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Z-Gram #112; dated 01 June 1972

Collateral Duties

R 011929Z JUN 72
FM CNO (Z-112)

TO NAVOP

UNCLAS//N01300//
COLLATERAL DUTIES

A. CNO 270004Z AUG 70 (Z-14)

1. REF A WAS ISSUED TO REDUCE ADMINISTRATION AND PAPERWORK BY ABSORBING SEPARATELY DESIGNATED COLLATERAL DUTIES INTO THE EXISTING COMMAND ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE WHEREVER POSSIBLE AND TO DISCOURAGE THE ASSIGNMENT OF THOSE REMAINING COLLATERAL DUTIES SOLELY TO JUNIOR OFFICERS. INPUTS FROM THE FLEET COMMANDERS HAVE INDICATED THAT REF A HAS ACCOMPLISHED THIS PURPOSE.

2. BASED ON RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE FLEET COMMANDERS, ADDITIONAL DUTIES HAVE BEEN NOMINATED AND APPROVED FOR CANCELLATION AS SEPARATE DUTIES. IN MOST INSTANCES THE DUTIES SHOWN HEREIN CAN BE ABSORBED WITHIN THE EXISTING COMMAND STRUCTURE, SUGGESTED PLACES IN THE ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE ARE SHOWN FOR GUIDANCE ONLY:

DELETE REASON
MORALE OFFICER INHERENT IN CO, XO, DIV. OFF. RESPONSIBILITIES
LANDING PARTY OFFICER DUTY SECTION ASSIGNMENT
NBC WARFARE OFFICER INHERENT IN DCA RESPONSIBILITIES
GAS FREE ENGINEER INHERENT IN DCA RESPONSIBILITIES

ADDITIONALLY, RESEARCH HAS SHOWN THAT THE COLLATERAL DUTIES LISTED BELOW ARE NOT REQUIRED BY ANY NAVY-WIDE DIRECTIVE OR INSTRUCTION. THERE IS NO NEED FOR THESE DUTIES TO EXIST AND THEY SHOULD BE ABOLISHED:

DELETE REASON
CAREER APPRAISAL OFFICER NO REQUIREMENT
VENDING MACHINE OFFICER NO REQUIREMENT
ELECTRICAL SAFETY OFFICER NO REQUIREMENT
RADIOACTIVE MATTER CUSTODIAN NO REQUIREMENT
SENTRY TRAINING OFFICER NO REQUIREMENT
BERTHING OFFICER NO REQUIREMENT
LOOKOUT AND RECOGNITION OFF. NO REQUIREMENT
RETENTION OFFICER NO REQUIREMENT

4. THERE ARE AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE INSTANCES WHERE A SPECIFIC TASK OR FUNCTION CAN BEST BE ACCOMPLISHED BY A SINGLE DESIGNATE PERSON RATHER THAN WITHIN THE ORGANIZATIONAL MAKEUP OF THE UNIT. COMMAND HISTORIAN IS A CASE IN POINT; ONE PERSON MAY PRODUCE A BETTER PRODUCT THAN SEVERAL PERSONS WORKING INDEPENDENTLY TO THE SAME END. HOWEVER, THIS FUNCTION COULD EASILY BE INCLUDED IN THE NORMAL COMMAND ORGANIZATION. COMMANDING OFFICERS SHALL RETAIN THE PREROGATIVE OF ASSIGNING SPECIFIC FUNCTIONS AS COLLATERAL DUTIES WHERE THEY FEEL SUCH ACTION WILL ASSIST IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF THEIR COMMAND IN THE MOST EFFICIENT MANNER. THERE NEED BE, HOWEVER, NO FORMAL LETTER APPOINTMENTS IN ASSIGNING SUCH TASKS, NOR SHOULD INSPECTION LISTS REQUIRE SUCH LETTERS. IF FUNCTIONS ARE ASSIGNED AS COLLATERAL DUTIES THOSE DUTIES SHOULD BE ASSIGNED UTILIZING TOTAL COMMAND ASSETS RATHER THAN JUNIOR OFFICERS ONLY.

5. ALL ECHELONS OF COMMAND ARE ENJOINED TO CONTINUE SUPPORT OF THIS PROGRAM TO REDUCE ADMINISTRATION AND PAPERWORK. E. R. ZUMWALT, JR., ADMIRAL, U.S. NAVY, CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS.

BT

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ACRONYMS/ABBREVIATIONS:
CO: commanding officer
DCA: damage control assistant
DIV. OFF.: division officer
NBC: nuclear, biological and chemical
XO: executive officer

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Published: Mon Oct 31 06:56:26 EDT 2016