The Kul Tiras Lieutenant Examination is a written and oral examination of a prospective officer, regardless of their career aspirations. The examination was implemented as a quality assurance measure to assure that all officers be proficient in the workings of a ship and the navy as a whole. Passage of the examination is a requirement for graduation from the academy. Medical and logistical officers go on to their specialty boards and exams to be qualified in their respective fields.
The following criteria are set for sitting for the exam:
- Be eighteen years old,
- Serve time in one of the following organizations:
- Two years in the Kul Tiras Navy; or
- Two years in an affiliated navy; or
- Four years in the merchant marines of Kul Tiras or an Allied Nation; or
- Two years in the academy; or
- The time in service requirement has been waived by participation in a program or by request of the fleet commanding officer.
- Letter(s) of recommendation from a Kul Tiran officer,
- Kul Tiras citizenship or service in the Kul Tiran military,
- Deemed medically fit to serve in the navy within the past year,
- Has been deemed a person of high moral standing.
The exam is divided up into two portions: written and oral. Passing the written portion is required before going onto the oral examination. The examinee is given a pass or fail by the oral examination board based on the quality of the answers.
The test's contents change on a regular basis to prevent cheating, and to keep the content current. Candidates are posted with twenty questions of varying length and difficulty.
The following subjects are usually covered in the test:
- Mathematics (specifically variations of algebra and basic trigonometry).
- Latitude, Longitude, Azimuth, Amplitude, and the other circles of the sphere.
- Admiralty Law.
- Kul Tiran History and Battles.
- Ship Layout and Organization.
The oral board is made up of three officers of the Kul Tiras navy, with one of them leading the board. A four observational officer may be invited to overlook the exam given, but is not generally allowed to partake in passing or failing the examinee.
The board will overlook the examinee's answers to the written test, their letter of references, and any other material related to the exam. Should everything be deemed to be in order, members of the board will question the examinee on various practical matters. What the examinee will be questioned on will generally vary based on their career aspirations, background, and the examiners themselves. There is no requirement on what the board needs to question, and are generally expected that they will be thorough.
Should the examinee pass the oral examination, they will typically be given the rank of a Passed Midshipman and will be expected to take a lieutenant's position aboard a ship or a fleet within the next three months. Medical and logistical officer candidates are moved forward to the next stage. Midshipmen that do not take a position within six months are removed from the navy's roster, and will be required to take the written exam again.