Living Facilites at Alpha Base (Alpha Hold)? What are
they like, what can I expect?
How do I leave Alpha?
For the FSP personnel
staffed there it's much the same as it would be aboard
ship; Though here it's not space being the premium but
the resources and the need to husband what we have to
last as long as possible. Sr Enlisted, Enlisted with
Families (when that eventuality arises), Field grade
and above Officers are afforded private housing in
small units that feature 2 small, 1 medium bedrooms, a
living room and space for cooking and washing. Jr
Enlisted and Below Field Grade (Lt and below) share
quarters with another member of like rank (Co-Ed
quarters not available at this time). Suites share
hygiene and cooking facilities (2 shared rooms with a
galley/'fresher between). Each member is afforded
email and computer privileges, with 2 terminals per
shared room. 1 Terminal in each 'Family' housing unit.
For those who prefer it, there are common dining
facilities in both the Officers and Enlisted Quarters.
Right, so how do I leave Alpha to
visit the lodge?
FSP Personnel are
restricted to the Cibola region of the Southern
Continent of Pern. At this time the Northern
Continent is Off Limits to FSP Personnel.
What is the difference between
Enlisted and Commissioned/Officers?
Request for permission
to leave the base must be tendered to your immediate
supervisor. Standard leave policy is in place; any
trip off the compound that will result in being away
for more than 24 planetary hours must be approved.
So I've been at the same rank
forever, how do I advance from Crewman to Crewman 1st?
Enlisted members enter
into a contract and are generally perceived to do the
more manual tasks that are needed. There are means of
advancement; though generally the initial ranking is
crewman, they can move up to Staff Sergeant. Pay and
perks commensurate with service and rank. The term of
Enlistment for the FSP Space Services is generally
between 6-8 years; with reenlistments offered as a
matter of course unless there are disciplinary issues
or the member decides to voluntarily separate at the
end of their term. Officers go through specialized
training, Academy or Officers Candidacy and generally
hold a degree. Theirs is a supervisory/managerial
position and generally they do not do the actual
hands-on work unless, in rare cases, where it's
essential that they do so. Officers are generally held
to higher expectations of behavior than Enlisted
members and can (and usually are) held accountable to
a degree for the behavior of those under their
command. It becomes for the enlisted members, a matter
of pride to give a good showing for their unit, and
their commanding officers. Friendships between Officer
& Enlisted are not unusual, and so long as they
don't go beyond the bounds of proper military
deportment are not frowned on.
What is fraternization? Can we at
least shake hands?
As ever promotions are
based on qualifications and your ability to shine.
Your time in the service and the length of time in
paygrade will have something to do with that too; as
will the recommendations of your supervisors. Needless
to say, someone with a spotless record will advance
more and quicker than someone with disciplinary
Handshakes are fine, but
liplocks aren't in your best interest between Officer
So I can leave any time I want
just so long as I'm back for my next duty shift?
Can I go North to the other
No. If you plan on
leaving the base proper you need to make sure that
your supervisor is aware of your location and that you
are back in time for your next duty shift. Any absence
longer than 12 hours requires a Leave Form that has
been properly filled out and approved by supervisor.
No. At this point in
time no FSP personnel are authorized to go to the
I've decided I'm just not cut
out for military life, can I quit?
What can we expect in the way
No; there is no
quitting. For Enlisted Members the term of Enlistment
must be served out as agreed to unless there are valid
reasons for Discharge from Service (those being:
Medical necessity, Failure to Adapt, Hardship, in line
of Disciplinary Action, Part of the terms of a General
or Specific Court Martial). Officers are Commissioned
and may resign their commission. There is NO set term
for a Commissioned Officer's term of service. Officers
can Resign their Commission or be Dismissed from
Service (the latter is usually the result of
How much fraternization is too
much? where is the line drawn?
Basic Medical care,
housing and food as well as uniforms are provided to
each FSP member; no one goes without; though waste is
discouraged and selling, bartering or giving away FSP
property is considered Black Market activity.
Great, so how am I paid? A guy
(or gal) can't live on good looks alone.
If you find yourself
in bed with the noncom who put your call through to
Omega, you've gone too far. Between personnel of like
rank there are few limitations on social interaction;
though intimate relationships between members who are
within the same chain of command is frowned on.
The FSP like so many
technologically advanced socieities has done away with
the visual concept of 'money', dealing mostly with
numbers on a computer screen. What's this mean? It
means that for FSP members their 'pay' is in the form
of credits earned toward purchasing power. The credits
exist in the computer (which is why the payroll
programmes are so jealously guarded, firewalled and
held safe by the Quartermaster). Those members of the
FSP on Pern do indeed still rack up pay (pay table to
follow), though the credits earned are 'spendable'
only at Alpha. Command staff are at this time trying
to figure a way to turn at least some of those credits
into marks. Stay tuned! For the most part PERN
practices a barter technology, though some exchange of
currency is used (see Marks)
a commissioned officer and what ranks do they
What are the Enlisted Ranks?
- 1st Lieutenant
- Lieutenant Commander
- Vice Admiral
- Rear Admiral
- Fleet Admiral
How do I know who's in charge
and who works where?
- Crewman 1st Class
- Crewman 2nd Class
- Crewman 3rd Class
- Staff Sergeant
that are deemed severe enough to require disciplinary
action beyond confinement to quarters or Letters of
Reprimand result in the standard Court Martial. The base
Commander can convene a General or Special Court Martial
and will then Supervise/Oversee the effort with
advocates appointed for the accused if it is deemed
necessary. A jury comprising of 13 members of the base
staff (officer and enlisted) will be duly appointed and
charged to hear evidence and make judgment. Punishment
can include Imprisonment for a set term in the Brig;
Loss of Rank/Pay, either temporary or permanent;
Expulsion from FSP service and loss of all benefits.
Offenses that can result in the convening of a general
- Grand Theft
- Assualt with Intent to Harm
- Unlawful Imprisonment
- Drunk and Disorderly
- Impersonation of an Officer
(not that we expect issues with this)
- Breaking and Entering
- Dereliction of Duty
- Failure to Follow Orders
- Black Market Activity