|An ensign is the lowest commissioned rank within The Royal Manticoran Navy. Ensigns may be placed in command of a Pinnace. An officer at this paygrade is immediately junior to a Lieutenant (jg).|
|In order to qualify for the rank of Ensign, you must have the following:|
- Successful completion of exam SIA-RMN-0101.
- Minimum of six months served as an enlisted or non-commissioned officer.
A member may brevetted to this rank based upon the needs of the service, fleet, or ship.
|Ensign Bearer, shortened to Ensign, was the rank, at an early date, of a young officer in the French Army and was afterward introduced into the French Navy as a naval rank. After the British in 1861 adopted the rank of sub-lieutenant to supplant the rank of mate, the American Navy in 1862 adopted the rank of Ensign. The rank existed in the American Revolutionary Army and eventually used in the British Army for the color bearers. It was also used by some of the old, honorary state and city military organizations in the United States.|
|Reference: Naval Ceremonies, Customs, and Traditions by VADM William P. Mack, USN (ret) and LCDR Royal W. Connell, USN.|