1151. Direct Communication With the Com-
The right of any person in the naval service
to communicate with the commanding officer in
a proper manner, and at a proper time and place,
shall not be denied or restricted.
1154. Communications to the Congress
Personnel may not, in their official capacity,
apply to Congress for congressional action of
any kind or provide information requested by
Congress. The only exception to this regulation
is such communication as authorized by the
Secretary of the Navy or as provided by
1155. Dealings With Members of Congress
All persons may write to their congressmen
on any subject as long as they do not violate
security regulations or the law.
1156. Forwarding Individual Requests
Requests from persons in the naval
service shall be acted upon promptly.
When addressed to higher authority,
requests shall be forwarded without delay.
The reason should be stated when a request
is not approved or recommended.
1157. Leave and Liberty
Leave and liberty will be granted to the
maximum extent practicable.
1158. Quality and Quantity of Rations
Meals served in the general mess will be
sampled regularly by an officer detailed by the
commanding officer. If the officer finds the
quality or quantity of the food unsatisfactory
or any member of the mess objects to the quality
or quantity of the food, the officer will notify the
1159. Possession of Weapons
Personnel may not have any weapons or
explosives in their possession without proper
1160. Possession of Government Property
Personnel will not possess, without permission,
any property of the United States except what is
needed in the performance of their duty.
1162. Alcoholic Beverages
The personal possession of any alcoholic
beverages aboard any ship is prohibited. The
transportation aboard ship of alcoholic beverages
for personal use ashore is authorized subject to
the discretion of, and under regulations established
by, the commanding officer.
FLAGS, PENNANTS, HONORS,
CEREMONIES, AND CUSTOMS
Chapter 12 covers the 1200 article series. This
chapter is divided into 10 sections and a listing
of tables pertinent to the 1200 article series.
Section 1 contains general regulations governing
honors. Section 2 outlines honors to national
anthems and national ensigns. Section 3 explains
hand salutes and other marks of respect. Section
4 pertains to gun salutes. Section 5 covers
passing honors. Section 6 contains regulations that
govern official visits and calls. Section 7 defines
formal occasions other than official visits.
Section 8 explains the display of flags and
pennants. Section 9 defines special ceremonies,
anniversaries, and solemnities. Section 10 addresses
deaths and funerals.
STANDARD ORGANIZATION AND
REGULATIONS OF THE U.S. NAVY
The Standard Organization and Regulations
of the U.S. Navy (SORN), OPNAVINST
3120.32B, provides regulations and guidance
governing the conduct of all members of the
Navy. This publication specifies duties and
responsibilities of personnel within a unit
organizationfrom the commanding officer
down to the messenger of the watch.