Recently, I did my own analysis of all the cadet missions, to determine the minimum crew for maximum odds of success of all missions. What I found is:

2* cadets:

Cadet Sito Jaxa

CMO Crusher

Dabo Girl Leeta

Ensign Seska

Enterprise-D Picard

Major Kira

Nurse Kes

Persis

Recovering Spock

Security Chief Worf

Seven in Blue

3* cadets:

B’Etor Duras

Expedition Vash or Private S. Money

Holodeck 3 Dr. Brahms

Lieutenant Saavik

Lwaxana Troi

Maquis Takeover Torres

Racquetball Bashir

Sniper Ezri Dax

Some notes:

1) This is not a smallest-crew list. This is a list for best odds of success, then re-using crew as possible without compromising success rate.

2) Even this set doesn’t guarantee success on all nodes, just gives best chance.

a) EAS 5 is the worst odds (Crusher has 69% odds on second node, Spock 90% on third node, but Crusher’s bonus means you should still pass overall).

b) TUF 5, Leeta has 74% on second node.

c) ACF 4, Persis has 94% on node 4.

d) Adv TUF 5, Bashir only has 52% odds for node 3, but gets a bonus on final node to improve overall success chance (Temporal Shift Kes has slightly better odds on node 3, but no bonus on final node)

3) B’Etor can be dropped from list, if you’re willing to accept a small chance of failing the first node of AdvTUF 4

4) This is not for crit’ing nodes; it’s only for passing the base requirement.

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