Command Duty Post

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Command Duty Post
Command/Flight Control/Strategic Operations Duty Uniform
This duty post includes mainly Commander and Aerospace positions.
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Command and Aerospace are handled by the Command Duty Post specialists. Below are some items of import related to these areas of Starfleet.

Command

Command is the basic leadership structure of Starfleet, including many items described in this article, such as bridge duty and overall command of a starship, base, or other entity.

Command Positions

  • Commanding Officer
  • Executive Officer
  • Second Officer (Second Executive Officer)
  • Officer In Charge
  • Officer of the Watch
  • Chief of the Boat
  • Mission Advisor
  • Yeoman

Duty Shifts

Time aboard a Starfleet ship are broken down into several sections known as ‘shifts’. As standard there are three shifts known as ‘Alpha Shift’, ‘Beta Shift’ and ‘Gamma Shift’. Although this is as standard it is up to the Commanding Officer's discretion as to whether to assign more and it isn’t uncommon to see a fourth ‘Delta Shift’ on board a vessel.

The standard three shift rotations are eight hours in length. As standard, but once again it is up to the CO, the shifts start and end at the following:

Alpha Shift 0800 - 1600
Beta Shift 1600 - 0000
Gamma Shift 0000 - 0800

A duty roster is created by the Commanding Officer, Executive Officer and department heads that tells each crew member which shift they are to work in.

Chain of Command

In military and quasi-military organizations, the chain of command is the formal line of authority, communication, and responsibility between units and individuals. In Starfleet as in the military arm of other major galactic powers, the chain of command is defined by a rank structure. Traditionally speaking, persons in inferior ranks obey commands given by those with superior ones. Personnel would thus give orders only to those directly below them in the chain of command and receive orders only from those directly above them. Similarly, an officer is usually expected to give orders only to his or her direct subordinate, even if it is just to pass an order down to another service member lower in the chain of command than said subordinate. To pass orders to a different unit, group, or department (or receive reports from subordinates in those departments), a superior is required to see the commanding officer or other person of authority over that particular area.

One must keep in mind, though, that Starfleet does not strictly adhere to such a rigid linear chain of command. While even the newest Ensign fresh out of the Academy technically out-ranks a Master Chief Petty Officer, the question of "who is over who" is determined by authority, not necessarily rank. To understand the principle of authority (a term readily interchangeable with command), you must know where that authority comes from because it is assigned through different means.

  • RANK: Commissioned Officers receive authority to command though their commission, which is given to them by the President of the United Federation of Planets usually upon graduation of the Academy. Warrant Officers also achieve authority through the President, but through a specialized commission called a warrant. Warrant officers are former senior NCOs and are typically the most highly experienced professionals in a particular field. The authority vested in senior NCOs (CPOs/GYSGT and up) ranks are typically spelled out in regulations or orders based on their vast experience and time served.
  • POSITION: Certain positions and offices within Starfleet also come with authority. These jobs are assigned certain powers by organizational guidelines (such as regulations, codes, and statutes) and/or by order from a superior officer (such as a flag officer) or a governing body (such as Starfleet Command). The commanding officer of a ship, for example, has authority over everyone stationed aboard no matter what rank. An ensign assigned as Chief Security Officer would have command over everyone assigned to that department, including LTJGs and full lieutenants.
  • EXPERIENCE: As mentioned above, warrant officers have a warrant that recognizes them as experienced and needed individuals. Likewise, senior NCOs from Chief Petty Officer/Gunnery Sergeant and up derive much of their authority through experience and seniority. They are considered leaders, supervisors, and instructors not only of the lower enlisted ranks, but to junior officers as well. Both warrants and senior NCOs are trained to step in and fill the shoes of any commissioned officer and occupy positions of leadership.
  • SITUATION: Another source of authority, although less defined, comes from the situation at hand. Depending on where and when individuals, ships, or units find themselves can determine who is calling the shots. Examples of situational command are not perfect, but might include sensitive diplomatic missions which could endow the Chief Diplomatic Officer with certain additional authorities or in the heat of battle, where the Chief Tactical Officer would hardly be expected to take orders from the Chief Science Officer even if the latter outranked the former (unless the CSO was also the Executive Officer or Second Officer).

Aerospace

Flight the people who navigate and actually fly the ships. They are the helmsmen and pilots for everything from the smallest shuttle to the Largest Starship. They plot the course and do their best to avoid spacial anomalies. They are the helmsman who monitor the ships position in flight. Taking the controls when nessecary, such as in battle, some other emergency or for docking/leaving a Spaceport. They keep the ship in position while in orbit. They dock the ship at ports or land on planets. Flight operates and maintains the ships shuttle and Fighter craft and bays. All Flight control officers are qualified to fly shuttles.

Fighter Pilots have a slightly different Academy path as they train in fighters rather then the larger ships. All Fleet and marine Corps fighter pilots and their maintenance support personnel are part of the Flight corps, but have their own command structure.

Flight also maintains a Conn station in the battlebridge of any ship that has the saucer-separation capabilities as the Separation and reattachment is a Flight control procedure.

Starfleet Fighter Pilots wear Blue Starfleet Uniforms, Flight Control Officers wear Red, while Marine Fighter Pilots wear Green.

Aerospace Positions

Flight Control Positions

  • Chief Flight Control Officer
  • Assistant Chief Flight Control Officer
  • Shuttlebay Manager
  • Flight Control Officer
  • Chief Support Craft Pilot
  • Support Craft Pilot

Fighter Pilot Positions

  • Group Commander
  • Wing Commander
  • Squadron Leader
  • Flight Leader
  • Fighter Pilot Element Leader
  • Fighter Tactical Systems Operator
  • Fighter Pilot