(covers information from several alternate timelines)
In the various military-style service organizations throughout the galaxy, and probably beyond, military parlance was the unique form of speech of the service people in the common agency or service organization.
Many nautical terms were forms of military parlance particular to naval traditions.
As you were
"As you were" meant to disregard the previous order and revert to what one was doing beforehand. It was sometimes used gently, such as to allow officers to relax following a call for attention or a salute. In other cases, however, it could be a command when an officer assumed a hostile position or attitude.
In 2374, when Admiral William Ross paid a visit to the mess hall of the USS Defiant, Cadet Nog respectfully announced "Admiral on deck" and Ross told him "As you were," and later the similar phase, "Carry on." (DS9: "Behind the Lines")
In the same year, following an act of insubordination on the part of Seven of Nine, Captain Janeway temporarily stripped her of certain privileges. Seven of Nine suggested that Janeway was frightened by her individuality and Janeway growled "As you were." (VOY: "Prey")
The following were known users and their additional of the phase(s):
- Captain Jonathan Archer (ENT: "Anomaly (ENT)", "Divergence")
- Fleet admiral Bill (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)
- Dala (VOY: "Live Fast and Prosper")
- Captain Kathryn Janeway (VOY: "Relativity", "The Cloud", "Counterpoint", "Equinox, Part II", "Good Shepherd")
- Ensign Harry Kim (VOY: "Warhead")
- Captain James T. Kirk (TOS: "Space Seed", "Day of the Dove"; Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)
- Captain James T. Kirk (alternate reality) (Star Trek)
- Lieutenant commander Geordi La Forge (TNG: "Lower Decks")
- Captain Jean-Luc Picard (TNG: "The Arsenal of Freedom", "Night Terrors")
- Lieutenant Malcolm Reed (ENT: "Harbinger")
- Commander William T. Riker (TNG: "Man of the People")
- Admiral William Ross
- Captain Benjamin Sisko (DS9: "The Search, Part I", "To the Death", "In the Cards", "Tears of the Prophets")
- Lieutenant commander Tuvok (VOY: "Muse")
- Captain Tim Watters (DS9: "Valiant")
- Naomi Wildman (VOY: "Equinox")
- An unnamed male security officer. (Star Trek)
"Attention-to-orders" was a command that required personnel to cease making distracting movements and noises and give their undivided attention to the speaker, but which did not require those present to come to a position of attention.
In 2369, Commander William T. Riker called attention to orders before Captain Jean-Luc Picard read the orders that transferred command of the USS Enterprise to Captain Edward Jellico at the formal change of command ceremony in Ten Forward. (TNG: "Chain of Command, Part I")
Brace for impact
"Brace for impact" was an alert usually declared from the bridge of a starship, before it achieved an impact that the inertial dampers could not adequately compensate for. When this alert was sounded, usually through the order of the captain or first officer, all hands were to secure their stations and prepare for impact. This alert was also used when the inertial dampers could not sufficiently level out the ship and a possible collision with an interstellar object was imminent. This alert could also be used to warn a ship's crew of possible emergency landing procedures.
In 2153, when Enterprise NX-01 encountered a field of spatial anomalies in the Delphic Expanse, Captain Jonathan Archer warned the crew to brace for impact prior to the ship's being impacted by one of the anomalies. (ENT: "Proving Ground")
In 2368, Lieutenant junior grade Monroe ordered all decks of the USS Enterprise-D to brace for impact as a quantum filament moved towards the vessel, which had already sustained heavy damage from a previous hit. Killed in the impact, these were her last words. (TNG: "Disaster")
In 2371, Commander William T. Riker warned the crew of the Enterprise-D to brace for impact when the secondary hull was breached and necessitated an emergency landing of the saucer section (primary hull) on the surface of the planet Veridian III. (Star Trek Generations)
In 2374, Martok told the IKS Rotarran crew to brace for impact when it appeared a Jem'Hadar fighter was firing on them. In fact, Alexander Rozhenko had confused the reading with a battle simulation. (DS9: "Sons and Daughters")
That same year, during an early version of alternate timeline known as the Year of Hell, Captain Kathryn Janeway warned all hands on the USS Voyager to brace for impact prior to the ship's being hit by a spatial distortion from the Krenim weapon ship which altered history. Later, in that altered history, Janeway again ordered all hands to brace for impact prior to the ship's being hit by a distortion from the weapon ship, which this time had no effect due to the vessel's new temporal shielding. (VOY: "Year of Hell")
Captain Janeway warned the crew of the USS Voyager to brace for impact in 2375 when the ship was attempting to escape from the the Void through its vortex by riding the incoming shock wave from the vessel's aft. (VOY: "Night")
In an alternate timeline, Voyager was thrown out of a quantum slipstream corridor and headed to a nearby L-class planet to make an emergency landing. When Janeway realized they were coming in too hard, she ordered her crew to brace for impact. (VOY: "Timeless")
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- See: Brass
The term "cannon fodder" referred to soldiers who were seen as expendable. The term derived from soldiers who were ordered to charge into the face of artillery fire, which was practically a suicide charge.
During the Dominion War, the Romulan military integrated Reman infantry into its ranks. They were used as shock troops in the most violent encounters, which Riker described as "cannon fodder". (Star Trek Nemesis)
Confined to quarters
Being "confined to quarters" (sometimes phrased as "restricted to quarters") was a punishment that could be applied on Federation Starfleet starships and starbases. This form of discipline was generally used for more minor offenses, rather than those of a more serious nature that would require action such as being placed in the brig or a reduction in rank. On occasion, this punishment may be used as a long-term measure in special circumstances. The punishment usually, though not always, also involved being temporarily relieved of duty.
On occasion, temporary confinement to quarters was also used as a security measure to protect non-essential starship crew from an imminent threat.
Less frequently, temporary confinement to quarters was also used for civilians who were captured after being caught in the act of committing an offense by a starship.
In 2152, Captain Jonathan Archer restricted both Commander Charles Tucker III and Lieutenant Malcolm Reed to quarters following an unauthorized exploration of the interior of the automated repair station, stating that he was beginning to agree with Reed's recent assessment that security on Enterprise NX-01 had become lax. It was uncertain how long this punishment lasted, however, as both were called to duty following the discovery of the apparently dead Ensign Travis Mayweather. (ENT: "Dead Stop")
In 2154, when Captain Jonathan Archer was suffering from reverse-imprinting on Xindi-Insectoid eggs, he confined both Sub-Commander T'Pol and Lieutenant Malcolm Reed to quarters and threatened the same punishment for Charles Tucker III after each spoke against his actions in protecting the eggs. (ENT: "Hatchery")
That same year, Commander Charles Tucker III ordered Commander Kelby confined to quarters after he displayed mildly insubordinate behavior toward him. When Kelby resisted, Tucker told him that it was either that or the brig. (ENT: "Bound")
After Charles Evans psychokinetically caused a crewmember named Sam to vanish in 2266, Captain James T. Kirk arranged for a pair of security officers to accompany Evans to his quarters and confine him there. Evans repeatedly rebelled against being restricted to quarters, though, so Kirk and Spock eventually tried a more severe method of confining him there, rigging a force field on the door to Evans' cabin. This attempt failed too, as Evans again managed to escape, and was soon thereafter taken away from the ship (against his wishes) by Thasians. (TOS: "Charlie X")
In 2267, Spock turned himself over to the custody of Doctor Leonard McCoy after admitting to having taken control over the USS Enterprise under false pretenses. McCoy asked if confinement to quarters would be enough. Spock agreed so and McCoy ordered security to confine him. (TOS: "The Menagerie, Part I")
In 2268, Captain Kirk confined Ensign Garrovick to quarters and relieved him of duties after he hesitated in firing upon a dikironium cloud creature. Doctor Leonard McCoy felt the punishment was too harsh, but Kirk noted that one man had been killed and another might die. Garrovick, however, left his quarters after a general call to battle stations and Kirk, realizing that Garrovick had simply made a mistake, and one that ultimately was not the cause of any deaths, chose to release him from his punishment and give him a chance to redeem himself. (TOS: "Obsession")
That same year, Captain Kirk confined several members of the crew of the Enterprise to quarters following a barroom brawl on Deep Space Station K-7, including Chief Engineering Officer Montgomery Scott. Although this was supposed to be a punishment, Scott was secretly delighted as he had resisted taking shore leave and being confined to quarters gave him a chance to catch up on his reading of technical journals. (TOS: "The Trouble with Tribbles"; DS9: "Trials and Tribble-ations")
In 2366, Doctor Paul Stubbs was told to return to his quarters immediately by Ensign Wesley Crusher during a red alert on the USS Enterprise-D, suggesting that this may have been standard for non-essential personnel during emergency situations on the vessel. Guinan later commented to Crusher that she had never been good at being confined to quarters, something that any of her husbands could attest to. (TNG: "Evolution")
In 2367, after the Cardassian Glinn Telle was discovered attempting to access information on Enterprise-D weapon systems, Gul Macet told him to go to his quarters, where he was to be confined for the remainder of their mission aboard the vessel. He later told Picard that Telle would be disciplined upon his return, but Picard replied that he considered the matter closed. Later, during the same mission, Picard confined Captain Benjamin Maxwell to quarters until he could be returned to Starfleet to face whatever punishment was deemed appropriate for his actions in attacking Cardassian vessels, in violation of the Federation-Cardassian Armistice of 2367. (TNG: "The Wounded")
That same year, Commander William T. Riker suggested confining Lieutenant Reginald Barclay to quarters as a preventative measure after a Cytherian probe stimulated his brain to give him superhuman intelligence and other skills. Lieutenant commander Geordi La Forge, however, did not see how they could lock someone for being too smart. Captain Picard agreed that Barclay should not be confined unless the did something overtly menacing, as he saw no reason to prevent him continuing his work, and his skills were also needed to repair the Argus Array. (TNG: "The Nth Degree")
In 2370, Lieutenant Commander Data threatened to have Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge confined to quarters for the duration of the mission to investigate the wreckage of the USS Raman if La Forge persisted in using an interface probe to search for his mother against the orders of Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Realizing how important the issue was to La Forge, though, he chose to try to help keep him safe instead, stating that he couldn't have him confined to quarters for something he had not yet done. (TNG: "Interface")
That same year, Data was briefly confined to quarters as a protective measure after an apparent malfunction in his program caused him to begin attacking members of the Enterprise-D crew. As Worf confiscated his phaser, he asked him to assume temporary care of his cat, Spot. Data's captivity was soon ended when it was discovered that his actions were, in fact, not a malfunction but rather a subsconcious attempt to protect the crew from invasive interphasic organisms. He was then brought to the holodeck, where it was hoped a simulation of his dream program could prove useful in finding a way to defeat the organisms. (TNG: "Phantasms")
Later that same year, Commander Benjamin Sisko ordered all non-essential personnel on Deep Space 9 restricted to quarters and called for red alert after a series of attacks on the station that unknown to anyone at the time, including himself, were done by Constable Odo, under the influence of toxic gas. (DS9: "The Alternate")
In 2371, following an incident in which Lieutenant B'Elanna Torres broke Lieutenant Joe Carey's nose, Ensign Seska reported a rumor that all Maquis crewmembers on the USS Voyager were going to be restricted to quarters when not on duty, but Commander Chakotay told her this wasn't true. (VOY: "Parallax")
In 2372, Captain Benjamin Sisko confined Lieutenant Commander Worf to his quarters during those times he was not on duty on the USS Defiant following a brawl involving a number of Jem'Hadar. First Omet'iklan was not impressed with Sisko's choice of discipline, believing that he should have killed Worf, but Sisko felt that a dead man could not learn from his mistakes. (DS9: "To the Death")
That same year, Crewman Lon Suder was discovered to have murdered crewmate Frank Darwin on board Voyager. Though Suder's crime was of the most extreme nature, Voyager's unusual circumstances of being stranded in the Delta Quadrant caused Captain Kathryn Janeway to choose to keep Suder confined in his quarters under maximum security containment for the duration of their journey home. (VOY: "Meld") This punishment continued up until Suder's death later that year. (VOY: "Basics, Part II")
In 2373, Captain Benjamin Sisko confined Cadet Nog and his son to quarters after they accused Kai Winn Adami of burglary and kidnapping and Jake claimed that they had gotten a little drunk. In fact, the two were investigating the disappearance of Doctor Elias Giger, who was in possession of a Willie Mays baseball card that Jake wished to give to his father. (DS9: "In the Cards")
In 2374, a number of both the Cardassian and Jem'Hadar aboard the temporarily Dominion-occupied Deep Space 9/Terok Nor were confined to quarters pending disciplinary hearings following an incident involving a missing PADD that was actually caused by the Deep Space 9 resistance cell. (DS9: "Behind the Lines")
That same year, Gul Damar suggested to Gul Dukat that his daughter Tora Ziyal be temporarily confined to quarters, as he believed her to be part of the Deep Space 9 resistance, but Dukat resisted the suggestion. (DS9: "Sacrifice of Angels")
Also that same year, a holographic simulation of Captain Sisko supposedly relieved the senior staff of Deep Space 9 of duty and confined them to quarters pending an investigation by Internal Affairs. This, however, was all a ruse created in a holosuite by Luther Sloan to test Doctor Julian Bashir and Bashir was, in fact, the only one who suffered any sort of confinement. (DS9: "Inquisition")
In 2376, Captain Kathryn Janeway confined Captain Rudolph Ransom and the other surviving members of the USS Equinox to quarters on Voyager after learning of their killing of nucleogenic lifeforms as a source of warp power for the Equinox. Ransom pleaded for leniency, stating that they were only following his orders, but Janeway replied that this was their mistake. Almost all of them later escaped to the Equinox and attempted to flee Voyager. Later, after Janeway took extreme measures to get information regarding Ransom out of Crewman Noah Lessing, Commander Chakotay objected vociferously to her actions and she relieved him of duty and confined him to his quarters. Ultimately, the remaining Equinox crew that survived the incident were stripped of rank and made to serve on Voyager as crewmen. (VOY: "Equinox", "Equinox, Part II")
That same year, Janeway confined Ensigns Harry Kim and Tom Paris to quarters after they became drunk and participated in what they believed to be a Kinbori version of tennis and became involved in a brawl. She seemed mildly amused however, asking if they won they fight. (VOY: "Survival Instinct")
In 2368, after giving Wesley Crusher a scathing rebuke over lying about Nova Squadron's attempt to use the Kolvoord Starburst that lead to the death of a wingman, Captain Picard stopped Wesley from trying to explain further with a loud "Dismissed!" (TNG: "The First Duty")
On board the Federation Starfleet vessel Voyager, Captain Janeway used "dismissed" to end her conversations, especially those in her ready room. Neelix once demanded to be let off the ship because he was feeling uncomfortable with the risk the ship was taking. Janeway firmly denied his request and then when Neelix asked "Are we done?", she replied "Dismissed." (VOY: "The Cloud")
The following officers have used the expression:
- Captain Jonathan Archer (ENT: "Fight or Flight")
- Captain Jonathan Archer (mirror) (ENT: "In a Mirror, Darkly")
- Admiral Richard Barnett (Star Trek)
- Commander Chakotay (VOY: "Scorpion, Part II")
- Acting captain Data (TNG: "Gambit, Part II")
- Degra (ENT: "The Council")
- Gul Dukat (DS9: "A Time to Stand")
- Lieutenant Commander Michael Eddington (DS9: "For the Cause")
- Captain Maximilian Forrest (ENT: "In a Mirror, Darkly")
- Captain Kathryn Janeway (VOY: "Parallax")
- Captain Edward Jellico (TNG: "Chain of Command, Part I")
- Inspector Kashyk (VOY: "Counterpoint")
- Major Kira Nerys (DS9: "The Way of the Warrior")
- Captain James T. Kirk (TOS: "Shore Leave")
- Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge (TNG: "Journey's End")
- General Martok (DS9: "Soldiers of the Empire")
- Captain Jean-Luc Picard (TNG: "The Schizoid Man", "Emissary", "The High Ground", "Hollow Pursuits", "The Most Toys")
- Admiral Christopher Pike (Star Trek Into Darkness)
- Colonel Q (VOY: "The Q and the Grey")
- Rear Admiral Gregory Quinn (TNG: "Coming of Age")
- Commander William T. Riker (TNG: "Hollow Pursuits", "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II")
- Third Remata'Klan (DS9: "Rocks and Shoals")
- Captain Saru (DIS: "Terra Firma, Part 1")
- Captain Benjamin Sisko (DS9: "Captive Pursuit")
- Admiral Strickler (VOY: "Non Sequitur")
- Captain T'Pol (ENT: "Twilight")
- Commander Charles Tucker III (ENT: "Awakening")
- Acting Captain Tim Watters (DS9: "Valiant")
- Lieutenant Tuvok (VOY: "Learning Curve")
- Admiral Charles Vance (DIS: "Scavengers")
- Lieutenant Commander Worf (TNG: "Redemption", "The Drumhead")
To be drummed out meant to literally have one's dishonorable discharge accompanied by a drum. It could refer to anyone who was kicked out of an organization in disgrace.
"Duty" was a term that conveyed a sense of moral commitment to someone or something. When someone recognized a duty, they committed themselves to the cause involved without considering the self-interested courses of actions that may have been relevant previously. The first duty of every Starfleet officer was to the truth, whether it was scientific truth or historical truth or personal truth. (TNG: "The First Duty"; VOY: "Fair Trade") The first duty of any captured officer was to attempt escape. (DS9: "'Til Death Do Us Part") When one was a commanding officer, their first duty was to the ship on which they served, even if serving that vessel meant ordering a fellow crewmember to their death. (TNG: "Thine Own Self") The line of duty referred to an action or event, typically the death of an officer, which occurred while they were on duty.
A duty shift was the portion of the day during which various scheduled personnel aboard a starship or space station were on duty. The three shift rotation schedule was common in the Federation Starfleet. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country; DS9: "The Assignment"; TNG: "Chain of Command, Part I")
Crew evaluations were part of the duties of the senior staff aboard the USS Enterprise-D to discuss candidates for promotion. William T. Riker and Deanna Troi were not fond of writing the required crew evaluation reports. (TNG: "Man of the People", "Lower Decks", "Tapestry")
A starship was on detached duty when it was sent on a special mission, or was "detached", from what it would normally be doing. The USS Enterprise-D was placed on detached duty in 2370, in order to investigate the disappearance and death of Captain Jean-Luc Picard. (TNG: "Gambit, Part I")
Ensign Stone's personal log recording from stardate 52188.7 mentioned that the ensign had just completed their first week of active duty. In 2375, Seven of Nine quoted this portion of the personal log. (VOY: "Infinite Regress")
Line of duty
In 2370, Ensign Sito Jaxa had been lost in the line of duty while performing a secret and dangerous mission in Cardassian space with the Cardassian Joret Dal, a Federation operative. After intercepting a Cardassian report, the USS Enterprise-D learned that her evacuation pod was destroyed while leaving Cardassian space due to the belief that she was a Bajoran prisoner who escaped from her captor. (TNG: "Lower Decks")
Tour of duty
Commander Riker was skeptical about Captain Picard's behavior when the captain ran the crew through efficiency drills for the first time in Riker's tour of duty aboard the Enterprise-D. (TNG: "Allegiance")
End of watch
End of watch was a term used for denoting the end of a duty shift for an individual.
Engage / Execute
"Engage" was mostly used as verbal confirmation to an earlier order given to the helmsman about the warp engines or impulse drive. It could also be used as a verb within the order referring to some other technological device, such as a tractor beam.
Users of "engage":
- Zefram Cochrane (Star Trek: First Contact)
- Fleet Captain Christopher Pike (TOS: "The Cage", "The Menagerie, Part II")
- Martok (DS9: "Soldiers of the Empire")
- Captain Jean-Luc Picard (TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds")
- Captain Benjamin Sisko (DS9: "The Search, Part I")
- Thomas Riker (DS9: "Defiant")
- Julian Bashir/Rao Vantika (DS9: "The Passenger")
- Commander William T. Riker (TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds")
- Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge (TNG: "Deja Q")
- Captain Kathryn Janeway (VOY: "Caretaker")
- Captain James T. Kirk (TOS: "The Corbomite Maneuver")
The term execute was also alternately used, such as by:
- Captain Kirk (TOS: "Patterns of Force", "The Enterprise Incident"; TAS: "The Survivor"; Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)
- Captain Lawrence H. Styles, while ordering the USS Excelsior to use its transwarp drive for the first time. (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)
"Front line" was a military term for the outer-most edge of controlled territory in war, where the majority of military forces and combat are located. It is often shortened as "front", which centers around a specific geographic location, such as the "Bolian front", "Vulcan front", or "Chin'toka front". (ENT: "Storm Front")
In 2373, Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge was upset when the USS Enterprise-E was ordered to patrol the Romulan Neutral Zone as a Borg cube approached Earth, stating that as the most advanced starship on the fleet, it should be on the front line. (Star Trek: First Contact)
Vulcan was one of the nearest major Federation planets to the front lines, as was the Kotanka system. The Federation pulled the Second and Fifth Fleets from these lines in 2374. Gul Dukat later pulled several Dominion ships from the front lines soon after. (DS9: "Favor the Bold")
After it was taken by the Federation Alliance, the Chin'toka system also became a major front in the war. Before the Second Battle of Chin'toka, Weyoun expressed his concerns to the Female Changeling that her proximity to the front concerned him. (DS9: "The Changing Face of Evil")
Vulcan Captain Solok considered DS9 to be "behind the lines", something Benjamin Sisko disagreed with, telling him that the station had seen its "share of action". (DS9: "Take Me Out to the Holosuite")
The USS Defiant traveled to the front lines in early 2375 on a supply run. Julian Bashir took several recordings of Vic Fontaine's songs although the hologram questioned whether or not the troops of the front lines wanted to hear them. Quark was also aboard the Defiant, as he was on a fact-finding mission for Grand Nagus Zek to give a report of life on the front lines. This made Quark uneasy, as he told Ezri Dax that war was not as profitable the closer you are to the front lines. The mission was also the first time Ezri had been to the front lines. (DS9: "The Siege of AR-558")
Late in 2375, the Female Changeling told Thot Pran that "the sooner we can regain the offensive on the front lines, the better." She believed this could be done by accelerating installation of Breen weapons on Dominion ships. (DS9: "Tacking Into the Wind")
Give the word
"The word is given. Warp speed."
To give an order, or awaiting an order. These words were spoken by:
- Captain James T. Kirk (TOS: "The Corbomite Maneuver")
- Chief Miles O'Brien (DS9: "Call to Arms")
- Lieutenant junior grade Tom Paris (VOY: "The Swarm")
- Midshipman Peter Preston
- Lieutenant Commander Montgomery Scott (TOS: "A Piece of the Action"; Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)
- Commander Spock (TAS: "The Slaver Weapon")
- Kai Winn Adami (DS9: "Strange Bedfellows")
- See: Ground zero
Chakotay, who believed himself to be the US Army Captain Miller, asked Captain Kathryn Janeway, "You're a gung ho kind of girl, aren't ya?" She acknowledged that she was, replying, "Does that bother you?" Chakotay/Miller responded, "Nope. Just not used to it, that's all. The girls back home are a little different." Janeway proceeded to explain, "I guess when it comes to my people's safety this girl tends to get a little gung ho," to which Chakotay/Miller admitted, "Nothing to apologize for. I'm the same way with my men. There's not a day goes by when I don't think to myself, 'I'm going to get 'em back safely, even if I die trying.'" (VOY: "The Killing Game, Part II")
Seeing combat action.
Killed in action
Killed in action (abbreviated KIA) was a term used to describe those who were believed to be dead as a result of combat. Ships could also be referred to as having been killed in action if utterly destroyed. (DIS: "The War Without, The War Within")
In 2368 Joshua Albert was reported killed in action when Nova Squadron preformed the illegal Kolvoord Starburst orbiting Saturn and its moon Titan destroying all five ships. 100 years earlier in the 2260s five other cadets were killed preforming this maneuver in Kirk's time. (TNG:"The First Duty")
Missing in action
Missing in action (abbreviated MIA) was a term used to describe individuals who had gone missing while fighting a battle.
Wounded in action
Wounded in action (abbreviated WIA) was a term used to describe those who had been wounded in combat.
Know the drill
"On report" was a term referring to the punishment of a crewmember that enabled them to continue their duties, but with stricter supervision or more regular assessments, similar to being on probation. Regular reports would be filed about the crewmember's performance, usually by his or her superior officer. Being on report might be recorded in one's crew report or personnel file (VOY: "Maneuvers", "Meld") and could potentially have an adverse effect on a crewmember's future opportunities for advancement. (ENT: "United")
In 2154, after Lieutenant Malcolm Reed disobeyed an order from Commander Charles Tucker III in order to save his life, Tucker told him that he was placing him on report, but was only joking. He grinned and described Reed as being an "easy target." (ENT: "United")
Users of "on report"
- Commander Chakotay (VOY: "Meld")
- The Doctor (VOY: "The Swarm")
- Captain Janeway (VOY: "Maneuvers")
- Cadet Nog (DS9: "The Ascent")
- Commander Riker (TNG: "Code of Honor")
- Chief Engineer Scott (TAS: "The Practical Joker")
- Lieutenant Worf (TNG: "Sarek")
On the double
Permission to speak
As part of a military organization, junior officers generally did not have the authority to speak their minds to their superiors. They might have been granted it, however, by asking for "permission to speak", with the amended "freely", "candidly" or ""frankly".
An officer that spoke their mind without first asking for this permission could face penalties such as being placed on report or being charged with insubordination. The commanding officer could choose to either grant the request ("granted") or deny it and, if denied, the lower-ranking officer might again have been subject to penalties. The commanding officer might have also choosen to simply state "always," indicating that they valued the opinion of the lower-ranked officer at any time, with no further need to ask for permission. This permission, however, may have been withdrawn later. The request for "permission to speak freely" was often accompanied by the commanding officer's rank, or the terms "sir" or "ma'am." In some cases, officers were known to make this request and then simply speak their mind without waiting for the granted permission. It was up to the commanding officer to decide whether or not to enforce a penalty for this.
When having dinner with Lyndsay Ballard, Captain Kathryn Janeway told her "We're not on the bridge, Lyndsay. You have permission to speak freely." Ballard asked if she really meant this, and Janeway replied that she wouldn't have said it if she didn't. (VOY: "Ashes to Ashes")
Users of "permission to speak"
- Ensign Travis Mayweather (ENT: "Fortunate Son")
- Commander Charles Tucker III (ENT: "First Flight")
- Lieutenant Malcolm Reed (ENT: "Kir'Shara")
- Michael Burnham (DIS: "Choose Your Pain")
- Captain Will Decker (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)
- Lieutenant Saavik (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan)
- Lieutenant Valeris (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)
- Doctor Leonard McCoy (Star Trek)
- Commander William T. Riker (TNG: "Silicon Avatar")
- Lieutenant Worf (TNG: "Sins of the Father", "Time's Arrow, Part II")
- Ensign Sito Jaxa (TNG: "Lower Decks")
- Commander Chakotay (VOY: "Parallax")
- Lieutenant Thomas Paris (VOY: "Thirty Days")
- Ensign Harry Kim (VOY: "The Disease")
- Captain Kathryn Janeway (VOY: "Ashes to Ashes")
- Ensign Jenkins (VOY: "Warhead")
- Major Kira Nerys (DS9: "The Search, Part I")
Rank hath its privileges
"Roger" or "copy that" was military and NASA radio communications lingo that generally meant "received and understood." (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home; Star Trek V: The Final Frontier; VOY: "11:59", "One Small Step")
- While stationed at Old City Station in 2285, Commander Nyota Uhura reported in her status, signaling, "Roger. Old City Station at 22:00 hours. All is well." Starfleet's response was "Understood. All stations clear." (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)
- Later that year, the USS Saratoga reported to Starfleet their discovery of an unknown probe approaching their position. Starfleet reported back to "Continue tracking, Saratoga. We will analyze transmissions and advise." The captain, acknowledge the order, by stating, "Roger, Starfleet, Saratoga out." (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)
Roll call was a listing of names, or a call for individuals to list off their names in order.
As Captain Christopher Pike prepared to take the USS Discovery into action for the first time in 2257, he called for a "roll call" of the bridge officers so he could know who he was issuing orders to. He asked the bridge officers to list just their names, without rank, clockwise around the bridge, before assigning them each an individual instruction. (DIS: "Brother")
Running the gauntlet
Running the gauntlet was a term that referred to an old military punishment in which individuals were made to run between two rows of people who hit them. Metaphorically, it referred to any arduous travel through difficult conditions.
In 2377, B'Elanna Torres transported herself to the quarters she shared on USS Voyager with Tom Paris, rather than passing by all the Klingons who wanted to approach her regarding her unborn daughter, said to be the Kuvah'magh. She explained that she believed transporting herself directly there would be preferable to running the gauntlet. (VOY: "Prophecy")
Sir was a term used by Starfleet and Bajoran officers to address officers of higher rank. Although the term was generally considered to be male-specific, it was also used when addressing female officers as well.
Protocol also allowed for its use between officers of identical rank, particularly where one held a higher overall position in a command structure. Upon his promotion to captain in 2285, Montgomery Scott addressed Captain Lawrence H. Styles as "sir" while serving as chief engineer under the latter's command aboard the starship USS Excelsior. Scott later addressed his fellow Captains Kirk and Spock as "sir" when serving with them aboard the Enterprise-A. (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock; Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)
Chief Miles O'Brien called Doctor Julian Bashir "sir" because Bashir was his superior officer. Bashir did not like the term and asked O'Brien if he would call him simply Julian. (DS9: "The Storyteller") The doctor was not the first person to turn down O'Brien's use of the word – in 2367, after he referred to Sergey Rozhenko, Worf's adoptive father, as "sir" upon meeting him, Rozhenko lightheartedly asked his fellow chief petty officer not to use the term, as he had worked for a living. (TNG: "Family") O'Brien also called Commander Sisko "sir". (DS9: "If Wishes Were Horses")
Nog addressed Chief O'Brien as "sir" when O'Brien inspected the cargo, self-sealing stem bolts, for which Nog and Jake Sisko had recently traded. (DS9: "Progress") Later, when Nog was beginning his Starfleet Academy training, O'Brien wryly commented that after graduation, he would have to address Nog as "sir." (DS9: "Facets") A couple years later, during the preparations for the prisoner exchange between Keevan and Ishka, coordinated by Quark, Rom, Nog, Leck, and Gaila, Nog insisted on being called "sir" as he was preparing his "trainees". At one point, after Leck asked him a question, Nog simply responded, or rather added, "sir" when Leck finished speaking. Leck, misunderstanding Nog's intentions, replied, "No need to stand on formalities here – call me Leck." Nog responded, "No, I meant you should call me "sir."" Leck, retorted, "Don't be ridiculous." Nog again responded, "You mean "don't be ridiculous, sir."" At that point, Quark stepped in, and indicated, "let's not squabble. We're a team, Nog." Nog then corrected Quark, repeating, ""We're a team, sir."" When Quark, too, brushed off Nog's intent, Nog threw up his hands and said that he quit. (DS9: "The Magnificent Ferengi")
Captain Kathryn Janeway disliked being called "sir;" notwithstanding Starfleet protocol, she preferred to be addressed by her rank. She also accepted "ma'am," but only when the crew was "in a crunch." (VOY: "Caretaker")
When Admiral Alynna Nechayev chastised Captain Jean-Luc Picard for failing to implement the invasive program against the Borg and ordered him to destroy them if presented with a similar opportunity, Picard stood and replied, "Yes, sir." (TNG: "I Borg") The skeleton crew of the USS Enterprise-D called Doctor Beverly Crusher "sir" when she was serving as their commanding officer while Picard and the rest of the senior officers were on the surface attempting to retrieve Data. (TNG: "Descent", "Descent, Part II")
"Sir" was also used from time to time when speaking to the masters of other vessels. Harry Kim addressed Supervisor Yost in this way. (VOY: "Gravity") Shipboard guests were also to be addressed as "sir" or "ma'am," irrespective of status, as shown by Jean-Luc Picard when welcoming Minister Campio aboard the Enterprise-D and by Tuvok when attending to Neelix in guest quarters on Voyager. (TNG: "Cost of Living"; VOY: "Caretaker")
"Stand to" meant to be at a state of readiness, historically meaning "stand-to-arms", but also extended to mean "Stand to battle stations." The term was used by the following individuals:
- Jean-Luc Picard (TNG: "The Survivors", "Data's Day", "Identity Crisis")
- William T. Riker (TNG: "The Best of Both Worlds")
"Ten-hut" was a command that required those present to come to a position of attention.
There's something I think you should see
"There's something I think you should see" was a common report to senior officers, most often made by Starfleet personnel, especially during the late 24th century. A typical scenario would involve a junior officer discovering or witnessing some item of significance, then contacting a senior officer (most often by communicator) and advising them that there was "something" they should see. In many cases, the junior officer would also request the senior officer to come to their location, rather than explain what the "something" was over communication channels. (TNG: "Remember Me")
With (all) due respect
With all due respect, or simply with all respect, was a phrase sometimes used before expressing disagreement with another individual's opinion. Depending on the on the way it was expressed, it could be used either sincerely or in a sarcastic manner intended to convey that the speaker actually did not respect the other individual at all.
- TOS: "Shore Leave", "The Squire of Gothos"; Star Trek: The Motion Picture; Star Trek V: The Final Frontier; TNG: "The Outrageous Okona", "The Icarus Factor", "Peak Performance", "Lower Decks"; DS9: "Paradise Lost"; VOY: "Alliances", "Unity", "Year of Hell"; Star Trek: First Contact; PIC: "Broken Pieces"
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