The ALERT crew is broken down in to four distinct divisions. Each one is depended upon in order to make ALERT function.
Deck department is the largest department on the ALERT. It consists of Seaman and Seaman Apprentices as well as several Boatswain Mates, one Chief and one officer (the 1st LT). Newly reported SA and SN as well as BM3s and BM2s can expect to become qualified as a Inport Watchstander and as a Helmsman and Lookout while underway. All SA, SN and BMs can expect to become qualified as basic and advanced damage controlman. BMs can expect to become qualified as Quartermaster of the Watch, Officer of the Day and Underway Officer of the Deck.
The Engineering department includes several rates, each proficient in different aspects of machinery. Engineering rates include Machinery Technicians, Damage Controlman, and Electrician Mates. All second class petty officers and below can expect to become qualified as a Inport Watchstander. All FN and FA can expect to become qualified Auxillary Watchstander underway. All second and third class petty officers can expect to become qualified Throttle Watchstander underway. All rates can also expect to qualify as basic and advanced damage controlman.
The Operations department consists of several petty officers and comissioned officers who maintain constant communications, load crypto, man and operate radios, conduct background investigations and vessel reports, repair and maintain electronics, maintain servers and internet connectivity, man and operate radars, and function as critical elements in ALERT's maritime readiness. Several rates are included in the operations department including Operation Specialists, Information Systems Technicians, Gunner's Mates, Maritime Law Enforcement Specialists, Boatswain's Mates, and several officers. Those that will be reporting aboard as future OS's, IT's, and ME's can expect to receive training as an Operations Specialist of the Watch while underway and receive training as a Inport Watchstander while moored in Astoria.
The Supply department consists of several petty officers and a supply officer. Supply department includes such rates as Yeoman, Storekeeper, Food Service Specialists, and Health Service Technicians. Each job is diverse, but they all relate to serving the crew's needs, Whether it be with medications and other medical treatment, filling out orders and managing crew pay, cooking up delicious and nutricious meals, or managing ship funds and supplies. Those reporting aboard as an YN, SK, FS, or HS can expect to receive on the job training in your specific rate. YN, SK and HS can expect to become qualified as a Inport Watchstander while inport, as well as basic and advanced damage control qualified.