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The following instructions are set forth as a general guide for standards to be met by all watch standers. Each person on watch will do the following:

l Be responsible for the proper performance of all duties prescribed for the watch. All persons under the watch stander will be subject to his or her orders.

. Remain responsible for the watch and remain on station until properly relieved. The watch stander will require the same of all persons on watch under him or her, The watch stander will instruct them as may be necessary on the perfonmance of their duties and should make sure they are at their stations and are attentive, alert, and ready for duty. Watch standers will train themselves and their subordinates to foresee situations that may arise and to take such timely and remedial action as may be required. 

l At all times conduct themselves in a smart and military manner befitting the status of a person on watch.

. Use the appropriate phraseology, customary to the service, when issuing orders and making reports. 

. Demand of themselves and others formality in all relationships while on watch. 

l Promptly inform the appropriate persons of matters pertaining to the watch that they should know for the proper performance of their duties. 

. Make all required inspections and any such additional ones as are permitted and considered necessary to make sure that the duties of the watch are properly performed.


The following general regulations are those regulations that are considered most pertinent to the MA and are by no means a complete list of all the regulations you may be responsible for enforcing. You should study the UCMJ, U.S. Navy Regulations, 1990, the SORM, and the instructions issued by your command.

Alarm Bells and the General Announcing System

No person will, without proper authority and due cause, tamper with, operate, or otherwise disturb any contact maker used to sound the general- or special-purpose alarms.

The general announcing system (1MC) will not be used without permission of the officer of the deck (OOD) except in emergencies. The use of this system will be restricted to matters of general importance. Words will not be passed for officers or enlisted persons except in emergencies or when their immediate presence is necessary for the operation of the ship or equipment.

No person will strike the ship's bell or gong without permission of the OOD, and then only to indicate the time, as a fire alarm, or as a fog signal when at anchor.

Boat gongs will be sounded only by direction of the OOD to indicate the prospective departure of officers' boats and the arrival and departure of the CO and other senior officials. Boat gongs will be sounded in advance of the arrival or departure of the announced official.


Alcoholic beverages in transit and alcohol used for other purposes will be in the custody of the supply officer. These officers will supervise in person all receipts and issues of alcohol and alcoholic beverages in their custody and will keep proper records of all transactions to ensure strict responsibility and detect losses promptly. Only heads of departments are authorized to sign requests for the issue of alcohol. It will be drawn only in limited quantities sufficient for immediate use and will be issued only to responsible petty officers. The person to whom alcohol is issued for use will be responsible for making sure it is used only for the purpose for which issued; it is withheld from unauthorized persons; it is protected from theft; and the unused portion is returned immediately to the officer from whom it was drawn. The bulk alcohol should, if possible, be kept in a three-combination safe or, if this is not possible, under lock and key. Alcohol should be inventoried monthly by a special inventory board appointed by the CO for this purpose.

Armed Forces Identification Cards and Leave Papers

No person without proper authority shall do the following: 

. Have in his or her possession more than one properly validated Armed Forces identification card. 

. Depart from the unit on liberty without his or her own properly validated identification card; or, in the case of leave, depart from the unit without his or her own properly validated leave papers and identification card. 

. Have in his or her possession a false or unauthorized identification card; or a mutilated, erased, altered, or not properly validated identification card; or an identification card bearing a name, grade, service number, and date of birth other than his or her own name, grade, service number, and date of birth. 

. Return to the unit from leave without depositing his or her leave papers with the proper authority. Any person returning who does not have an identification card will report to the OOD in person and inform him or her of the loss.

. The Armed Forces Liberty Pass, DD Form 345, may be used to control the authorized absence (other than leave) of enlisted members when, in the judgment of the CO or a senior officer in the chain of command, it is deemed necessary for security, operational, or other special circumstances. Such liberty pass issue will be according to the NAVMILPERSMAN.

Arrest by Civil Authorities

If arrested or detained by civil authorities, all persons will communicate quickly with the CO (OOD) and state the facts concerning such arrest or detention.


No person should do the following: 

. Sleep in any spaces or use any bunk or berth other than that to which assigned, except as may be authorized by proper authority. 

. Sleep in or lie on any bunk or berth while clothed in dungarees or working clothes or while wearing shoes. 

. Smoke while sitting or lying on any bunk or berth or smoke in any berthing space during the night hours between taps and reveille. 

l Remove any mattress from any bunk or place of stowage or place such mattress on the deck or in any place other than a bunk, except as may be authorized by proper authority. 

. Create a disturbance or turn on any white light in any berthing space or living space during the night hours between taps and reveille, except as may be necessary for the performance of duty. 

. Fail to turn out of his or her bunk at reveille, except when on the sick list or authorized to late bunk. 

. Be authorized late bunk privileges unless he or she has had a midwatch or made a boat trip as a crew member after 2200 the previous day or is specifically authorized late bunk privileges by the executive officer (XO) or command duty officer (CDO). All late sleepers will turn out at 0700.


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