So what are Accolades in the game. I got level 3 or something...but don't know what it is or does
Right now they don't do a lot . They are supposed to be rewards for doing things in game above and beyond the mission you are given. Taking out x number of Gorn for instance. Putting out all the fires on the station in Researcher Rescue etc. Late in beta they took most of them out to work on the rewards. They have said they are still tracking progress but that the accolades will return once they have all the rewards worked out.
The onles that remain are career oriented. You get an accolade when you open up the Klingon slot at level 6. You get one each time you reach a milestone grade in each rank (These give you a new power either ground or space) These are probably the ones you are seeing.