"Ensign" is the Entry-Level officer rank for Starfleet. Ensigns are freshly commissioned officers.
The Rank of Ensign is granted to anyone who qualifies for and accepts a commission with Starfleet. Exceptions are made for those with advanced degrees, however.
Ensigns are Entry-level junior officers, and by and large are conducting on the job training. As officers, however, they do have some authority and are often placed as Watch officers or Assistant Division Officers aboard starships.
As described by the Starfleet Field Manual's protocols for uniforms and insignias, the insignia for An Ensign shall be one (1) gold circular pip on the officer's right collar on all uniforms.
The insignia for Ensign is directly descendant from ancient Naval insignia for Ensign, which was most often depicted by one gold stripe on the officer's uniform sleve or shoulder board.
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