QUARTERS AFLOAT AND ASHORE
This chapter explains the procedures used to operate
and care for officers quarters afloat. It also explains the
organization of bachelor quarters (BQs) ashore and the
resulting operational responsibilities that are assigned to
OFFICERS QUARTERS AFLOAT
The Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command
(COMNAVSUPSYSCOM) is responsible for providing
administrative and technical direction for officers
To discharge this responsibility,
COMNAVSUPSYSCOM issues directives and letters
of guidance and provides training and aid to operating
Quarters on board ships are of several different
types. Flag officers and commanding officers (COs)
have their own mess and their quarters. They are
normally larger and more like bedrooms than other
officer quarters found on board ships.
Quarters for flag officers include a stateroom and
private head Facilities. The staterooms are like small
Quarters for the CO are like the quarters provided
for flag officers.
Staterooms are berthing spaces provided for
officers aboard ship.
They are similar to small
bedrooms. Officers other than flag officers, COs,
executive officers (XOs), and sometimes department
heads are billeted two to a stateroom.
The mess caterer or, if there is no caterer, the mess
treasurer is usually responsible to the mess president for
the service, care, and maintenance of quarters afloat.
The mess caterer is responsible for the efficient
management of the officers staterooms, including
maintenance and repair of government-owned
equipment and stateroom facilities. The caterer is also
responsible for providing linen, laundry, and cleaning
Leading Mess Petty Officer
The senior enlisted person assigned to the
wardroom mess is the leading mess petty officer. The
leading mess petty officer is responsible to the mess
caterer for both the supervision of foodservice and
stateroom service personnel. He or she also oversees
the details of the daily wardroom mess operation.
Ships size often dictates whether or not a stateroom
supervisor is assigned.
If assigned, the stateroom
supervisor is responsible to the leading mess petty
officer for supervising the personnel assigned to
As an MS, you may be assigned to supervise
stateroom services afloat.
As a supervisor, you are
expected to manage and coordinate the activities of
personnel who provide stateroom services. Your duties
may include but arc not limited to the following:
Planning the work schedule
Developing efficient methods for cleaning and
maintaining the staterooms using limited
cleaning equipment and supplies available
Practicing proper inventory management
regarding linen, supplies, and cleaning