. Being familiar with the location of each
stateroom, the easiest route to the ships laundry,
and laundry pickup schedules
Other Assigned Personnel
MS personnel are responsible for performing
functions associated with the management and
operation of officers quarters afloat. However, a
rotational pool of enlisted personnel in paygrades E-1
through E-3 may be provided to aid the MSs in
providing maintenance, cleaning, and other services.
When assigned, the rotational pool is under the
supervision of an MS and may perform the following
. Daily bed-making services and weekly bed linen
changing for the CO, XO, unit commander, and officers
in paygrades O-5 and above
. Maintenance and cleaning of all staterooms and
associated living spaces
. Cleaning of passageways and heads in officers
. Making sure officers beds have clean linen, and
soiled hand and bath towels are changed twice weekly,
airing bedding, turning mattresses, vacuuming bunks,
washing paintwork, and having chair covers and
bedspreads dry-cleaned quarterly
. Assisting MS personnel in the cleaning and
maintenance of foodservice spaces including wardroom
service and food preparation
In an ideal situation, the wardroom officer would be
told before an officers pending arrival. Normally, a
new officer is assigned to a stateroom by the wardroom
officer or mess treasurer. In some ships, the stateroom
of an outgoing officer will be occupied by the relieving
officer. Registration procedures vary between ships.
However, the Registration Record, NAVCOMPT Form
2104, is recommended for use in registering officers.
Afloat, the reverse side of this form also can be used to
record financial transactions between the officer and the
wardroom mess. An example is the payment of his or
her monthly mess bill.
AFLOAT STATEROOM SERVICE
Basic officer stateroom maintenance service, which
includes sweeping, dusting, sink cleaning, painting,
laundry services, and care of private effects, is explained
The work required in the maintenance of the
wardroom and staterooms is not physically hard.
However, it does require a sense of orderliness and
attention to detail. It also requires an understanding of
the important role played by MS personnel in support of
the ship and the Navy. The specialized support provided
by the MS rating within the wardroom/stateroom areas
is as necessary to the Navy as specialization provided in
the weapons and engineering areas.
Staterooms must be thoroughly cleaned. This
includes furnishings, ledges, corners, and bulkheads.
The same cleanliness is required for heads, showers,
passageways, and vestibules.
Access to Staterooms
The wardroom and staterooms are officers country.
The mess personnel duties and their continuous
presence in officers country produce an especially close
relationship between the enlisted personnel and mess
officers. Successful wardroom operation depends upon
the mutual trust and respect of this relationship. This
trust results from high levels of personal honesty and
integrity. The wardroom and stateroom areas are out of
bounds to personnel other than mess members and mess
personnel. The only exception may be for official
business related to those spaces.
Care of Private Property
One important rule to follow in cleaning staterooms
is to avoid disturbing anything of a private nature that
has been left laying about. Occasionally, officers rush
off leaving letters, papers, money, or other valuables in
sight. These instances should be reported at once to the
officer, the wardroom leading MS, or the stateroom
supervisor. Furthermore, papers, books, or letters
should not be examined if left laying around. These may
concern official Navy matters or the officers personal
affairs. In either case, they are to be treated as private
property. If valuables or other private items must be
removed when cleaning, you should make sure they are
put back where they were found.