Promotion PathThe path that members take when joining Bravo Fleet is an interesting and fun one! The path goes from civilian (when you first join), to cadet and junior officer, to senior officer, and finally the admiralty ranks. The standard cadet to officer path gives Bravo Fleet the opportunity to maximize its ability to reward its members, you, with as many promotions as possible. Instead of 4 cadet ranks with larger mountains and longer times to get through each officer rank, the cadet path Bravo Fleet has adopted allows for smaller hills and quicker times in each rank to get towards the coveted officer ranks.
However, think of your rank as more about you, the member. Your characters are able to theoretically hold any rank. So even if you, the member, are a rank of Commander, your main character could just as easily be a chief petty officer if you so desired. Rank is not a way to track authority, and Bravo Fleet isn’t a military; it is simply a way to reward our members who are active.
Cadet and Junior Officer GuidelinesThe list of activities that are provided are a series of examples of members’ accomplishments that will qualify an individual for promotion – but promotions at the cadet level are not limited to these tasks. Substitutions for items on these lists are acceptable on an individual basis, so long as the substituted activity is of similar or equivalent effort. If a member completes the tasks as they are defined below, they will be promoted accordingly, but it is not the only way.
As a cadet and junior officer, you’ll be assigned to your task force’s main headquarters to help you learn the ins and outs of Bravo Fleet and the intricacies of the fleet.
|Rank||Time in Previous Rank|
|Cadet Freshman Grade (CDTF)||–|
|Cadet Sophomore Grade (CDTS)||–|
|Cadet Junior Grade (CDTJ)||–|
|Cadet Senior Grade (CDTSR)||–|
|Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG)||1 week|
|Lieutenant (LT)||1 week|
|Lieutenant Commander (LTCDR)||2 week|
|Cadet Freshman Grade to Cadet Sophomore Grade||Complete one of the following:
|Cadet Sophomore Grade to Cadet Junior Grade||Complete one of the following:
|Cadet Junior Grade to Cadet Senior Grade||Complete one of the following:
|Cadet Senior Grade to Ensign||Complete three of the following:
|Ensign to Lieutenant Junior Grade||One week at Ensign required. Complete three of the following:
|Lieutenant Junior Grade to Lieutenant||One week at Lieutenant Junior Grade required. Complete four of the following:
|Lieutenant to Lieutenant Commander||Two weeks at Lieutenant required. Complete five of the following:
Senior Officer & BeyondAt the rank of lieutenant commander, members will be given a ship of their own to command. This ship will help you better interact with the storylines going on in Bravo Fleet at large, have a ship for competitions, and help boost your own dossier.
Promotions beyond Lieutenant Commander are decided on a case-by-case basis. The Chief of Staff looks at the whole record of the prospective promotee including, but not limited to: competitions entered and hosted, writing and simming contributions, gaming activity, academy activity, medals awarded and why, projects completed, leadership, and administrative experience. The latter two often hold a greater weight with each subsequent rank. Attitude and how one interacts with the larger organization also plays a role as it represents one’s growth and maturity in the club. Strive to establish your strengths and never be afraid to test your weaknesses.
The Chief of Staff may promote up to Rear Admiral Upper Half, but only the Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer can promote up to Admiral. Only persons currently or previously holding the position of Bravo Fleet Commanding Officer may hold the rank of Fleet Admiral.
There are no activity lists for senior officer promotions, and the time in rank provided is meant as an average minimum. Activity is expected to be recent and consistent. A member who has been a Commander for over a year but only returned to active status two months ago is unlikely to be promoted. Large scale activity may make up for time in rank, however, including Bravo Fleet-wide events or prolonged projects that reach conclusion.
There is no clean path toward a senior officer promotion, no absolute rules or expectations. Be active. If you want to know what you can do, speak to your unit leaders and ask to assist with projects. Apply for leadership positions, experience that is required for the senior officer & admiral ranks. Leadership is evaluated based on consistency, achievements, and the satisfaction of your superiors.
If you are striving to earn Captain, look at other members who hold that rank as an example of how they earned it. Captain may be earned by sustained activity over a period of months, but a sub-unit leader will not earn Rear Admiral Lower Half, which requires a wider impact on Bravo Fleet as a whole. Those who go the furthest are the ones who work together for the betterment of the group.The Chief of Staff encourages members to keep personal activity logs that can be shared with your leaders periodically. Leaders looking to submit an officer promotion are encouraged to first contact the Chief of Staff to determine the member’s eligibility while consulting the writing recommendations examples.
LeadershipHolding a leadership or administrative position in Bravo Fleet is an important achievement for a member, and it also serves as an important marker for evaluating member progress by the Chief of Staff. We do recognize that direct game management is not always possible, either through a lack of opportunity, or a desire to do something else. This will not adversely hamper a member’s chances for promotion.
There are other positioned and non-positioned activities that a member can engage in that are in keeping with the spirit of the above. These include (but are not limited) to: working and actively contributing to the large-scale Bravo Fleet projects, sitting on a committee, and mentoring members to the rank of Ensign. Further, all of the above positions and associated timelines are meant to show transparency in the Chief of Staff office’s thought processes. There is no guarantee that a member will be promoted upon hitting the number of days in a position.
|Rank||Time in Previous Rank|
|Commander (CDR)||2 months minimum; 4 months average sustained activity|
|Captain (CAPT)||4 months minimum; 6 months average sustained activity|
|Fleet Captain (FCAPT)||9 months minimum; 12 months average sustained activity|
|Commodore (CDRE)||10 months minimum; 14 months average sustained activity|
|Rear Admiral (RADM)||–|
|Vice Admiral (VADM)||–|
|Fleet Admiral (FADM)||–|
Ship ClassesOnce a member reaches the rank of Lieutenant Commander, they become eligible to command a ship. Different classes of ship become available as members advance through the ranks.