Command is not actually a department. The Command group are the senior personnel responsible for the safety, health and well-being of the ship as a whole.
Intelligence is a division of Starfleet, tasked with gathering and analyzing information concerning neighboring powers in the galaxy. The information it receives is then passed on to the dutystation, Starfleet Command, or the Federation Council, which acts upon the information and analyses.
Strategic Operations/Chief Intelligence Officer (CISO)
The Strategic Operations/Chief Intelligence Officer acts as an advisory to the command staff, as well as a resource of knowledge and information concerning hostile races in the operational zone of the ship. He or she also devises combat strategies and is responsible for gathering and providing information as it becomes possible during a mission; during covert missions, the CISO also takes a more active role, providing the necessary classified or other information.
Intelligence Officer (IO)
S/he assists the Chief Intelligence Officer in organizing all intelligence the department's gathered and presenting it to the duty station's CO. S/he assists the CO, Strategic Operations Officer (if one is present) and the Security/Tactical Officer. S/he offers advice on ship/starbase operations, especially in times of conflict or covert missions. S/he must be able to take over for the Chief if needed.
Infiltration Specialist (IS)
This officer is trained the arts of covert operations and infiltration. They are trained to get into and out of enemy installations, territory, etc. Once in, they can gather Intel, or if needed plant explosives, and even in times of war capture of enemy personnel.
Collections Manager (CM)
This NCO organizes the collection of intelligence in all forms. Knowing the limits of all intelligence gathering platforms they can direct the best way to gain a specific type of information.
Crypto/Analysis Specialist (C/AS)
This 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.
The Operations (Ops) department is responsible for efficiently allocating the resources of the duty station. They are constantly in contact with all other departments. Duties include assigning docking space for visiting ships: ensuring that replicators are sufficiently stocked; keeping an accurate inventory of cargo holds; making sure that all other departments have the equipment they need. The Ops department essentially makes sure that the duty station has the resources it needs to carry out its missions and daily functions.
Chief Operations Officer (COO)
In most cases, the Chief of Operations is usually the third-in-command of the ship. The Chief of Operations is in charge of monitoring the status of the ship. While the Commanding Officer and Executive Officer oversee the daily functions of the crew, the Operations Officer is responsible for overseeing the ship itself. By monitoring the status of each ship system through his/her console on the bridge, the Ops Officer can prioritize and allocate resources to various departments as needed. Most prioritization and allocation is done by the computer but constant monitoring ensures that all situations are taken into account, especially during alert situations. In addition, a ship's Ops officer is responsible for providing general status information to the computer and to individual departments to inform them of any changes that might affect their normal operations. During alerts, the Ops officer is also responsible for the allocation of power from the ship's warp reactor and fusion generators to permit the vessel to meet any demands made of it.
Strategic Operations/Intelligence Officer (STO)
The Strategic Operations/Intelligence Officer acts as an advisory to the command staff, as well as a resource of knowledge and information concerning hostile races in the operational zone of the ship. He or she also devises combat strategies and is responsible for gathering and providing information as it becomes possible during a mission; during covert missions, the STO also takes a more active role, providing the necessary classified or other information.
Chief Diplomatic Officer
The diplomatic Officer of each vessel (if deemed necessary) must be familiar with a variety of areas: history, politics, economics, and military, and understand how they affect potential threats. A wide range of operations can occur in response to these areas and threats. these operations occur with three general states of being: peacetime competition, conflict and war. S/he must be equally flexible and demonstrate initiative, agility, depth, synchronization, and improvisation to provide responsive legal services to his/her CO as well a diplomatic advise on current status of an alien species both aligned and non aligned to the Federation. The Chief Diplomatic Officer must be versed in all Diplomatic information regarding the current status of the Federation and its aligned and non aligned neighbors.
Originally know as helm, or Flight Control Officer, CONN incorporates two job, navigation and flight control. A CONN Officer must always be present on the bridge of a starship, and every vessel has a number of CONN Officers to allow shift rotations. S/he plots courses, supervises the computers piloting, corrects any flight deviations and pilots the ship manually when needed. CONN Officers report to the Chief CONN Officer.
The Chief of Operations cannot man the bridge at all times. Extra personnel are needed to relieve and maintain ship operations as needed. 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. The Operations Officer reports to the Chief Operations Officer.
The Security department is charged with maintaining law and order on the duty station. They are responsible for enforcing Federation law; manning the brig; keeping accurate inventory of the DS armory; and ensuring the general safety of the crew within the duty station. Ultimately their job is to keep the good guys in and the bad guys out or locked up. They are the police officers of the duty station and serve as a line of defense against invaders.
Chief of Security/Tactical Officer (COS/CTO)
The Chief of Security is in charge of the safety and well-being of the crew and passengers. The Tactical Officer controls the main defense systems aboard the ship. Sometimes the roles of Chief of Security and Tactical Officer are combined and given to one person. As the position title notes, Sec/Tac officers have the responsibility for coordinating all of the internal and external security for a vessel. This includes managing and leading security teams to provide a constant presence throughout the ship while minimizing visibility and any minor inconveniences to the crew in addition to the overseeing of a ship's offensive and defensive capabilities. Security teams may be directed from the tactical station via keyed instructions or in a meeting like setting by the Sec/Tac or ASec/Tac. In addition, special transporting of dignitaries and ambassadorial staff shall be conducted by the Chief of Security and his/her staff as well as armory inventories, security team personnel assignments, and detailed counter-intelligence measures to prevent sabotage or terrorism aboard a starship.
Deputy of Security
The Assistant Security Officer is called Deputy of Security. S/he assists the Chief of Security in the daily work, in issues regarding Security, and any administrative matters. If required, the Deputy must be able to take command of the Security department. Where Tactical is also part of the Security department, the deputy assumes the majority of its control freeing up the Chief of Security to maintain the Security department.
There are several Security Officers aboard of each vessel. They are assigned to their duties by the Chief of Security and his/her Deputy and mostly guard sensitive areas, protect people, patrol, and handle other threats to the Federation.
The Brig Officer is a Security Officer who has chosen to specialise in a specific role. S/he guards the brig and its cells. But there are other duties associated with this post as well. S/he is responsible for any prisoner transport, and the questioning of prisoners. Often Brig Officers have a good knowledge of force field technology, and are experts in escaping such confinements.
Master at-Arms (NCO)
The 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.
Deputy of Tactical
The Assistant Tactical Officer is called Deputy of Tactical. S/he assists the Chief Tactical Officer in the daily work, in issues regarding tactical, and any administrative matters. 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. Tactical planning and current Intelligence analysis (if no Intelligence operatives are aboard) is also overseen by the tactical department. If required the Deputy must be able to take command of the Tactical department.
The Tactical Officers are the vessels gunmen. They assist the Chief Tactical Officer by running and maintaining the numerous weapons systems aboard the ship, and analysis and tactical planning of current missions. Very often Tactical Officers are also trained in ground combat and small unit tactics.
The Engineering department is tasked with making sure that the vast technological marvels of the duty station function properly. They are often called upon to find ways to stretch systems well beyond their designed functions. At its most intensive, engineers are called upon to immediately design solutions to previously unfaced challenges. They are often considered the deus ex machina of their duty station.
Chief Engineering Officer (CEO)
Sometimes referred to as the Chief Engineer, the Chief Engineering Officer is in charge of maintaining the ship's engineering functions. The Chief Engineer is the department head to which all junior engineering officers report. As such, he or she is responsible for the overseeing of all systems of a vessel and making sure that they are kept in prime operating condition. In addition, the Chief Engineering Officer is also responsible for coordinating operations with other departments regarding their instruments and systems. For example, the Chief Engineering Officer shall coordinate all tactical systems with the Chief of Security and Tactical Officer. Other related duties, such as ship wide diagnostics, are also coordinated through the Chief Engineering Officer. CEOs may also be called to participate in away team missions at the discretion of the CO and XO.
Assistant Chief Engineer
The Assistant Chief Engineer assists the Chief Engineer in the daily work, in issues regarding mechanical, administrative matters and coordinating repairs with other departments. If so required the Assistant Chief Engineer must be able to take over as Chief Engineer, and thus must be versed in current information regarding the ship.
There are several non specialized Engineers aboard of each vessel, as needed. 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.
The Communications Officer is a specialized Engineer. Communication aboard a ship takes two basic forms, voice and data. Both are handled by the onboard computer system and dedicated hardware. The vastness and complexity of this system requires a dedicated team to maintain the system. The Communications Engineer is the Officer in charge of this team, which is made up from NCO personnel, assigned to the team by the Assistant and Chief Engineer. The Communications Engineer reports to the Assistant and Chief Engineer.
The Matter/Energy Engineer is a specialized Engineer. All aspect of matter energy transfers with the sole exception of the warp drive systems are handled by the Matter/Energy Engineer. Such areas involved are transporter and replicator systems. The Matter/Energy Engineer is the Officer in charge of a small team, which is made up from NCO personnel, assigned by the Assistant and Chief Engineer. The Matter/Energy Engineer reports to the Assistant and Chief Engineer.
Warp Drive Engineer
The Warp Drive Engineer is a specialized Engineer. The complexity of the Warp Drive system and impulse systems of any starship require eingineers to monitor and maintain the different settings required for each ship. No two vessels have exactly the same system aboard, and all settings require careful maintenance and checks to ensure peek performance. On smaller vessels this task may be performed by the Chief Engineer, but larger vessel have a dedicated Officer who's role to to ensure the Warp Drive system and impulse systems runs under any condition. A small team is often assigned to the Warp Drive Engineer, as needed, which is made up from NCO personnel, assigned by the Assistant and Chief Engineer. The Warp Drive Engineer reports to the Assistant and Chief Engineer.
Structural and Environmental Engineer
The Structural and Environmental Engineer is a specialized Engineer. From a small ship to a large one, all requires constant monitoring. The hull, bulkheads, walls, Jeffrey's tubes, turbolifts, structural integrity field, internal dampening field, and environmental systems are all monitored and maintained by this officer and his/her team. The team assigned to the Structural and Environmental Engineer, as needed, is made up from NCO personnel, assigned by the Assistant and Chief Engineer. The Structural and Environmental Engineer reports to the Assistant and Chief Engineer.
Sensor Maintenance Engineer
The Sensor Maintenance Engineer is a specialized Engineer. Dedicated to the maintenance and operation of the navigation deflector, guidance, helm, reaction control systems and all other sensor systems. A small team is assigned to the Sensor Maintenance Engineer, as needed, which is made up from NCO personnel, assigned by the Assistant and Chief Engineer. The Sensor Maintenance Engineer reports to the Assistant and Chief Engineer.
The Computer Engineer is a specialized Engineer. The new generation of Computer systems are highly developed. This system needs much maintenance and the Computer Engineer was introduced to relieve the Science Officer, whose duty this was in the very early days.
The Medical department is responsible for the physical well-being of the crew. The duties of a medical officer include manning and maintaining sickbay; tending to sick and injured patients; and determining whether crew members are physically fit for duty. They are often called upon to work with the Science department to find cures for new and exotic diseases.
Chief Medical Officer (CMO)
Much like the Chief Engineering Officer is responsible for maintaining the physical well-being of the ship, the Chief Medical Officer shall be responsible for maintaining the physical well-being of the crew. This is accomplished by scheduling regular exams of crewmen and by directing a staff of trained personnel in medical procedures. CMOs are responsible for conducting examinations of all crew members assigned to a vessel on a yearly basis. If necessary, the Chief Medical Officer can be called upon to coordinate all activities that relate to the physical health of the crew. In addition, as the senior most medical authority on a vessel, all field related missions will require consultation with the CMO. One of the unique powers given to the Chief Medical Officer is the ability to relieve a ship's CO of his or her duty if it is determined he or she is medically unfit. This power is not taken lightly, however, for if the CMO is proven to be out-of-line, he or she will be accountable for putting the crew in possible danger by removing the Commanding Officer.
Assistant Chief Medical Officer
A starship has numerous personnel aboard, and thus the Chief Medical Officer cannot be expect to do all the work required. The Assistant Chief Medical Officer assists the Chief in all areas, such as administration, and application of medical care.
Medical Officers, as needed, undertake the majority of the work aboard the ship, examining the crew, and administering medical care under the instruction of the Chief Medical Officer and Assistant Chief. Medical Officers also run the other Medical areas not directly overseen by the Chief Medical Officer.
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.
Nurses, as needed, are 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 assuring the injured party that they will be okay. The Nurses also maintain the medical ward(s), overseeing the patients and ensuring they are receiving medication and care as instructed by the Medical Officer.
EMH (Emergency Medical Hologram)
Two EMH programs are currently available, the longer term Mark II and the short term Mark I. Developed to act as the Chief Medical Officer, as and when required, this program can also be activated to provide additional assistance to the real Chief Medical Officer. The EMH is programmed with all current medical knowledge and has the ability to learn as required. Additionally the EMH can take on any other medical role as required by the ship.
The Counseling department is a specialized sub-department of the Medical department. Counselors are responsible for the psychological and emotional well-being of the crew. Their duties include initiating psychological counseling sessions with crew mates; determining whether crew members are emotionally fit for duty; and monitoring the overall morale of the crew. They are also often times assigned to attend diplomatic meetings.
The Science department is responsible for collecting and analyzing gathered data in the course of the duty stationís exploration. They are responsible for classifying discovered planets and species; analyzing flora, fauna, and geological samples; and reporting on their findings. Science officers are usually the ones operating the tricorders.
Chief Science Officer (CSO)
Throughout history, starship crews have encountered dangers in the depths of space. To give the Commanding Officer and the bridge crew the best chance to avoid violence by providing them with what may be information integral to their survival, all Starfleet starships have been outfitted with an array of sensor palettes and telescopes that bring kiloquads of information into the ship's computer banks every second. Experience has taught us, however, that the automated systems of a starship cannot always sort the important from the unimportant information. To solve that problem, Starfleet created the position of Chief Science Officer. The CSciO is responsible for sorting the data provided by the ship's sensors and routing it to the necessary ship departments. This position supplement's the position of Chief of Operations to allow the Ops officer to concentrate on the allocation of resources and monitoring ship status. (see Ops) In addition, the Chief Science Officer is the operating authority to a starship's science department. As such, all department operations are coordinated through the CSciO.
Assistant Chief Science Officer
The Assistant Chief Science Officer assists the Chief in all areas, such as administration, and analysis of scientific data. The Assistant often takes part in specific analysis of important data along with the Chief Science Officer, however spends most time overseeing current projects and their section heads/officers.
There are several general Science Officers aboard each vessel, as needed. 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 being carried out by the Chief and Assistant. Answers to the Chief and Assistant Science Officer, or the section head they are assigned to.
Science Officer - Stellar Cartographer
Specialized Science Officer in charge of the Stellar Cartographer section. This role entails the study of all spatial phenomenon, and the implications of such phenomenon. Has close ties with the Physics and Astrometrics Section. Answers to the Chief and Assistant Science Officer.
Science Officer - Biologist
Specialized Science Officer in charge of the Biology Section. This role entails the study of biology, botany, zoology and many more Life Sciences. Answers to the Chief and Assistant Science Officer.
Science Officer - Physicist
Specialized Science Officer in charge of the Physics Section. This role entails the study of mathematical calculations and there implication and viability on the natural physics of the universe. It also involves the study of the natural physics of the universe and attempts to decipher them. Has close ties with the Stellar Cartographer and Astrometrics Section. Answers to the Chief and Assistant Science Officer.
Science Officer - Language Specialist
Specialized Science Officer in charge of the Linguistics section. This role involves the study of new and old languages and text in an attempt to better understand and interpret their meaning. Answers to the Chief and Assistant Science Officer.
Science Officer - Astrometrics
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. Answers to the Chief and Assistant Science Officer.
Science Officer - Alien Anthropologist
Specialized Science Officer in charge of the Alien Culture Section. This role involves the study of all newly discovered alien species and life forms, from the long dead to thriving. Their knowledge also involves current known alien species. Has close ties to the History Section. Answers to the Chief and Assistant Science Officer.
Science Officer - Historian
Specialized Science Officer in charge of the History section. This role entails the detailed study of civilizations past histories, and there implication and involvement in the future development of cultures. Has close ties to the Alien Culture Section. Answers to the Chief and Assistant Science Officer.
The Wing consists of specialized units who pilot small, single-occupant craft designed for maneuverability in dogfight scenarios in both planetary and space settings. They are also often called upon to pilot shuttlecraft and runabouts on away missions.
Wing Commander (WCO)
The Wing Commander is directly responsible to the ship's XO for the performance and success of the Wing's mission. The WCO serves as the Department Head for the speciality pilots and navigators assigned underneath him, and participates as one of the CO's Senior Staff officers.
Wing Executive Officer (WXO)
The WXO assists the Wing Commander in daily Wing activities, administrative duties, and various other assignments. He or she also takes command of the Wing when the Wing Commander is unavailable.
There are two types of officers within the Fighter Wing: Pilots and Navigators. Most of the officers are qualified as both. Pilots, who sit front in dual seat vessels, and alone in single seat vessels, do the actual driving and shooting, and are the OIC for their vessel. A Fighter Pilot may also be called on to do high tension or high profile flying in other space vessels such as shuttle piloting for dignitaries. Fighter Pilots are either Commissioned Officers or Warrant Officers, and have received special, under duress pilot training. All Pilots are required to log and maintain a call sign. All Pilots must also subject themselves to constant psychological monitoring, and undergo an annual psychological evaluation to ensure fitness for duty under the high tension atmosphere inherent in the fighter community.
The Federation Marine Corps (FMC) serves as the personal combat forces of the duty station. The duty of a Marine officer is to serve as offensive units; board and take over enemy ships; and aide Security in defensive maneuvers. They are essentially the infantry units of the duty station.
Marine Commanding Officer (MCO)
The MCO is responsible for all the Marine personnel assigned to the ship/facility. S/he is required to take command of any special ground operations and lease such actions with security. S/he also is a department head and a member of the Senior Staff. The Marines could be called the 24th century Commandos.
Marine Executive Officer (MXO)
The MXO works like any Asst. Department head, removing some of the work load from the MCO, and if the need arises, taking on the role of commanding officer. S/he overseas the regular duties of the Marines, from regular drills to equipment training, assignment and supply request to the ship/facilities Materials Officer.
The Company Commander is responsible for all the Marine personnel assigned to his/her company. S/he is in required to take command of any special ground operations and lease such actions with security.
The Platoon Commander is responsible for all the Marine personnel assigned to his/her platoon. S/he is in required to take command of any special ground operations and lease such actions with security.
Responsible for the welfare for all Marines NCO's under his/her command in that Squad. Required to lead and command the Squad in and out of Combat. Provide training for the Squad both physically and mentally. Maintain order and discipline. Reports to Platoon Leader. Position requires any Officer rank, or the NCO rank of Sergeant.
Sometimes referred to as the grunt. The backbone of the Marines, the field troops. Required to follow orders, and think oh his/her feet if needed. Answers to the Squad Leader.