Posted on Jan 31, 2016
SN Greg Wright
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Nope, you don't get to just saunter aboard! See my post below for the proper procedure. (Originally posted as an update, RP staff said it'd be good as a question. Sorry for the duplicate, but this actually gets it to a broader pool of people who might need to know it (ie non-Sailors).

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SN Greg Wright
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Do you know how to properly board a Naval Vessel?

(Naturally Sailors and Marines will know this -- or should!!!) For members of sister services, you may not know this, yet are required to comply fully should you ever have occasion to board one, in uniform or not.

1. Climb the gangway and stop short of the quarterdeck. (Do not step onto the ship.)
2. Turn towards the stern of the ship, and render a hand salute to the Ensign (Flag). Do this even if you can't see it. (This isn't required between the hours of sunset and 0800, when the Ensign isn't flying. Thank you CPO (Join to see) )
3. Turn back towards the quarterdeck, and render a hand salute to the Officer of the Deck. This person may or may not be an actual officer, yet you must still do this, REGARDLESS OF YOUR RANK relative to theirs, officer OR enlisted. You should have your ID out and on display while doing this. (Thanks to SCPO Joshua I for squaring me away)
4. While saluting (because you're not likely to get a return salute until you do this), verbally request permission to come aboard. You're free to recover after the OOD returns.
5. The OOD may then tell you that permission is granted, or might ask you to state your purpose. After permission is given, you're free to board.

Notes:
-This applies to EVERYONE on active duty, regardless of what service you're in.
-If you are not in uniform, rather than saluting, turn towards the Ensign, come to attention (Thanks, Capt Mark Strobl ), then back to the quarterdeck, come to attention, then request permission to board.
-It does not matter if you are an O-6 and the OOD is an E-6, you must still salute and wait for permission (He represents the CO, who has absolute authority over the vessel.)
-Civilians are not required to do the pause/pause, but may if they wish to honor the tradition, and must request permission to board.

"Another note: Usually during working hours (when the Quarterdeck can be very busy), entry control duties will usually be delegated by the OOD to the Messenger of the Watch who is usually a Seaman or junior Petty Officer so one would request permission from him/her instead of the OOD." - CPO (Join to see)

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MCPO Katrina Hutcherson
MCPO Katrina Hutcherson
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SN Greg Wright Now to get them off the ship. Go the the quarterdeck and request permission to go ashore or state that you have permission to go ashore for officers. When permission is granted by the OOD or quarterdeck watch salute the quarterdeck, turn around and step on the brow and face the stern and salute the national ensign if it is flying and then scurry down the brow and make quick your escape before they change their mind!!
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SN Greg Wright
SN Greg Wright
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MCPO Katrina Hutcherson - Correct, Master Chief (of course!)!!
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SMSgt Lawrence McCarter
SMSgt Lawrence McCarter
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I actually did know a lot of this as My Dad was Navy and as a Kid I read His Bluejackets Manual from cover to cover so many times I was quite well acquainted with its contents. I ended up entering the Air Force but its good to know the traditions of other branches of the Armed Forces of the United States.
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PVT Mark Brown
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I know this procedure well. On 2 occasions, as a civilian I rendered the proper respect and follow protocol. Not necessary but as a veteran I felt ill at ease boarding without following the proper protocol as this is not only for security but is also a show of respect or the vessel upon which up intend to board.
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TSgt Marco McDowell
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Grab my cutlass and flintlock, holler "Marine Corps!" and swing aboard...of course after saluting the national ensign.
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LTC Paul Labrador - Similarly, you could just yell "Heeeey yoooooou guyyyyyys!" to the OOD and everyone on the quarterdeck as you come aboard...
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PO1 John Miller
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TSgt Marco McDowell
So are you in the Marine Corps or Air Force? Make up your mind! LOL...
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SN Greg Wright
SN Greg Wright
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PO1 John Miller - TSgt Marco McDowell I second this! lol!
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MCPO Katrina Hutcherson
MCPO Katrina Hutcherson
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TSgt Marco McDowell It wood also be fun to yell "heave to and prepare to be boarded ye scalliwags" followed by a throaty AAAARRGH!!
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SSgt Tim Ricci
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Depends on How drunk you are coming from Liberty in Bali!! HAHAAHA
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SN Greg Wright
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Lol, indeed!
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