CASE NUMBER 1
MS3 Frost and MSSN Doe come into the Navy at
the same time and go through recruit training and A
school together. Then they receive orders to the same
ship. While they remain together during their time in the
Navy and become good friends, their attitudes and
ambitions are quite different. MS3 Frost makes his rate
the first time up. MSSN Doe takes the test twice and
fails both times.
Suppose we interview the two men and see if we
can identify some of their differences.
Tell us a little about your job.
I like my job. Basically, it involves
preparing three meals a day, 7 days a
week, either at sea or in port. By using
the menu to make breakouts, I have a
current knowledge of stores
remaining on board. This makes me
feel that I have a part in managing
inventory. We use the menu to make
breakouts of food items and plan for
the meals that follow.
Its a great job! No responsibilities,
easy work, my room and board, and I
get paid for it.
MS3 Frost, you said that you like your
job. What is it that you like about it?
It would be difficult for me to identify
one thing that would stand out over
another, but the fact that my rating is
interesting and that it provides variety
means a lot. I enjoy interacting with
the crew; and this job provides mean
opportunity not only to provide a
service, but to talk with each of the
crew members. Often this interaction
provides me knowledge of what they
would like to see more of on the line
or items they would prefer to see less
MSSN Doe, you said the job is easy.
Is that all it has going for it?
I guess so. I havent given it much
thought. Its a job. The chief makes
out the menu, and tells me what I have
to do. I just follow the recipes.
MSSN Doe, you said you have no
responsibilities and implied that you
dont want to have any. Do you
consider responsibility something to
I do now. The food service officer and
the chief are paid more than I am; they
should have the responsibility.
Do you agree with this, MS3 Frost?
Its true that both the food service
officer and the chief are paid more,
but I feel they have equal
responsibility for their pay. I would
like to assume as much responsibility
as the chief will allow me to have so
that I may learn as many skills as
possible. I view these skills as
valuable in planning a career either in
the military or in the civilian sector.
As far as responsibility, I feel that
everyone in the food service division
has a responsibility to the crew to
observe rules of sanitation and to
make each meal nutritious and tasty.
The food service officer and the chief
have the training and experience that
qualify them for this, but I have
responsibilities also. There are many
ways to do a jobmy responsibility
is to do it right.
Since the chief prepares the menu, do
you really have a choice of what foods
Who wants to choose? If the menu
calls for meat loaf, they get meat loaf,
if it calls for mashed potatoes, they get
Im not in a position to change the
menu, but I do have the latitude to use
several recipe variations. That
prevents meals from becoming
monotonous. Small things such as
seasoning sauces and dressed-up
leftovers seem to be a big hit with the
crew. Because crew size is small, Im
able to place more emphasis on
serving those items that are to be
served hot or cold at their desired