Pinning ceremony. The pinning ceremony
consists of the following actions:
Reading of the creed. A strong speaker should
read the creed.
Pinning of anchors. The CM/C should brief
and position the participants. The selectees
choose the person(s) they want to pin the
anchors on them.
Commanding officers comments. The
commanding officer will normally speak
about the new chiefs role and responsibilities.
Welcoming aboard by fellow chiefs. All chiefs
shake hands with and welcome each new chief
into the chiefs' community.
Protocol is a code of established guidelines on
proper etiquette and precedence, which, when followed,
lays the foundation for a successful event. Protocol is an
integral part of Navy ceremonies, customs, and
traditions. You should know the protocol surrounding
events such as the presenting of colors, honors to flag
officers, quarterdeck arrangements, and dining
in/dining out functions.
An inspection is one way that commands are
monitored to ensure they are in compliance with existing
policies. Inspections serve to improve quality by
relieving undesirable conditions. NAVINSGEN
annually issues a list of items of special interest upon
which the command inspection focuses. A units
readiness is evaluated through administrative, material,
personnel, and operational inspections.
Just as inspections require certain preparations,
Navy ceremonies require preparation and attention to
detail. Navy protocol is an important part of Navy
Items of Special Interest During Command
Inspections, OPNAVNOTE 5440, Office of the Chief of
Naval Operations, Washington, D.C., 1991.
Mission and Functions of the Office of the Inspector
General/Naval Inspector General, SECNAVINST
5430.57E, Office of the Secretary of the Navy,
Washington, D.C., 1987.
Naval Command Inspection Program,
OPNAVINST 5040.7K, Office of the Chief of Naval
Operations, Washington, D.C., 1989.
United States Navy Regulation 1990, Office of the
Secretary of the Navy, Washington, D.C., 1990.