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7.  Unseamanlike  conduct,  skylarking,  or  other such behavior is never permitted. 8. Remain covered in officer country. Salute the officer to whom a message is addressed. 9.  Uncover  before  entering  the  wardroom  or chiefs mess unless you are on watch and wearing the duty belt. 10.   Uncover if you enter any area where a meal is in process, even if you are wearing the duty belt. IN-PORT  WATCHES LEARNING OBJECTIVE: Explain the in-port watches that are required for a messenger: Underway, your station as messenger of the watch is located on the bridge; in port, it is located on the quarterdeck.  Besides  keeping  the  quarterdeck  swept down and neat, lend a hand whenever you are needed. If  you  have  the  morning  watch,  clean  the  entire quarterdeck area and polish all the brightwork. At home, ashore, and at sea, the telephone is a part of everyone's life. It is an essential instrument in every Navy office and you must know how to use it properly. By observing proper techniques, you will be able to give  and  receive  information  correctly  and  quickly. Remember   that   the   success   of   your   telephone conversations  depends  almost  entirely  upon  your  ability to express yourself in words, whereas when you are speaking to a person directly, your facial expressions, gestures, and the like, all aid in getting your point across. OFFICE  TELEPHONE  WATCH Good  telephone  technique  starts  with  answering your telephone quickly. Don't let it ring several times while you finish what you are doing. After lifting the receiver, speak immediately to the person calling; identify your command, yourself, and your position; inform the person calling that the line is an unsecure line. Usually the person making the call will do the same.  This  procedure  puts  the  conversation  on  a businesslike basis and eliminates uncertainty as to who is on the other end. Do not go on talking to someone in the office when you answer the telephone. You never know who your caller may be, and information heard this way could be harmful to national security. Also, it is discourteous to make the caller wait while you finish your office conversation. When you answer the phone for someone who is absent from the office, give some facts to the person making the call. Do not merely say, “He's not in right now.” Rather, tell the caller when you expect the person to return, or volunteer to help if you can. If you have no information concerning the whereabouts of the person called, ask if you may take a message. Always make sure you have a pencil and pad beside the  telephone  for  taking  messages.  This  practice eliminates needless rummaging about while the other person is holding the line open. Also, it is worth remembering that the message will mean little to the person for whom it is intended unless you leave the following information: (1) name of the caller, (2) the message, (3) time of the message, and (4) your name. SIDE  BOYS As a side boy, you stand your watch from 0800 to sunset except at mealtime and during general drills. Wear a clean dress uniform of the day at all times and be especially neat and military in appearance. Keep close to the quarterdeck at all times so you can hear the side boy's call on the boatswain's pipe. When officers or civilian officials who rate side boys are coming aboard, the Boatswain's Mate sounds one veer on the pipe for two side boys, two veers for four, three veers for six, or four veers for eight. The number of veers depends on how many side boys the visitor  rates. At the sound of the pipe, all side boys indicated fall in smartly on the double in two ranks, facing each other to form a passageway at the gangway, and wait at attention.  The  Boatswain's  Mate  then  sounds  the  call “Alongside”  so  as  to  finish  just  as  the  visitor's  boat makes the gangway. During this pipe, the side boys remain  at  attention  but  do  not  salute. The Boatswain's Mate then falls in to the rear of the rank of side boys and starts the call “Over the side” as the visitor's head appears at the quarterdeck level. At the first note of this call, you and the other side boys salute smartly in unison. The salute is dropped at the last note of the call. When visitors are leaving, the side boys are again called by the boatswain's pipe. This time, however, the Boatswain's Mate immediately falls in with you and first sounds “Over the side” as the visitor passes toward the gangway. You and the other side boys salute on the 1-3

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