Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Being a Naval officer - a bit more responsible than your average person

While being a naval officer may not be one of the easiest jobs, it could well be the most rewarding. It might not make you rich or famous, but it can be a job in which you have great pride.

Your duties as a naval officer are immense; yet so is your authority. Use this authority wisely in performing your duties. Remember, the insignia you wear on your collar don’t make you smarter; they only give you authority, Depend on your Chiefs and petty officers for guidance; they have the experience and can teach you much if you will let them.

Do you remember what the role of the U.S. Navy is according to Title 10 of the U.S. Code? 

"The Navy’s role is to be ready to conduct prompt and sustained combat operations in support of the national interest."

For the Navy to be able to fulfill this role, you, as a naval officer, must be ready to perform your military duties. Only through self-examination, study of your job, and mature and rational performance can you fulfill your duties and responsibilities as a naval officer.

As always, "Thank you for your Service and your leadership."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Captain Lambert,

Yet, another appropriate post, but I always thought of the relationship between Junior Officers and Chiefs as being one of mutual respect and understanding to do the job that was required to accomplish the ships mission. There were some conflicts on occasion but with consideration and understanding most of those differences were resolved with no further problem. There had to be a trust factor between the Officer and the Chief that the truth of any problem in the Weapons Department equipment was given in full truthfulness to the officer that was required to present any problem to the Commanding Officer or his delegate at 2000 reports. I have been at sea on a Destroyer when 1 mount of the main battery was out of commission and it was not reported as such, the Captain of that Destroyer was less than pleased when he found that a third of his Main Battery of 5 inch 38 cal. guns was unable to return fire upon any enemy. This incident by the way occurred during the Cuban Blockade of October 1962 and it was considered that the ships in the blockade needed their maximum fire power in the event that the Soviets did not withdraw from the field.

Very Respectfully,