Petty Officer Second Class

Petty Officer Second Class
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Petty Officer Second Class (PO2) is the fifth enlisted rate in Starfleet, ranking above Petty Officer Third Class and below Petty Officer First Class, and is a non-commissioned officer. The rank insignia is a grey plate with two chevrons.

Similar to Petty Officer Third Class, advancement to Petty Officer Second Class is dependent on time in service, performance evaluations by superiors, and rate (technical speciality) examinations. The advancement cycle is typically every 6 months. Only a certain number of billets (job openings for this rank) open up biannually and all petty officers third class compete. The top scorers are chosen for advancement, but only in sufficient quantities to fill the billets available.

Petty Officers serve a dual role as both technical experts and as leaders.

Starfleet Enlisted Ranks
Crewman Recruit Crewman Apprentice Crewman Petty Officer Third Class Petty Officer Second Class Petty Officer First Class Chief Petty Officer Senior Chief Petty Officer Master Chief Petty Officer