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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 7
12-10-2011, 10:15 PM
I see it as crew manning stations on the ship. A botanist or diplomat wouldn't really have anything to do when the ship goes into red alert. And if they could get injured during combat it wouldn't actually affect any ship operations.

You can think of some of your duty officers as your normal crew. while the rest are passengers/non-vital crewmen.

In the heat of battle you might not really care if the ships chef got a bump on the head, but you probably would want to know if your entire engineering team is out of commission.