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This article is about duty shifts. You may be looking for The Shift, a Frunalian life-cycle event.

A duty shift is a period of time in which a sentient individual works or performs duty as part of a group. In Starfleet, the day is divided into several shifts so that key positions of starships and starbases will be manned at all times.

The length of the shifts are at the order of the commanding officer and executive officer, usually there are three or four per day. (TNG episode: "Chain of Command, Part I")

The Starfleet shift system is named using the letters of the Greek alphabet. On Deep Space 9 shifts were named after the period of the day to which they applied. (DS9 episodes: "Bar Association", "The Assignment")

Starfleet shifts

  • Alpha Shift
  • Beta Shift
  • Gamma Shift
  • Delta Shift

Deep Space Nine Shift Nomenclature

  • Day Shift
  • Swing Shift
  • Night Shift

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