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
10. Uncover if you enter any area where a meal is
in process, even if you are wearing the duty belt.
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
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
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.
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
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