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sick. They know how to keep you from getting sick, and these three weeks of restriction is one of their methods of keeping sickness down to a minimum. Realize this and don't worry about it. Your liberty days will soon arrive, and you will find that you will have more liberties than you really want.
2. You will now be vaccinated against smallpox and given typhoid prophylaxis. This is another way our doctors have of preventing you from getting sick. Our Navy doctors seldom have a smallpox or typhoid fever patient. These diseases kill lots of people in civil life every year. Our doctors just wipe out all our chances of getting these terrible diseases. We all know that these vaccinations are tough, for we have all had them, but we take them gladly because they prevent our catching these diseases. 3. As soon as your company is formed you
will begin your naval training. Some of the things you must learn before you can advance your rating will be told you in the following chapters. Pay attention to your company commander. He will teach you many of these things, but this manual will also help you, as you can study it at your leisure.
PERTINENT ADVICE 1. Everybody makes mistakes. This is human. That is why we have erasers on our pencils.” When you make mistakes do not try to bluff them through or make a lot of foolish excuses. Admit your mistakes frankly and take your medicine. But do not make the same mistake twice, and try not to make too many mistakes. 2. If
you do not show respect to your officers or petty officers, you can not expect them to show any respect
3. Some men work without being told, some work when they are told, and some few only work when driven. The first class are easy to train, and from them will come our future leaders. The second class can be trained, and from them we get our followers. The last class can not be trained, and they are the ones whose discharge is to be hastened.
4. Yours is a profession, not a job. You do more than serve for pay alone. The Government educates and trains you and then gives you a fine position for life, for which, in turn, you agree to do whatever the Government demands.
5. Always boost. If you can not boost, at least do not knock. “Any fool can criticize. Most fools do.”
6. Do not write letters to your Congressman or other people influential in political life, asking for special assignments to duty or for special favors. These people always send these letters to the Navy Department, and the fact that you have tried to get something by having a “political pull” rather than because you have merited or earned it will invariably cause your request to be turned down. If you want something special, write out your request to your commanding officer and turn it in to your executive officer. This is the proper Navy way of asking for things.
7. The efficiency of any ship depends upon the efficiency of the men aboard her. “Good men on poor ships are better than poor men on good ships.”
The Government allows you $100 for clothing upon enlistment. This amount is sufficient to purchase all the clothes you will need for some time, provided you take care of them. You will be provided with a stencil for marking your clothes, and all your clothes should be marked according to Navy regulations. These regulations will be given here, and you should learn them so that you can always keep your clothes marked correctly. These regulations show you how to mark your clothes so that none of the markings will show through and spoil the looks of your clothes. Besides this, these regulations assist the inspecting officers in inspecting your clothes, as they will know where to look for your name on each piece of clothing. You will save yourself a lot of trouble if you mark your clothes correctly at all times. If you do not do this, you will find yourself in trouble at every bag inspection. Learn now to do these things right.
REGULATIONS FOR MARKING CLOTHING Every article of clothing shall be clearly marked with the owner's name, using black paint in marking white clothes and white paint on blue clothes as follows:
Bathing trunks.-Inside on hem on right center of back.
Blankets.-All corners, 4 inches from each edge, both sides of blankets; total, eight markings.
Cloth cap.-Inside crown.
Drawers.—On the outside of the right half waistband.
Dungaree trousers.-Same as blue trousers.
Gloves.-On small strip of cloth to be worn on inside of wrist.
Jersey8.-Same as undershirt.
Jumpers.—Blue, on the inside, on the hem, across the center line of the front, and to the right of the center line of the back; white, inside across the back, just below the collar seam and close to it, to the right of the center line; dungaree, same as white.
Leggings.-Inside on centerpiece, lengthwise.
Mattresses.-In center, 4 inches from each end, both sides of mattress; total, four markings.
Mattress cover.-Right corners, 4 inches from open end.
Neckerchief. In center.
Overcoat.—On lining each side of split of tail, 3 inches from and parallel to bottom; also on inside lining, middle of back.
Pillows.—Same as mattresses.
Overshirts. On the inside on the hem across the center line of the front and to the right of the center line of the back. Rain clothes.-Same as dungarees. Particular care
. should be taken that rain clothes are distinctly marked at all times.
Rubber boots.-Inside, near the top.
Shoes.-Inside, near top, or cut initials inside of heels.
Socks.--On legs, near top.