sure your orders receive an endorsement reflecting the
Each command has instructions
that outline the procedure for requesting permission
to reside in civilian housing in lieu of inadequate
BOQ. For further information, refer to OPNAVINST
11103.1. This instruction establishes Navy bachelor
ADJUSTING TO LIFE ABOARD SHIP
You will have to adjust to life aboard ship. One
adjustment will be the limited space you will have to
stow personal belongings. You will also have to learn
the layout of the ship, when and where to report for
quarters, and new names and faces.
STOWING PERSONAL BELONGINGS
Your room will have a safe in which you can stow
your valuables. Obtain the combination to the safe
from the security manager. Set a new combination on
the safe using the printed instructions, if available, or
follow the advice of an officer experienced in setting
combinations. Try the new combination several times
with the safe open.
Write the combination on a piece of paper and
place it in a sealed envelope. On the outside of the
envelope, write your name, your stateroom number,
and the location of the safe within the stateroom.
Give the envelope to the security manager.
security manager will only open your safe in case of
After getting settled, remove any unnecessary
baggage from your stateroom. We suggest you keep a
small travel bag, one suitcase, and perhaps a duffel
bag or folding nylon bag.
Ask the supply officer
about available stowage facilities for the rest of your
Find out what time and where to report for
quarters and general quarters; also, find out where to
go for drills and what your duties are.
Obtain copies of the Booklet of General Plans,
General Information Book (for newer constructed
ships, the title is Ship Information Book), and Ships
Organization and Regulations Manual.
copies of the fleet regulations, type commanders
directives, squadron commanders directives, and a
roster of the officers aboard. Start studying!
One of the best ways to get acquainted with your
ship is to go through the ship from stem to stern and
from top to bottom. You can ask questions freely
without embarrassment while you are new. After you
have been aboard a few months, you may feel foolish
if you ask questions regarding things you should
know. Nevertheless, do not hesitate to ask.
Learn the names of your fellow officers and the
enlisted personnel on board. Address your seniors
and subordinates properly; for example, say, Good
morning, Commander Door or Good morning,
Senior Chief Boate.
This common courtesy is
Do not be too eager to go ashore after first
Spend a few days getting oriented.
Knowing your environment will be very helpful.
Customarily, heads of departments request
permission for personnel to leave the ship from the
executive officer; junior officers request permission
from the head of the department, and, in some cases,
from the executive officer. Find out from whom you
obtain the necessary permission.
When you request permission to leave the ship, do
not ask permission to go on liberty; simply request
permission to leave the ship. Report to the OOD that
you have permission to leave the ship, and remember
the salutes required when leaving a ship. If you have
a shore address and phone number, make sure they are
on file in the ships office. You may wear civilian
clothing when going ashore.
Remember the custom of juniors getting into
boats first and getting out last. If a boat becomes
crowded and you are the junior, get out and catch the
next one. Remember also that seniors are given the
more desirable seats. Boats leave on time; so get a
copy of the boat schedule.
ASSUMING YOUR DUTIES
If you report to a ship, your first assignments will
probably be as a junior division officer and a junior
watch officer. The sooner you qualify as OOD, both
in port and under way, or as duty officer for your
particular department, the better. Such qualifications
are important steps in your career. You can be sure if
you do not qualify, your career will not go far.
You will remain in an on watch but under
instruction status until you do qualify. You can count