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Janice Rand, 2266

Yeoman Janice Rand

Yeoman with honor cord, 2287

An unnamed yeoman aboard the USS Enterprise-A

Yeoman was a Starfleet title with administrative and clerical duties. Starfleet used different rates of yeoman including "yeoman third class" as seen with Tina Lawton. (TOS: "Charlie X") 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) However it is possible this was an error in costuming.

Janice Rand later underwent training to become an officer as well, but she no longer performed the duties of a yeoman. (VOY: "Flashback")

List of yeomen

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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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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