suspicions in some other manner. The military patrol
can be a real friend in time of need. The patrols orders
are to be courteous, fair, and reasonable in all dealings
with members of the armed forces and with civilians.
Whenever you are away from your ship or station
and need advice, directions, or help of any kind, call on
the nearest military patrolman or patrol headquarters.
Aboard ships and stations, masters-at-arms
(MAAs) and police petty officers have functions similar
to those of the shore patrol. The master-at-arms force,
headed by the chief master-at-arms (CMAA), works
directly for the executive officer. The master-at-arms
force enforces Navy and ship regulations, musters
restricted personnel, holds reveille, and performs other
duties as are required for the maintenance of good order
The duties of police petty officers (PPOs) are about
the same as those of MAAs, but are on a divisional
instead of a shipwide basis. Although PPOs stand their
regular watches and perform their normal duties within
their divisions, they are assigned additional duties such
as making reveille and taps, ensuring compartments are
cleaned, and maintaining order. At times they assist the
MAA force in searching the ship, and providing bunks
for new personnel or passengers.
REVIEW 2 QUESTIONS
Q1. In the Navy, the military police are known as
Q2. Shore patrol personnel are identified by
Q3. When military police from different branches of
the armed forces combine to form one unit, they
are known as
Q4. List the primary duties of the shore patrol.
PURPOSE OF DISCIPLINE
Learning Objective: When you finish this chapter, you
will be able to
Recall the purpose of good order and military
The word discipline comes from a Latin word
meaning to teach. However, discipline involves a
certain type of teaching. Discipline is not peculiar to
military organizations. Discipline is the training that
develops self-control, character, and efficiency, or is the
result of such training. Discipline is a character
builder, not a destroyer of individuality.
The Navys discipline consists of training its Sailors
to behave in certain ways under certain circumstances.
It gets them to work as a unit with maximum efficiency.
To encourage Sailors to work as a unit, the Navy uses a
system of motivation and correction through reward and
punishment. Studious Navy men and women, when
recommended by their commanding officers, are
rewarded by timely promotions; lazy or careless
individuals suffer a self-inflicted punishment by
missing out on those promotions. Fines, restriction,
confinement, demotion, and other forms of disciplinary
action punish Sailors who get into trouble because they
are negligent or indifferent.
The signs of discipline are shown in smart salutes,
proper wearing of the uniform, prompt and correct
action in any emergency, and in battle efficiency that
brings victory in wars (fig. 2-1). Discipline, obviously,
is indispensable to a military organization. Without it
almost any effort would be defeated by lack of
The purpose of discipline in the military services is
to bring about an efficient military organizationa
body of human beings trained and controlled for
concerted action for the attainment of a common goal.