require supplemental travel orders in English and
French attached to your regular travel orders. Consult
with your personnel officer before your transfer.
When reporting to a ship in Europe, you will
probably first go to Rota, Spain. From there, you will
catch a flight to the port where you can meet your
ship. If you should miss your ship at that port, check
in with any naval activity to determine what
information it has on your ships location. If no naval
activities are in the vicinity, check with the American
Consulate. The Consulate will be aware of impending
arrivals or cancellations.
SHIPS STATIONED IN THE WESTERN
When reporting to a ship in the western Pacific
(WESTPAC), you may have more difficulty getting to
your ship than you would have experienced in the
United States or Europe because of the greater
distances involved. The hints we have just given for
locating your ship also apply for WESTPAC. The
Navy Aviation Transportation Coordination Office
(ATCO) at Military Airlift Command (MAC)
terminals can assist you in getting to your ship.
When reporting aboard a ship or shore station,
wear either the uniform of the day prescribed for that
area or the service dress blue. If you have dependents
do not take them with you when you report; you will
be busy enough without them. They can see the ship
or shore station at a later date. (Do not forget to leave
them with sufficient funds.)
The first impression you make will be important.
Many people will be seeing you for the first time and
will be sizing you up. Remember, you never have a
second chance to make a good first impression.
Therefore, ensure your appearance is ready for
When you report to a ship, salute the colors aft,
salute the officer of the deck (OOD), identify
yourself, request permission to come aboard, and
state that you are reporting aboard for duty. Give the
OOD a copy of your orders. The OOD may also
endorse the original copy. A messenger will probably
take your bags to your room, but do not be above
carrying them yourself if no one is available to help
Most ships and shore stations have a standard
check-in routine for new officers. On the off chance
that your ship does not, remember the following
Deliver the original and all copies of your
orders to your ships administrative or personnel
After your orders have been properly endorsed
and read by administrative personnel, deliver the
original and several copies along with your pay record
to your disbursing officer. If you do not have a pay
record, your disbursing officer will need two copies of
your orders to open your pay record and two more
copies to pay you for transportation and any
transportation for your dependents.
If you are delivering your health record to your
new station, deliver it to your medical officer or
Your executive officer will give you a short
Be ready to discuss your professional
qualifications, type of duty desired, and anything that
might help your new command in assigning you to a
billet. If several officers report aboard about the same
time, the briefing may be in a group format.
The needs of your command will dictate your
billet assignment. If you do not get the billet you
expect or want, do not feel dejected; accept the
challenge and do the best job you can.
Your commanding officer will give you a
welcome aboard brief. This first impression will affect
your whole tour aboard.
Ensure your uniform and
grooming are inspection-ready. Be yourself! Know
the goals you want to achieve while on sea duty.
MAKING OFFICIAL CALLS
When you talk with your executive officer, bring
up the subject of calls and find out the policy of your
command. In recent years, hail and farewell parties
have replaced official calls at many commands. The
Social Etiquette section of this booklet will attempt
to clarify any further questions on calls.
Your commanding officer will seek information
about your background and your personal ambitions.
Your commanding officer will also ensure you are