call, Petty officer of the guard, post number ____,
6. To receive, obey, and pass on to the sentry who
relieves me all orders from the commanding officer,
officer of the day, and officers and petty officers of the
guard only. During your tour of duty, you are subject to
the orders of the CO, XO, OOD, and the officers and
petty officers of the guard only. Other officers and petty
officers have no authority to take or inspect your weapon,
to tell you how to stand your watch, or to order you to
leave your post. Such other officers, however, still have
the authority to investigate your conduct and to report it.
Thus an enemy agent cannot dress up in an officers
uniform and order you from your post. You obey orders
only from officers whom you know are authorized to give
you commands related to your sentry duty. However, a
passing naval officer who believes you are standing a
poor watch may ask your name and post and report any
observations to your superiors.
7. To talk to no one except in the line of duty.
When you challenge or talk with a person, take the
position of port arms. Answer questions briefly but
courteously. Normally, if you maintain silence and
military bearing, visitors will not try to engage you in
long conversations. If, however, visitors or other naval
personnel show a desire to pass the time of day with you,
you must say politely to them Excuse me, I am on duty
and cannot talk with you further. Please move on. If they
refuse to move on or show signs of becoming disorderly,
you should call for the petty officer of the guard.
Remember, if your superiors see you chatting while on
duty, they will hold you responsible-not your visitor.
8. To give the alarm in case of fire or disorder. In
case of fire, you immediately call, Fire, post number
____ and sound whatever alarm is available. When you
are sure your alarm has been heard by the other sentries
or by the petty officer of the guard see what you can do
to put out the fire. (If you can do so safely and without
leaving your post, do so; otherwise, remain where you
can direct apparatus to the fire.)
Remember that the fire may be a trick to lure you
away from your post. You must remain vigilant (alert),
even amid the confusion and excitement that
accompanies a fire.
What we have said about fire applies also for
disorder. In the event of a disorder, call the guard
immediately; then try to quiet the trouble. If you
approach the disorder first, you might be overcome and
then could not give the alarm. Sometimes you can stop a
disorder before it becomes too serious by calling to the
persons involved, I have reported you to the guard, who
will be along immediately. Come to order now; further
trouble will make matters worse for you. The persons
concerned might realize you are right and follow your
orders. If they do, maintain watch over them but do not
approach too closely. Keep your weapon at port arms.
9. To call the petty officer of the guard in any
case not covered by instructions. When you do not
know what to do, call the petty officer of the guard.
10. To salute all officers and all colors and
standards not cased. As used here, colors and standards
both refer to the national ensign. The ensign is called the
national colors (or just colors) when it is flying from a
staff or pike carried by an individual or displayed in a
fixed location, as from a flagpole. When mounted on a
vehicle, the ensign is called the national standard. (Colors
and standards are cased when they are furled and placed
in a protective covering.) For sentries, the rules for
saluting are the same as those described in chapter 9 of
this manual with the following modifications:
a. If you are walking your post or patrolling
while armed with a rifle, you halt and salute
by presenting arms; when at sling arms, you
render the hand salute.
b. If youre in a sentry box, you stand at
attention in the doorway when an officer
approaches; if youre armed with a rifle, you
present arms. If otherwise armed, render the
hand salute. If youre on duty in front of a
building or passageway entrance where
there is heavy traffic of officers, you may
render the rifle salute at order arms. If youre
in conversation with an officer, you dont
interrupt the conversation to salute another
officer. If the officer with you salutes a
senior, however, then you also salute.
c. During the time of challenging, you dont
salute an officer until the officer has
advanced and has been duly recognized. You
dont salute if to do so will interfere with the
proper execution of your specific duties.