UNITED FEDERATION STARFLEET

MEMBERSHIP MANUAL

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United Federation Starfleet

The ULTIMATE

Starfleet Experience

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Original by

Admiral Taylorholic Durant

Stardate 070101

Reviewed and amended by:

Fleet Admiral Mike Calhoun

Vice Admiral Rosine Heinkel

Lieutenant General MilesPrower Dagger

Last revision date 140101

Becomes Effective by

Stardate 140101

Currently IN USE

Published by

United Federation Starfleet Command

Editors

Lieutenant General MilesPrower Dagger

Fleet Admiral Mike Calhoun

Layout:

Fleet Admiral Mike Calhoun

Chief Archivist Lieutenant Jak Forcella

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Captain Emilie Chardin

Intended Audience:

All current and future members of United Federation Starfleet

Reviewing Authority

United Federation Starfleet Command Quality Control Department

Last Revision date 140101

Revision History

First Edition : December 2007

First Revision : January 2008

Second Revision : January 2009

Third Revision : January 2010

Fourth Revision: January 2011

Fifth Revision: December 2011

Sixth Revision: March 06, 2012

Seventh Revision: August 2013

Eighth Revision: January 2014

Revision History Page

This page will show all points that have been added and/or changed during a fiscal year. This way you can quickly see if something in this manual has been changed or updated. At the end of the fiscal year, this page will be cleaned for the next fiscal year

Stardate 150606 - Added Sector Logos - Appendix A

Stardate 150613 - Added link to the Cadet Corps Manual

Stardate 150822 - Updated Policies for Resignation, AWOL, LOA and returning members (sections 1.2.8, 1.2.9, 1.2.10 and 1.2.11)

Stardate 151110 - Main Logo Updated

== Welcome Message from the Commander-in-Chief ==

As Admiral and Commander-in-Chief, it is my pleasure to welcome you to United Federation Starfleet, The Ultimate Starfleet Experience

United Federation Starfleet, or UFS for short, started as a dream.....a dream to realize and bring Gene Roddenberry’s vision to life within the realms of a metaverse community. As Mr. Roddenberry said, “If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life’s exciting variety, not something to fear.”

We envisioned an opportunity where people could live out Roddenberry’s vision by becoming a Federation Citizen, Starfleet Crewman, or a Commissioned Officer within one of the most respected, most organized, and most active Star Trek organizations available. Our dream to accomplish this began in 2006. Since then, UFS has become one of the premiere Star Trek groups within Second Life. It was this success that led us to form UFS Incorporated, a real life organization based in New York. As we continued to grow and expand, the group expanded into other online grids. Now UFS has taken the next logical step by adding Virtual Starships and Space Stations all over the world.

The time is ripe to get involved.

To help UFS officers and enlisted adjust to and grow into their UFS lives, we offer a highly organized and renowned Academy, which includes a vast selection of courses. These courses will help you to learn a variety of skills and information that will get you started as a contributing officer, marine, and enlisted within United Federation Starfleet.

UFS offers a wide variety of postings to choose from. You can:

In addition to these postings, UFS is also involved in multiple charitable foundations as well as planning social events for members. To begin participating you can:

The opportunities are endless!

Again, I welcome you to United Federation Starfleet, where you can live out your dream of being a part of the Star Trek life. Whether you have chosen to be an officer or enlisted in one of our online communities or one of our many Starships and Space Stations around the world, the sky is no longer the limit – now you can explore the entire Universe!

In Service to the Fleet,

Fleet Admiral Mike Calhoun

Commander-in-Chief

United Federation Starfleet

United Federation Starfleet`s GOAL

UFS prides itself to be the Ultimate Starfleet Experience. When you join UFS, whether for role play, online gaming, or meeting new friends, you are in essence a Starfleet Officer or Enlisted.

Our ultimate goal is to provide you with a realistic Starfleet experience as if you are in the 24th century. To give you a realistic view what it would be like if Starfleet really existed. We go to great lengths to recreate Starfleet in all its details.

We want to make sure you really feel like you are Starfleet.

UNITED FEDERATION STARFLEET

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=/\= STARFLEET PERSONNEL =/\=

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I, ____________ hereby solemnly swear allegiance and loyalty to United Federation Starfleet, and the United Federation of Planets.

To become ambassadors of peace and goodwill, to represent the highest ideals of peace and brotherhood, to protect and serve the Federation and its member worlds, to serve the interests of peace, to respect the Prime Directive, and to offer aid to any and all beings that request it

I vow to be familiar with, honor, obey, and uphold all rules and regulations to the best of my ability.

I shall uphold the honor of courage of those that have served before me, in both times of war and peace, as I serve with distinction.

As a duly appointed officer, I will obey the orders of my superiors, and fulfill my duties to the highest standards possible.

I shall never quit nor abandon my post until properly relieved of duty.

I shall never give up the ship, nor any personnel serving with or under me.

As of Stardate ............., at ....... SLT hours, I pledge my life and loyalty to United Federation Starfleet, and my Commanding admiral.

STAR TREK and related marks are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc.  United Federation Starfleet holds no claim to any of the trademarks held by CBS Studios Inc.

Table of Contents

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Section 1: United Federation Starfleet and YOU

1.1. Introduction

1.1.1. What is United Federation Starfleet

1.1.2. The Building Blocks of United Federation Starfleet

1.1.3. The Administrators of United Federation Starfleet

1.1.4. The UFS Chain of Command

1.2. Membership in United Federation Starfleet

1.2.1. How to JOIN United Federation Starfleet

1.2.2. How to RENEW your Membership in UFS

1.2.3. Membership Options in United Federation Starfleet

a. Individual Membership

b. Family Membership

c. Your Avatar and YOU

d. Honorary Membership

1.2.4. Membership RIGHTS and RESPONSIBILITIES in UFS

a. Membership RIGHTS

b. Membership RESPONSIBILITIES

c. Some things we do not tolerate within United Federation Starfleet

1.2.5. UFS Code of Conduct

1.2.6. The UFS Membership Packet

1.2.7. The UFS Class System

1.2.8. Leave of Absence (LOA)

1.2.9. Away Without Leave (AWOL)

1.2.10. Resigning from UFS

1.2.11. Returning Members

1.3. Rank and Advancement in United Federation Starfleet

1.3.1. The Basic Concepts of a Promotion

1.3.2. New Officer or Enlisted Rank

1.3.3. Promotion to Commander/ Lt Colonel (Line Promotions)

1.3.4. Promotion to Captain/Colonel (Command Grade Promotions)

1.3.6. Flag Rank Promotions

1.3.7. Promotions According to Position (Field Promotions)

1.3.8. Rank versus Authority

1.4. Awards in United Federation Starfleet

Section 2: United Federation Starfleet: ORGANIZATION

2.1. Introduction

2.2. The UFS Joint Chiefs of Staff

2.2.1. The Commander-in-Chief, United Federation Starfleet

2.2.2. Deputy Commander, United Federation Starfleet

2.2.3. The United Federation Starfleet Chief of Operations

2.2.4. The United Federation Starfleet Chief of Staff

2.2.5. The United Federation Starfleet Chief of Communications

2.2.6. The UFS Marine Corps Commandant

2.2.7. The UFS Academy Superintendent

2.2.8. Order of Succession

2.3. The UFS Sector Commanders

2.3.1. Appointment of Sector Commanders

2.3.2. Vote of Confidence (VOC)

2.4. The UFS Council of Admirals

2.5. Ships of the Line

2.5.1. Ship of the Line Commanding Officer

2.6. Away Teams

Section 3: United Federation Starfleet and its Ships of the Line

3.1. Introduction

3.1.1. Structure

3.1.2. Activity

3.1.3. Crew Organization

3.1.3.1 Medical Counselor Position in UFS

3.1.4. Non UFS members

3.1.5. Ship of the Line Property

3.2. Ships of the Line: Types

3.2.1. Local Ship of the Line

3.2.2. Virtual Ship of the Line

3.3. Ship of the Line: Designations

3.3.1. Designation Limitations

3.4. Ship of the Line: Commissioning Program

3.4.1. New Ship of the Line Formation

a. Shakedown Cruise

b. Commissioning Phase

3.4.2. Accelerated Ship of the Line Commissioning Program (ASCP)

a. Transfer/Dual Affiliation

b. Returning UFS Ships of the Line

3.4.3. Ship of the Line: Status

3.4.4. Naming a Ship of the Line

3.4.5. UFS Training Cruise aka Shakedown Cruise

Section 4: United Federation Starfleet BRANCHES

4.1. Introduction

4.2. Branches within United Federation Starfleet

Section 6: Disciplinary Process and Appeals

6.1. Introduction

6.2. Ship and Sector Command

6.3. UF Starfleet Command Headquarters

6.4. Harassment and Misconduct

6.5. Disciplinary Actions and Possible Sanctions

6.6. The UFS Appeals Process

6.7. Discipline of UFS Senior Officers

6.8. UFS Appeals Review Board

Section 7: Removal of a Senior Officer from Position

7.1. Sector Commanders

7.2. Sector Staff

7.3. Ship of the Line Commanding Officers

7.4. Members of the Joint Chiefs

7.5. Inspector General

7.6. Judge Advocate General

Section 8. Communications

8.1. Introduction

8.2. Communications at the Ship Level

8.3. Communications at the Sector Command

8.4. Communications at UF Starfleet Command

Appendix A

UF Starfleet Sectors

Appendix B

Rank and TIG Chart

Enlisted Ranks

Officer Ranks

Appendix C

Important UFS reference Manuals

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Disclaimer:

If at any moment you encounter conflicting information between the various United Federation Starfleet Manuals then the United Federation Starfleet Membership Manual trumps all other resources.

We would like to ask you that in the event you do find conflicting information that you email the UFS Chief Archivist (ufs.library@ufstarfleet.org) directly with the locations as to where you found the conflicting information

Section 1: United Federation Starfleet and YOU

1.1. Introduction

Welcome to United Federation Starfleet (UFS). We are an international organization dedicated to our love of Star Trek by participating in small and large group activities. We have established a system of local and virtual Starships and Space Stations around the world and in metaverses. With these Starships and Space Stations , we want to experience our Star Trek fandom in any way possible, be it through role play, exchanging Star Trek information with fellow officers and enlisted, writing Star Trek stories, talking about Trek- and club-related matters, or simply interacting with fellow fans.

As a new officer or enlisted or maybe even returning, you probably have many questions as to how this organization works and operates, who is in charge, where to find information, and especially, what you can do to get in on the FUN.

This Membership Manual and the UFS Constitution & Bylaws will provide you with the answers to all these questions and more.

Most likely you joined UFS in one of these ways:

And now that you created your membership application within the UFS Membership Database you are on your way to be a UFS officer or enlisted. Once approved, you should received your membership manual, you’re probably wondering what you got yourself into.

1.1.1. What is United Federation Starfleet

United Federation Starfleet is a Not-for-Profit Star Trek Fan Organization created by and run by FANS like yourself. We have Sectors Spanning from VIRTUAL Starships and Space Stations to LOCAL Starships and Space Stations . Members of United Federation Starfleet come from all over the world. We are bound together by a passion for Star Trek and a desire to make the world around us a better place by following the vision set forth by Gene Roddenberry.

1.1.2. The Building Blocks of United Federation Starfleet

One of the most important, if not THE most important, assets United Federation Starfleet enjoys is YOU, our members.....Without you there would be no UFS.

The basic building block for United Federation Starfleet are our Starships and Space Stations as seen in the Star Trek television shows created by Gene Roddenberry. Each Ship of the Line  is governed by a Commanding Officer (CO).

All our Ships of the Line Starships belongs to a sector. Sectors are based on geographical location (see Appendix A) and are run by a Sector Commander (SC) and staff.

The day-to-day operations of United Federation Starfleet is in the hands of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who each have their specific duties. The Joint Chiefs (JCs) report directly to the Commander-in-Chief, United Federation Starfleet.

1.1.3. The Administrators of United Federation Starfleet

United Federation Starfleet Inc. is governed by a Board of Directors. The day-to-day operations of United Federation Starfleet are managed by the Commander-in-Chief of United Federation Starfleet, who is also an officer in the United Federation Starfleet Inc. Board of Directors, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff

1.1.4. The UFS Chain of Command

One of the most important principles within UFS is its chain of command. Following the correct chain of command will result in faster and more adequate answers to your questions and problems.

UFS Chain of Command is as follows:

1.2. Membership in United Federation Starfleet

Membership in United Federation Starfleet is very simple, you just fill in the membership application and that’s it. Once accepted, you are part of one of the largest and well established Star Trek Fan organizations worldwide…and the best part…there are NO membership dues.

As a member of United Federation Starfleet, you have access to any and all privileges we offer to our members for as long as you are active.

Being a member of United Federation Starfleet will mean different things for different people. For some people, filling out a membership application and being listed as a member is already enough, while others want to actively participate in the decision-making process that shapes United Federation Starfleet as a whole.

The goal of United Federation Starfleet is to help members have an enjoyable experience. This means that you are a member as long as YOU choose to be. If you’re happy and having fun, and you can experience your fandom as you want, then UFS is the place for you. While a member of UFS, you will remain true to the Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations (IDIC) philosophy and the basic foundations of the United Federation of Planets and Starfleet.

1.2.1. How to JOIN United Federation Starfleet

While we realize you may already be a member because you are reading this manual, we also anticipate that others will ask you how they can join. Please let them know that the easiest way is to visit the main UFS website, ufstarfleet.org, click on the “Join UFS” tab. You are then directed to the UFS Membership Database. There you can make your account within our database by clicking “REGISTER”.

Please fill in the membership application as correctly as possible so we can easily process you.

1: Read this section CAREFULLY

2: Your first name or your avatar’s first name

3: Your last name or your avatar’s last name

4: Your login name for the Database

5: Your Password for the Database

6: Confirm your Database Password

7: Your Email

8: The Sector you are in

9: Chapter (Ship of the Line) (If not assigned pick Unassigned)

10: Metaverse if you play in one; if not in one, select no Metaverse
11: Submit your application

You can also fill out an application during a convention or a Starships or a meeting. Once completed, this application can be given to the UFS officers and enlisted personnel at our recruiting tables or emailed to personnel@ufstarfleet.org

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1.2.2. How to RENEW your Membership in UFS

When you join United Federation Starfleet, you have a FREE, lifetime membership for as long as you want to be a part of our organization. You are not required to renew your membership.

If you decide that you no longer want to be part of United Federation Starfleet, you simply need to send in the RESIGNATION FORM http://tinyurl.com/ufs-resignation. Upon receiving your request, we will deactivate your membership account.

You can always have your account reactivated at a later time.

1.2.3. Membership Options in United Federation Starfleet

a. Individual Membership

Membership in United Federation Starfleet is free of charge and open to individuals of all ages. Membership is lifelong (no need to renew your membership)

b. Family Membership

When you join United Federation Starfleet, you can automatically add your family members to your account. This is ONLY for Real Name members, not avatars and their metaverse families.

c. Your Avatar and YOU

If you are already a member of UFS with your metaverse avatar, you can attach that avatar to your Real Name account and have your rank transferred. However, once that has been done, the two memberships are separate and advance separately through the ranks.

d. Honorary Membership

Honorary membership will be granted to special individuals including but not limited to Star Trek actors, writers, and affiliated personnel. These requests will be at the behest of the Commander-in-Chief UFS and Honorary Members will be listed pending acceptance.

1.2.4. Membership RIGHTS and RESPONSIBILITIES in UFS

a. Membership RIGHTS

As a member, you are afforded certain rights, providing that all the responsibilities of being a member within UFS are followed. UFS members must follow the UFS Bylaws as well as the sovereign laws of the area in which they are located. Unless prohibited by law, these are the rights and responsibilities granted to UFS members and are as follows.

UFS members have the Right to:

b. Membership RESPONSIBILITIES

When you are a member of United Federation Starfleet, you have a certain image to uphold.  "Activities while wearing the UFS Uniforms (including UFS Hovertext Titles), whether or not on UFS soil/stations/ships, must maintain good order and discipline so as not to detract from the professional image the the UFS Joint Chiefs work tirelessly to portray.

UFS Members are Responsible for:

Failure to uphold the Membership rules and responsibilities as stated above could result in disciplinary action in accordance with the guidelines set forth by UFS for Grievances and Due Process.

c. Some things we do not tolerate within United Federation Starfleet

  1. Violation of the membership responsibilities as listed in the UF Starfleet Membership Manual (Section 1.2.4 b)
  2. Discriminatory remarks, including but not limited to remarks directed at a person's identifying qualities, such as race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, etc.
  3. Rude or abusive language. Keeping all debates and discussions civil no matter the issue
  4. Intentional deceit in the course of conduct
  5. Using UF Starfleet’s public communications including but not limited to the forums, facebook and metaverse group chats for destructive or derogatory purposes.  
  6. Misrepresentation on any portion of the application for membership.
  7. Disobeying standing UF Starfleet Regulations as laid out in our Manuals
  8. Other such acts that may be deemed inappropriate or incompatible with the philosophy and purposes of United Federation Starfleet that are not listed specifically in UF Starfleet’s Manuals.
  9. Any action which directly violates or has the intent of causing violations to any Article or Subsection of the UF Starfleet Constitution
  10. Impersonation or purposeful misrepresentation of a rank inconsistent with ranks awarded.

We are Starfleet officers, Start acting like it

1.2.5. UFS Code of Conduct

When dealing with large groups of people in any social organization, there are circumstances where individuals have failed to abide by the Rights and Responsibilities set forth in this membership manual. While United Federation Starfleet will try to welcome everyone into the organization and will make every effort to resolve problems and/or damaging behavior, United Federation Starfleet reserves the right to refuse/rescind membership to those deemed “abusive” by the UF Starfleet Joint Chiefs of Staff.

1.2.6. The UFS Membership Packet

All UFS Members will receive a Membership Packet via email following acceptance to UFS. This membership packet will include, but not be limited to:

If you did NOT receive your membership packet, please email our personnel department  personnel@ufstarfleet.org

1.2.7. The UFS Class System

Within UFS, you are free to choose how much you want to be active and participate; however, we do warn against a possible burn out amongst other problems, like getting lost in too much work. Obviously there can be exceptions, but UFS designed a policy that recommends no more than one hat per level.

Class 1: UFS Joint Chiefs of Staff

Officers of the highest echelons of UFS hold the position of UFS Joint Chief of Staff.

In the event a CO or XO got selected by the Commander-in-Chief to become one of the seven (7) UFS Joint Chiefs of Staff, he/she will need to consider whether to step down as CO/XO of their Ship of the Line or if they believe they can handle the responsibilities and time needed for both. In addition, they do remain active in said Ship of the Line

Class 2: Council of Admirals

Along with the UFS Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Sector Commanders sit on the Council of Admirals. Sector Commanders are also COs and can also hold a position at UF Starfleet Command Headquarters, if they believe they can handle the responsibility and time to handle it all.

Class 3: Starship and Space Station COs

A Starship or Space Station CO can work at any level within UFS. He or she can hold one hat at this level (that being CO), any position at Sector Command, and work in any office at UF Starfleet Command Headquarters, whether working for the Academy or for an office of the UFS Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Class 4: The UFS Officer or Enlisted Personnel

Anyone at the basic level can hold any position at Starship or Space Station level, a position at Sector Command, and work in any office at UF Starfleet Command Headquarters, being it working for the Academy or for an office of the UFS Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Summary:

Anyone can hold as many hats as they want as long as they can handle the responsibilities involved with each. As a general rule of thumb, we limit the amount of hats for JCs, SCs, and COs to make sure they put their focus on their assigned duties. Also an officer can only hold one position on the Council of Admirals so a Joint Chief can not be a Sector Commander and vice versa. While a “normal” officer or enlisted personnel can hold as many hats as they want, we limit the UF Starfleet Command Headquarters positions to one or two depending on the positions held.

1.2.8. Leave of Absence (LOA)

We understand that non-UFS priorities require you to leave active duty from time to time. Whether short or long term, UFS will do all it can to accommodate you. However, for administrative purposes, all attempts should be made to announce your intention of taking a LOA BEFORE beginning such a LOA.

It is YOUR responsibility as a UFS Officer requesting a Leave of Absence to READ and UNDERSTAND the appropriate documents and procedures to request an official leave. If due process is not followed, and leave is not taken in the appropriate manner, you may be putting your membership and/or your rank at risk should you wish to return to active duty.

To take leave in GOOD STANDING, a member must send an E-mail (not a notecard or IM) to his current Commanding Officer stating his intent to take a LOA. You are also required to fill in the online form (redundancy being desirable over misdelivered messages. http://tinyurl.com/ufs-loa

You are also allowed to inform anyone you deem fit about your intended LOA.

Please be advised that your Commanding Officer is under no circumstances obligated to keep your duty post open until you return.

To return to active duty, please contact our personnel department at personnel@ufstarfleet.org

http://tinyurl.com/ufs-loa

1.2.9. Away Without Leave (AWOL)

When we are unable to contact you, you are considered AWOL. Your Commanding Officer will try to contact you for 90 days. If after these 90 days we still haven't been able to contact you, you will be transferred off your ship

Our personnel department will then try to contact you for another 90 days.

If after 180 days we have not been able to reestablish contact, we will consider this a resignation

1.2.10. Resigning from UFS

Please read this part carefully

By filling in the RESIGNATION Form, you remove yourself completely from our organization. When you resign from UFS, you will be removed from all lists, have your forum and wiki access disabled and will no longer hold any rank within our organization. Any member who completes the resignation form and attempts to return will have to do so as a new member. However we do understand that sometimes people make rash decisions, so we allow a 30 day grace period after the form has been send. If after these 30 days you change your mind, you can contact personnel at personnel@ufstarfleet.org and they will delete your request. However, if after 30 days we hear nothing from you, than your resignation becomes permanent.

Please understand that we under no circumstances delete any contributions made by our members. We will not delete any records made by you from our WIKI or FORUM archives. Per our TOS, you release your creations to us for use in perpetuity. Although we do not “own” your character and will not use it actively in a ROLE PLAY after you depart (and you are of course free to use it elsewhere at any time without our permission, since we do not claim ownership of the character, just the right to utilize your contributions)

Please understand that this is NOT a Leave of Absence. If you are seeking to take temporary leave from UFS, please go back to section 1.2.8

Resignation Form: http://tinyurl.com/ufs-resignation

1.2.11. Returning Members

Manner of Departure as Affecting your return to active duty

  1. UFS recognizes that in certain circumstances non-UFS priorities will require you to leave active duty for a short or long term period.

  1. UFS  recognizes that in such events, every effort should be made to:

a) Encourage attention to non-UFS priorities by allowing our members to take Leave of Absence (LOA) without actual or apparent penalization

b) Provide a smooth and orderly reintegration and reactivation of said members who properly took leave

  1.  UFS also recognizes that officers of ALL ranks must be encouraged to take leave in the manner set forth by our organization and not otherwise. Proper procedures need to be followed at all times.

  1. To take leave in GOOD standing you are required to send an E-mail (not a notecard or IM) to his current Commanding Officer stating your intent to take a LOA. You are also required to fill in the correct form (redundancy being desirable over misdelivered messages). You are free to inform anyone you deem necessary about your intended LOA. Be aware that you are obligated to update your LOA within 1 (ONE) calendar year for it to remain valid or the leave of Absence will automatically be deemed a resignation. Please understand that UFS Command, UFS Personnel nor your former Commanding Officer will contact you to warn you about renewing your LOA.

  1. Returning in GOOD Standing means that the member shall retain their rank when returning to active duty without any objections to the contrary of any party.

  1. Good Standing shall be attached to said LOA for 1 (ONE) year from the effective date of leave and will continue for the duration of the leave in perpetuity as long as EACH of the following conditions are met or continue:
  1. The member does not do anything which would subject him to discipline during the leave (or in the manner of taking leave, such as a Commanding Officer leaving his ship in extremis without making arrangements to deal with the situation) which would, if discipline were meted out, prevent the member from retaining his rank under active duty conditions. In other words, GOOD Standing and the resultant right to retain rank is not a defense to conduct which would otherwise strip rank.
  2. The member provides a written update to UFS Personnel (personnel@ufstarflet.org) within /on the one year anniversary of their effective leave to remain effective, (or that the member wishes to resign their commission within UFS) and providing that the member will continue to provide such updates during/on each year the member in on Leave (as well as new email contact IF that information changes during said leave and you did not update your profile in the UF Starfleet Membership Database).

7. UFS recognizes that while on leave, the member has no further obligation to UFS other than those discussed above. It shall not reflect badly upon said member if during the course of their LOA cannot be reached. In other words non contact, other than the providing the yearly updates to leave status shall not be used against the member on leave.

8. Taking - or continuing - absence from active duty in any other way that prescribed above shall be deemed leave NOT IN GOOD STANDING (AWOL or RESIGNING). Once it is determined that AWOL or RESIGNATION is in effect, that status shall remain UNLESS the member can demonstrate to UFS Command’s satisfaction that the AWOL or RESIGNATION status was the result of a mistake (electronic or human error); ie, the member did send messages to activate leave in good standing, but those messages did not arrive, they weren't read, etc.

9. UFS Personnel or other designated record keepers shall maintain at all times a list of members who enjoy Leave in GOOD STANDING and keep the Master Membership File Updated at all times.

10. AWOL is determined if a Commanding Officer is unable to reach a member for 90 consecutive days. And UF Starfleet Personnel is unable to contact said member for another 90 consecutive days.

11. A ship Commanding Officer must do everything within their power to advise members of their rights regarding leave taking so that the member is able to properly invoke those rights up to and including a ship's commanding Officer's right  to unilaterally alter the manner of leave taking if he/she feels that the member mistakenly or negligently failed to properly place themselves on leave in order to preserve GOOD STANDING.

12. For purposes of UFS Command’s power to allow the return to active duty and GOOD STANDING, a member who has not been on leave in GOOD STANDING, AWOL and RESIGNED shall have the same administrative effect. HOWEVER, the manner of departure (ie, AWOL or properly and honorably retired ) will be taken DISCRETIONARY consideration for purposes of any vote which determines EITHER the members return OR the rank upon return (in that AWOL shall mitigate unfavorable and proper retirement shall mitigate favorable)

13. UFS does not impose any limit on either the length of Leave (as long as proper updates take place) nor the number of leaves in a member's career. There shall be no official or unofficial effect on the members standing within the organization, including promotions, awards, right to administrative positions, leadership positions etc.

1.3. Rank and Advancement in United Federation Starfleet

One of the first questions asked by many officers and enlisted is “How do I get promoted?” This is one of the most common questions in any Star Trek Fan Organization. In the following points, we will try to explain the concept of promotions as clearly as possible.

The question you should ask yourself rather the WHEN do I get promoted should be WHAT can I do to EARN a promotion

Please look at the UF Starfleet Promotions Manual for more detailed information regarding promotions within United Federation Starfleet

http://tinyurl.com/UFS-PROMOTIONS

1.3.1. The Basic Concepts of a Promotion

UFS recognizes the contributions made by its officers and enlisted personnel through granting of fictional ranks. Promotions are a way for UFS Command to  thank our members for their contributions and activities within our organization.

The basic concept of ANY promotion is plain and simple, promotions involve participation and contribution to UFS. Simply put, you get out of UFS what you put into it. When you participate within UFS in whatever capacity you choose, you will be promoted in due time....it is as simple as that.

We encourage EVERY UFS officer and enlisted personnel to participate at ALL levels, but you do NOT have to hold a high office in UFS to get promoted to Captain or Admiral. However, that being said, if you never do anything outside your Starship or  Space Station it will be much harder to get these higher promotions.

It’s important to understand that you do NOT have to hold a high office within the organization to be promoted to admiral. There are only so many positions to go around.

ALL questions regarding promotions are to be directed to our Director Promotions & Awards (promotions@ufstarfleet.org) But make sure to first READ our Promotions Manual which no doubt will be able to answer most of the questions you might have

Promotions are...

Appendix B lists the current UFS Rank and Time in Grade (TIG) structure for both Marine and Fleet assets. Due to having separate assets, our manual will refer to ranks by their rank equivalent (E-x or O-x).

1.3.2. New Officer or Enlisted Rank

All new members start at the rank of UF Starfleet Cadet and work their way up through the graduation process to either ENLISTED or OFFICER.

When you are transferring from another Star Trek Fan Organization, UFS will consider the rank you previously held in said organization, providing you have proper documentation that you need to submit to UFS. This documentation can be a promotion certificate or a letter from your previous CO.

However, UFS will NOT typically grant ranks above O-5 (Commander/Lt Colonel) upon transfer, unless a special circumstance warrants it. This is the sole decision of the UFS Joint Chiefs of Staff. Without the special exceptions, anyone holding the rank of Captain or higher in their previous organization will revert to the rank of Commander in UFS.

If you want to transfer your rank, then please send a copy of the proper documentation along with your application.

1.3.3. Promotion to Commander/ Lt Colonel (Line Promotions)

All Line Promotions are awarded by the Commander-in-Chief with the help of the Director Promotions & Awards. Each CO will be responsible for submitting the names of eligible crew via a written Promotion Recommendation.

All Promotion requests are requested using either the FLEET Form or MARINE Form

FLEET Promotions: http://tinyurl.com/ufspromorequest

MARINE Promotions: http://tinyurl.com/ufsmarinepromos

Please look at the UF Starfleet Promotion Manual for all information regarding Promotions within United Federation Starfleet

http://tinyurl.com/UFS-PROMOTIONS

1.3.4. Promotion to Captain/Colonel (Command Grade Promotions)

The rank of O-6, Captain/Colonel, may be awarded in one of the following ways:

1.3.5. Promotion to Fleet Captain/Brigadier

The rank of O-7, Fleet Captain/Brigadier, is the first Flag Rank used in UFS and may be awarded in one of the following ways:

Individuals hoping to be promoted to Flag Rank at some point in their UFS careers must take and pass all 3 levels of Command & General Staff Development (CGSD)

1.3.6. Flag Rank Promotions

All Flag Rank promotions are determined by the UFS Promotions Board upon nomination by a UFS member following the UFS Promotion Guidelines and TIG for Flag Ranks.

Individuals hoping to be promoted to Flag Rank at some point in their UFS careers must take and pass all 3 levels of Command and General Staff Development

1.3.7. Promotions According to Position (Field Promotions)

Some positions in United Federation Starfleet come with a promotion.  These promotions are referred to as FIELD PROMOTIONS.

This is done because those positions need a certain level of authority in order for them to perform their duties. These positions include:

In any event, these ranks are brevet and become permanent only after  at least 12 months in office, during which time they should  be able to earn the promotion. Either way, the final decision regarding Field Promotions lies with the Commander-in-Chief  and the Joint Chief according to the Office one works in.

When one receives a Field Promotion and hasn't passed the needed courses such as Command and General Staff Development, one has to make sure to pass them as soon as possible to retain one's Field Position.

Acting Commanding Officers and Executive Officers should complete their respective levels within the Command & General Staff Development as soon as possible

1.3.8. Rank versus Authority

Rank and Authority are sometimes confused. Your RANK is fictional while authority is real. A rank is awarded to you for your service in United Federation Starfleet and helps to enhance the Star Trek experience. The AUTHORITY of Commanding Officer, Sector Commander, and Joint Chief is given to them by the Commander-in-Chief, United Federation Starfleet, in order to enforce their administrative and management jobs.

1.4. Awards in United Federation Starfleet

The UFS Awards Program is another way that UFS recognizes its hard working officers and enlisted personnel, and to show appreciation for their contributions to their Ship, Sector, and UFS as a whole.

These awards can have many forms ranging from certificates, commendations, ribbons, or plaques.

More informations regarding awards can be found in the UFS Awards & Decorations Manual

http://tinyurl.com/UFS-AWARDS

At UF Starfleet Command, awards are handed out to UFS officers and enlisted personnel and Ships of the Line for service to UFS, such as leadership, community work, projects, etc., through the UFS Awards Board that is made up by the Joint Chiefs of Staff PLUS the Director of the UFS Awards Department.

Ship CO’s and Sector Commanders each month sent their recommendations to the Promotion Board by using either the FLEET Form or MARINE Form

FLEET Promotions: http://tinyurl.com/ufspromorequest

MARINE Promotions: http://tinyurl.com/ufsmarinepromos

United Federation Starfleet Command is well aware that both PROMOTIONS and AWARDS are a touchy subject within any organization. Therefor we want to make sure that you as a member understand that United Federation Starfleet Command is doing everything in its power to make sure that EVERY UFS member is treated fairly and just when it comes to Promotions and/or Awards.

We also want you to understand that United Federation Starfleet  Command is not perfect and admits that in certain occasion we do make mistakes and it is possible, as in any other organization that members fall through the cracks or simply are forgotten. However, we promise to do everything humanly possible to try to avoid this.

If however YOU as a member feel that you are being forgotten or treated unfairly you should ALWAYS contact the Director Promotions & Awards (promotions@ufstarfleet.org)

Section 2: United Federation Starfleet: ORGANIZATION

2.1. Introduction

This section takes a look at the organizational structure to provide a basic understanding of what goes on behind the scenes. The head of the organization is the Commander-in-Chief, United Federation Starfleet. We realize and understand that it’s impossible for one person to manage the whole group, so together with the UFS Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Sector Commanders, several individuals are here to help the membership.

2.2. The UFS Joint Chiefs of Staff

The UFS Joint Chiefs of Staff are the Advisor Council to the Commander-in-Chief as well as to the members and its Ships of the Line. The seven (7) members who make up the UFS Joint Chiefs of Staff are charged with the day-to-day operations of the group. A Joint Chief must be at least 21 years old.

2.2.1. The Commander-in-Chief, United Federation Starfleet

The Commander-in-Chief is responsible for the overall management and supervision of UFS as well as representing UFS in any official capacity.

2.2.2. Deputy Commander, United Federation Starfleet

The Deputy Commander UF Starfleet is the second in command of UFS. In the absence of the Commander-in-Chief, it is the duty of the Deputy Commander UF Starfleet to assume that position and responsibilities. This office is charged with, and oversees the production and revision of, the membership handbook as well as other manuals necessary for the smooth operation of the fleet.

2.2.3. The United Federation Starfleet Chief of Operations

UF Starfleet Chief of Operations is the third in command of UFS and is responsible for the Role Play Aspect of all Sectors and Ships of the Line.

He/she is responsible for creating the continuous storyline and maintaining the different Task Forces active. The UF Starfleet Chief of Operations is also responsible for creating new Task Forces and dissolving those that ended their story. This office has the responsibility to bring activity within UFS and making sure UFS follows its continuity.

2.2.4. The United Federation Starfleet Chief of Staff

UF Starfleet Chief of Staff is the fourth in Command of UFS  and is responsible for overseeing all Administrative duties for both Ships of the Line and membership  related aspects of UF Starfleet. They have the most oversight of the UF Starfleet Database and needs of the individual member. The UF Starfleet Chief of Staff is also responsible for overseeing  and maintaining the Ships of the Line Registry.

2.2.5. The United Federation Starfleet Chief of Communications

UF Starfleet Chief of Communications is the fifth in command of UFS and is responsible for overseeing the publication of the Delta Communicator as well as other publications as deemed necessary by UFS Command.

2.2.6. The UFS Marine Corps Commandant

The Marine Commandant is the sixth in command of UFS and is responsible for overseeing the smooth coordination of the United Federation Starfleet Marine Corps. Information about the UFS Marine Corps can be found in the UFS Marine Corps Manual and website (www.ufsmc.com )

2.2.7. The UFS Academy Superintendent

The Academy Superintendent is the seventh in command of UFS and is responsible for the overall administration of UFS Academy. More information on the Academy can be found in its manuals and website (www.ufsacademy.com).

2.2.8. Order of Succession

As stated above, in the event that the Commander-in-Chief, United Federation Starfleet is unable to perform his duties, the Deputy Commander, United Federation Starfleet will step in and fulfill the duties as required. If both the Commander-in-Chief and Deputy Commander Starfleet are unable to fulfill their duties, the order of succession moves down the Chain of Command to the next available individual.

2.3. The UFS Sector Commanders

Sector Commanders are the official designated representatives for their respective sectors and represent the members and Ships of the Line in their sector. They provide a liaison between the members and UFS Command.

Sector Commanders are required to send a Monthly Sector Status Report to the UF Starfleet Chief of Staff AND the Commander-in-Chief, United Federation Starfleet

All Sector Commanders must live in the sector they represent.

A Sector Commander must be at least 18 years old.

2.3.1. Appointment of Sector Commanders

Sector Commanders are appointed by the Commander-in-Chief, United Federation Starfleet and serve at his pleasure.

2.3.2. Vote of Confidence (VOC)

If at any time the membership of a Sector becomes dissatisfied with the current Sector Commander, the COs of that Sector can request a Vote of Confidence through the Inspector General, UF Starfleet. At that time, the Inspector General will begin a thorough investigation into the accusations and determine the appropriate action or non-action.

2.4. The UFS Council of Admirals

The Council of Admirals is formed by ALL Sector Commanders and UFS Joint Chiefs. The Council of Admirals advise the Commander-in-Chief, UFS in all matters regarding policy, procedure, and other aspects of UFS.

2.5. Ships of the Line

2.5.1. Ship of the Line Commanding Officer

The Ship of the Line Commanding Officer is responsible for all aspects of the Ship of the Line. They are an important part in the day-to-day operation of UFS, as they are responsible for representing UFS to their crew as well as their crew to UFS.

In order to become a Commanding Officer of a Ship of the Line you have to be selected by UFS Command to either start your own Ship of the Line or take over an existing Ship of the Line. Of course, you can also contact UFS Command directly when you have an idea about starting your own Ship.

A Ship of the Line Commanding Officer must be at least 18 years old.

A future Ship of the Line Commanding Officer will need to attend and pass Command & General Staff Development

UFS Command will never exclude anyone from the opportunity of becoming a CO however one needs to understand that being a Commanding Officer of a UFS Ship of the Line can not be taken lightly. Not everyone has it in them to be a Commanding Officer.

Therefore, UFS Command will look at the membership at large and seek out those individuals that show promise and leadership as well as loyalty to UFS and offer those members a chance to the “Captain’s Chair.”

So in essence, the more “visible” and active you are throughout UFS, the more chance you will have to be offered the Big Chair.

Each Commanding Officer is obligated to meet all requirements set out by UFS Command.

All CO’s are expected to send Monthly Service Reports (MSRs)  through GDOC

CO’s are charged with the maintenance and well-being of their Ship and the crew.

CO’s should attempt to maintain harmony whenever possible, promoting the ideals of Star Trek and UFS in their actions.

CO’s are required to choose an Executive Officer who will help with the running of their Ship  and who fits the requirements expected of an XO.

For more information, please read the Commanding Officer Manual.

2.6. Away Teams

Away Teams were created by UF Starfleet to answer the needs of our membership to help support our members who wish to start a Ship of the Line. Some members have trouble getting the minimum number of needed members or need time to work on systems to make a Ship of the Line work. Away Teams are founded by two or more members who have the goal of eventually forming a Ship of the Line. Since this unit has the goal of forming a Ship of the Line and is not actually forming one, no ranks are issued and there are no educational requirements. These units are permitted only in Sectors 002 through 020; they are not allowed in Sector 001.

Section 3: United Federation Starfleet and its Ships of the Line

3.1. Introduction

Our Ships of the Line are the building blocks of UFS. All members are encouraged to join a Ship so they will gain the most out of the Starfleet Experience.

In the event you do NOT want to be part of a ship you can join UF Starfleet Headquarters. However if you elect to be unassigned, you are considered to be INACTIVE. When you are unassigned, and thus inactive, you are not eligible for promotions or awards, nor will TIG be counted.

No two Ships are alike. While some Ships may prefer to be Local Ships, others may focus more on what they can do as Virtual Ships. Either way, the opportunities should enrich your experience as a Star Trek fan.

A Ship of the Line CO is the first and foremost point of contact within UFS.

3.1.1. Structure

Each Ship of the Line is organized as a typical Starship or Space  Station as seen in the Star Trek universe.Each Ship of the Line is organized along the same basic lines regarding departments, etc., all do have the same reporting system, minimum membership numbers, and Commanding Officer requirements.

Please read the Starship Operation Manual.

3.1.2. Activity

Each Ship of the Line has their own unique personality. While some Ships are focused on metaverse role play, others can be dedicated to play Star Trek Online (STO) or other online games. Others like to come together to watch Star Trek, Sci-Fi, or engage in community service. Then there are, of course, Ships of the Line that like to do everything. As long as you have fun, it’s all good.

3.1.3. Crew Organization

Crew organization varies and is decided upon by the Ship CO. It is suggested that each Ship of the Line spread out the required duties so as to ensure the smooth operation of their Ship.

3.1.3.1 Medical Counselor Position in UFS

Due to the complication and liability the position Counselor in the medical branch is not allowed to be used by any member of UF Starfleet.

3.1.4. Non UFS members

It is permitted that individuals who are not a part of UFS can serve aboard a Ship; however, it should be noted that membership benefits would not extend to them, and that non UFS members in the Ship of the Line will not count toward the minimum membership requirements for a commissioned Ship of the Line.

3.1.5. Ship of the Line Property

The Ship of the Line properties are managed and overseen by the Commanding Officer of that Commanding Officer or whomever else they delegate. For some Ships of the Line this may not be an issue, but for others, this is a wise position to have should the need arise.

3.2. Ships of the Line: Types

All Ships of the Line fall into two (2) categories. Let’s examine both types so you can decide for yourself what type best fits your needs.

3.2.1. Local Ship of the Line

Local Ships of the Line are made up of members who live close to one another. They are able to get together and meet on a regular basis to participate in activities. Local Ships of the Line report to the Sector Commander as to where their Ship is located.

3.2.2. Virtual Ship of the Line

Online Ships of the Line operate via use of electronic communication and are for members who do not live close to one another or who prefer the online community aspect. Online Ships of the Line report to the Sector Commander where their Commanding Officer is located.

3.3. Ship of the Line: Designations

All Ships of the Line are able to assume a designation that they feel best suits them with only minor limitations. The final authority for approving this rests with the office of the UFS Chief of Staff.

A Ship of the Line can be represented by either a Starship, Space Station, or Outpost.

3.3.1. Designation Limitations

The limitations for a Ship of the Line designation includes, but is not limited to:

3.4. Ship of the Line: Commissioning Program

One of the most heard questions, especially by new members is “How can I become a Commanding Officer of a Ship of the Line?”  

In most cases UF Starfleet Command will look around to select prospective Ship of the Line Commanding Officers and offer them the chance to become a Commanding Officer within United Federation Starfleet. This obviously depend on your activity,  loyalty, commitment, and involvement within United Federation Starfleet, but also your ability to function within our organization.

However, you are always free to approach UF Starfleet Command if you want to present a plan to start a Ship of the Line. We do advise that you do this only after you have at least some TIS (Time in Service) so you know how UFS operates.

3.4.1. New Ship of the Line Formation

Starting a new Ship of the Line is accomplished in two phases, outlined below. (For more detailed information about starting a Ship of the Line, please review the Ship of the Line Commissioning Manual.)

Being chosen by UF Starfleet Command to start a Ship of the Line is a serious commitment and cannot be taken lightly. The following information is intended to help you make the decision whether to  accept the challenge start one as well as to outline the requirements that must be met before commissioning.

One of the most important things to take into account is that not everyone is cut out to be a Commanding Officer. While it all sounds simple enough, the truth is that most Ships of the Line will fold because of the underestimation of the actual work involved.

a. Shakedown Cruise

In order to start a Ship of the Line  you must meet the following requirements:

Ships in Training perform activities and operations much like Commissioned Ship of the Line within UFS. Monthly Status Reports need to be filed through the database.

A typical Shakedown Cruise will take a minimum of 9 months to complete, but may take longer upon the request of the CO.

Whether you are part of an existing Ship of the Line or chosen to start a new Ship of the Line, the first phase of the program is basically a lot of discussing, planning, and making decisions that will affect the shape and future of your Ship of the Line.

b. Commissioning Phase

Typically within 9 to 12 months, the Ship-in-Training has its commissioning ceremony and is from then on a Commissioned Ship of the Line.

In order to be Commissioned as a full Ship of the Line the following requirements must be met:

3.4.2. Accelerated Ship of the Line Commissioning Program (ASCP)

Established Ships that wish to join UFS or returning Ships of the Line wishing to rejoin may opt for the Accelerated Ship of the Line Commissioning Program. Acceptance into the ASCP is done on a case by case basis and overseen by the UFS Chief of Staff. The ASCP applies ONLY to preexisting, established groups. Quickly starting a ship to get into UFS through the ASCP will not be allowed.

a. Transfer/Dual Affiliation

Ships of the Line that want to transfer from another group or would opt for a dual affiliation will receive the rank they held in the other group (up to the rank of O-5) well as all awards previously earned. The Ship of the Line will also retain the ship/station name and designation unless said name is already taken by current UFS Ship of the Line or should fall under names we do not allow within UFS (example: USS Enterprise, USS Defiant, etc)

b. Returning UFS Ships of the Line

    - Left Friendly

Any Ship of the Line that left under friendly conditions or went into an inactive phase will retain their status and achievements.

    - Left Hostile

Any Ship of the Line that left under “less-than-ideal” circumstances will be subject to review on a case by case basis and, if accepted, will be placed on probationary status.

Either way, UFS is not obligated or required to give any concessions to any ship or member that left UFS and changed their minds later.

c. Evaluation and Petitioning

Any pre-existing Ship of the Line that wants to join UFS needs to submit sufficient information that proves they were an existing Ship of the Line. This can be a Ship’s newsletter or any kind of other information that proves the Ship’s establishment. Please contact the Office of Fleet Operations before sending in the request, so you can get a better understanding as to what is expected of your Ship.

After your acceptance into UFS, the process toward Commissioned status is the same as any other Ship of the Line.

Existing Ships can request immediate Commissioned status by approval of the UFS Joint Chiefs of Staff. If approved, the Ship will be assigned a Sponsor Ship to help the new Ship of the Line get adjusted to UFS.

3.4.3. Ship of the Line: Status

UFS uses several statuses to classify its Ships of the Line in order to help the Commanding Officer and crew of that Ship know where they need to focus. The status under which UFS Ships of the Line can be classified are as follows:

If a Commanding Officer is found to be neglecting his duty, UFS Command has the right to take away his ship and offer it to another crew member.

A Decommissioned Ship of the Line that desires to become active again will need to go through the Shakedown Cruise in its entirety.

3.4.4. Naming a Ship of the Line

When UF Starfleet Command approaches a possible new Commanding Officer, he/she is allowed to choose a name for his or her Ship.

It is suggested that a Ship’s name be something specific to the crew of your Ship. Names, registry and class needs to be approved by UF Starfleet Command. ASDB is there to make sure name, registry, and class make sense, so don't hesitate to contact them for any help.

3.4.5. UFS Training Cruise aka Shakedown Cruise

The UFS Shakedown Cruise is a training program for new Ships that aspire to become a Commissioned Ship of the Line in UFS. New Ships of the Line are started for a variety of reasons:

The UFS Shakedown Cruise exists to help new Ships develop. Ships of the Line in the UFS Shakedown Cruise are considered fully active Ships of the Line within UFS and can participate in ALL levels of UFS (they can NOT be excluded from participation during role plays).

Section 4: United Federation Starfleet BRANCHES

4.1. Introduction

United Federation Starfleet is made up of six (6) Branches that make up the operational forces of UFS. The main purpose of the branches is to add the Starfleet “flavor” to the Starship or Space Station.

4.2. Branches within United Federation Starfleet

Section 5: Assessments and Dues

5.1. Membership Dues

UFS does not collect membership dues, so this will not be an issue.

Section 6: Disciplinary Process and Appeals

6.1. Introduction

Within UFS, it is our hope that a sense of exploration and camaraderie will be upheld at all times. However, we acknowledge that there are times when the ideals of Star Trek can be temporarily misplaced due to interpersonal and inter-ship disagreements.

It is our hope that members allow any grievances to be solved at the lower levels of the Chain-of-Command (i.e. Ship Level). However, should members feel they have not been dealt with fairly, they may appeal to the Sector Commander, Joint Chiefs and, ultimately, bring their case before the Commander-in-Chief, United Federation Starfleet. The decision of the Commander-in-Chief, United Federation Starfleet is final.

6.2. Ship and Sector Command

All UF Starfleet Ships of the Line are to follow the UFS Rules and Regulations for Ships and Stations.

Problems between various Ships of the Line or individual member difficulties are usually best handled by that Ship CO or XO. Cases involving the actual Ship CO should be heard by the Sector Commander acting as an arbitrator. Sector Commanders can always be brought in to settle the disputes internal to a Ship of the Line within their Sector if the Ship CO chooses such an action; however, we again suggest that Ship COs handle their own disputes.

UFS Command does NOT allow the use of military court martial and/or similar proceedings, as these are confrontational and counterproductive in nature. In fact, they often make matters worse in the end. Conflict resolution is one of the most effective ways to solve a dispute. Punishment within UFS is by its very nature counterproductive. Those in the position of authority are recommended to ask the individual how they think the problem or conflict can be solved, so that the harm is repaired and balance restored.

There are three actions a  CO or Sector Commander cannot ever make.

  1. They cannot expel a member from UFS (only the Commander-in-Chief, United Federation Starfleet can take such an action after a decision is made by the Council of Admirals).
  2. They cannot demote any member of their crew. (Only the Commander-in-Chief, United Federation Starfleet has the power to demote a member of UFS)
  3. No one can impose any punishment that violates local law.

6.3. UF Starfleet Command Headquarters

All members of UFS Command are held to high standards. Any officer found to be in violation of these, or if they fail to live up to other required obligations, can and will be removed from their office.

6.4. Harassment and Misconduct

UFS Command does not tolerate harassment of any sort. Harassment includes, but is not limited to, aggressive pressure, intimidation, force, or coercion against any member, no matter their background, age, gender, ethnicity, or orientation. Any members who are found acting in such a manner will be dealt with swiftly by UFS Command, up to and including expulsion.

6.5. Disciplinary Actions and Possible Sanctions

Possible disciplinary actions and sanctions vary on a case-by-case basis. UFS does not want to dwell on the negative; however, circumstances arise at times that necessitate an official response from UFS Command. In these cases, there are certain procedures that must be followed.

  1. The first step is to file a complaint. All complaints must be filed with the office of the Commander-in-Chief that will then determine if the case has merit enough to be investigated.

If the Commander-in-Chief does not see evidence that the case filed should be reviewed, the complainant will be contacted and advised that the case will be dropped. The member will have 30 days from the time the email is received to compile more evidence and resubmit their case if they so choose.

  1. If the Commander-in-Chief feels that the case has merit, the case will begin processing by passing it to the Inspector General. The Inspector General will pursue the case in accordance with the Inspector General Manual. Cases will be handled in a swift manner to ensure that conflict is not allowed to fester.

  1. Once the Inspector General concludes the investigation, a report is submitted to the Council of Admirals as well as the involved members on their findings. This report will be detailed, including grievances raised and sections of the UFS Rules and Regulations that apply to that specific case.

  1. The Accused member will be given a period of 30 days to respond to the Inspector General. If necessary, the accused is allowed an additional 30-day extension to adequately appeal the findings.

  1. Following receipt of the response or a lapse in the period of time allotted, the Council of Admirals will review the findings and vote on them. A majority vote is required for a decision to be made.

  1. If the Complaint against the Accused is found to be valid, there are several possible sanctions that the Commander-in-Chief, United Federation Starfleet may take.

  1. The Accused member will be notified by the Office of the Commander-in-Chief or another representative pending the outcome of the sanctions.

  1. The Accused is entitled to a final appeal directly to the Commander-in-Chief, or to the Deputy Commander Starfleet if the decision involves the Commander-in-Chief. Any decision rendered at this time is final.

  1. Should the Accused be the Commanding-in-Chief the process is the same however overseen by the Deputy Commander, UF Starfleet.

6.6. The UFS Appeals Process

All members of UFS have the right to appeal, through proper channels, any decision made by UFS or any of its members against them.

If a member needs any help to make an appeal, the Office of the Judge Advocate General (JAG) is specially set up to help any member in their appeal process.

6.7. Discipline of UFS Senior Officers

The Joint Chiefs of Staff has the right to call upon the Inspector General to investigate any alleged misconduct made by Senior Officers. If those officers are found to be in violation, the Joint Chiefs of Staff may recommend sanctions as outlined above in Section 7.5.

6.8. UFS Appeals Review Board

The UFS Appeals Review Board is formed of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who at any time has the ability to hear and overturn rulings. This is only made through a majority vote.

Section 7: Removal of a Senior Officer from Position

7.1. Sector Commanders

If the Commanding Officers of a Sector become dissatisfied with the performance of their Sector Commander, and after using alternative options to settle their problems with little success, the Commanding Officers of that Sector can petition the Inspector General to remove the Sector Commander from office. In order to start this process, the Inspector General needs to receive a request involving at least 25% of the Ship Commanding Officers. The Inspector General will then conduct a full investigation by interviewing all involved parties and preparing a case file.

After the investigation, the Inspector General will hand over the case file to the Commander-in-Chief, United Federation Starfleet who will then decide if the case needs further investigation or a call for a Vote of Confidence by the Commanding Officers of the Sector.

In the event that a Sector Commander is removed from office, the Commander-in-Chief, United Federation Starfleet will assign the Deputy Sector Commander to Acting Sector Commander until such time as a Sector Election can be held.

Regardless, the Sector Commanders serve at the pleasure of the UF Starfleet Commander-in-Chief and as such can be removed without consulting the ships of the line of a sector when the Commander-in-Chief feels that the Sector Commander is not doing his/her job

7.2. Sector Staff

Sector staff serve at the pleasure of the Sector Commander and can be removed by them. Additionally those members can be removed as a disciplinary action or if they are not discharging their duties as required.

7.3. Ship of the Line Commanding Officers

The Ship of the Line Commanding Officers serve at the pleasure of the Commander-in-Chief and can be replaced at any time for not performing their duties.

7.4. Members of the Joint Chiefs

The members of the Joint Chiefs serve at the pleasure of the Commander-in-Chief and can be replaced at any time for not performing their duties.

7.5. Inspector General

Determined by the Commander-in-Chief. At any time if the Joint Chiefs of Staff becomes dissatisfied by the performance of the Inspector General, they may submit a motion for a Vote of Confidence. A ⅔ majority is required to remove the Inspector General from office.

7.6. Judge Advocate General

Determined by the Commander-in-Chief. At any time if the Joint Chiefs of Staff becomes dissatisfied by the performance of the Judge Advocate General (JAG), they may submit a motion for a Vote of Confidence. A ⅔ majority is required to remove the Judge Advocate General from office.

Section 8. Communications

8.1. Introduction

Communication is the basis on which United Federation Starfleet operates. It is imperative that we reach our members in order to keep them informed and involved on the day-to-day events that take place within our organization.

Communication inspires common understanding, tradition, and ideals. It is our firm belief that any problem, big or small, within an organization always has its basis in bad communication. Therefore in an effort to negate such problems from arising, we have the following methods of communication open to our members.

8.2. Communications at the Ship Level

8.3. Communications at the Sector Command

8.4. Communications at UF Starfleet Command

At UF Starfleet Command Headquarters Level, there are many projects for which UFS Command is responsible.  A few of these are listed below.

Appendix A

UF Starfleet Sectors

Sector 001

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Metaverses (Second Life, 3rd Rock, UFS Grid,.......etc)

Sector 002

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Mainland Europe

Sector 003

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, and the surrounding islands

Sector 004

New Zealand, Australia

Sector 005

Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Philippines

Sector 006

Asia

Sector 007

Mexico, Central and South America

Sector 008

Alaska, Western Canada: Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan

Sector 009

Quebec, Canadian Maritimes: New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Manitoba, Nunavut, Ontario

Sector 010

Africa and the Middle East

Sector 011

Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

Sector 012

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New Jersey, New York, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania

Sector 013

Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee

Sector 014

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Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Mississippi, Louisiana

Sector 015

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Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico

Sector 016

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Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska

Sector 017

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Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin

Sector 018

Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming

Sector 019

Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands

Sector 020

Idaho, Oregon, Washington

Sector 099

Unassigned

Appendix B

Rank and TIG Chart

Enlisted Ranks

Time in Grade

Fleet

Marine

(E-1)

Crewman Recruit

Crewman Recruit

1 Month (E-2)

Crewman Apprentice

Private

1 Month (E-3)

Crewman 3rd Class

Private 1st Class

2 Months (E-4)

Crewman 2nd Class

Lance Corporal

3 Months (E-5)

Crewman 1st Class

Corporal

4 Months (E-6)

Petty Officer 3rd Class

Sergeant (SSGT)

6 Months (E-7)

Petty Officer 2nd Class

Staff Sergeant

9 Months (E-8)

Petty Officer 1st Class

Gunnery Sergeant

Minimum 12 Months (E-9)

Chief Petty Officer

Master Sergeant

Minimum 12 Months (E-10)

Senior Chief Petty Officer

1st Sergeant

Minimum 12 Months (E-11)

Master Chief Petty Officer

Sergeant Major

Billet,Not a Rank

Master Chief Petty Officer of the 'X' Fleet

Sergeant Major of the X Division


Billet,Not a rank

Master Chief Petty Officer of UF Starfleet

Sergeant Major of the UFSMC

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Officer Ranks

Time in Grade

Fleet

Marine

Entry Rank (O-1)

Ensign (ENS)

2nd Lieutenant (2LT)

3 Months (O-2)

Lieutenant (JG) (LT(JG))

1st Lieutenant (1LT)

3 Months (O-3)

Lieutenant (LT)

Marine Captain (MCAPT)

6 Months (O-4)

Lieutenant Commander (LTCMDR)

Major (MAJ)

9 Months (O-5)

Commander (CMDR)

Lieutenant Colonel (LCOL)

12 Months (O-6)

Captain (CAPT)

Colonel (COL)

15 Months (O-7)

Fleet Captain (FCAPT)

Brigadier (BDR)

20 Months (O-8)

Commodore (COMM)

Brigadier General (BGEN)

25 Months (O-9)

Rear Admiral (RADM)

Major General (MGEN)

30 Months (O-10)

Vice Admiral (VADM)

Lieutenant General (LGEN)

36 Months (O-11)

Admiral (ADM)

General (GEN)

Appendix C

Important UFS reference Manuals

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