As previously mentioned, we strongly
recommend you read
Watch Officers Guide and
Division Officers Guide.
These books contain
invaluable information for all junior officers.
As a rule, senior officers do not immediately call
attention to your minor faults or errors, but they do
note these things. If you are slow in getting squared
away, they might mention these deficiencies.
After you become oriented and feel comfortable
in your new environment, you may wish to have
guests aboard for dinner, take a look around, and go to
a movie. That is an old naval custom, and an excellent
one if it does not become an everyday occurrence.
Usually a holiday evening meal or Sunday noon meal
is a suitable time for guests.
Clear your intention to have guests aboard for a
meal with the wardroom mess caterer. The caterer
must ensure sufficient places are set and enough food
is prepared to go around.
When your guests arrive at the ship, either
accompany them or be on deck to meet them. If your
guest is a very important person (VIP), try to make an
appointment for the person to see the captain for a few
If that isnt possible, at least inform the
captain that a VIP is aboard the ship.
Introduce your guests to your fellow officers.
When they have guests, help keep the conversation
going and be similarly helpful in other ways.