ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION
As an electronics supervisor, you will have duties
and responsibilities that involve more than just repairing
equipment. You will assume the additional duties of a
work center administrator. We have designed this
chapter to familiarize you with the standard electronics
organization and basic administrative requirements. We
will also present some methods for carrying out these
You can find additional information on general
organization and administration in Military
Requirements for Petty Officer Second Class,
NAVEDTRA 12045; Military Requirements for Petty
Officer First Class, NAVEDTRA 12046; and Military
Requirements for Chief Petty Officer, NAVEDTRA
12047. In addition to the above sources, we recommend
that you also read Shipboard Electronics Material
Officer, NAVEDTRA 10478-B.
To administer your division effectively and
efficiently, you must have a sound division organization.
A sound division organization has a clear organizational
structure and definite policies and procedures. It also has
whatever other controls are needed to make sure the
division can complete its mission under all conditions.
The basic administrative and functional org-
anization in ships is prescribed by OPNAVINST
3120.32, Standard Organization and Regulations of the
U.S. Navy (SORM). The SORM, a Chief of Naval
Operations publication, prescribes the general pattern
for a ships organization. It eases the process of
escalating from peacetime status to wartime status
without major organizational changes. The standard
requirements for organization aboard each ship type and
class are defined by the type commander or higher
authority. These requirements are intended to help
commanding officers administer their units in the best
possible manner. The electronics division organization
is basically the same aboard all ships and shore
commands. Variations in the organization within ships
of the same type and class are usually caused by such
factors as the number of experienced personnel, the
differences in the ships employment or material
condition, and the methods that different division
officers or senior petty officers use to organize and run
Every level of command (ship, department,
division, and so on) has an organization bill. The
organization bill for a particular level describes the
duties and responsibilities of personnel assigned to that
level. It also prescribes policy and procedures peculiar
to that level. The electronics organization bill is the
means by which the primary electronics officer, the
electronics material officer (EMO), delegates
responsibility and authority to subordinates.
The following paragraphs identify positions usually
listed in the electronics organization bill and primary
responsibilities associated with those positions.
The electronics material officer (EMO) is a
commissioned officer or warrant officer who is
responsible for the repair, upkeep, and preservation of
all assigned electronic equipment and spaces. The EMO
is detailed by the commanding officer to the operations
department or to the combat systems officer.
The assistant electronics material officer (AEMO)
(normally a warrant officer or limited duty officer (LDO)
on large combat vessels) assists the EMO.
The leading Electronics Technician is the senior
Electronics Technician assigned to the vessel.
Group supervisors are the leading communications,
radar, data (DSs), interior communications (ICs), and
weapons (FCs) personnel detailed by the EMO.
The proper assignment of available personnel for
the upkeep of equipment (and for other necessary duties)
is essential. It is particularly critical if the division is
short of personnel or if the available technicians are
inexperienced. The leading petty officer must always be
aware of the qualifications of the onboard technician.
If the division is well staffed, inexperienced people
may be assigned to work with more experienced crew
members. In such cases, the leading petty officer should
ensure that the inexperienced personnel actually receive