In the United Federation Starfleet, the rank name is derived from English-speaking naval tradition.
Due to the growth of the British Royal Navy, senior captains who were outraged at the idea of promoting deserving but far less experienced lieutenants to the rank of captain demanded that the Admiralty create a new office for these inexperienced commanding officers that did not impinge on their rank or dignity. The Admiralty and the Crown appointed these senior lieutenants to the post of "Master and Commander" of the vessels they were given command of, denoting a senior British naval officer's dual role as not only the sailing master of the vessel, but as the bearer of the rightful office of command. In the years that followed, this rank name was simply renamed "commander."
Commanders in the United Federation Starfleet server as either operations officers or executive officers of large commands (heavy cruiser or larger) or as the commanding officers of medium-sized capital vessels (cruiser or smaller). Like the Lieutenant Commanders beneath them, they have been trained in a post-graduate command-track environment that allows them to take command of any Starfleet vessel, should the need arise. Commander is also the lowest rank permitted of a Starfleet starbase commanding officer where the base is a major hub of strategic importance.
The equivalent rank in other services is as follows:
Romulan Imperial Navy: Subcommander
Vulcan Defense Force: Subcommander
"Commander" is a translation of the rank in the Romulan Imperial Navy equivalent to "Captain" in Starfleet. Like their counterparts in Starfleet, Commanders of the Romulan Imperial Navy preside over some of the Empire's most prestigious commands. Unlike a Starfleet officer, however, a Romulan commander is often also tasked with specific political powers since ascent to this rank also implies the ability to have a certain level of political charisma. Individual Romulan commanders, such as Keras, have often been tasked directly by the Romulan Praetor to engage in acts of acquisition, directly extending the Romulan sphere of influence on those star systems or areas of space absorbed into the Empire. Imperial commanders are often given the authority to act as military governors, enacting laws and regulations as need be until suitable civilian governors can be appointed through the political machinations of the Romulan Senate.
The same can be said of Commanders of the Klingon Empire who are given the authority to extend the dominions of their Empire or individual House. However, these officers sit at the same level of their Starfleet counterparts at the rank of the Lieutenant Commander and Commander. Commanders of the Klingon Defense Force, or those in the service of individual Houses of The Empire command, perhaps, the widest array of vessels within the Empire and are often judged on their command prestige before being considered for advancement to the rank of Captain. That prestige can take the form of the kind of vessel under their command (as small as a B'Rel class frigate to as large as a Vor'Cha attack cruiser/subdreadnought) as well as the perceived respect afforded to that commander by his crew (often reported as a lack of assassination attempts on the commanding officer's life). Weak commanders do not keep their commands long, at any level, in the Klingon Empire.
|Enlisted ranks||Commissioned ranks||Flag ranks|
|Starfleet & SFMC||LT JG||LT||LT CMDR||CDR||CDORE
|2ND LT||1ST LT||CAPT||MAJOR||LT COL||COL||BRIG||GEN|
|Klingon Defense Force
naval & marine
|ENL (bekk)||PO/LDR (DevwI')
||ENS (lagh)||LT JG||LT (Sogh)||LT CMDR||CMDR (la')||CAPT (HoD)||CDORE (totlh)||ADM ('aj)||FADM|
|CPL (Da')||SGT (bu')
|LT JG||LT (Sogh)||CAPT||MAJ||LT COL||COL||BRIG ('ech)||MAJ GEN||GEN (Sa')|
|UHLAN||DECURION||ANTE CENTURION (erein)||SUBLT||SUBCMDR (erei'riov)||CMDR (rh'iov)||CMDR GEN (khre'riov)||GENERAL (Enriov)|
|SR CENTURION (enarrain)||ADMIRAL|
|EQUITORIAM||SECONDAM||TRINAM||CENTURION (Arrain)||LEGATE||FIELD PRIMUS||PRIMUS||GRAND PRIMUS|
Grades are noted where known.
Dates listed are first appearence or mention at that rank except as noted. Personnel are Starfleet except as noted.
Commander may refer to:
Commander is a title awarded for an in-game achievement that you can display for prestige.
Gaining ranks in this title increases the maximum cap of unspent Balthazar’s faction by 5,000 faction points per level.
Rank 3 is required to be displayed in the Hall of Monuments.
|Rank||Title||Hero Battles won|
|11||Master and Commander||30,000|
|Asura Allegiance • Cartographer • Champion • Commander • Codex • Defender of Ascalon • Deldrimor Allegiance • Drunkard • Ebon Vanguard Allegiance • Faction Allegiance • Gamer • Gladiator • Guardian • Hero • Kind Of A Big Deal • Legendary Cartographer • Legendary Guardian • Legendary Skill Hunter • Legendary Vanquisher • Lightbringer • Lucky/Unlucky • Master of the North • Norn Allegiance • Party Animal • Protector • Skill Hunter • Sunspear • Survivor • Sweet Tooth • Treasure Hunter • Vanquisher • Wisdom • Zaishen|
Commander may refer to:
Commander is a military rank used in Earth Starfleet and Federation Starfleet, superior to lieutenant and lieutenant commander and subordinate to captain. A commander may be a department head, aide-de-camp or executive officer on a large vessel or starbase, or may be commanding officer or first officer of a smaller vessel.
This term is also used in the Federation Starfighter Corps, the Imperial Klingon Fleet, the Klingon Defense Force and the Kellarian System Defense Forces (Star Trek: Remington). The equivalent in the Starfleet Starfighter Corps was wing commander. (Star Trek: Daedalus, Star Trek: Swiftfire)
The rank is equivalent to the Marines rank of lieutenant colonel, and the Romulan and pre-Federation Vulcan rank of subcommander (they used "commander" to mean their equivalent of the Starfleet rank captain; Rihannsu: Riov).
The equivalent rank in the Kai Imperium military was known as Tribune. (Star Trek: Pioneer (STP))
The term comes from the navies of Earth. The USN abbreviation was CDR.
On Earth, the rank of Commander originated in the 18th century Royal Navy of the United Kingdom as "master and commander". In the 19th century the rank was shortened to "commander" and continued unchanged in that form through at least the 24th.
|22nd century||2230s||AR 2250s||2250s||2265-2270s||Early 2270s||Late 2270s-2350s|
|Klingon navy||Romulan Star Navy||Vulcan
|Enlisted personnel||Non-commissioned officers||Etc||Officers||Flag officers|
|Ground troops||Bekk||Cpl||Sgt||MSgt||SgtMaj||2nd Lt||1st Lt||Capt
|Romulan ranks||Ground forces||Trooper||Sergeant||SubLt||Lt||Capt||Maj||Cent
|Romulan Star Navy||Uhlan||Petty officer||Cent||SCdr||Cdr||Cgen||Adm (Ar'nal)|
|Tal Shiar||2nd Lt||1st Lt||Capt||Maj||Col||General|
|Vulcan High Command||(unknown)||SLT||LT||MAJ||SCDR||CDR||CAPT||Administrator|
|Federation Starfighter Corps
(Star Trek: Remington)
|Starfleet Starfighter Corps
(Star Trek: Daedalus)
As a generic mode of address, "commander" was appropriate to many military officers - almost anyone holding a distinct unit or ship command could be called "commander" in this way, although the commanding officers of capital ships usually preferred to be addressed as "Captain"or Navigation Officer. Alongside this generic usage, "Commander" was also used as a specific rank, with several different meanings depending on the context.
In many naval hierarchies, including those of the Old Republic, the Galactic Empire, the Rebel Alliance, the New Republic and the Galactic Alliance, a Commander ranked above a Captain.
In the ex-Imperial naval forces loyal to Thyferran Chief of State Ysanne Isard, there was a second usage of Commander described by Fliry Vorru as being greater than that of "a mere Captain," but this second rank is rarely attested, and may have stemmed from a confusion with the Imperial Navy's rank of Captain of the Line. Other officers like Commander Gherant were known at the height of the Empire to have been inferior in rank to Captains like Firmus Piett.
In Rebel Alliance and New Republic Starfighter Command organizations, references exist to a rank of Commander, sometimes specifically Flight Commander or Wing Commander, covering at least one tier of the hierarchy between Captain and Colonel; by the time of the Galactic Alliance, these titles had apparently been replaced by Major and Lieutenant Colonel.
The promotion of Commander Eldo Davip to Major General after the Battle of Borleias suggests that in some elements of the New Republic or Galactic Alliance military, a rank of Commander may replace Brigadier.
The Mandalorians used the rank of commander.
Among the Yuuzhan Vong, most warship captains and a few task force commanders bore a rank of Commander, and superior officers were known as Supreme Commanders.
In the armed forces of the Chiss Ascendancy, variations on "Commander" were used as ranks or titles in a variety of different contexts. In the years before the Clone Wars, a frontier patrol group of the Expansionary Fleet could be commanded by an officer with the title of Force Commander, often simply styled "Commander" (Crahsystor in Cheunh). Much later, in c. 19–22 BBY, examples are also known of a Phalanx Commander leading a Household Phalanx and a Station Commander commanding a defense platform, while the title Cadet Commander was given to the senior cadet in a Chiss training squadron, who could also be addressed as "Lieutenant". By the time of the Swarm War in 37 ABY, the term "Commander" was used in Basic to translate the rank analogous to a naval Commander in the Galactic Alliance, one grade below Captain, but is not clear whether this usage corresponded to any of the earlier terminology.
The title "Commander-in-Chief" was used by some civilian heads of state in their capacity as head of their government's military forces - for instance, the Chief of State of the Alliance to Restore the Republic was also, ex officio, Allied Forces Commander-in-Chief.
The usage of "Commander" in Star Wars is complicated by the fact that authentic military usage treats "Commander" as a rank, a position, and a title. As a rank, in the English language it refers to a senior officer (NATO Code OF-4, US pay grade O-5) immediately inferior to a captain (NATO Code OF-5, US pay grade O-6); this usage is found in the Royal Navy (and its various Commonwealth descendants) and the United States Navy. As a position, it refers to the officer who literally commands a unit, installation, vessel, or formation. As a title, it typically refers to officers in positions of high responsibility whose command encompasses multiple independent commands. Although the title is related to the position, not all officers who are positional commanders are titular commanders, as other titles exist for the position (e.g., officer in charge, commanding officer, commanding general, etc.). It is possible and even common for officers holding the rank of commander not to hold the position or title.
The specific nature of "Commander," particularly as it is used in the Imperial Navy, is a subject of some controversy. Although the English-language model has clear dominance in the fictional reality of Star Wars, there are deviations from it, most notably the case of Commander Ait Convarion, who was described in The Bacta War as being "a Commander, not a mere Captain," and this has been used to support the existence of an Imperial rank of commander broadly comparable to a commodore (with proposed authentic support from such instances as the Dutch Commandeur and the Russian Imperial Navy's rank of Kapitan-Kommandor). At the same time, other commanders have been seen to be decidedly inferior to captains, such as Commander Gherant in the Dagobah Limited expansion set to the Star Wars Customizable Card Game, who was explicitly called a "deck officer" who had been "hand-picked by Captain Piett."
It must also be considered that Vorru was a politician, not an expert on naval protocol. Furthermore, if one hesitates to apply the model of authentic usage of English-language naval forces to the fictional Imperial Navy, one must also hesitate to use the rogue forces of ex-Imperial warlords as authoritative guides to the correct usage of the Imperial Navy. In any event, the matter is complicated by the imprecise use of "Commander" throughout the fictional Star Wars universe as a generic title of address for any officer in a position of responsibility, including Army officers (similar to the authentic usage of the French title of Commandant).
The analogous air force rank of "Wing Commander" (borrowed into the Royal Air Force from the Royal Navy) is also a source of some confusion, as the Alliance has been seen to use wing commander alongside "flight commander," which may be a rank, position, or title. It is possible that the difference in titles stems from the fact that the Alliance military and naval forces are heterogeneous in composition and background, and the parallel of wing commander and flight commander may reflect the imperfect combination of slightly different traditions (a similar problem arises regarding the specific rank of General Etahn A'baht in the New Republic).
Commander may refer to:
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There are six total lessons over 21 total levels for the Commander:
Commander can refer to:
The rank of Commander, which has several different variations:
Commander is also used as a name sometimes: