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Miscellaneous Guidelines -Continued
3  days  after  being  entertained  at  dinner.    Today  the thoughtful  guest  will  write  a  note  of  appreciation, telephone,   or   send   flowers. The   importance   of expressing  your  appreciation  to  your  host  cannot  be overemphasized. INTRODUCTIONS Remember  the  following  three  basic  rules  when introducing two individuals: A man is normally introduced  to  a woman. A younger adult is introduced  to  an older adult of the same sex. An officer of lower rank is introduced to one of higher rank. Most introductions go wrong because a person is too wordy.   The following formats are best: “Mrs. Doe—Mr. Boate” (directed to Mrs. Doe) “Ensign Door—Chief Warrant Officer Brush” (directed to Ensign Door) “This  is  Ensign  Pistol”  spoken  to  Mrs.  Frost; then to the ensign, “Mrs. Frost” When  formal  introductions  are  necessary  (high church, military, or government officials; royalty; or guest speakers), use the following formats: “Miss   Doe,   I   have   the   honor   to   present Mr. Seaman” Ensign Door, may I present Ensign Boat” A male officer in civilian clothes and wearing a hat should uncover on being introduced to a woman.   The officer  should  remain  uncovered  while  other  men  of the party are being introduced to a woman or to each other in the presence of women.  If in uniform, the male officer is governed by circumstances.  To remove your uniform   cap   during   the   introduction   is   perfectly correct, but replace it sooner than you would a civilian hat. The  important  thing  is  to  convey  the  idea  of courtesy and to maintain a military appearance. Following an introduction, the general rule is that the   civilian   lady   starts   the   handshake. When   two officers  are  introduced,  the  senior  officer  starts  the handshake. If   seated,   a   man   rises   to   acknowledge   an introduction   and   remains   standing   while   other members  of  the  party  are  being  introduced  to  one another. However,  at  a  table  where  rising  might inconvenience  other  persons,  he  does  not  rise  on being  introduced  to  either  women  or  men  who  are themselves seated. MISCELLANEOUS GUIDELINES The following are points of reference and handy items to know for situations that may confront you: Exact  protocol  is  normally  observed  only  in diplomatic     circles     and     at     high-level governmental affairs. Attire for a change of command and retirement ceremony is usually service dress if you are an observer.    The  attire  of  an  officer’s  spouse  or date is a tailored dress or business suit. These ceremonies always provide a printed program informing guests when to sit and when to rise. When  an  admiral  or  high-ranking  dignitary arrives  aboard,  civilian  women  do  not  stand; but during rendition of personal honors, ruffles and flourishes, or gun salutes, women stand at attention  as  long  as  the  service  members  are saluting. Ship’s   ceremonies,   such   as   christenings, commissionings, and changes of command, are always daytime affairs.    Attendance of guests is by invitation only. If you are away, your spouse is not expected to represent you at official functions except at the change of command of a friend, when invited. Always   acknowledge   wedding   gifts   or   baby gifts from shipmates by addressing a thank you note  to  the  senior  member  of  the  group  that sent it. When you entertain officially, do it in a manner you   can   afford. If   others   entertain   you, reciprocating is desirable and acceptable.    Do not   expect   a   senior   officer   to   do   all   the entertaining. To call upon newcomers whose rank is close to yours is a courteous gesture. Never  hesitate  to  call  aides  or  secretaries  for information or guidance. 7-4

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