Ensign is a military rank, the equivalent of which is used by the service organizations of many civilizations. As a traditional naval grade, ensign is the most junior line officer rank below the lieutenant grades, usually immediately below lieutenant or lieutenant junior grade.

The rank of ensign is usually the first commissioned rank assigned to new officers (such as recent graduates of Starfleet Academy). This naval rank is equivalent to the rank of second lieutenant which is found in the United States Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps.

An ensign's primary duty is professional growth, both as a leader and as an occupational specialist. Ensigns are mentored by more senior officers as well as their (nominally) subordinate chief petty officers as part of their development as Starfleet leaders. As ensigns prove themselves more capable, they are considered for promotion into the lieutenant tier.

Rank insignia of Starfleet ensignsEdit

Command-Service Operations-Service Sciences-Service
2150s Earth cmd ens-1- Earth ops ens-1-
2230s 2230s cmd-1-
2250s 2270 Command Ensign
2250s 2250s conn officer sleeve-1-
2270s 2270s cmd ens-1-
2280s 2285 Command Ensign 2285 Engineering Ensign
2350s 2350s cmd ens-1-
2360s 2366 S-Command Ensign
2370s 2373 Command Ensign 2373 Engineering Ensign 2373 Medical Ensign
2400s Red Ens 2400s-1-

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