Always be alert.
Pay close attention to the messages
transmitted over the phone by the officer or petty officer
in charge of the station (message originator). If possible,
take notes when other stations on the circuit relay
messages to you. Do not engage in idle conversation on
the phone. Keep your mind on your assigned duty.
Test the circuit regularly. A line may malfunction as a
result of damage, faulty phones, or other equipment
failure. Unless you test the line periodically, you may be
unaware of the malfunction and fail to receive an
Do not use the normal pronunciation of alphabetic letters
when speaking over the phone. It is easy to confuse the
sounds of certain letters, such as bee and dee or cee and
zee. To avoid such confusion, the Navy requires that
you use phonetic equivalents of letters instead of the
letters themselves. However, you may use the alphabetic
pronunciation of abbreviations and acronyms that are
What station is in charge of each circuit?
Why should you test the circuit periodically?
Why cant you use alphabetic letters as references?
USE OF THE PHONETIC ALPHABET
The Navy has used a phonetic alphabet for many years. At
times, it has changed some of the phonetic equivalents to words
that might more quickly bring to mind the letters they represent.
The various North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
countries adopted the following phonetic alphabet as a means of
overcoming the many language difficulties.
Each word is
accented on the capitalized syllable.