Thus, the personnel officer of a naval headquarters would be referred to as
. In reality, in largeorganizations each of these staff functions will require the support of its own large staff, so
refersboth to the office and the officer in charge of it. The continental staff system can be carried down to thenext level:
is thus the operations officer of the personnel office of a joint headquarters, but the exactdefinition of the roles at this level may vary. Below this, numbers can be attached following a hyphen,but these are usually only positional numbers assigned arbitrarily to identify individuals (
could bethe budget officer in the operations section of the intelligence department;
might simply be areceptionist).
The personnel and administration officer supervises personnel and administration systems. Thisdepartment functions as the essential administrative liaison between the subordinate units and theheadquarters, handling personnel actions coming from the bottom up (such as a request for an awardbe given to a particular soldier) or from the top down (such as orders being received from the army leveldirecting a particular soldier be reassigned to a new unit outside the command). In army units, thisperson is often called the Adjutant.
ence / secu
The intelligence section is responsible for collecting and analyzing intelligence information about theenemy to determine what the enemy is doing, or might do, to prevent the accomplishment of the unit'smission. This office may also control maps and geographical information systems and data. At the unitlevel, the S2 is the unit's security officer, and the S2 section manages all security clearance issues for theunit's personnel.
The operations office, which may include plans and training. The operations office plans and coordinatesoperations, and all things necessary to enable the formation to operate and accomplish its mission. Inmost units, the operations office is the largest of the staff sections and considered the most important.All aspects of sustaining the unit's operations, planning future operations, and additionally planning andexecuting all unit training, fall under the responsibility of operations. The operations office is also taskedwith keeping track of the weekly training schedules.
The logistics office, is responsible for managing logistical support and providing all manner of suppliesand services such as ammunition, fuel, food, water, maintenance, materials, engineering, andtransportation.In U.S. military staff structure, all medical equipment, consumables, support equipment and vehicles,i.e., tents, ambulances, etc., are included in the Logistics office. All medical personnel are members of the Logistics team. The senior medical officer and/or senior medical enlisted member also reportdirectly to the commanding officer. In other words, the medical support required by a unit is consideredto be a logistics "function" and all that it takes to perform that functions are considered logistics"assets."