CO Vacancy - USS Manhattan - Foremost Fleet on Starfleet Command

A banner drops from the ceiling proclaiming - “Foremost Fleet needs YOU!”

The Mouse of Ceremonies steps to the podium and says "animals, ladies, gentlemen, your attention please, the Tribblets and Kiwis of the Foremost Fleet would like to interrupt your bumblebee viewing with a paid advertisement courtesy of CHEF and funded totally by the Engineering Department of STF."

Tribblets dressed in tribkinis in the green and gold of Australia bounce out and do a complicated routine … well they could be Tribblets, or maybe they are pom poms being held by the all singing, all dancing kiwis clad in wikinis in the black and white of New Zealand who are also doing a complicated routine. They are distinctly heard singing the one line over and over again.

"We like the starship Manhattan; smoke on your pipe and put that in."

The mouse takes the opportunity to escape from the spotlight as the flashy spectacle continues. Before forming a line and the accompanying music builds to a crescendo. Then the Tribblets and Kiwis part, and a Tribble and a Kiwi walk to the stadium to a fanfare.

The Tribble clears his throat and speaks, the universal translator is working, as not a nibble, bibble or dribble comes out from him.
“Thank you Mouse of Ceremonies.
Friends all, I have some questions for you.
Are you a current XO in the mainstream fleets of STF?
Are you currently not a CO in the mainstream fleets of STF?
Have you never been a CO before?
Have you been a CO in the past, but are not one currently?
Are you ready to step up into the big chair and see how comfortable they really are?
Do you long to give the order “Engage” and send your XO on away missions while you get to talk to annoying admirals?
Do you want to sit on the bridge while Engineering tries to prevent the warp core engines from exploding?
Do you want to put up with Tribbles in Tribkinis and Kiwis doing the haka?”

The Tribblets and the Kiwis jump excitedly around as the Tribble pauses dramatically ...
“If you answer yes to at least some of the above (and are not a current CO in the mainstream fleets of STF… Fleet Commander Tribble and Assistant Fleet Commander Kiwi of the Foremost Fleet are keen to hear from you!
Brady McGuinn has recently resigned from the club due to a promotion of work leaving him with no time for STF. Thanks Brady for your work on the Manhattan and Captaincy of the ship.
Foremost Fleet policy is to give opportunities to people who are new to positions to enable them to learn and develop their rping and leadership abilities in STF and so we invite current XOs in STF's mainstream fleets to apply for the role. We also invite more experienced members who have previously been COs, but are out of the big chair currently, to apply.”

“I now hand you over to my trusty side-kiwi to tell you how to apply.”

The Kiwi says,
“In your application, we would like to know the following:
- Your history in STF, especially any mainstream fleet command experience you have (CO, XO or DH);
- Why you want to be/return to being a CO;
- Your level of ability with HTML, CSS and MOTD design;
- For newer members, your consideration for being part of the CMP (a voluntary program hosted by the Academy). Please note, not wanting to be part of CMP will not disqualify you from being considered for the role;
- What you think your biggest challenge will be as a CO/what has been your biggest challenge as a CO in the past;
- What changes, if any, you would bring to the Manhattan under your command;
- Assume a big budget movie is being made of your adventures on the Manhattan. Who would play your character on the big screen;
and
- The official colour and theme song of the Manhattan under your command.

Please note, HTML/CSS/MOTD design skill and willingness to be part of the CMP are asked just to see what support you’ll need with regards to the CO position, please still apply if HTML/CSS/MOTD design causes you headaches. Also, participation in the CMP is totally voluntary, and not wanting to participate in this program will not disqualify you from the running for this position.

Applications will be accepted until Wednesday 10 May 2017 and can be made to fcomm1 and afcomm1 email addresses, ie fcomm1 [@] star-fleet.com and afcomm1 [@] star-fleet.com without the spaces and brackets. Please send applications to both of us. If we get an ideal applicant earlier than that, we reserve the right to close applications at that point.”

The Tribble then says “to those people who I’ve spoken with about the position, please apply for the role if you are interested. We look forward to reading applications.

You may now return to your regularly scheduled Bumblebee viewing schedule."

The Tribble and Kiwi leave the stage, followed by their Tribblet and Kiwi underlings, as the stage opens up and a large beehive appears with a bumblebee dressed in the trappings of an Admiral, Commandant and Egotist busily buzzing around.

Fcomm Tribble
on behalf of Tribble and Kiwi, Foremost Fleet
and special thanks to the mouse for agreeing to be Mouse of Ceremonies and to the bumblebee for her cameo

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