The bottom line is this: The officer and the
LCPO are a team working toward the same goals.
The LCPO will bend over backwards to assist and
teach the officer if allowed. Conversely, the
LCPO will soon stop trying to help if the officer
doesnt accept support. When that happens the
officer ends up with numerous problems.
Relations With the Command
Master Chief (CM/C)
Probably the most vital link between officer
and enlisted personnel in a command is the
command master chief (CM/C). The CM/C
serves as the senior enlisted adviser to the
commander or commanding officer on all
matters relating to enlisted policy. The CM/C
carries out and promotes command policy and
enjoys special command trust and confidence
extending to the administration and management
of enlisted personnel.
The CM/C often provides guidance and
counseling to enlisted personnel. Division officers
should seek the advice of the CM/C on personal
problems of members of their division. The
CM/C, having years of experience in the Navy,
possesses a wealth of knowledge. More often than
not the CM/C is more than willing to assist both
officers and enlisted personnel. Division officers
cant expect the CM/C to run the division and
perform their duties; but if they have problems
in communicating with a member of the division,
they can count on the CM/C to help.
FORMS OF ADDRESS
Custom, tradition, and social change deter-
mine the form of verbal address you use to
introduce members of the naval service. Although
tradition and military customs generally pre-
dominate, methods of addressing and introducing
military personnel differ according to whether you
are in civilian or military circles at the time. (See
Except as provided in the paragraphs that
follow, address or introduce all officers in the
naval service by the title of their grade preceding
You may address officers of the Medical
Corps or Dental Corps and officers of the Medical
Service Corps or Nurse Corps having a doctoral
degree as Doctor. Likewise, you may address
an officer of the Chaplain Corps as Chaplain.
However, if the doctor or chaplain prefers to be
addressed by lieutenant, commander, captain, and
so forth, honor that request. When addressing an
officer whose grade includes a modifier (lieutenant
commander for example), you may drop the
In general, calling officers of the rank of
commander or above by their title and name is
preferable; that is, Commander
rather than the impersonal sir or maam.
Address other officers in the same manner.
However, in prolonged conversation, in which
repetition would seem forced or awkward, use
sir or maam.
Address a chief warrant officer as Chief
. In military
circles, address a midshipman as Mr. or Ms. (or
. When with civilians, in-
troduce the midshipman as Midshipman
and address the midshipman as
Mr. or Ms. (or Miss)
Aboard ship, address the regularly assigned
commanding officer as Captain regardless of
Introduce naval officers to civilians by title.
The method of introduction should cue the
civilians as to how they should address the officers
from then on. If you were introducing an officer
below the grade of commander to a civilian, you
might say, This is Lieutenant Jones. Mr. Jones
is an old shipmate of mine. This introduction
serves a double purpose; it gives the officers
grade, and it also gives the correct method of
address, Mr. Jones.
Because many people are not familiar with
Navy grade insignia and corps devices, make
any introduction, however brief, reasonably
informative. You may introduce a female
lieutenant with the words, This is Lieutenant
Johnson. Miss (or Ms. or Mrs.) Johnson is in
the Nurse Corps, or This is Lieutenant
Commander Jones. Miss Jones is on duty in the
The Navy today is a cross-section of America.
In the same family, one man may be a Chief
Machinists Mate and his brother a lieutenant. An
ensign may have a sister who is a Yeoman second
class, and so forth. General Pershing held the
highest United States military rank, General of
the Armies, but his son entered World War II
as a private. The first Secretary of Defense
entered World War I as a Seaman second class.
Accordingly, even though the distinction between
officer and enlisted personnel still exists in all
formal and official relations, it does so less and
less in nonmilitary relations.