United Earth Starfleet Ranks
The initial ranking system used sewn-on patches for the few enlisted ranks that existed at the time, and a series of silver rectangular pips for the commissioned officers, worn on on the right breast of the uniform. The flag officer ranks - those of Commodore up to Admiral - were a series of smaller pips within a 'box', worn on both breasts of the uniform. The flag officer uniform was also distinctly different to that of a line officer or crewman; a trend which has been continued through the various uniform changes in Starfleet.
The division of Starfleet that an individual officer or crewman served within was denoted by a coloured border around each of the shoulder panels of the regulation uniform, including both the standard jumpsuit, the away team jacket, and the dress uniform jacket. However, the rank pips were not worn on the field jacket, whereas they were worn on the right shoulder breast of the standard jumpsuit, and both shoulders of the dress jacket. Members of the Admiralty uniformly wore a red-and-white dual border on their shoulders, and wore their rank insignia on both shoulders on all uniforms minus the field jacket.
|Division Name||Division Stripe||Division Name||Division Stripe||Division Name||Division Stripe|
Rank Pip Chart
The rank system of the United Earth Starfleet was far more simplistic than Starfleet's later incarnations, and was largely based upon its most immediate predecessor's rank structure: NASA. As such, the ranks of the 22nd Century did not make use of the 'hollow' pips seen in the 24th Century, limiting the officer ranks to only four; Ensign, Lieutenant, Commander and Captain. Until the late 2150s, these four ranks were supplemented by only three enlisted rates; Crewman first through third classes. As Starfleet began to expand later into the decade, and as it became more militarised as a result of the Earth-Romulan War, the rank structure was expanded to include six more enlisted rates and one warrant officer rank.
|Rank Name||Rank Insignia||Rank Name||Rank Insignia||Rank Name||Rank Insignia|
|Admiral||Warrant Officer||Master Chief Petty Officer|
|Vice Admiral||Senior Chief Petty Officer|
|Rear Admiral||Chief Petty Officer|
|Commodore||Petty Officer First Class|
|Captain||Petty Officer Second Class|
|Commander||Petty Officer Third Class|
|Lieutenant||Crewman First Class|
|Ensign||Crewman Second Class|
|Crewman Third Class|