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Janice Rand, 2266

Yeoman Janice Rand

Yeoman with honor cord, 2287

An unnamed yeoman aboard the USS Enterprise-A

"When I get my hands on the Headquarters genius that assigned me a female yeoman... What's the matter Jim, don't you trust yourself? I've already got a female to worry about. Her name's the Enterprise."
– James T. Kirk and James T. Kirk discussing Yeoman Janice Rand, 2266 ("The Corbomite Maneuver")
Yeoman was a Starfleet title during the 23rd century with administrative and clerical duties, such as carrying a Starfleet tricorder and retrieving information for a starship's captain, or announcing one's arrival with a boatswain's whistle. Throughout the 2260s and 2270s Yeomen were typically young females but that was not exclusive, as there were also male Yeomen in the 2290s. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

Some yeoman, such as Janice Rand, were enlisted personnel during their time in this position. It may be possible that a yeoman could hold the rank of an officer, as seen with an unnamed yeoman assigned to the USS Enterprise-A, who wore an officer's uniform with the rank of lieutenant junior grade. (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier).

The appearance of the unnamed Yeoman referred above was possibly a costuming error.
Janice Rand later underwent training to become an officer as well, but she no longer performed the duties of a yeoman. (VOY: "Flashback")

There were different rates of yeoman, as seen with "yeoman third class" Tina Lawton. (TOS: "Charlie X")

List of yeomen Edit

This chart shows only general equivalencies based on the ranks used by many governments on Earth, as well as the rest of the galaxy.

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Background information Edit

Gene Roddenberry always imagined an attractive young woman as his Star Trek captain's personal assistant, writing the first yeoman on Trek as Chris Pike's young Yeoman Colt in TOS: "The Cage". However, Pike states in the episode that he cannot get used to seeing women on the bridge with the exception of Number One, indicating that his previous yeoman was male. During the run of the original series, only female yeomen were featured. Male yeomen later appeared on screen in both Star Trek: The Animated Series and the Star Trek films.

Given that Starfleet ranks typically correspond to those of the United States Navy, "yeoman" most likely refers to the job specialty, or "rating", rather than a rank of its own. A yeoman in this case is one who performs administrative and clerical duties, which fits the function of those referred to as "yeoman" in Star Trek.

In foreign translations of Star Trek, the yeomen of TOS were usually not referred as yeoman, or their rank was changed to "corporal", "sergeant" or another naval rank.

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