Branch Admiral

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A branch admiral is a flag rank unique to Starfleet.

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Historical Context

Prior to Stardate 66065.57, Starfleet titled the "one-star" rank as a Junior Admiral (JADM). When Vice Admiral Jacob Hathaway was appointed Chief of Starfleet Operations, Directive #1 from his new office was to have that rank renamed to its current title of Branch Admiral (BADM).

Before the advent of the title Junior Admiral in 2365, this rank was known as a Rear Admiral (lower half) (abbreviated as RDML) in Starfleet.

Starfleet Usage

In Starfleet, Branch Admirals must have a minimum of twenty years service as a commissioned officer before being considered for promotion to flag rank. It is preceded by at least six months' service as a Commodore. Branch Admirals are often placed as Fleet and Task Force Commanding Officers, or as Starbase COs. They may also be appointed as deputy chiefs at the division level (ie: Deputy Chief of Starfleet Science), in rare cases as a Chief of a Division (most likely in an acting capacity).

Starfleet used the following rank insignia to denote this rank of officer:

Period 2410-Present 2373-2410
(as JADM until 2388)
2368-2373
(as JADM)
2365-2373
(as JADM)
2352-2365
(as RDML)
2280-2352
(as RDML)
2270-2280
(as RDML)
2255-2270
(as RDML)
Insignia 2410 SF O-7.png 2373 SF O-7.png 2368 SF O-7.png 2366 SF O-7.png 2352 SF O-7.png 2280 SF O-7.png 2270 SF O-7.png
2270 SF O-7 (shoulder).png
2255 SF O-7.png

Other Uses

Starfleet Merchant & Supply Service (MSS)

Branch Admirals within the MSS are rare and are only allowed in few billets. The Chief of the Starfleet Merchant & Supply Service, if promoted to this grade, may wear this insignia on his or her uniform. The Chief and Deputy Chief of Starfleet Logistics, should they hold this grade as an active-duty Starfleet officer, are allowed the privilege of wearing an MSS rank when aboard an MSS vessel or visiting an MSS installation while duty. This honor is provided in spite of their status as a full-time military professional.

Grade Rank Command Services Sciences
O-7 Branch Admiral SFMSS O-7 CMD.png N/A

See Also

Starfleet Rank Structure
Grade Enlisted Training Warrant Officer
1 PVT CREC MID4 WOJG 2LT ENS
2 PFC CAPP MID3 WO 1LT LTJG
3 LCPL CRMN MID2 CWO CPT LT
4 CPL PO3 MID1 SCWO MAJ LCDR
5 SGT PO2 OC MCWO LTCOL CDR
6 SSGT PO1 COL CAPT
CDRE
7 GYSGT CPO BRGEN BADM
8 MSGT SCPO MAJGEN RADM
9 MGYSGT
SGTMAJ
MCPO LTGEN VADM
10 SGTMAJOS MCPOS GEN ADM
11 GADM
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