in teams, to extend their individual abilities
ship-wide; then the authority one level above
the person who trained them inspects to insure
that the desired results have been achieved.
When you combine this training philosophy with
the purpose and procedures described in this chapter for
inspections, you have the essence of the ORI.
Readiness is a determination of your organizations
state of preparation and availability y for service or action.
An assessment of readiness takes into consideration
three basic resources: personnel, material, and training.
To assess readiness, these resources are compared to a
standard that has been established by higher authority,
analyzed for deficiencies, and then upgraded as
necessary to meet the standard. To assess your
organizations readiness, compare your resources to a
standard established by higher authority as follows.
Then analyze them for deficiencies and upgrade them
as needed to meet that standard.
PersonelCompare the authorized number of
personnel having the skills needed to perform the
commands wartime mission with the actual
number of personnel on board who have those
MaterialCompare the equipment, supplies, and
funds needed to perform the mission with those
TrainingCompare the training requirements
established by higher authority with the actual
level of training achieved.
Personnel strengths and the best equipment are
useless without effective training. Carefully evaluate
every training evolution to determine the strengths and
weaknesses of your personnel.
In aiming for a higher state of readiness, constantly
compare what you have accomplished to the established
standards. Then initiate whatever actions are required to
As a senior or master chief, you should be able to
determine your organizations level of readiness by
reviewing your plans and records. On any day, a good
senior or master chief knows exactly where his or her
division stands regarding readiness.
In general terms, inspection describes the efforts of
all formally organized groups within the Department of
the Navy who periodically evaluate units and activities.
More specifically it describes an examination of a units
condition of effectiveness to perform its assigned
mission. It involves a critical, official, and formal
examination of the personnel and readiness of the unit.
Inspections are imposed by higher authority and
sanctioned by the chain of command. The results of the
examination are reported to higher authority, and a
follow-up system ensures problem areas are resolved.
PLANNING FOR INSPECTIONS
Inspections happen in one of two ways, scheduled
and unscheduled. A scheduled inspection occurs within
a period scheduled in your long-range training plan.
Unscheduled inspections or surprise inspections allow
little or no advance notice.
Provisions are made for surprise inspections within
the inspection programs established by commanders in
chief (CINCs) and other ISICs/UICs. Surprise
inspections are substituted for the next regularly
scheduled inspection unless deficiencies indicate a need
All inspections require a measure of preparation,
some more than others. However, all units should take
the following preparatory steps during the inspection
cycle (fig. 7-1):
Obtain all instructions and checklists that pertain
to the area(s) being inspected. Make sure they are
current and they are the same ones the inspector will use.
Prepare and maintain your records, equipment,
spaces, and so forth, to be inspected. Keep your
superiors and subordinates informed, and prepare a plan
of action and milestones (POA&M).
Request assist visits as needed to provide a
critical examination of personnel or material to
determine the condition or effectiveness of the unit to
perform the assigned mission.
Schedule a preliminary inspection either by you
or some other knowledgeable person to detect
discrepancies and possible improvements.
Make arrangements for the inspection to
progress through all areas in a logical order, preferably
in the same sequence shown on the checkoff list.
Document all known discrepancies before the
Correct and document deficiencies immediately
after the inspection or while the inspection is in progress