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.  Being  familiar  with  the  location  of  each stateroom, the easiest route to the ship’s laundry, and  laundry  pickup  schedules Other Assigned Personnel MS  personnel  are  responsible  for  performing functions  associated  with  the  management  and operation  of  officers’  quarters  afloat.  However,  a rotational  pool  of  enlisted  personnel  in  paygrades  E-1 through  E-3  may  be  provided  to  aid  the  MSs  in providing maintenance, cleaning, and other services. When assigned, the rotational pool is under the supervision of an MS and may perform the following duties: . Daily bed-making services and weekly bed linen changing for the CO, XO, unit commander, and officers in paygrades O-5 and above . Maintenance and cleaning of all staterooms and associated living spaces . Cleaning of passageways and heads in officers’ quarters . Making sure officers’ beds have clean linen, and soiled hand and bath towels are changed twice weekly, airing bedding, turning mattresses, vacuuming bunks, washing  paintwork,  and  having  chair  covers  and bedspreads  dry-cleaned  quarterly .  Assisting  MS  personnel  in  the  cleaning  and maintenance of foodservice spaces including wardroom service  and  food  preparation OFFICER  REGISTRATION In an ideal situation, the wardroom officer would be told before an officer’s pending arrival. Normally, a new officer is assigned to a stateroom by the wardroom officer or mess treasurer. In some ships, the stateroom of an outgoing officer will be occupied by the relieving officer. Registration procedures vary between ships. However,  the  Registration  Record,  NAVCOMPT  Form 2104, is recommended for use in registering officers. Afloat, the reverse side of this form also can be used to record financial transactions between the officer and the wardroom  mess.  An  example  is  the  payment  of  his  or her  monthly  mess  bill. AFLOAT STATEROOM SERVICE Basic  officer  stateroom  maintenance  service,  which includes sweeping, dusting, sink cleaning, painting, laundry services, and care of private effects, is explained next. STATEROOM  CARE The  work  required  in  the  maintenance  of  the wardroom  and  staterooms  is  not  physically  hard. However, it does require a sense of orderliness and attention  to  detail.  It  also  requires  an  understanding  of the important role played by MS personnel in support of the ship and the Navy. The specialized support provided by  the  MS  rating  within  the  wardroom/stateroom  areas is as necessary to the Navy as specialization provided in the weapons and engineering areas. Staterooms  must  be  thoroughly  cleaned.  This includes  furnishings,  ledges,  corners,  and  bulkheads. The same cleanliness is required for heads, showers, passageways,  and  vestibules. Access to Staterooms The wardroom and staterooms are officers’ country. The  mess  personnel  duties  and  their  continuous presence in officers’ country produce an especially close relationship  between  the  enlisted  personnel  and  mess officers.  Successful  wardroom  operation  depends  upon the mutual trust and respect of this relationship. This trust results from high levels of personal honesty and integrity. The wardroom and stateroom areas are out of bounds to personnel other than mess members and mess personnel.  The  only  exception  may  be  for  official business related to those spaces. Care of Private Property One important rule to follow in cleaning staterooms is to avoid disturbing anything of a private nature that has  been  left  laying  about.  Occasionally,  officers  rush off leaving letters, papers, money, or other valuables in sight. These instances should be reported at once to the officer, the wardroom leading MS, or the stateroom supervisor.  Furthermore,  papers,  books,  or  letters should not be examined if left laying around. These may concern  official  Navy  matters  or  the  officer’s  personal affairs. In either case, they are to be treated as private property.  If  valuables  or  other  private  items  must  be removed when cleaning, you should make sure they are put back where they were found. 10-2

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