn Captain, look at other members who hold that rank as an example of how they earned it. Captain may be earned by sustained activity over a period of months, but a sub-unit leader will not earn Rear Admiral Lower Half, which requires a wider impact on Bravo Fleet as a whole. Those who go the furthest are the ones who work together for the betterment of the group.The Chief of Staff encourages members to keep personal activity logs that can be shared with your leaders periodically. Leaders looking to submit an officer promotion are encouraged to first contact the Chief of Staff to determine the member’s eligibility while consulting the writing recommendations examples.

Leadership

Holding a leadership or administrative position in Bravo Fleet is an important achievement for a member, and it also serves as an important marker for evaluating member progress by the Chief of Staff. We do recognize that direct game management is not always possible, either through a lack of opportunity, or a desire to do something else. This will not adversely hamper a member’s chances for promotion. There are other positioned and non-positioned activities that a member can engage in that are in keeping with the spirit of the above. These include (but are not limited) to: working and actively contributing to the large-scale Bravo Fleet projects, sitting on a committee, and mentoring members to the rank of Ensign.Further, all of the above positions and associated timelines are meant to show transparency in the Chief of Staff office’s thought processes. There is no guarantee that a member will be promoted upon hitting the number of days in a position.
Rank
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Time in Previous Rank
Commander (CDR)
2 months minimum; 4 months average sustained activity
Captain (CAPT)
4 months minimum; 6 months average sustained activity
Fleet Captain (FCAPT)
9 months minimum; 12 months average sustained activity
Senior Captain (SCAPT)
10 months minimum; 14 months average sustained activity;
Commodore (CDRE)
8 months minimum; 14 months average sustained activity
Rear Admiral (RADM)
Vice Admiral (VADM)
Admiral (ADM)
Fleet Admiral (FADM)

Ship Classes

Once a member reaches the rank of Lieutenant Commander, they become eligible to command a ship. Different classes of ship become available as members advance through the ranks.
Lieutenant Commander
Ambassador Argonaut Atlantia Centaur Challenger Cheyenne Diligent Dumont Excelsior Freedom New Orleans Norway Nova Reliant Saber Springfield Steamrunner
Commander
Akira Defiant Elysion Insignia Intrepid Luna Nebula Olympic Rhode Island
Captain
Century Galaxy Manticore Odyssey Prometheus Sovereign Typhon Vesta