Helm is responsible for operation and maintenance of
all ordnance (weapons and potential weapons). This includes operation
and maintenance of all weapons (photons, phasers, drones, and drone
racks) plus operation of shuttlecraft and tractors.
Engineering is responsible for maintenance and repair
of all non-weapon systems except for medical equipment, sensors, and
computers. This includes warp, impulse, life support, transporters,
tractors, shuttlecraft, etc.
Sciences is responsible for all scientific and
tactical intelligence gathering. This includes maintenance, repair,
and operation of active and sublight sensors, and scientific analysis
of all gathered information.
Navigation is responsible for all strategic and
tactical maneuvering and analysis. This includes: laying courses,
monitoring ship's bearing and position, tracking and predicting
bearing and position of all external tactical and strategic objects
(other ships and astronomical hazards).
Communication is responsible for the secure handling
of all information: external transmission and receiving as well as
shipboard storage and security. This includes: maintenance and
operation of subspace communicators and auto-translators,
cryptography, translation, and maintenance of the central computing
Administration is responsible for
Hmmm. Well, "Logistics" is clearly an important job at the
strategic level, but there is only a minimal amount of work on board
a starship. Let me think about the non-branch, non-medical jobs
involved here. Note that I have eliminated the "Records Officer"
which I think is superfluous (non-secure records are handled by
yeomen, secure records are handled by Communications).
The *Personnel Officer* oversees transfers and recruitment of
all personnel, but crew in particular. He also acts as a career
councilor for the crew, and handles training programs.
The *Morale Officer* is responsible for aiding the morale of
the crew, primarily by recreational activities. He acquires and
maintains all `public' recreational materials, as well as organizing
on-board and shore leave programs. In addition, he controls daily
The *Supply Officer* monitors efficiency and degradation of
all equipment and handles requests for new supplies.
The *Federation Liaison* (?better term?) is responsible for
all relations with Federation civilian authorities. Given the
structure of the Federation, this is an extremely important job.
*Yeomen* are essentially secretaries, who are capable of
advancing in pay but rarely move on to Branch duties. They personally
oversee that the officer responsible receives and understands all
John H. Kim <jhkim-at-darkshire-dot-net>
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