As you advance in rate to chief petty officer,
your responsibility to your subordinates and to
your country increases. By the time you have
attained the rate of petty officer first class or chief
petty officer, the Navy realizes you have matured
and can accept more responsibility. That is
apparent when your division officer or depart-
ment head shares schedule changes or other
sensitive information with you so that you can
adjust your divisional work schedule.
This chapter is only an introduction to the
security requirements you are responsible for
enforcing. You will find specific security require-
ments in the Department of the Navy Information
and Personnel Security Program Regulation,
You, the experienced first class or the seasoned
chief, will teach your junior personnel the details
of the security program. Therefore, you need to
know the Navys basic security requirements and
be aware of those actions considered as security
violations. Your life and the lives of your ship-
mates may depend on information that could fall
into the hands of a hostile country. Report
any counterintelligence matters to a Naval
Investigative Service office.
You will be responsible for marking proper
security classifications on classified cor-
respondence. Many of these markings are also
used in the marking of classified publications. You
need to understand the different personnel
clearances and the required investigations for
each. Remember that the necessity for access to
classified information rests not with the person
needing it, but with the person holding the
material. You must consider the best interests of
both the nation and the Navy in making intelligent
decisions regarding access to classified material.
Remember, that stranger who is inquisitive
about your work during a friendly conversation
could be an enemy agent. Be careful to avoid
discussions from which anyone could gather
information that could risk our national security.
A conversation of this type could be your last if
you unknowingly divulge classified information
to an enemy agent.
ADP Security Manual, OPNAVINST 5239.1A,
Office of the, Chief of Naval Operations,
Washington, D.C., 1982.
Department of the Navy Information and Person-
nel Security Program Regulation, OPNAV-
INST 5510.1H, Office of the Chief of Naval
Operations, Washington, D.C., 1984.
Standard Organization and Regulations of the
Navy, OPNAVINST 3120.32B, Chief of
Naval Operations, Washington, D.C., 1986.
U.S. Navy Regulations, 1990, Office of the
Secretary of the Navy, Washington, D.C.,