Starfleet Departments

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A Starfleet Department is an administration or functional sub-unit of the organization as a whole. Each department has a specified role to perform within a particular unit or echelon force, and will be supported by trained personnel to carry out said function. Within Starfleet, there are seven major departments, denoted by uniform color.

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Seven Departments

Division Uniform* Role
Command Red Members of this department are typically trained for leadership roles, or are personnel assigned to support those in leadership roles. Examples of command-based divisions include: Personnel, Flight Operations, JAG Corps, Inspector General, Training Command, and Intelligence.
Operations Yellow This department functions as support and administration for a given unit. Examples of operations-based divisions include: Communications, Quartermaster, Sensor Operation, Cryptography.
Sciences Blue Stellar sciences including biology, astronomy, stellar cartography, library science, xenobiology, astrochemistry, astrogeology, physics, and astrophysics.
Medical Blue Officers/crew assigned to this department are charged with the physical and mental well-being of their crew. Medical officers include Doctors, nurses, interns, counselors, and other medical-related fields of study.
Engineering Yellow This department is charged with the maintenance and repair of mechanical systems which their crew depends on. Divisions within this department include: Warp Propulsion, Impulse Propulsion, Power Systems, Environmental Systems, Damage Control, Shipfitting, and Transporters.
Security/Tactical Yellow Officers/crew assigned to this department are charged with internal/external security of ship/station/bases they are assigned to. Divisions include Armory, Tactics, Weapons, Counterintelligence, Master-at-Arms.
  • Note: Uniform uses pre-2410 stylizing due to ease of showing division color. Post-2410 uniform contains divisional stripe on the uniform, but does not include it on the collar.

Unit Organization

Each unit within Starfleet, be it a starship, starbase, or planetary installation, follows a similar internal organization of personnel:

In descending order of groupings, the typical naval ship or base organization is as follows:

Department

A Department is the highest level grouping of personnel assignment to a specific function. Examples would be the Operations Department or the Engineering Department. Depending on the size of the ship or starbase, Departments are led by a commissioning officer of sufficient rank. On a heavy cruiser, a Department will likely be led by an O-4 or O-5. On smaller ships, the department officer could be an O-1 to O-3. In some cases aboard corvettes, a senior NCO may be appointed to command a department. Collectively, the Department Officers aboard a ship would serve as the ship's senior staff.

Division

A Division sits below the Department level, specializing further. An example may be the Surgery Division of the Medical Department, or the Damage Control Division of the Engineering Department. The Division Officer is usually one grade in rank below that of the Department Officer, though at times he or she may be of equal rank, depending. The senior-most division officer will often serve as the Assistant Department Officer (ie: Assistant Chief Engineer). The senior non-commissioned officer in a Division is referred to as the "Division Chief," and he or she is responsible for all non-comms serving in each Section.

Section

The Section sits below Division, and is a subgroup of a Division. Sections are a group of assigned personnel working in a specific area of the ship. Examples would be the Main Shuttlebay section of the Flight Operations Division of the Command Department. Each Section is led by the Section Officer (commissioned) and is numbered (ie: Section One). The Section Officer is assisted by the Assistant Section Officer. Each Section contains a set of Watches. The senior non-commissioned officer in any Section is referred to as the "Section Chief," and he or she is responsible for all non-comms serving in each Watch.

Watch

The Watch sits below the Section and comes in a set of however many Watches exist aboard the ship or station. If a starship observes a three-shift rotation, then there are three Watches (Alpha, Beta, and Gamma). If there are more than three shifts, Watches are added accordingly. Depending on the size of the ship, each Watch is led by the Officer of the Watch, usually an officer of any stripe (commissioned, warrant, or non-commissioned), and is assisted in leadership by a inferior-ranked officer. Any officer of the watch holding command of the bridge is referred to as the Officer of the Deck (OOD), and his or her assistant is the Junior Officer of the Deck (JOOD).

Team

A Team is a smaller group of personnel (3-4 persons) typically led by a non-commissioned officer (petty officer or higher), also known as the "Team Leader." The most common use of a Team lies in Damage Control. An example might be "Team Three, Alpha Watch, Section One, Damage Control Division, Engineering Department." Colloquially, this team would be referred to as "Damage Control Team One-Alpha-Three."

Examples of Department-based Divisions

  • Command (Personnel, Flight Ops, JAG, IG, Training)
  • Operations (Communications, Quartermaster, Sensors, Cryptography)
  • Security/Tactical (Armory, Tactics, Defenses, Weapons)
  • Engineering (FTL Propulsion, STL Propulsion, Power Systems, Environmental, Damage Control, Shipfitting, Transporter)
  • Sciences (Computer Science, Archeology & Anthropology, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, etc.)
  • Medical (Surgery, Pharmacy, Dental, Pathology, etc.)

Retired Departments

Division Uniform* Role
Marine Corps Green Officers/enlisted assigned to this division are members of the Starfleet Marine Corps. Subdivisions include the Marine Expeditionary Forces and the Marine Corps Air Service.
  • Note: Uniform uses pre-2410 stylizing due to ease of showing division color. Post-2410 uniform contains divisional stripe on the uniform, but does not include it on the collar.

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