Officer is the fourth-highest rank a player can have in a crew. Players are generally given the rank of officer once they have subscribed or purchased a rank (officer or above) badge and played regularly for around a month in the crew, but the requirements for promotion differ with each crew.
Officers have many rights. In addition to being able to play the navigation puzzle without an order, they can now run their own pillages. Even if a player owns a ship, he or she must be an officer (or higher) to sail it. An officers can sail any unlocked ships in his or her crew, but can only access the hold on personally owned ships. To have full access on unowned, unlocked ships belonging to the crew, a pirate must be ranked fleet officer or higher.
On unowned and unlocked crew ships, officers can purchase cannon balls, rum, and lifeboats (and only these) or add funds to the hold, but can not sell goods or remove money from the hold. Any purchased goods are paid for with PoE taken directly from the officers' pockets, not from the hold. Thus, care should be taken not to accidentally "trap" in the hold any PoE or excess purchased commodities that would otherwise have to be retrieved by the ship owner or a crew member ranked fleet officer or higher. Similarly, officers can add charts to the navigation table of unowned crew ships, but can not remove them themselves. Officers can, however, sell pillaged goods directly from the booty chest before division; payment for any goods sold in this manner is added to the booty chest. When the booty is divided, the ship restocking cut goes directly to the officer's character, rather than the hold. All of the aforementioned restrictions only apply to ships that are unowned by the officer; an officer can access an owned ship normally.
Officers have the right to access to the /officer and /fofficer chat channels. Officers may propose promotions and demotions which causes an issue to be posted. If the crew is democratic, the officers may also vote on the issue.
Officers who prove themselves trustworthy are often promoted to fleet officer. Many crews also have alternate characters (may be referred as "Alts") hold the rank of officer for special tasks like ship or commodity moving.
Depending on a crew's booty shares, officers may receive a different share than those of other ranks during booty division.
Prior to the release of 2005-06-29, officers had additional rights to access holds and take charts and bid tickets.