subordinates to further delegate signature authority.
Subdelegated signature authority may be delegated to
the lowest responsible person whose position is
reasonably related to the function involved. The CO
must delegate signature authority in writing and should
delegate to titles rather than names. When delegating
signature authority, the CO should include a brief
outline of the types of documents involved. The CO may
delegate signature authority in the unit organization
manual or instruction. Authorized personnel may sign
correspondence that falls within their areas of
responsibility, unless good judgment calls for the
signature of a higher official. When subordinates sign
documents under delegated authority, they usually sign
By direction. The following are a few examples of
signature authority that may be delegated to the leading
Signing or initialing of all service record pages
except Page 1 (DD Form 4 or NAVPERS
1070/601) and DD Form 214
Signing of special request chits recommending
or not recommending approval
Signing of various 3-M documents, such as the
weekly schedule, the automated work request
(AWR), and requests for repair parts
The Department of the Navy Correspondence
Manual gives specific guidance on signature authority.
You must think about your appearance before you
take over any watch. While on watch, you are a direct
representative of the commanding officer. Your hair
should be properly maintained to Navy grooming
standards and you should wear a neat uniform.
While on watch, you must ensure that the
quarterdeck area or gangway is clean, neat, and not
occupied by unauthorized personnel. The first place a
visitor sees when boarding your ship is the quarterdeck
area. A visitors first impression may strongly
influence thoughts about the entire ship or the Navy in
general. Always do your best to give everyone who
crosses your quarterdeck a good first impression of
When assigned as the POOW, you will have the
following duties, responsibilities, and authority:
Assist the OOD and the junior officer of the
watch (JOOW) and supervise and instruct
sentries and messengers.
Wear the prescribed uniform and ensure
orderliness of watch-standing equipment during
each morning watch.
Carry out the daily routine and orders as the
OOD may direct.
Notify the OOD and the JOOW of any changes
in the weather or changes in barometric pressure
readings of 0.04 inch or more in any one hour.
The quartermaster of the watch, when assigned,
will assume this responsibility.
In all classes of submarines, hourly observe and
log draft readings. Ensure draft readings are
reviewed periodically by the in-port duty officer.
Make entries in the deck log for all events of
interest as directed by the OOD. Erasures should
not be made in the deck log. The quartermaster
of the watch, when assigned, will assume this
Ensure the messenger makes the calls listed in
the call book kept on the quarterdeck. The
quartermaster of the watch, when assigned, will
assume this responsibility.
Return salutes and carry out the watch routine
for the OOD or the JOOW when neither is at the
What is the minimum number of paragraphs
for a unit of information in naval
The CO, OIC, or person acting in either
position is not required to personally sign
which of the following documents?
Those which establish policy
Those which change policy
Ships deck log
Special liberty chit