The Terran Space Fleet & Academy

The Terran Space Fleet is the multi-skilled and disciplined military service which serves the combined purposes of defense and exploration on behalf of the Terran Empire.


The Terran Space Fleet is divided into two main forces: the Main Fleet  and the Pioneer Fleet.

Main Fleet

The Main Fleet is the part of the Fleet which specialized in defense of the realm, mounting responses to hostilities and so on. The Main Fleet has the bigger ships, up to and including destroyers, cruisers like the I.S.S. Antares, battleships and dreadnoughts.

Pioneer Fleet

The Pioneer Fleet specializes in exploration and reconnaissance and uses a large number of smaller vessels – such as battlespringers and destroyers.

Both arms of the Space Fleet make internal use of other arms of the Service, such as the Star Marines – the ground forces of the Imperial military machine – and Air Support, which includes the Fighter Wing and Logistic Air-supply, Medtech etc.

Space Fleet Arms of Service

  • Ship & Base Staff
    • Astrotech (navigation, charting, helm, pilot etc.)
    • Battletech (weapons operation)
    • Comtech (communications operation)
    • Entech (maintenance, running & repair)
    • Labtech (broad spectrum sciences)
    • Logtech (supply & provisioning)
    • Medtech (medics, nursing, space medicine)
  • Star Marines
    • Mobile Infantry
    • Armored (tanks, armored vehicles)
    • Security Marines
    • Military Police
  • Air Support
    • Fighter-Bomber Wing (small combat craft)
    • Transport (supply, personnel transport, shuttle pilots etc.)
  • Intelligence
    • Intelligence (Int) (Scout, recon, infiltration, black ops etc.)
    • Counter-intelligence (C.I.)
  • Navy (Oceanic services)

Space Fleet Shipboard Ranks:

Officers* –

  • Admiral of the Space Fleet (“Admiral”)
  • Admiral (“Admiral”)
  • Vice Admiral (“Admiral”)
  • Rear Admiral (“Admiral”)
  • Commodore (“Commodore”) (first Flag Rank – CO of a Starbase or other function at Core Command)
  • Captain (“Captain”)
  • Commander (Exo) (“Commander”)
  • Lt.Commander (“Lt. Commander”) – highest level of subject specialization on a ship’s crew – after this, Command level becomes the specialization.
  • Lieutenant (“Lt”)
  • Ensign (“Ensign”/2nd Lt)

NCO’s* (non-coms) –

  • Warrant (“Warrant”)
  • Chief (“Chief”)
  • Specialist 3 (“Sergeant”)
  • Specialist 2 (“Corporal”)
  • Specialist 1 (“PFC”/”Lance-Corporal”)
  • Crewman (“Pte”)

* ALL members of Space Fleet crew must be graduates of Space Fleet Academy, whether after year 3 as an NCO, or year 6 as an officer.

The Academy

Space Fleet members begin their careers long before boarding their first starship or starbase as a member of their crew – they must first study, train and graduate from the Academy. Every member of the Space Fleet is a rigorously trained graduate professional with a lifelong career in mind.

Before anyone can become a member of the Space Fleet however, they first have to complete at least three years training at the Space Fleet Academy (3 years for NCO’s, 6 for Officers). Candidates need to meet certain requirements, such as having completed schooling on Earth or on a colony world or installation which meets the requirements of the Academy – and additionally, to pass a set of academic and practical evaluations geared towards aptitude, skills and interests.

Most entrants into the academy start out between the ages of 17 and 19, usually straight out of high school, although some do enroll in their early twenties. The Academy welcomes cadet candidate applications from all over the Commonwealth of the Empire.

All Space Fleet staff have a small marker inserted into the base of their skulls on joining the Academy, called an ‘Allenby marker’. “Allenby” is a play on the acronym L.N.B. which stood for Leave No-one Behind. These help ship and portable sensors to discriminate between SF personnel and non SF individuals.

Since safety is a vital part of Space Fleet operations, it is deemed even more so, to have this device installed on cadets, to avoid accidents and loss, and so cadets receive their markers upon enrollment.

Academy Levels:


  • Chancellor (of Space Fleet Academy)
  • Vice-Chancellor (of SFA)
  • Deans (of various departments)
  • Administrators (uniformed staff who perform auxiliary functions at the Academy)
  • Instructors (according to Space Fleet rank/title)
  • Guest lecturers

Cadet Levels:

  • Initiate (“Greenback”) – a newbie, youngest age 17, newly enrolled cadet – for the first month at the Academy you will be an initiate. Initiates choose what field of service and which subjects they would like to take and major in.
  • Cadet (“Cadet”) – a cadet (year 1) learns the basics of equipment, space travel, sciences, weapons, strategy, security, medical and first aid, and safety protocols etc for Space Fleet foundations, etc.
  • Cadet Trainee (“Trainee”) – a cadet (year 2) who has chosen a major out of one of the specialist fields of Space Fleet Academy’s many services to pursue until graduation.
  • Cadet Specialist (“Specialist”) – a cadet (year 3) who because of their field choice, scores and skill level and chooses to graduate after year 3 will do so at the age of 19 as an NCO, either as a crewman, Specialist 1 (PFC), 2 (Cpl), or 3 (Sgt).
  • Cadet Officer (“CO”) – a cadet who continues on to year 4 because of their ambition, field choice, scores and skill level (Only the consistently highest scores will make cadets eligible to continue on to year 4 officer training) will graduate as an officer, either as an Ensign, or as a Lieutenant, depending on their grades and demonstrated ability.

Graduate Honors System:

The youngest age of any officer graduate tends to be 22 years of age, and for NCO’s, 19.

Officer graduates have an honors system whereby their final performance is graded.

  • Graduate Par Excellence (“Grad Par Ex”) – graduated with honors, top 2% of the class.
  • Graduate Lux (“Grad Lux”) – graduated with honors, above 90% final score through whole 6 year curriculum.
  • Graduate (“Grad”) – graduated with pass mark, below 90%, above 80% final score through whole 6 year curriculum.

All Material, Copyright Christina Engela © 2005

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