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Before the reboot in Jan of 2012, the Midshipman Program used to be a job placement program for newly graduated ensigns. But post-reboot this has changed. Now the midshipman program is a resource and help center for new UFS personnel. It is also for those who are not attached to a chapter and would like help finding one.
This page will cover the following:
- Guide For The New UFS Officer
- Creating A Service Jacket
- Finding a Ship/Station to Join [UFS Sector 001]
- Midshipman Program Staff
Please read this wiki page first. After reading it, if you still have questions, please contact one of the Midshipman Advisors. They can be reached by PM (UFS Forum email) or In World (SL).
Guide For the New UFS Officer
First, welcome to United Federation Starfleet. Our goal and desire is to provide a friendly atmosphere for Star Trek Fans to come together and celebrate their mutual love of all things Trek. Lets go over some of the basics.
1. If you have not joined yet and would like to join, please go to this web page: UFS Application Form. Fill it out online and submit it. You should hear back with your acceptance within 48 hours of when you submit it (and often faster than that).
2. As soon as you are accepted, please register for the forums. The URL is: http://www.ufstarfleet.org/forums/. Please be advised that it will take up to 48 hours for your application to be accepted. You will most likely need information on the forums to get connected with the chapter you will join, so please do be sure to register for them as early as possible.
3. You will need to read the UFS Membership Manual. This can be found online at: http://issuu.com/ufstarfleet/docs/ufs_membership_handbook_2012. Please read it carefully as it will answer most of your questions. (There is an alternate google draw format of the same document, for those of you who find it easier to read in another format. This may not work in all countries. The alternate URL is: tinyurl.com/ufshandbook)
4. If you would like to become an officer (starting as an ensign), there is a test you need to take and pass. It is called the UFS OCTS Exam. It is a 40 question test. To become an officer, you need to pass with at least 80% of the answers correct.
5. If you are joining the SL metaverse, you will be invited to the “United Federation Starfleet” group, which you will need to obtain your uniform. Once you have joined the group, you can get your “cadet” uniform. You cannot get the Enlisted or Officer Uniforms until you have officially joined the crew of a UFS Chapter (i.e., a ship or station). To get your uniform, take the transporter in the 001 SIM to Tranquility station. Walk across the transporter room to the turbolift. Take the Turbolift to the Supply Deck. You will find several free uniform and supply vendors on that deck. Please take the following supplies: Cadet uniform, Combadge hud, Uniform Combadge and Combat Meter. The combat meter has a “titler” function built into it. Once you join a SL chapter, your CO or XO will tell you how to set the titler.
6. If you are joining a RolePlay (RP) metaverse chapter, please sort out what branch you want to be in. Here is a quick general overview of the branches
- Engineering – Responsible for maintaining and repairing ship systems, shuttlecraft, starbases. Etc. Well known engineers include Montgomery Scott and Jordie LaForge.
- Medical – Responsibilities include taking care of the sick and injured, maintaing environmental systems and doing medical research. Well know doctors include Dr Leonard McCoy, Dr Beverly Crusher and Voyager's EMH.
- Operations – Responsibilities include manning Helm (or flying the ship), Communications, power allocation, internal monitoring, and resource management. Well know Operations Branch Officers include Data, Harry Kim, Mr Sulu, Mr Checkov and Tom Paris.
- Science – Responsibilities include running scans, analyzing phenomenon and their impact on the ship/station, and a number of disciplines such as astrometrics, geology, botany, etc. Well known science officer include T'Pol and Mr Spock.
- Security/Tactical – Responsibilities include protecting the crew (away missions, against intruders, etc), maintaining law and order, interrogating and confining prisoners, handling weapons systems and hand to hand combat. Well known security officers include Malcolm Reed, Tuvok and Mr Worf.
7. Submit your Service Jacket creation request. Also, if you are not sure what to put in the bio, we strongly recommend you take the Amnesia Class from Starfleet Academy. That class will help you develop your character.
8. You are strongly encouraged to find a chapter to join. (In SL and many of the other metaverse grids, this would be a starship, space station or outpost crew. It could also be a chapter dedicated to playing STO. It could also be a local group that meets in your area, or it could take some other form. Please see the UFS Membership Manual for more details on what a chapter is.)
Creating a Service Jacket
This procedure may change when the database comes out, but for now it is a 3 step process.
First, you will need to fill out this SJ template: http://www.ufstarfleet.org/wiki/index.php?title=Template:Service_Jacket
Second, you will need to go to this link and submit it. (Be sure to select the New SJ option.): https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?hl=en_US&formkey=dGJlaWl1WEVKMHVzblh5V3FnZW1ZNkE6MQ#gid=0
Third, you may need to wait a week or two as they update it. There is often a lot of backlog on Service Jacket creation/updates.
Finding a Ship/Station to Join [UFS Sector 001]
A list of chapters should have been provided to you in your new member materials. But within UFS Sector 001, scheduled RP times become a consideration. If you want to RP, you will need to find a chapter that fits your schedule. Please note: not all Sector 001 chapters have scheduled RPs...some of them are “drop in” RP and others may not have RP at all.
If you would like to find a crew to RP on, please check the Ship And Station RP Times schedule, to choose a ship, station or star base RP group that fits your schedule.
If you have any questions on a ship or station, or if you wish to join one, please contact either the CO or XO of that that station at this link: UFS Ship/Station CO Contacts.
Have a question or need help? If so, please contact any of the Midshipman Advisors listed below. They will be happy to assist you.
|United Federation Starfleet Midshipman Program|
|Director UF Starfleet Midshipman Program||Vacant|
|Deputy Director UF Midshipman Program||Vacant|
|Midshipman Advisor (SL Grid)||Vacant|
|Midshipman Advisor (UFS Grid)||Vacant|
(If you think you might be interested in becoming a Midshipman Advisor, please contact the Midshipman Director. If you want to know more about what a Midshipman Advisor does and what the requirements are, please see Midshipman Advisor Training Manual).
Author: Teresa Firelight
Reviewed by: Jadia Triellis