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The following is the distribution of all ratings to the eight pay grades in our Navy:
Class or rating
$126.00 Chief petty officers (permanent).
99.00 Chief petty officers (acting).
musicians, first class (Naval Academy band).
class; musicians, first class. 60.00 Petty officers, third class; firemen, first class; officers' stewards
and cooks, third class; musicians, second class (Naval Acad.
emy band). 54. 00 Nonrated men, first class (except firemen, first class, and musi
cians, first class); firemen, second class; musicians, second
class; mess attendants, first class. 36.00 Nonrated men, second class (except firemen, second class, and
musicians, second class); firemen, third class; mess attendants,
second class. 21. 00 Nonrated men, third class (except firemen, third class); mess
attendants, third class.
For detailed information on pay see chapter 21.
THE FUTURE THE NAVY HAS TO OFFER
The Navy offers a young man who wants to make good a real future. There is not a place in civil life that can compare with the Navy in this respect. Here are a few of the opportunities that the Navy offers you:
(a) Fine courses of training in practically every profession.
(6) A clean, wholesome, and honorable position in life.
(c) Plenty of leave and liberty and every facility for recreation. No place in civil life can offer you anything to compare with this.
(d) Rapid promotion to men who study and work. In five or six years a good man can rise to the higherpay grades.
(e) Higher pay in shorter time than can be obtained anywhere.
(f) Excellent opportunities to reach warrant and commissioned ranks. Either of these ranks carry with them the privileges, the honor, and the responsibilities not surpassed by any of the big professions in civil life.
(g) Free medical, dental, and hospital facilities to all service men. Free medical services to your family. Full pay as long as you are sick, provided this sickness is not due to your own misconduct. In civil life sickness means large doctor bills and usually a stoppage
(h) A permanent job. You can be discharged only by a sentence of a court-martial after your first enlistment, and then only when your offense has been of a very serious nature. In civis life a dull period, a run-in with the boss, or any one of a dozen insignificant reasons can cause you to lose your job.
(i) A fine opportunity to see the world. No man who has spent several cruises in the Navy has failed to see a large part of the world.
(j) Pensions for men who have been injured in line of duty.
(k) Transfer to the Fleet Naval Reserve after 20 years' service and retirement after 30 years' total naval service with a fixed income all
life. (1) The facilities of the Navy relief in case your family needs it and cheap Government insurance are also available.
You will all hear a lot of grumbling from men about you. To grumble is human. Men grumble because they are served turkey in place of goose, or vice versa. Grumbling is as necessary to most men'as fleas are to a dog. A reasonable amount is good for both of them, as it keeps them interested in life. It is the almost invariable rule that men who grumble mean nothing by it. Too much grumbling, however, will get any man in wrong in time, and it is best to limit this art to what is necessary for the man's pleasure in life.
A cheerful disposition, a helpful hand, a willingness to work, a will to study, and a willingness to get ahead in life will insure any man's success in our Navy. Aim for a commission from the time you enter the training station. You may not make it, but you are sure to get closer to it than you would have done if you had not aimed at all. The Navy always has a lot of room on the top for the good men. It is only the nonrated grades that are kept filled. Determine now that from this day on you will make good. The Navy wants the trained man. It wants to help a man who wants to get ahead, and it is always glad to give a higher rating, a higher pay, and a higher respect for that type of man.
REPORTING FOR DUTY ABOARD SHIP
1. This little talk is given here in order to give you an idea of how you will be taken care of on board ship and to give you a little advice on how you can take better care of yourself.
2. A draft will be made up at the training station of men who have completed their training. This draft, under command of competent petty officers, who will carry your records, pay accounts, and transfer papers, will be sent to report to the senior officer present of the ships to which this draft is assigned. Each man in the draft will carry his own bag and hammock, the bag being wedged around by the hammock and both securely fastened together so as to make one bundle of the two.
3. The whole draft is usually taken aboard the flagship or senior officer's ship. You will be instructed to fall in ranks with your bag and hammock with you. Now will come a tedious period of waiting. The petty officer in charge of you will report to the officer of the deck, who will order him to report with your records, etc., to the senior officer present or his representative. The senior officer will then assign certain numbers of you to each ship under him. It takes considerable time to sort out your papers and get proper records of your transfers, especially if you are in a large draft. As soon as the proper papers are made out, you will be mustered into groups as assigned to each ship. By
this time the senior officer has notified each ship concerned to send a boat to the flagship to receive its draft. You will now be sent to your future home.
4. When you get aboard, the officer of the deck will have you fall in again as you did on the flagship. He will muster you and then send your records, etc., to the executive officer. Again you will have to wait until the executive officer can assign you to proper divisions aboard ship and get your papers straightened out. In many cases the heads of departments on board ship, such as the navigator, gunnery officer, engineer officer, and first lieutenant, will inspect your records and then look you over in order to find some one especially fitted for particular jobs in their respective departments. Naturally, you who have the best records will receive the most consideration. Some few of you are almost certain to be picked out here for the electrical division, plotting room, or other important division for at least a tryout. You may be given a chance to say whether you want the engineer or the deck divisions. If possible, you will be assigned according to your wishes, but this is not always possible, as the vacancies must be filled in each division, and it may happen that there are more vacancies in one division than men in the draft volunteer for. You will now be mustered into groups according to which division you have been assigned. Your division officer will inspect you and then detail one of his petty officers to show you your part of the ship.
5. On large ships, especially battleships, when a fairly large draft comes aboard, it may be formed into a special division, called Division X, and kept in this division for one month. You are assigned special quarters and live more or less apart from the rest of