the division officer should fall in so that the inspecting
party will approach from the right. Call the division to
attention when the inspecting party approaches. When
the inspecting party is approximately six paces from
you, order Hand, SALUTE. Greet the inspecting officer
with Good morning (afternoon) Commander (Captain,
Commodore, Admiral). The inspecting officer will
then return your salute. You should now order TWO.
You should address the inspecting officer as follows:
Division ready for your inspection, sir/maam, no
authorized absentees (or the number of authorized
absentees). You should be prepared to give the
inspecting officer an exact breakdown of your
personnel, if requested. As your division is being
inspected, you should fall in just behind the inspecting
officer, on the side away from the rank being inspected.
Some inspecting officers may request the division to be
uncovered. At the request, give the commands About,
FACE; UNCOVER; and TWO. At the completion of the
inspection, give the commands COVER; TWO; About,
FACE; and CLOSE RANKS. You should then place
your division at parade rest until the inspecting party has
finished inspecting the next division. You may then
place the division at ease. Unless given orders
otherwise, your division should remain at parade rest
until the entire inspection has been completed.
Quarters are a little more informal than an
inspection. You still need to have the division fall in to
ranks of two or four. When the division officer
approaches, have the division come to attention. The
command will be Division, ATTENTION TO
QUARTERS. Salute the division officer and greet him
or her with Good morning sir/maam. The division
officer will then return your salute; at that time give the
command Division, STAND AT EASE. You will then
inform the division officer of the disposition of the
division, and he or she will sign the muster report. The
division officer will then pass on any word received at
officers call. At this time, if he or she desires to inspect
the division, you should call the division to attention.
Give the command OPEN RANKS, then UNCOVER,
and TWO (if required). You should follow the division
officer during the inspection and record any
deficiencies he or she may notice. At the conclusion of
the inspection, give the commands COVER, TWO, and
CLOSE RANKS. If the division officer desires, he or
she may go over the discrepancies found during
inspection with the division or with the leading petty
officer. At the conclusion of quarters give the
You should review the numerous types of
ceremonies covered in Drill and Ceremonies Manual
and Interior Guard Manual, SECNAVINST 5060.22.
However, a few general guidelines are presented here.
For a ceremony, your division should fall in to
formation just as if they were to be inspected. Your
department head generally will be out in front of the
formation and will require a report. The department
head will call the department to attention and say
division officers report. At the appropriate time you
should salute and reply with division, no authorized
absences (or the number of absentees). The
department head will return your salute. The
department head will place the department at ease,
parade rest, or attention at the appropriate times.
Usually at ceremonial events, the national anthem
is played. In this event, you will place the division at
attention (if not already at attention) and salute the flag
on the first note of the anthem.
As a petty officer, your responsibilities and duties
are much greater than those of a nonrated person.
Every time you are advanced in rate, your
responsibilities and duties expand accordingly. By
completing all the requirements for advancement to
petty officer, including your commanding officers
recommendation, you are declaring your readiness and
willingness to accept more responsibility and
As you face a formation, the tallest person
should be in which of the following
Middle of the formation
On your right
On your left
End closest to where the inspecting party
An inspection is more informal than quarters.