For those of you who do not already know or are unfamiliar with the difference between being a Gold Member and Silver Player to Star Trek Online, it is whether you have a subscription or not. The Gold Member is a subscriber and pays monthly to play, whereas the Silver Player will be able to access many features of the online game without paying a cent.
As for the rest of the potential captains of Star Trek Online, the official free-to-play launch will be on January 17th. So, if you have never had a subscription to the MMORPG, you will have to wait just a little under two weeks.
Source: Game homepage