Hello MARS OM
I am curious, what are some of the duties of a junior MARS officer? What is the day-to-day routine like, both at sea and on shore? Thanks for your time!
To be serious, the day to day routine alongside is pretty random, and the at sea it is pretty straight-forward.
At sea, you will stand your watches on the bridge, eat and sleep during your off watches, and any other time will be spent under studying other personnel, working on your req progression, and doing whatever little jobs the NavO might task you with, such as Port Liaison Officer, Duty Nav, random briefs etc..
Alongside is a whole different story and it depends whether you are OOD (Officer of the Day) qualified or not. The very first thing when you get to a ship is train to become on Officer of the Day (OOD). Essentially, as the OOD (there is only one OOD for each day of the week), you have charge of the ship, which means that you are exercising command on behalf of the CO. You make sure that the ship runs smoothly, and that the ship and the crew are safe.
You are expected to be OOD qualified within 3 months of arriving aboard your first ship, and they don't let you forget it. Generally, people won't let you sit and drink a coffee for 5 minutes without harassing you about "are you OOD qualified yet? No? What are you doing here?! Get to work Subbie! :crybaby:". There is a lot to learn, and you will spend most of every day studying references, walking around the ship getting comfortable with the layout, and where EVERYTHING (I mean literally) is. You will chase people around just like I said in my last post and try and get them to sign off your reqs, you will sit pre-boards, stand duties as 2OOD (the assistant to the OOD), conduct fire-exercises, and finnally, sit a board in front of the XO, Combat Officer, Engineering and Combat Systems Officers. Once you've passed this board, your life becomes a little easier.
Day to day post-OOD is a little bit more relaxed. Your biggest concern at this point is getting NOPQ qualified. Unfortunately, just about all of the NOPQ reqs require sea-time to complete. You can do a lot of studying, but most of these reqs require that you actually go and do them. And not because you need to do them so you can just "get that damn signature", but because these are really things you need to have done and know how to do. So when the ship isn't sailing, your day to day duties depend entirely on"
a) What secondary duties you might have (for example, diving officer, communications security officer, sports officer, boarding party officer, United Way Charity Rep, etc..)
b) What tasking your NavO assigns you (support a training course in the simulators, clean out the chart room, type of his memos)
c) Your level of motivation
(honestly, most days I run around like a chicken with my head cut off, and other days where all I do is drink coffee)
If you want to know anymore let me know!