An ensign first class is one of the most basic officer ranks, a grade higher than an ensign and a grade below lieutenant junior grade in some rank structures. This grade of ensign rank is roughly equivalent with the authority of a lieutenant of military forces, but many services have no direct analog, with this grade falling between second lieutenant and first lieutenant without an equivalence.
Ensign first class, at one point, had a specialized uniform insignia, a rank insignia worn on the Starfleet uniform of the 2270s, used until the 2350s. That uniform design was one of a rare few that had a specialized insignia in the ranking system of the era. (ST comic: "Who's Who in Star Trek, Issue 2")
- The source reference Who's Who was written from the point-of-view of the mid-2280s, meaning there is no confirmation whether or not this insignia was continued in later uniform styles, as no other canon or licensed source mentions any reference at all to this rank.
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