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An explanatory of ST:TNG ranks
Starfleet Rank Structure Explained
by William Stone, III
America OnLine: WRStone
A chart comparing Starfleet ranks with their appropriate US Army equivalents
might look like this:
Starfleet Star Trek Example US Army
Ensign Chekov (TOS) Second Lieutenant
Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Geordi (TNG - Season 1) First Lieutenant
Lieutenant Worf (TNG) Captain
Lieutenant Commander Data (TNG) Major
Commander Riker (TNG) Lieutenant Colonel
Captain Picard (TNG) Colonel
Fleet Captain Garth, Pike (TOS) no equivalent
Commodore Stone, Mendez (TOS) Brigadier General
Rear Admiral Kirk (TMP) Major General
Vice Admiral [ Kirk (ST2-4) ] Lieutenant General
Admiral Komack (TOS) General
Fleet Admiral Morrow (ST3) General of the Army
( Kirk wasn't necessarily a Vice Admiral in ST2-4, but one would hope he got
some kind of promotion during the period from TMP to ST2. )
A Starfleet Commodore is *not* the same thing as a US Navy Commodore. In
today's US Navy, Commodore is a nonexistent rank, changed years ago to Rear
Admiral, Lower Half (of the promotion list). ( There was some kind of petty
congressional squabble over whether Commodore was a Flag rank and therefore
deserving of a Flag rank salary. To solve the problem, they eliminated the
Today, the US Navy rank of Commodore can be applied to a Captain either
visiting or temporarily aboard a vessel other than his own. Traditionally -
and in the Canadian Navy, for example - a Commodore is a Captain in charge of
a number of vessels. This rank corresponds more closely to a Starfleet Fleet
Starfleet Commodores have generally been seen in charge of Starbases.
Apparently, when you get promoted from Captain, you go on to Fleet Captain
and command a small fleet or task force. If you're promoted to Commodore,
you command a Starbase. If you go farther than that, you reach Starfleet
The Next Generation Rank Pips
(Crudely Rendered in ASCII)
O O o O O O O o O O O O O O O
Ensign LT (J.G) Lieutenant LT Commander Commander Captain
.---. .---. .-----. .-------. .---------.
| o | | O | | O O | | O O O | | O O O O |
`---' `---' `-----' `-------' `---------'
Fleet Captain Commodore Rear Admiral Vice Admiral Admiral
We've never seen Fleet Captain or Commodore on TNG. My insignia design is
simply a logical extension of the pattern and might be contradicted by next
The insignia for the various Admiral grade conflict depending on which season
you're watching. They seem to have settled on the current pattern in the
second season circa "The Measure of a Man".
Copyright (C) 1991 William Stone, III. Permission to freely distribute the
full text of this article is hereby granted, provided the author's name and
this copyright notice are retained.
* Origin: Stone Point Salutes Gene Roddenberry (1921-1991) (1:115/439.4)
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