Valor Personnel Organization
This document has been put together to explain the desired mix of occupations and their organizational structure for the TSA-0005 ‘Valor’ class cruisers and other larger mixed function ships the TSA may later use. This will reference TSA military non-commissioned and commissioned officer ranks when needed.
Command is what we refer to as the top of the ships hierarchy and most members will head one of the other sections. The master of the vessel itself and the one in charge is the Captain. Captains are not usually considered Flag rank officers, however for cruisers and larger we have decided to consider them honorary Flag ranks. Practically this only means they have an independence in execution of orders and can perform certain types of actions without direct contact with command. The captain is on call at all times, though not specifically required to be on any particular shift schedule.
Effectively second in command is the ships Virtual Intelligence, in an emergency it has been empowered to take command and seek to extract itself from whatever the current crisis is. Traditionally this role would be filled by a person. However it was decided that an emergency any person could be incapacitated, while the ship would have to be near irreparable for the ships VI to be disabled. The other benefit is that the VI is effectively on duty at all times so a solution to rotation of command staff was not needed.
Below them exists the three section heads. The three sections are: Tactical, Science, and Support. These are senior officers who manage the various subsections. It should be noted that these three people are referred to as ‘directors’ and report directly to the Captain. Those who run subsections of each department are expected to be junior grade officers, unless otherwise stated, and everyone under them base rank officers.
Tactical is composed of several sections related to ship operation and combat. Specifically they are in charge of the marine detachment, the ships security force, the small craft forces, operations personnel who man the bridges and crew the command systems.
Each Valor class vessel is rated to carry an 80 person marine detachment. The detachment is commanded by the marine master sergeant and consists almost universally of non-commissioned personnel. The marine detachment is composed of a variety of MOS’s including tactical armored units. They have no specific duty shifts, but are on call at all times.
The Security force is composed of 40 agents split over 3 shifts with extras. They handle any and all discipline issues onboard as well they run the ships brig. For emergency purposes they all have first aid training and access to the military weapons locker. A junior grade officer is the direct commander of this group.
The ship has a contingent of small craft used to support the larger vessel, 75 personnel are then attached to this contingent. Much like the marine detachment they do not have duty shifts and are on call at all times instead, however each pilot is expected to perform a 4 hour duty in the hanger bays for each 24 hour day to insure flight readiness.
Operations personnel number 26 junior officers who are split over 3 work shifts. Each bridge requires 2 operators at all times, with the main bridge requiring 3.
The Science section is a new division for a military tradition; however it’s needed in such general purpose vessels. Science consists of the ‘soft’ sciences: medical team, the survey crews, an astronomy/Astrometrics group, and a linguistics section. It is noted that very few science personnel tend to work on increasing their military ranking; this has made filling the director role difficult at times.
The ship is equipped with full medical facilities and 20 medical doctors who are required to work in one of the ships 3 shifts each day. At need other personnel are brought in to act as nurses. In emergencies all medical staff will be called in.
Survey is a interesting group who have no single set of skills, but instead have a range of skills for a variety of potential situations. Their role is to perform any manned missions to planets or other objects in space of a non-combat nature. The current survey group is composed of 30 people. Other disciplines are added to survey teams as needed; Such as: medical, engineering, marines, or pilots, though anyone may be required by specialty.
Astronomy/Astrometrics is concerned with stellar phenomenon and unlike most other groups work in 4 shifts over the day, 6 hours each. This team consists of 24 people.
The ship carries 30 linguists who fall into the science sections domain whose sole job is to study exo-solar languages and facilitate translation. They work in the standard 3 shift rotation. In emergencies however they double up shifts in case of critical linguistic need.
Support is tasked with keeping the ship and systems in working order and ready for use. It’s broken up into 4 groups: Engineering, Maintenance, Research and Development (R&D), and Facilities. These are considered the hard sciences as opposed to the science departments ‘soft’ ones.
Engineering is responsible for all ships critical systems, though priority goes to power systems, engines, and weapons in that order. The engineering staff consists of 100 people. They are split up to work over the standard 3 shifts. In emergencies they are all brought on duty to offer support.
Maintenance is responsible for small craft, mecha, and other equipment maintenance. They number 40 people in their staff and are split over the 3 standard shifts. In emergencies they are on duty in the Hanger bays, unless on other specific assignment.
R&D are engineers and physicists in general who are kept up to date on research back in the TSA, do their own scientific experiments, and are tasked to examine alien technologies. There are 21 members and typically work the 3 standard ship shifts.
Facilities take care of hydroponics, recycling systems, and the galley. They work around the clock in 3 shifts with 30 people.