An officers candidate was a generally a civilian – already possessing a higher education – or a non-commissioned officer who trained to earn a commission, as an officer in the military, without being required to attending a service academy. An officers candidate was similar to what a midshipman was to a cadet.
Prior to joining the crew of USS Voyager in 2371, Crewman Frank Darwin was recommended by his training instructor as an officers candidate. Darwin, however, turned down the opportunity in favor of his desire to get out into space. (VOY: "Meld")
|Enlisted personnel||Commissioned officers||Generals and flag officers|
|ENS||LT JG||LT||LT CMDR||CMDR||CAPT||FCAPT||CDORE||RADM||VADM||ADM||FADM|
|2nd LT||1st LT||CAPT||MAJ||LT COL||COL||BRIG||MAJ GEN||LT GEN||GEN||MARSHAL|
|Positions:||Boatswain • Chief • Corpsman • Engineer's mate • Specialist • Technician • Yeoman||TAC • SO • 3rd • 2nd • 1st • CO • DD||Portmaster • Chief of Staff • CinC|
|Services:||Andorian • Bajoran • Cardassian • Ferengi • Jem'Hadar • Klingon • Romulan • SS • United Earth MACO • United Earth/Federation Starfleet • United States • Vulcan|
Mirror universe: Terran Empire Starfleet • Terran Empire MACO