compromised publication is a serious matter; a letter
of censure or court-martial could result.
If you sign for a pistol,
binoculars, or other government property, be sure the
property is securely stowed when not in use.
Shipboard life is
You should never permit
yourself or your personnel to use shortcuts that
violate safety requirements.
In addition to your
own safety, you are responsible for the people who
work for you. Learning safety requirements and
shipboard safety regulations should be among your
first accomplishments. Your ship or station safety
officer can provide guidance on safety regulations.
Navy Occupational Safety and Health (NAVOSH)
Program Manual for Forces Afloat, OPNAVINST
5100.19, Navy Occupational Safety and Health
( N AVO S H ) P ro g r a m M a n u a l , O P N AV I N S T
5100.23, and Naval Safety Supervisor, NAVEDTRA
10808-2, are good references, among others, for
you to review.
Custody of funds. If assigned a job involving
custody of funds, such as wardroom mess treasurer,
be careful. When you take over, do not be in a hurry.
Make a thorough check to ensure you get everything
you sign for. Be thorough and firm. Refuse to relieve
until you are satisfied everything is in order. Once
you relieve, you are responsible.
Auditing. If you are a member of an auditing
board, be sure what you certify as present is actually
Members of auditing boards have been
severely censured for carelessness in making audits
and taking inventories. The mere fact that someone
else signs the audit or inventory does not mean you
can sign blindly and assume the audit is accurate.
Usually the junior signs first, at the bottom.
Listed below are three duty areas you may be
assigned in addition to your normal duties:
1. Executive assistants.
Duties in this area
assignments such as training officer,
educational services officer (ESO), public affairs
officer, and legal officer.
2. Boards and committees.
You may find
yourself on several different boards and committees.
Some examples are Mess Audit Board, Nuclear
Weapons Safety Council, Welfare and Recreation
Committee, and Enlisted Examining Board.
3. Collateral duties.
You may be assigned
collateral duties such as library officer, athletic
officer, shore patrol officer, and naval warfare
publications library custodian.
CARRYING OUT LEADERSHIP DUTIES
Your most important duty as a junior officer is the
leadership of your personnel. Base your relationship
with them on a thorough knowledge of their
characters, abilities, and personal lives; but never
become too informal.
As you study the organization of your duty
station, learn to fit individuals into its structure. After
gaining a working knowledge of the people in your
division, talk to other division officers to discover
their key personnel. Being able to draw on such key
personnel will be of great value to you.
The chief petty officers in your division are most
important to you.
They know their jobs and the
capabilities of the people under them. Work through
your chiefs. Maintain the chain of command. Your
chief petty officers realize you probably do not know
all the technical details.
They also realize you
probably know more theory than they.
exchange of practical knowledge from the chief and
theory from the officer often result in a smoother
operation. Do not assume the attitude that you know
all the answers. You will always find one you will not
Do not lend money to, or have financial dealings
with, enlisted personnel.
Article 1111, U.S. Navy
Regulations, 1990, is quite definite on this subject. If
any of your personnel ask you for a loan, decline and
inform them that Navy regulations prohibit your
doing so. If the case is really deserving, the person
should have no difficulty in obtaining a loan from the
ships welfare and recreation fund, the Red Cross, or
the Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society. Refer
anyone in such circumstances to the proper people.
Help run interference, and follow up to ensure they
receive proper assistance.
Do your division business in the division. Do not
permit enlisted personnel to hang around your room
or in officers country. That sounds stuffy, but it is a
sound and long-established custom. Maintain proper
relations with your personnel at all times. Sometimes
minor matters set off a long chain of events of