Ranks

The following Rank Guidelines have been set forth as the path for new members to follow on their journey through the ranks of Bravo Fleet. 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. 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 assignment
  • 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 assignment
  • Reach Level 1 on Bravo Fleet’s Discord server
  • Participate in a Bravo Fleet competition
  • Earn 1 Duty Ribbon
  • 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 a Bravo Fleet Academy assignment Participate in two (2) Bravo Fleet competitions
  • Reach Level 3 on Bravo Fleet’s Discord server
  • Earn 2 Duty Ribbons
  • Earn 3 Service Ribbons
  • Earn 2 Combat Action Ribbons
  • Earn 3 Strategic Action Ribbons
  • Earn 1 Campaign Ribbon
  • 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 Senior Grade to Ensign Complete three of the following:
  • Join a Bravo Fleet game
  • Complete the Bravo Fleet Academy’s New Member course
  • Join a second Bravo Fleet game
  • Reach Level 4 on Bravo Fleet’s Discord server
  • Participate in three (3) Bravo Fleet competitions
  • Follow Bravo Fleet on Facebook or Twitter
  • Earn 3 Duty Ribbons
  • Earn 5 Service Ribbons
  • Earn 3 Combat Action Ribbons
  • Earn 5 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:
  • Join a second Bravo Fleet game
  • Reach Level 5 on Bravo Fleet’s Discord server
  • Participate in five (5) Bravo Fleet competitions
  • Place in a Bravo Fleet competition
  • Organize and run one (1) Bravo Fleet competition
  • Join a Bravo Fleet Department as a staff member (Deputy, Staff Officer, or Staff Assistant)
  • Serve as a task force level staff member (Task Force Executive Officer or Task Group Commanding Officer)
  • Follow Bravo Fleet on Facebook or Twitter
  • Earn 6 Duty Ribbons
  • Earn 8 Service Ribbons
  • Earn 6 Combat Action Ribbons
  • Earn 8 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:
  • Join a second Bravo Fleet game
  • Reach Level 6 on Bravo Fleet’s Discord server
  • List three (3) characters on BFMS
  • Participate in eight (8) Bravo Fleet competitions
  • Place two (2) Bravo Fleet competitions
  • Organize or co-organize one (1) Bravo Fleet competition
  • Join a Bravo Fleet Department as a staff member (Deputy, Staff Officer, or Staff Assistant)
  • Serve as a task force level staff member (Task Force Executive Officer or Task Group Commanding Officer)
  • Earn a Merit Award.  This can count two times if you earn two Merit medals.
  • Create a well developed biography for your character
  • Earn 8 Duty Ribbons
  • Earn 12 Service Ribbons
  • Earn 8 Combat Action Ribbons
  • Earn 12 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 7 on Bravo Fleet’s Discord server
  • List five (5) characters on BFMS
  • Participate in twelve (12) 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 (Deputy, Staff Officer, or Staff Assistant)
  • Serve as a task force level staff member (Task Force Executive Officer or Task Group Commanding Officer)
  • Earn a Merit Award.  This can count two times if you earn two Merit medals.
  • Create a well developed biography for your character
  • Earn 10 Duty Ribbons
  • Earn 15 Service Ribbons
  • Earn 10 Combat Action Ribbons
  • Earn 15 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 have the ability to request 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 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 approve a promotion up to Rear Admiral, but only the Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer can approve a promotion 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. For example, 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, 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 their 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 leadership. 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 ranks 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 rank.

Rank
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Time in Previous Rank
Commander (CDR)
4 months minimum of average sustained activity
Captain (CAPT)
6 months minimum of average sustained activity
Fleet Captain (FCAPT)
12 months minimum of average sustained activity
Commodore (CDRE)
14 months minimum of average sustained activity
Rear Admiral (RADM)
Vice Admiral (VADM)
Admiral (ADM)
Fleet Admiral (FADM)