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Crew Handbook

Created by Lt. Cmdr. James Cecil Update and revised
August 31, 2014

Welcome

The Commonwealth is an official correspondence chapter of Starfleet The International Star Trek Fan Association, Inc. We are located in Region one in the state of Tennesee. We are a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to uniting fans of science fiction and fantasy of all themes.

Our Mission

Is to unite the many fans of science fiction and fantasy, to serve the Commonwealth and the fleet to our best abilities, And to be the best human beings that we ourselves can be while striving for the vision of unity that the late Gene Roddenberry depicted in his Star Trek® Universe.

Our Vessel, Our Mother ship, And the Grandmother of us

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Our classification is that of the intrepid class starship from the Star Trek series “Voyager” Our registry number is NCC 74670 and our Commanding Officer is Colonel Tracy Lilly; our homeport is Clarksville, TN. Our past Commanding Officer is Commodore (Retired) James Cecil.

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Our first mother ship back in 2004 was the USS WASP NCC-1721 it was a correspondence chapter of Starfleet, is Sovereign class starship from the Star Trek movies of First Contact, Insurrection, and the Nemesis. The USS WASP home port was Shelbyville, KY. and was under the command of Fleet Captain Shawn D. Fields.


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Our first Grandmother ship was is the USS Maat NCC –179-A of the Ambassador Class starship. The Maat is meeting chapter of Starfleet and its home port is Virginia Beach, VA. Commodore Tammy Wilcox was the Commanding Officer of the USS Maat.


SS Tesla.png Now we’re coming back to the fleet and this time our mother ship is Space Station Nikola Tesla out of Puryear, Tennesse and is under the command of Major General Dennis Rayburn.


The Commonwealth Seal

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Our seal is borrowed from the SSBN 737 USS Kentucky and just like the Kentucky's seal, our seal also reflects the proud heritage of "The Bluegrass State". The Kentucky long rifle represents Kentucky's frontier past and the horseshoe is well known for good luck yet it is also a reminder of Kentucky's fine thoroughbred industry as well. The gold braid around the seal is our close representation with the state of Kentucky, Starfleet, and Region 1 for which the Commonwealth resides in.

A name has many meanings

Our name shares a three part theme to it. First and foremost it is in honor of those men and women who are serving on board the SSBN 737 USS Kentucky. Secondly to honor the Commonwealth of Kentucky itself, and Thirdly to honor the late Gene Roddenberry for giving us the Andromeda TV show and to the cast and crew of Andromeda.

We’re On the Net Too!

You can find the USS Commonwealth on the internet at http://usscommonwealth.com/ Our website has links to all the departments on board the ship along with connections to the Starfleet web site, Region One web site, Starfleet Marines website, and Starfleet Academy web site.


Who Runs The Commonwealth?

Article 2, Section 1,1 of our Constitution defines the governing body of the USS Commonwealth as the Executive Committee who are composed of the Commanding Officer, Executive Officer, and Operations Officer. Section 2 of Article 2 defines the Advisory Counsel as the Department Heads compose of Communications, Science, Security, Engineering, and Ship Stores. Section 3 of Article 2 defines the Judicial Body of the USS Commonwealth as being 12 members appointed by the Commanding Officer from the USS Commonwealth Membership.

Chain of Command

The chain of command is as follows:
Commanding Officer
First Officer Operations Officer
Communications Officer
Science Officer Security Officer
Engineering Officer
Ship Stores Officer

Membership Packet

The following material shall be included in all USS Commonwealth Membership packets:

  • Membership Identification Card
  • Membership Certificate
  • USS Commonwealth Crew Handbook

To Be a Departmental Chief

Should you wish to be in charge of a department on board the USS Commonwealth you must be a member in good standing in Starfleet, have taken and passed the Officers Training Course and Officers Command College from Starfleet Academy. Both of these are optional but is recommended if one wants to pursue other avenues with in the STARFLEET or wish to be Commanding Officer and Executive Officer of the USS Commonwealth.

Rights And Responsibilities

I. All members shall receive a membership packet per annual membership.
II. All members shall receive the official USS Commonwealth bi-monthly newsletter publication,INTERCOM.
III. All members have the right to transfer from one chapter to another. The Individual(s) must obtain permission from both Commanding Officers.
IV. All members have the right to engage in all USS Commonwealth activities. This includes the right to part take in the fictional ranks as presented to us from the Star Trek universe.
V. All members have the right to attend STARFLEET Academy.
VI. All members have the right to apply for any shipboard, STARFLEET, or Region One position he or she feels they are justifiably qualified for.
VII. All Members have the right to due process.
VIII. All members have the right for all opinions, as well as sides, of an issue to be heard before any judgment is rendered.
IX. All members have the right to appeal all judgments to the Regional Coordinator of Region One.
X. All member have the right to informed of any available shipboard , STARFLEET, and Region One position as well as the application process for the available position.
XI. All members have the right to have fun.

Code of Conduct

I. Members will always behave in a manner that brings credit to the USS Commonwealth, Region One, STARFLEET, and to themselves.
II. Members will always praise in public and critique in private.
III. Members will show courtesy to their subordinates, fellow officers, and superior officers at all times.
IV. Members will never assume, but always verify.
V. Members will be resolute in the performance of their duties and execution of USS Commonwealth, STARFLET, Regional One policies and regulations.
VI. Members will always diffuse confrontation, not cause them.
VII. Members will listen to both sides of a dispute and act upon fact, not innuendo.
VIII. Members will strive for impartiality and fairness in judgment and disqualify themselves from decisions where their judgment may be compromised.
IX. Members will be the first to praise and the last to criticize.
X. Members will always strive to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

Rank and Advancement

Fictional ranks shall be awarded to the members of the USS Commonwealth. These ranks alone do not give any member authority over another member in the organization or that of STARFLEET and its subsidiaries. Only the Commanding Officer can bestow the ranks of Crewman Recruit to Commander. Ranks beyond Commander are subject to approval from the Commander of STARFLEET. Our ranking structure is as follows: Rank Chart

Grade Starfleet SFMC
CADET
C1 Cadet 4th Class (Freshman) (CDT4)
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Recruit 4th Class (Freshman) (CDT4)
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C2 Cadet 3rd Class (Sophomore) (CDT3)
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Recruit 3rd Class (Sophomore) (CDT3)
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C3 Cadet 2nd Class (Junior) (CDT2)
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Recruit 2nd Class (Junior) (CDT2)
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C4 Cadet 1st Class (Senior) (CDT1)
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Recruit 1st Class (Senior) (CDT1)
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ENLISTED
E1 Crewman 3rd Class (CRMN3)
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Private (PVT)
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E2 Crewman 2nd Class (CRMN2)
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Private First Class (PFC)
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E3 Crewman 1st Class (CRMN1)
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Lance Corporal (LCPL)
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E4 Petty Officer 3rd Class (PO3)
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Corporal (CPL)
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E5 Petty Officer 2nd Class (PO2)
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Sergeant (SGT)
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E6 Petty Officer 1st Class (PO1)
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Staff Sergeant (SSGT)
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E7 Chief Petty Officer (CPO)
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Gunnery Sergeant (GSGT)
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E8 Senior Chief Petty Officer (SCPO)
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Master Sergeant (MSGT)
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First Sergeant (1SGT)
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E9 Master Chief Petty Officer (MCPO)
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Master Gunnery Sergeant (MGSGT)
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Sergeant Major (SMAJ)
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E9A Master Chief Petty Officer of Starfleet
(MCPO/SFI)
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Sergeant Major of the SFMC
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WARRANT OFFICER
W1 Warrant Officer (WO1)
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Warrant Officer (WO1)
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W2 Staff Warrant Officer (SWO2)
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Chief Warrant Officer (CWO2)
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W3 Master Warrant Officer (MWO3)
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Chief Warrant Officer (CWO3)
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W4 Chief Warrant Officer (CWO4)
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Chief Warrant Officer (CWO4)
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W5 Senior Chief Warrant Officer (SCWO5)
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Chief Warrant Officer (CWO5)
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OFFICER
O1 Ensign (ENS)
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Second Lieutenant (2LT)
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O2 Lieutenant Junior Grade (LT JG)
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First Lieutenant (1LT)
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O3 Lieutenant (LT)
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Marine Captain (MCAPT)
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O4 Lieutenant Commander (LCDR)
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Major (MAJ)
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O5 Commander (CDR)
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Lieutenant Colonel (LTC)
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O6 Captain (CAPT)
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Colonel (COL)
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O7 Fleet Captain (FCAPT)
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Brigadier (BDR)
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FLAG OFFICER
O8 Commodore (COMM)
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Brigadier General (BGEN)
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O9 Rear Admiral (RADM)
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Major General (MGEN)
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O10 Vice Admiral (VADM)
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Lieutenant General (LGEN)
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O11 Admiral (ADM)
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General (GEN)
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O12 Fleet Admiral (FADM)
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NO EQUIVALENT
Department Colors
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Operations, Engineering,
Security and Tactical
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Promotions

Promotions are awarded for service, participation in activities, as a reward for a job well done, and for increased responsibilities within the USS Commonwealth. Promotions will be made for only one rank at a time and must be documented and recorded by both the Operations Officer of the Commonwealth. Final promotion authority ultimately resides with the Commanding Officer of the Commonwealth while ranks above Commander resides within Starfleet's Executive Committee.