How are cadets treated in academies

Starfleet Academy

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This article covers the entire Starfleet Academy system. For information on the Academy component, see: Starfleet Academy, San Francisco.

The Starfleet Academy represents one of the most important institutions of Starfleet, whose main task is to train new officers for the Starfleet and to train active officers. It offers advanced seminars and also trains future command officers.


The entire Starfleet training corps is spread across six main locations and countless other branches, which are distributed throughout the Federation.

In addition to the administration and the seat of the academy director, an academy division is stationed on Earth in San Francisco. The cadets complete their studies on the campus there, while of course they also have to undergo practical training in many other places, for example in the Sierra Nevada, in the South American rainforest, in the Altai Mountains, in the Nubian deserts, Tycho-City- Outpost (Luna), in the orbit of Mars and in the rings of Saturn.

Academy complex on volcano

The other campuses are located in the star systems of Andor, Betazed, Tellar, Vulkan, as well as on star base 101 (location of the currently only non-planetary academy division).

A number of federation worlds and starbases are also home to facilities where future cadets can take their entrance exams or where teams are trained.


The head of the entire training corps, currently Vice Admiral Eric Hutches, is in charge of the academy. An administrative unit that is responsible for the organization of the entire Starfleet Academy is directly subordinate to it. The six divisions are commanded by their own division head, usually with the rank of Commodore, who holds a position similar to a rector at a civil university. The dean of the academy, who is entrusted with academic matters, and the cadet commander, who is responsible for the practical matters of training and the day-to-day business of the cadets, are subordinate to him. Both usually have the rank of captain.

The total of four years of each division are in turn divided into units, which are roughly company strength (~ 100 cadets), although the exact number varies. Each of these units is headed by an officer who acts as a mentor to the cadets under him and is usually also a lecturer at the local faculty.

Officer training

As a rule, officer training at the Starfleet Academy follows the following pattern:

Admission to the academy

Any citizen of the United Federation of Planets can apply for admission to the Starfleet Academy. Members of other species need the recommendation of a commanding officer of Starfleet.

This is followed by the entrance exam, which can be taken either at the academy itself or at one of its numerous branch offices. In the first part, the applicants' level of education and general knowledge is intensively checked in order to ensure academic qualifications for studying at the Starfleet Academy. A psychological test is then carried out, which is individually tailored to the respective applicant.

The majority of applicants fail the entrance exams due to the extremely high requirements, which is partly due to the fact that only one applicant is admitted per class. However, it is possible to repeat the exam in the following year.

Finally, there is the possibility of a limited number of scholarships, which can be awarded by Starfleet itself or by the members of the Federation Council.

At the end of the application phase there is an admission test, in which the final aptitude is determined, also with regard to the possible subjects.


The training of every cadet begins with a one-year basic training. This is usually followed by a three-year course, which the cadet concludes with a Bachelor of Science. In the first year of study, basic subjects from all academic areas are taught, which are compulsory for all cadets, the last two years are mainly used for specialist studies. Numerous additional courses that are relevant for serving as an officer must be taken during the course. After passing the final examination, the cadet receives the officer’s license and is promoted to the rank of ensign.

A small number of the officer candidates are given the opportunity to obtain a Master’s degree directly after being approved by the responsible authorities, provided that their personal focus is on research. The standard period of study is then extended to 5-6 years and after graduation there is usually a promotion to the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade.

Specialized courses

The majors at the Star Fleet Academy in San Francisco.

Range of training


The Starfleet Medical Department has its own university for the training of its medical staff, the Starfleet Medical Academy. In order to be admitted to medical studies at this, the applicant must meet the same criteria as any other applicant at the Starfleet Academy.

The medical training at the Starfleet Medical Academy takes a total of eight years. It begins with a one-year basic training, then goes on to the six-year medical course and ends with the completion of the one-year medical internship to obtain a full license to practice medicine. The medical course itself corresponds to the regular human medicine course of the Federation and ends like this with the academic degree of Doctor of Medicine (M.D.).

Only the medical internship is specially tailored to the needs of Starfleet and is intended to prepare the doctor specifically for the specialist knowledge necessary for the ship medical service. There are three rotations over twelve months through the specialist areas of emergency medicine, trauma surgery and internal medicine, with the focus on the first two.

At the end of the internship, the starfleet doctors are considered general practitioners. They are therefore inferior to a trained specialist in their professional skills and may only practice in the civilian sector under the supervision of such a doctor.

After successfully completing the entire training, the cadet is promoted to the rank of Ensign.

Starfleet Medical also offers graduates the option of specialist training, which follows on from their studies and takes a further four years. This takes place either at a civilian teaching hospital or a Starfleet teaching hospital. It corresponds to the civilian specialist training and allows the graduates to work unrestrictedly in the civilian sector after completing them. However, the entire duration of the training is extended to 11 to 12 years.


For Starfleet as a space organization, engineering is arguably the most important. Numerous technical disciplines are indispensable for the functioning of Starfleet. This applies to the planning, construction, construction, operation and supply of the numerous ships, space stations and units, with which one could describe the engineering education as the backbone of the fleet.


Is primarily part of pilot training. In order to ensure a meaningful flight training in 3 years - flight training begins after basic training and officer school - the cadets study a compatible technical main subject, which has many theoretical overlaps. Are common here Space technology and Computer and communications technology, but also astronomy.

Tactics and security

Also a smaller area, but just as indispensable due to the military tasks of Starfleet and included in the basic learning workload of every cadet. Above all, the practical application is in the foreground. In the case of more detailed occupation, technical subjects are predominantly technical subjects in the field of tactics, but also humanities and social sciences subjects in the area of ​​security.


Science is the largest at Starfleet Academies. In addition to the courses of study for prospective science officers, the scientific faculties also host many modules for other fields of activity as well as some of the basic lectures for all cadets. Almost the full range of natural, structural and social sciences is covered at numerous institutes.


As the name suggests, the Starfleets operate largely in space and their members therefore spend their service time almost exclusively there. In addition, they are brought to the limits of their psychological resilience, be it through constant physical stress or through ever new, sometimes extreme challenges that the service brings with it. Starfleet prepares its members in the academy well for such situations, but regular psychological support is necessary.

Counselors are therefore trained at the academy, who look after the teams if necessary and also ensure the readiness of all Starfleet members, whereby the main work is of course done by the medical staff.

Training of the teams

Although it sometimes appears that Starfleet consists only of officers, those appearances are deceptive. The largest part of the serving troops, on all Starfleet facilities, is provided by the crews or non-commissioned officers (petty officers).

The crewmans are usually trained in different facilities than the officers, for six months. They are then deployed in all conceivable departments, e.g. as medical assistants (nurses), laboratory assistants, sensor analysts, technicians, machinists or as security personnel. If they are suitably qualified and recommended by their superior department head, they can attend advanced seminars after a certain number of years of service in order to then serve as non-commissioned officers.

A small part of the crewmans and petty officers are recruited from Starfleet cadets who did not complete their academic studies and dropped out of officer training - but of course not if the reason for this was a lack of physical or psychological resilience.

In addition, there are also people who have already completed a course of study, but who forego training as an officer (and thus the officer’s license).


This section covers offplay issues.


The Star Fleet Academy is primarily responsible for the training of cadets and recruits within the role-playing game; it also helps new players get started and is the point of contact for them. It also offers advanced training in seminars, as well as supports and monitors doctoral procedures.

Course of training

After registering using the registration form, the head of the academy, then the assigned instructor, will contact the new cadet / recruit via ICQ, IRC or email. An appointment for a basic seminar is then made individually with the instructor. This is used to explain the basic craft of role play to new players and to make them conceptual. After successful completion, we will discuss with the cadet / recruit when he will take part in the academy missions, of which he usually has to complete two. The academy missions take place either on board a regular player ship or, if enough cadets are available, on the academy ship USS Vanguard NCC-64332.

After the academy missions have been passed, the transfer meeting takes place with the trainer. This then forwards the wishes of the cadet / recruit to the respective management team and the HR department.


The following people are currently responsible for training cadets / recruits in role play:

Further seminars

Further seminars, such as the command license seminar, which is one of the prerequisites for being able to take a command post in the role-playing game, are currently being held by the head of the Starfleet Academy and his adjutant. In addition, there are individual departmental supervisors for each department who are responsible for accompanying and helping with dissertations. Furthermore, they are encouraged to hold seminars and advanced training courses in the specialist areas they are entrusted with in order to enable the players to gain deeper insights into the technology and nature of the topic.

Chat rooms

The chat rooms relevant for the academy are:

Chat rooms purpose
# sf-academy Basic training
# sf seminars advanced seminars