Watchstanding. Purpose of Watchstanding. Provide Security. 6-4. Provide security to prevent: Sabotage Damage to property Theft Unauthorized personnel entering a restricted area. Purpose of Watchstanding. Ensure the safety of personnel and equipment. 6-5.
Ensure the safety of personnel and equipment; e.g., check for fire, flooding, and machinery problems.
A watchstander has many responsibilities
Prepare for watch
15 minutes prior to assigned watch time.
Report to watch on time!
Receive information from the off going watchstander.
Quarter Deck Watch: Main Entrance
1 hour Duty Station
0800hrs to 1200hrs
1300hrs to 1700hrs
Fire Watch: All Berthing Areas
2 hour Duty Station
2100hrs to 0430hrs
Quarter Deck Watch Responsibility:
* Security and accountability of main entrance of the facility.
* Request a valid ID from guests and personnel.
* Log all Guests and Personnel entering and leaving the facility.
* Report via radio or telephone to ( OOD ) Officer of the Deck all guest that require escort into the facility.
Use customary Navy terminology when writing reports and talking to others.
Answer the telephone or radio using proper procedures.
Answer the phone: Quarter Deck, Recruit Smith speaking.
Radio Transmission: Quarter Deck to OOD, ( The reply will be: OOD go ahead ).
Take appropriate action for any emergency; e.g., fire, flooding, or bomb threat.
Report to OOD - Officer of the Deck Immediately or any alternate officer if no reply via radio or telephone
Remain at your watchstation until relieved.
Follow all legal orders.
a.Improper watchstanding for any reason is inexcusable.
b.You will be held accountable for violations of any rule or regulation which governs your watch.
C.Improper watchstanding could result in:
(2)Reduced chance of advancement.
(3)Disqualification from the watch.
a.A complete chronological log.
b. Used to record every circumstance of importance or interest .
c.Can be used as evidence before courts and other legal bodies.
a.Log entries are entered with ballpoint pen in black ink.
b.Entries are made in capital block letters.
c.All entries must be complete and accurate, written in standard Navy language.
d.Procedures to correct errors.
(1)There are to be no erasures.
(2)Draw a single line through the mistake, horizontally, so that it remains legible.
(3)Initial the mistake.
(4)Continue the entry correctly.
(5)The watchstander who signs the log is the only person authorized to make corrections, additions, or changes to the log.
e.Making a log entry for assuming/relieving the watch.
(1)The first line after the heading should relate to assuming the watch.
(2)Upon completion of the watch, the last line shall read "Properly relieved by" (oncoming watches name).
(a)Sign your name on the next line.
(b)Print your name under your signature.
f.Making late entries
(1)There are times when events occur too quickly for the watchstander to make entries in the log.
(2)To insert the entry when there is time would cause the log to lose its chronological sequence.
(3)Steps for recording late entries:
(a)In the left margin corresponding to where the entry should have been, place an asterisk (*).
(b)Enter the "late entry" on the next available line and place another asterisk in the left margin.
(c)Put the original time the event took place followed by the information.
g.Ending a page
(1)Frequently, the end of a 24-hour day will not be at the bottom of a log page.
(2)From the bottom right of the last line of information, draw a diagonal line to the lower left corner of the page.
(3)Print on the diagonal line "NO FURTHER ENTRIES THIS PAGE" and initial the entry.
Barracks security watch
(1)This watch provides for:
(a)Protection against fire.
(b)The safety of personnel and material.
(2)The watch is responsible for:
(a)Knowing and carrying out the provisions of the fire bill, emergency bill, barracks regulations
(b)Maintaining good order and discipline.
Note: Barracks security is usually a roving watch.
(1)Cover routine and foreseeable situations.
(2)Same for all watchstanders.
(1)Cover a certain time or situation.
(2)Cover specifics of a particular post.
(3)May be written or verbal.
General Orders of a Sentry
A sentry is a person that stands guard duty over places such as:
(4)Sea Cadet Training Facilities
Sentries are required to follow eleven general orders.
General Order One
1. To take charge of this post and all government property in view.
a)Once you assume the duty, you are responsible for your post.
(2)To walk my post in a military manner, keeping always on the alert and observing everything that takes place within sight or hearing.
(a)You must be constantly aware and alert
(b)Do NOT fall asleep when standing watch.
(3)To report all violations of orders I am instructed to enforce.
(a)Failure to report violations of orders by others makes you just as guilty as the offender.
“… All Is Well!”
(4)To repeat all calls from posts more distant from the guardhouse than my own.
(a)Perimeter watches may be posted along the inside of a fenced area, each watch having a section of a fence assigned.
(b)Each post watch would have to report in ("POST 3, All Secure"). Without radios, the call would have to be passed to be heard at the guardhouse
(5)To quit my post only when properly relieved.
(a)If your watch is over but your relief has not arrived, notify the watch supervisor and remain on watch until you are properly relieved.
(6)To receive, obey, and pass on to the sentry who relieves me all orders from the Commanding Officer, Command Duty Officer, Officer of the Deck, officers, and petty officers of the watch.
(a)Failure to receive, obey, and pass on all orders could result in grave emergencies or death.
(7)To talk to no one except in the line of duty.
(a)If you are talking to someone, you are not paying attention to your post
(b)You must remain alert at all times.
General Order Eight
(8)To give the alarm in case of fire or disorder.
(a)You must know the fire procedures for your post and be able to give the alarm quickly and efficiently.
General Order Nine
“Officer of the deck - I don’t understand…”
9)To call the Officer of the Deck in any case not covered by instructions.
(a)If you are unsure about what to do, call the supervisor of the watch for instructions.
General Order Ten
(10)To salute all officers, and all colors and standards not cased.
(a)A salute is a sign of respect.
(b)Colors and standards both refer to the American flag.
(c)Not cased refers to a flag that is flying freely.
(11)To be especially watchful at night, and during the time for challenging, to challenge all persons on or near my post and to allow no one to pass without proper authority.
(a)You are required to properly challenge and identify all persons on your post.
(b)Report any suspicious behavior; no one is above the rules