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Commanding Officer: Every Starfleet Facility has a single commanding officer responsible for the safety of his/her crew and the success of their missions. S/he has final accountability for any actions taken by his/her crew, and Starfleet goes to great lengths to prepare a CO for the job ahead, including the interpretation and execution of Starfleet rules and regulations.

Executive Officer: They are responsible for representing the CO to the officer crew, as well as insuring the orders of the CO are carried out by all hands. They make sure all stations are operating at peak efficiency. In times of crisis, the XO may be designated as Commander Pro Tempore and is one of two officers capable of jointly removing the CO from command. At the end of each mission, the XO and CO determine any promotions that have been warranted over that mission.

Yeoman: The Yeoman is traditionally a young officer who acts as an assistant to a ship or base’s Commanding Officer. Usually, the officer given the position of Yeoman is one who the CO has seen promise in, since the position involves gaining intimate understanding of the Captain’s decision-making process. Those who have held the position of Yeoman are usually marked as holding the potential for a command of their own later in their career.

Chief of the Boat: The seniormost Chief Petty Officer (including Senior and Master Chiefs), regardless of rating, is designated by the Commanding Officer as the Chief of the Boat (for vessels) or Command Chief (for starbases). In addition to his or her departmental responsibilities, the COB/CC performs the following duties: serves as a liaison between the Commanding Officer (or Executive Officer) and the enlisted crewmen; ensures enlisted crews understand Command policies; advises the Commanding Officer and Executive Officer regarding enlisted morale, and evaluates the quality of noncommissioned officer leadership, management, and supervisory training.


Chief Engineering Officer: Responsible for the condition of all systems and equipment on board a Starfleet ship or facility. They oversee maintenance, repairs and upgrades of all equipment. They are also responsible for the many repairs teams during crisis situations.

Assistant Chief Engineer: Assists the Chief Engineer in the daily work; in issues regarding mechanical, administrative matters and co-ordaining repairs with other departments.

Engineer: There are several non-specialized Engineers aboard of each vessel. They are assigned to their duties by the Chief Engineer and his Assistant, performing a number of different tasks as required (i.e. general maintenance and repair). Generally Engineers as assigned to more specialized Engineering person to assist in there work is so requested by the specialized Engineer.

Engineer’s Mate: Trains and supervises Engineering crewmen in departmental operations, repairs, and protocols; maintains duty assignments for all Engineering personnel; and is qualified to temporarily act as Chief Engineer if so ordered. The Engineer’s Mate reports to the Chief Engineer.


Chief Helm Officer: A Flight Control Officer must always be present on the bridge of a starship. They plot course, supervises the computers piloting, corrects any flight deviations and pilots the ship manually when needed. The Chief Helm Officer is the senior most CONN Officer aboard, serving as a Senior Officer, and Chief of the Personnel under him/her.

Assistant Chief Helm Officer: Second-in-command of the Flight Control Department, and is able to assume the duties of Chief Helm Officer on a temporary or permanent basis as so needed.

Shuttlebay Manager: Responsible for managing the ship’s shuttlebays and overseeing the repairs, maintenance, and refit of the ship’s auxiliary craft in tandem with the ship’s engineering department.


Chief Science Officer: Responsible for all the scientific data the ship/facility collects, and the distribution of such data to specific section within the department for analysis. S/he is also responsible with providing the ship’s captain with scientific information needed for command decisions.

Assistant Chief Science Officer: Assists Chief in all areas, such as administration, and analysis of scientific data. The Asst. often take part in specific analysis of important data along with the Chief Science Officer, however spends most time overseeing current project and their section heads.

Science Officer: There are several general Science Officers aboard each vessel. They are assigned to their duties by the Chief Science Officer and his Assistant. Assignments include work for the Specialized Section heads, as well as duties for work been carried out by the Chief and Asst.

Astrometrics Officer: Specialized Science Officer in charge of the Astrometrics Section. This role entails the maintaining, correction and production of new stellar maps. Has close ties with the the Physics and Stellar Cartographer Sections.


Chief Intelligence Officer: Strategic Operations coordinates battle strategy, as well as keeping the Commanding Officer, Executive Officer, and Chief of the Boat informed of anything, military or political, in the galaxy at large that needs to be known. The Strategic Operations Officer works closely with tactical, especially in battle situations.

Assistant Chief Intelligence Officer: Has the ability to take over as the Chief Strategic Operations Officer on a temporary or permanent basis if so needed.

Intelligence Analyst: This Non-commissioned officer (NCO) takes submitted intelligence reports and runs through algorithm, checks for keywords that denote mistyped classification and then puts the report into crypto form and then sends them through the proper channels of communication to either on board ship consoles or off board to who ever needs to receive it.


Chief Medical Officer: Graduated Starfleet Medical Academy with full commission and has a License to practice medicine within the United Federation of Planets (usually granted with the commission). In charge of the health and wellbeing of all crew members and ship guests.

Counselor: Responsible both for advising the CO in dealing with other people and races, and in helping crew members with personal, psychological, and emotional problems.

Assistant Chief Medical Officer: This officer is charged with the general physical well being of the crew. In the absence of the Chief Medical Officer, this officer becomes the highest authority on medical matters temporarily assuming the duties and responsibilities of CMO.

Head Nurse: The Head Nurse oversees all the Nurses currently aboard, ensuring they are assigned to task and working as required in there area. Additionally the Head nurse performs the normal duties of the nurse, assisting the Duty Medical Officer in sickbay.

Nurse: Trained in basic medical care, and are capable of dealing with less serious medical cases. In more serious matters the nurse assist the medical officer in the examination and administration of medical care, be this injecting required drugs, or simply reassuring the injured party that they will be okay. The Nurses also maintain the medical wards, overseeing the patients and ensuring they are receiving medication and care as instructed by the Medical Officer.


Chief Operations Officer: Has the primary responsibility of ensuring that ship functions, such as the use of the lateral sensor array, do not interfere with one and another. S/he must prioritize resource allocations, so that the most critical activities can have every chance of success. If so required, s/he can curtail shipboard functions if s/he thinks they will interfere with the ship’s current mission or routine operations. A Chief Operations officer is also responsible for the oversight of the maintenance of transporters, the computer core, life support and sensors.

Assistant Chief Operations Officer: The second-in-command of the Operations Department, and can assume the role of Chief Operations Officer on a temporary or permanent basis if so needed.

Operations Officer: The Chief Operations Officer cannot man the bridge at all times. Extra personnel are needed to relive and maintain ship operations. The Operations Officers are thus assistants to the Chief, fulfilling his/her duties when required, and assuming the Operations consoles if required at any time.

Quartermaster: Trains and supervises crewmen in Bridge operations, repairs, and protocols and sets the agenda for instruction in general ship and starbase operations for the Boatswain┬╣s Mate; maintains the ship’s log, the ship’s clock, and watch and duty assignments for all Bridge personnel; may assume any Bridge (i.e. CONN) or Operations role (i.e. transporter) as required; and is qualified to temporarily act as Commanding or Executive Officer if so ordered. Quartermasters ensure that all officers and crew perform their duties consistent with Starfleet directives. The Quartermaster reports to the Executive Officer.

Communications Officer: Communications is a vital part of each and every starship. The Communications Officer monitors any and all transmissions aboard ship, as well as externally. The Communications Officer is an experienced linguist, proficient in many different languages.


Chief Tactical & Security Officer: In the Chief Security Officer role, their duty is to ensure the safety of ship and crew. In the Chief Tactical Officer role, s/he is the vessel’s gunman. S/he is responsible for the ships weapon system, and is also the Commanding Officer’s tactical advisor in Star Ship Combat matters. Very often Tactical Officers are also trained in ground combat and small unit tactics. There is much more to tactical than simply overseeing the weapons console on the bridge. Tactical maintains the weapons systems aboard the ship/starbase, maintaining and reloading photons magazines.

Assistant Chief TacSec Officer: Assists the Chief of Security/Tactical in the daily work; in issues regarding security/tactical and any administrative matters. As and if required the Deputy must be able to take command of the Security/Tactical department.

Security Officer: There are several Security Officers aboard of each vessel. They are assigned to their duties by the Chief of Security/Tactical and his/her Deputy and mostly guard sensitive areas, protect people, patrol, and handle other threats to the Federation.

Master-at-Arms: Trains and supervises Security crewmen in departmental operations, repairs, and protocols; maintains duty assignments for all Security personnel; supervises weapons locker access and firearm deployment; and is qualified to temporarily act as Chief of Security if so ordered. The Master-at-Arms reports to the Chief of Security.


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