Starfleet Ranks (23rd Century)
Into the 23rd Century, as early as the 2230s, Starfleet had radically changed not only the design of its starships, but also its uniforms and the way that it displayed its ranks upon it. The new starfleet ranking system consisted of a series of golden braids displayed upon both sleeves of the uniform. Enlisted ranks were often changed throughout this period, with some enlisted personnel having no visible insignia, whilst some in later years displayed some, usually on only their left sleeve - often the display of enlisted insignia was left to the determination of the individual's commanding officer.
This period in Starfleet's rank system went through a number of phases. Each phase worked around the braid principle, but utilised the braids in different ways. The later uniforms used a lot more detail in the braiding.
The division of Starfleet that an individual officer or crewman served within during this period was denoted by the colour of the entire top half of their uniform, as well as by the insignia found within the Starfleet delta patch on their left breast.
Rank Braid Chart
The rank system of Starfleet into the 23rd Century recognised the need for a more complex officer rank structure after the merging of the various individual militaries of the Federation's membership, and as such is the first to introduce some ranks found amongst Earth's ancient navies, after they were excluded from the 22nd Century rank system; Lieutenant (Junior Grade) and Lieutenant Commander.
The 2260s also saw the expansion of the enlisted ranks, and the re-introduction of warrant officers.
|Rank Name||Rank Insignia||Rank Name||Rank Insignia||Rank Name||Rank Insignia|
|Fleet Admiral||Chief Warrant Officer||Master Chief Petty Officer|
|Admiral||Warrant Officer||Senior Chief Petty Officer|
|Vice Admiral||Chief Petty Officer|
|Rear Admiral||Petty Officer First Class|
|Commodore||Petty Officer Second Class|
|Captain||Able Crewman / Petty Officer Third Class|
|Commander||Crewman First Class|
|Lieutenant Commander||Crewman Second Class|
|Lieutenant||Crewman Third Class|