Executive officer

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The Executive Officer (abbreviated to XO) is the second in command aboard a Colonial Fleet vessel and is responsible for administrative duties and the detailed management of affairs, giving the commanding officer time to deal with broader issues.

The rank normally held by the executive officer of a battlestar is Major or Colonel, though an officer of any rank can fill this billet.

Executive Officer, battlestar Galactica

For a complete history of Galactica's XOs see: Senior Staff of Galactica

Executive Officer, battlestar Pegasus


  • Executive Officer, in the military context, is used in several branches of armed forces worldwide (army, naval, marine, air force). Certain forces, such as the British Army use the formal title "Second-in-Command" (2i/c) rather than XO.
  • It should be noted that when chosen to become the XO, Kendra Shaw is promoted to the rank of Major, presumably the minimum rank required to hold this billet. However, we later see Anastasia Dualla acting as Executive Officer with the rank of Lieutenant after the settlement of New Caprica, although this might have to do with having only a skeleton crew assigned to the ship.

See Also


  1. While Lee Adama is assigned to Pegasus in "The Captain's Hand", it is doubtful that he was the official XO at that time. According to dialogue he is only sent over to keep an eye on Garner and assess the situation but Garner doesn't even consider him part of the crew. Moreover, according to a deleted scene, his father sends him there over concerns about Garner and the performance of the crew, while being undecided on whether to make him the ship's XO or not.