Welcome back aboard!
If you gained the rank of Ensign, you will return with that rank. I’m sure you’ll be up to speed in no time.
We use a mod now. If you can get on half an hour before the start, there should be people who can help you get it set up. It is all straight forward to get sorted, and can be enabled and disabled when needed so you can still play ‘vanilla’ without much effort.
Shift starts at 20:00 UTC. See you then!