This chapter has covered the Navys view of
discipline as a method of training that corrects, molds,
strengthens, or perfects mental faculties and character.
The general authority and organizational authority of a
petty officer was explained as well as what a lawful
order means. You have seen how unique the Navy is in
giving you added responsibility and letting you
develop to the fullest. You know how to report a
violation properly by using the report chit. You have
seen the processing of a chit through the chain of
command, and you are aware of the importance of the
rights of the accused.
You should understand that along with your
responsibility you need to use good judgment when
reporting major offenses. Some ideas were presented
on how to correct minor violations through counseling,
extended working hours, or the temporary loss of
No matter what your position, as a petty officer,
you are a disciplinarian for the Navy. You will use at
one time or another every form of discipline to get the
job done. How you fare will depend on your approach.
As a petty officer, you have the responsibility to help
maintain good order and discipline within the Navy.
When you place a person on report, you are stating that
all other methods to maintain good order and discipline
have failed. That means the only action left is for the
command to take appropriate disciplinary action
against the person who has violated the UCMJ. Do not
treat serious charges and grievances lightly. Seek the
advice of someone in authority.
As a petty officer, you not only will be watched by
your superiors but also by your subordinates and peers.
The time you take at the barbershop/beauty shop
getting a neat haircut will not only keep you looking
sharp in the eyes of the civilian community and your
shipmates but will give you pride in yourself. The sea
bag of clothing issued to you at enlistment is to be
maintained and updated with the appropriate uniforms
throughout your Navy career. Take pride in your crow
(slang for PO rating badge). Make sure it is sewn on
properly. Your appearance in uniform reflects the pride
you have in the Navy and your self-respect. Wear your
uniform with pride and dignity; youll not go wrong.
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Master Chief Petty Officers, NAVEDTRA 10049,
Naval Education and Training Program
Management Support Activity, Pensacola, FL,
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Manual of the Judge Advocate General, JAGINST
5800.7, Office of the Judge Advocate General,
Alexandria, VA, 1991.
Standard Organization and Regulations of the U.S.
Navy, OPNAVINST 3120.32C, Chief of Naval
Operations, Washington, DC, 1994.
United States Navy Regulations, Department of the
Navy, Washington, DC, 1990.
United States Navy Uniform Regulations, NAVPERS
15665I, Bureau of Naval Personnel, Washington,
While in uniform women may wear both a
necklace and a choker.