Posted on Sep 15, 2014
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CWO3 (Join to see) What are you specifically looking for? It is your gig so do what you want. Invite who you want.
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I'm specifically looking for the history, procedure, and common improvisations. Other than the wiki page, I can't seem to find anything about it. Unfortunately, its not in the Service Etiquette, Customs and Traditions, Mess Night Traditions, or Naval Officer's Guide.
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PO3 Keith VanAllen
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Hello, in the early 19th century the term "wetting someone down" meant buying them a drink. All I could find about an officer's wet down was that when they were promoted it was customary for them to pay for their shipmates drinks in celebration of their new pay-grade. Many US Naval vessels have their own individual customs usually associated with ship history so for example, a wet down on the USS Whidbey Island would be
unique due to it's own matriculation over the years. Any way, good luck. 
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The wikipedia page is actually the best guidance for a weeting down. However "The Marine Officer's Guide" 6th Edition has a short paragraph under Marine Corps Social Customs paragraph 2215. Standing Social Customs. "Wetting Down your Commision. Whenever you are promoited, you are obligated to hold a 'wetting-down party.' At this affair, your new commission (which is usually displayed at some conspicuous but safe vantage point) is said to be 'wet down.' When several officers are promoted together, you may join in a single wetting-down party."

More info here: http://www.history.navy.mil/trivia/trivia01.htm#anchor253700

and here: http://www.goatlocker.org/resources/cpo/downloads/customs.pdf
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Thank you Maj Michael Ankrum. Am I overthinking it? Request how you condcuted your Wetting Downs.
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The way I have done them in the past is to throw a party for my friends. I pay for the booze. Traditionally the money you spend should be ones months difference between your old pay and new pay. You can do it at a bar and just open a tab for your buddies.
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Thanks again!
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Reviving this topic to get a little more insight.
I thought it was something mostly done at O3 and above, but now I'm hearing that it's done for O2 also. Is that common?
Also, as someone who doesn't drink, is there an alternative to getting your coworkers drunk?
Thanks!
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