Starfleet Academy

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  • Military academy for Starfleet officers
  • Motto: "Ex Astris, Scientia" ("From the Stars, Knowledge")
  • Academy operations and disciplinary procedures led by Superintendent of the Academy (TNG: "The First Duty", "Journey's End")
  • Day-to-day cadet management and direction led by Commandant of the Academy (TNG: "Coming of Age"; DS9: "Paradise Lost")
    • Both positions filled by flag ranks only
  • Main campus in San Francisco, United States of America, Earth
    • Headquarters at the Presidio, training facilities south of Sausilito (Star Trek)
    • Campus facilities
      • Academy Central Union (TNG Novel: A Time to Be Born)
        • Sarek Lecture Hall (TNG Novel: A Time to Be Born)
          • Largest Academy lecture hall (TNG Novel: A Time to Be Born)
      • Preparatory Center (TNG Novel: A Time to Be Born)
        • Located in domed building within northeast quadrant (TNG Novel: A Time to Be Born)
  • Annex campuses established on various Federation worlds
    • Especially common in more distant areas where regular relocation to Earth is infeasible, but even core worlds may have annex campuses depending on available resources
    • Known annex campus locations
  • Entrance process
    • No specific age requirement given the varying maturation rates of different species, but especially young entrants with respect to their species require approval by the Academy board
      • See Wesley taking the entrance exam at age 15, "Coming of Age", for example
    • Citizens of non-Federation member nations can still enter the Academy with sponsorship from and endorsement by a command-level officer (DS9: "Heart of Stone")
    • Starfleet Academy Preparatory Program, six-week course, is offered every year to all qualifying applicants as preparation for entrance exam (DS9: "Facets"; TNG Novel: A Time to Be Born; possibly referenced in TNG: "Coming of Age")
      • On-campus program held in Preparatory Center (TNG Novel: A Time to Be Born)
    • Entrance exam offered annually at all campuses following the program (TNG: "Coming of Age")
      • If not passed, but the applicant's score is still above a certain threshold, it may be retaken the following year
    • Standardly a four-year process from acceptance to graduation as Ensign, but this schedule can be delayed or accelerated by circumstance
    • Those in training known alternatively as "cadet" or "midshipman"
  • Academy runs on a two-semester schedule
    • Fall semester spans November to March
      • Wesley taking entrance exam in June 2364, "Coming of Age"; judging by below Nog example this would potentially fit entry into Fall semester (if a bit early) were he to have passed
    • Spring semester spans April to August
      • Nog prepping for exam December 2371, "Facets", in Academy by April 2372, "Homefront"
    • Cadets can begin training in either term
  • Required courses
    • Post-traumatic Psychology courses required for all members (DS9 Novel: Avatar, Book One)
      • Instructs on coping methods for traumatic situations and scenarios (DS9 Novel: Avatar, Book One)
  • Graduation and commencement ceremony in mid-September (TNG: "The First Duty")
    • Possibly a second ceremony in mid-May?
  • Training focused in specific service branch after first year
    • Command track offers general training in all branches in addition to command-focused training at Starfleet Command School (VOY: "Parallax")
      • Also includes courses in diplomacy in the event of first contact scenarios or other cases where a starship commanding officer will be required to represent the Federation
    • Medical track includes both research and field training
    • Science track focused on a particular field; program equivalent to an accelerated Masters program
  • Post-graduation Training
    • Advanced Tactical Training (TNG: "Preemptive Strike"; TOS Novel: Ex Machina)
      • One-year program giving high-level tactical instruction beyond the basic combat requirements needed for security service
        • Program known to be held at main campus, Tellar annex campus (TOS: Ex Machina; DS9 Novel: "Ascendance")
      • Includes field instruction, leading and directing teams, more advanced combat techniques, detailed briefings on foreign powers, starship operations and security
      • Requirement before being allowed assignment as chief of security or chief tactical officer
    • Bridge Officer's Test (TNG: "Thine Own Self")
      • Multi-stage test to demonstrate command suitability
      • No officer outside the command track may take command of a starship outside an emergency situation without having passed this test
      • Likely required to achieve Commander rank for those on starship duty
      • Can be given by any command crew officer
    • Starfleet Medical Academy (DS9: "Rivals")
      • Standardly a four-year program equivalent to civilian medical school, offered to those progressing along the medical branch
      • Can also be entered directly by civilians from pre-med on approval of the Academy board
        • McCoy known to have attended Ole Miss, seems not to have attended Starfleet Academy by "The Ultimate Computer"
      • Entrants are granted the rank of lieutenant, junior grade upon graduation
      • Includes a one-year field residency