Originally Posted by Arion
Out of curiosidy MrMate do you consider the person in charge of Computer/Information Systems to be an Officer?
On one hand, they have overall responsability for every computer on the ship - whether it has passengers onboard or not.
On the other hand, they could have had all their experience and training in/for land-based jobs, with little or no more ship-specific training than pursers.
As I said earlier. The only real officers on a ship are deck and engine officers. But a systems manager should have officer status as he is in a management position.