RANKS: Federal Navy Ranks - Ships - Permits - #00016

Being a 'FED' comes with a lot of work and lots of privileges

In Elite Dangerous, you are not limited to one major political faction, one career or one lifestyle.

It's therefore a good idea to know about Federal Navy Rank and its benefits, even if you don't plan to go the 'FED' way.

Benefits: Ships
Looking at the table below, you can see the ships being unlocked after reaching a certain Federation rank.

Benefits: Systems
Less impressive on first sight, but important for Federation role play or access to some player group's backyard. By reaching a certain Federation rank, you get access to previously locked systems.

It's SOL, dummy!
I know, I'm terribly sorry. Everyone wants to visit mankind's crib once. So go for the SOL permit by reaching for Petty Officer rank. It's only a few hours and you can tell everyone you went back to 'that' place as a tourist.

Table: Elite Dangerous Federal Navy Ranks. Unlocked Ships. System Permits.


How to rank up in the Federal Navy

Basically, everything you do with a positive influence on your bank account that is interconnected with a federal aligned minor faction ranks you up. Same with missions of any kind for a federal aligned minor faction.

For a maxmimum in progress regarding Federal Rank, you should concentrate on missions with as many plus symbols as possible regarding REP (reputation), offered to you by a federal minor faction.

If you wish to rank up fast, there are several ways to improve 'throughput' in reputation:


The last suggestion is the most time effective: Fly to a system with as many FED aligned minor factions possible. If you have several to choose from, use the one system that has the most 'boom' state minor factions.

This provides you with lots of high reputation missions to choose from. Choose missions which are not high in time consumption but high in 'plus count' regarding REP. Boom delivery with +++++ REP is your lottery win.

If you can't find missions with high REP plus count, try to find missions from several factions all going to the same place.

Pro Tip: Doing RESCUE missions from stations in distress not only is a wonderful fast track for ranking up with the Federation, it provides a lot of income, too.