FORMAL PERSONNEL INSPECTIONS
A formal personnel inspection is conducted by the
commanding officer or his or her immediate superior
and may be directed from higher authority. Common
times for formal personnel inspections to occur are
during one of the following events:
Change of command
Ceremonial events (awards ceremony,
retirement, reenlistments, and so forth)
Seasonal uniform change
During a formal personnel inspection, the entire
ships company or command is presented to the
inspection officer in a military formation.
In preparation for personnel inspections, inform
your subordinates far enough in advance to allow them
to have an inspection quality uniform ready on the day
of the inspection. Veterans of numerous personnel
inspections have learned to set aside a complete uniform
for inspection, while inexperienced personnel usually
purchase new items for inspection.
Depending on the maturity and experience of your
subordinates, you may need to explain to them how to
prepare for inspection based on your own experience.
You may even need to have them bring their inspection
uniform aboard a few days before an inspection so that
you can point out any discrepancies.
United States Navy Uniform Regulation,
NAVPERS 15665G, authorizes commanding officers to
conduct seabag inspections on all nonrated personnel at
regular intervals and on individual petty officers as
appropriate. It also authorizes them to conduct seabag
inspections before a nonrated persons transfer or
Navy ceremonies, which bind our Navy men and
women to history and tradition and instill a sense of
personal pride, require proper planning to ensure
success. When you are responsible for Navy
ceremonies, research the appropriate ceremony to
identify the proper customs and protocol to follow.
Make a simple plan that lists the tasks and assigns
individual responsibilities to ensure completion of all
CHANGE OF COMMAND
Traditional ceremony surrounds the important
military occasion of the change of command. You
probably wont get heavily involved with the
preparations for a change of command. However, you
will be expected to give guidance to personnel on
preparing for change-of-command ceremonies. You will
also be expected to provide personnel with points of
contact for making arrangements for various parts of the
Reenlistment ceremonies provide command
recognition for enlisted members continuing their naval
careers. These ceremonies range from the simple to the
elaborate. A ceremony could be as simple as one held in
work center spaces with the division officer
administering the reenlistment oath. It could also be an
elaborate ceremony held at command formation with a
senior officer (sometimes flag rank) administering the
As a senior or master chief, you should attend all
reenlistment ceremonies and encourage maximum
attendance by your personnel. Attendance by you and
the crew demonstrates the importance of and the Navys
appreciation for the decision of personnel to continue
their naval careers.
Commands normally present reenlisters with
command gifts to demonstrate their appreciation for
individuals who choose to continue their service career.
These gifts consist of command plaques, command ball
caps, command tee shirts, and 96-hour special liberties.
In addition, most bases and ships provide fun packages.
These packages consist of free dinners at the base clubs,
free movie passes, free bowling games, free Navy
exchange services, and gift certificates redeemable at
Navy exchanges or ship stores. The types of fun
packages vary from area to area. Gifts and fun packages
must meet the criteria outlined in SECNAVINST
Retirement ceremonies acknowledge the
completion of a successful career by our shipmates.
Retirement ceremonies also allow us the opportunity to
demonstrate our appreciation for our shipmates loyalty,
dedication, and friendship. These ceremonies create
lasting memories for the retirees, their families, and their