As the leading chief petty officer in your
division, you may need to represent your division
on the general mess advisory board or explain its
function to your division representative. Addi-
tionally, as a chief petty officer, you may also be
detailed to serve as a member on the mess audit
This section reviews both the command
general mess advisory board and the mess audit
board to assist you in fulfilling your respon-
sibilities as a chief.
GENERAL MESS ADVISORY BOARD
The command general mess advisory board
solicits recommendations from the commands
enlisted personnel regarding operation of the
mess. The board considers suggestions, comments,
and any other matters relating to the operation
of the mess. In general, the objective is to improve
the operation of the mess.
The board consists of one enlisted represen-
tative from each department or division ensuring
adequate representation of the crews enlisted
personnel. The board is chaired by the food
services officer. Additional board members may
be assigned at the discretion of the commanding
MESS AUDIT BOARD
The mess audit board is responsible for
auditing the mess treasurers account in the
chief petty officers mess and the wardroom
mess. Audit board members cannot be con-
nected with management of the mess they
audit. The audit board is composed of at
least three members. The senior member
is an officer and should be senior to the
custodian of the mess funds. The other mem-
bers may be commissioned officers, warrant
officers, chief petty officers, or qualified petty
The audits are conducted monthly. The audit
report is then forwarded to the commanding
officer via the executive officer before the 10th
day of the following month.
The audit board is governed by U.S. Navy
Regulations, 1990, while auditing the books of
accounts and records of the mess. Guidance
relative to performance audits of local messes
are provided in NAVAUDSVCINST 7540.6
(NOTAL), Audit Program No.39, Local Audits
of Messes Afloat.
The styles of the CPO uniform have changed
since the founding days of the U.S. Navy.
However, the caliber of the people who wear the
uniform and the pride and professionalism they
display have not changed.
You undergo one of the most significant
changes of your naval career the day you put on
the hat. Just as your responsibilities change, your
uniform and accessories also change.
This section describes the uniforms and
accessories you will wear on different occasions.
It also tells you how to maintain your uniforms
so that they reflect your pride and professionalism
in the Navy.
Before actually being advanced or frocked,
you will attend the Chief Petty Officer Indoctrina-
tion Course. This course will provide you with an
in-depth, up-to-date, and hands-on introduction
to your new uniform requirements.
THE HISTORY OF THE
CHIEF PETTY OFFICER
When was the term chief petty officer first
used? Where did our uniform styles originate?
These questions have generated many discussions
in CPO messes over the years.
According to naval records, the first mention
of the chief petty officer was on a ships muster
roll in 1775. This brief mention of the CPO title
did not resurface in naval history for almost 100
The history and design of our uniform date
back to the 18th-century Continental Navy of
1776. With the colonization of the new world, a
need for a navy became apparent. Many of the
people that settled our nation learned their
seafaring skills in England. These sailors brought
not only their seafaring skills, but also their
customs, traditions, and uniform similarities to
this country. Many of our uniform styles can be
traced to the British Royal Navy. As you can see