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Relations Between Officers and Enlisted Personnel
Useful Information for Newly Commissioned Officers
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to be curt with them.   Be tactful in your dealings with mess   management   personnel. If   you   feel   that   a complaint   is   in   order   or   disciplinary   action   is necessary, deal directly with the mess caterer who has charge of the mess management specialists. In  summary,  base  your  relations  with  enlisted personnel upon the same mutual respect as you base you relations with your fellow officers.   The measure of  respect  you  inspire  in  your  enlisted  personnel  is your measure of success as an officer.   You can earn this respect by exhibiting the following characteristics: A sincere concern for your responsibilities A fair sense of justice Interest and concern for your crew’s welfare Dignity and bearing Firmness   and   consistency   in   requiring obedience  to  your  orders  and  those  of  your superiors An   interest   in,   and   knowledge   of,   your profession SUGGESTIONS FOR JUNIOR OFFICERS The   following   suggestions   will   assist   you   in becoming a respected naval officer and help you get along with others: Do not offer excuses for failure or negligence. Assume  responsibility  and  do  not  depend  on  alibis. Freely accept the blame if the failure is yours. Remember your responsibilities.   Trying to be a  “nice  guy”  will  sooner  or  later  cause  you  grief. Holding a liberty boat for a fellow officer who is late is an example.   Your executive officer will not accept your doing a favor for a fellow officer as a reason for not following an approved boat schedule. When   you   receive   orders   that   involve   your subordinates,   ensure   the   orders   are   promptly   and smartly  executed.     Trust  your  people,  but  check  to make   sure   actions   are   proper   and   timely. Never apologize  for,  or  question,  orders  in  front  of  your subordinates. If  you  have  a  problem  with  orders, consult your senior. Avoid complaining.   If you have something to complain about, do something to rectify the situation or keep quiet. A  cheery  greeting  and  a  smile  will  motivate your  juniors  and  help  your  seniors  get  started  with their day. Gambling, drinking, and drug abuse afloat are general  court-martial  offenses.     The  Navy  does  not tolerate drug abuse.    Using drugs will result in your dismissal  from  the  service  either  by  administrative discharge or by court-martial.  If you refuse urinalysis you    are    subject    to    disciplinary    action    and court-martial. Possession   of   drugs   is   a   federal offense.   You have sworn to uphold the Constitution and the laws deriving from it.  If someone else is using a drug, leave.    Report the incident via your chain of command to your commanding officer (CO) as soon as   possible. If   you   do   not,   and   it   comes   to   the attention of your CO by other means, you will be in trouble for failing to report a crime.   Protect yourself; report the offense as quickly as possible.   The person who abuses drugs in your presence has no concern for your welfare and deserves no consideration. ORDERS AND COMMANDS What  is  the  difference  between  an  order  and  a command? An  order  gives  you  a  job  to  do  and  leaves  the manner of accomplishing it up to you.   Orders do not always  specify  completion  times,  but  do  frequently set time limits. A  command  directs  a  specific  action,  without alternatives.     For  example,  if  a  senior  tells  you  to report   to   the   division   office   at   0800,   that’s   a command.   On the other and, if a senior tells you to have a certain report prepared by the end of the week, that’s an order. Naval   custom,   tradition,   and   common   sense suggest you regard a senior’s “wish” or “desire” as an order. WARDROOM ETIQUETTE The  term  mess  applies  to  those  members  of  the naval  service  who,  for  convenience  and  sociability, eat  together.    It  comes  from  the  Latin  word  mensa, meaning table.    Officers entitled to the privileges of the wardroom are members of the wardroom mess. 5-6

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