Frost used his initiative to prevent monotonous meals
and plan his preparation so that food would be served
immediately after preparation.
The chief rated both men as being dependable;
however, he appreciated the extra interest and effort of
MS3 Frost. A more direct means of evaluating these men
is to ask yourself the following questions: Which one
would you rather have preparing the meals that you eat?
CASE NUMBER 2
It is a cold, blustery Sunday afternoon in Newport.
A destroyer has just recently returned from deployment
and it is having a good response to visitors day in spite
of the weather.
Dependents and friends of the crewmembers have
just enjoyed a sumptuous dinner (compliments of the
hardworking food service division). Next on the
schedule of events is a movie to be shown on the mess
deck for their entertainment. Most of the children and
the less adventurous watch the movie, but the more
hardy individuals brave the elements to tour the ship.
BMSN Boat and his wife join the tour. It is Mrs.
Boats first visit, and BMSN Boat is proudly showing
off his ship. He has shown her around most of the topside
areas and is ending the tour on the bridge. Here he names
and explains the purpose of the various equipments and
explains (probably bragging just a little) how he uses
them while steering the ship. Then, deciding that a cup
of coffee will make a welcome finish for the tour, they
start their return trip to the mess deck.
Mrs. Boat has just started down the ladder when her
foot slips and she falls.
The officer of the deck (OOD) turns when he hears
the sound of her falling and goes to her. BMSN Boat is
already kneeling beside her. Are you hurt? he asks
I . . . dont think. . . so. Just kno. . . knocked the
breath. . . out of me.
The OOD inquires of BMSN Boat, Is your wife
I dont think so. Then he asks her, Do you feel
that you could get up?
Breathing easier, she nods. If you help me.
BMSN Boat slips his arm beneath her shoulders and
starts to raise her. She gasps, Wait!
The OOD turns to the petty officer of the watch
(POOW), Pass the word for the Corpsman to lay to the
quarterdeckon the double.
The Corpsman, HM Pistol, arrives immediately on
the scene. After being told what has happened, he kneels
beside Mrs. Boat and asks, Are you in pain now?
Some . . . Where I hit my back. It hurts when I
HM Pistol examines Mrs. Boat as quickly as he can
and concludes that she has no back injury. Mrs. Boat,
he says, Im afraid you have one, possibly two, broken
ribs. So as not to move you any more than necessary,
well make you as comfortable as possible here until the
ambulance arrives to take you to the hospital. Turning
to the OOD, Ill need three or four blankets out of sick
bay. Ill call for the ambulance.
Mrs. Boat counters, I cant go to the hospital
Theres no one to take care of the baby.
BMSN Boat adds, Im in the duty section today.
HM Pistol quickly places the call to the hospital for
the ambulance. He explains the probable nature of the
injury and the extent of his examination so that the
hospital can prepare to receive and treat Mrs. Boat.
As he returns to Mrs. Boat, the messenger arrives
with the blankets. Gently, she is placed on one of the
blankets and covered with the others. Then, turning to
BMSN Boat, HM Pistol asks, Where is your baby
A neighbor is keeping her so that my wife
visit the ship.
Can they keep her for a few more hours?
I guess so, but that wont help much. Ill need to
HM Pistol goes over to the OOD and explains the
problem of the Boats baby. To complicate matters,
Boat is in the duty section today. Can he be given
emergency leave until his wife is able to care for the
baby? Five days should be sufficient.
The command duty officer (CDO) has been briefed
by the OOD and is standing nearby. Overhearing the
account of the situation he replies, Certainly; Boat can
go on to the hospital with his wife, and on the way home
he can stop by and pickup his leave papers. They will
be on the quarterdeck. To the OOD he adds, Have the
leave papers prepared and brought to me for signature,
and have the duty section petty officer make the required
adjustments to his duty section.