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Z-Gram #72; dated 3 February 1971

Quarterdeck Watches

R 031806Z FEB 71
FM CNO (Z-72)

TO NAVOP

UNCLAS //N01700//
QUARTERDECK WATCHES

A. NAVOP Z-44 (QUARTERDECK WATCHES)
B. NAVOP Z-25 (FORCES AFLOAT LIBERTY POLICY)

1. RECENTLY ANNOUNCED POLICIES IN REF A HAVE REQUIRED OR ENCOURAGED THE ASSIGNMENT OF INCREASED RESPONSIBILITIES TO JUNIORS. MY INTENTION HAS BEEN TO PROVIDE TO THOSE WHO ARE CAPABLE OF PERFORMING IN A LARGER ROLE IN THE NAVY THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO, NOT TO SIGNAL A LOWERING OF NAVY STANDARDS OR TO SHIFT UNDESIRABLE DUTY TO ANOTHER RANK OR RATE.

2. IN THIS REGARD THE INCREASED ASSIGNMENT OF WARRANT OFFICERS AND SENIOR PETTY OFFICERS AS QUARTERDECK WATCH OFFICERS IS A MEASURE OF MY CONFIDENCE THAT THEY CAN FULFILL THE DEMANDS OF THIS IMPORTANT AND ESSENTIAL POST WHICH SETS THE TONE FOR THE ENTIRE SHIP. HOWEVER, IN THE EVENT SUCH ASSIGNMENTS MAKE IT IMPOSSIBLE TO SHIFT TO SIX DUTY SECTIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH REF B, THE OBJECTIVE OF SIX SECTIONS WILL RECEIVE HIGHER PRIORITY.

3. I DESIRE THAT EXCEPTIONAL PERFORMANCE OF WARRANT OFFICERS AND PETTY OFFICERS IN ROLES SUCH AS QUARTERDECK WATCH OFFICER BE GIVEN SPECIAL WEIGHT IN EVALUATING THEIR RESOURCEFULNESS AND POTENTIAL FOR ADVANCEMENT.

4. SOME MEMBERS OF THE RECENT LDO/WO RETENTION STUDY GROUP ADVISED THAT IN MANY SITUATIONS, STANDING QUARTERDECK OR BRIDGE WATCHES DETRACTS TO THE POINT THAT THEY ARE UNABLE TO CARRY OUT THEIR DUTIES ASSOCIATED WITH THEIR SPECIALTY. ON THE OTHER HAND, I AM ALSO AWARE THAT THERE ARE THOSE WHO PARTICULARLY DESIRE TO PARTICIPATE IN THESE BROADER DUTIES. ACCORDINGLY, EACH COMMANDING OFFICER SHOULD VIEW EACH INDIVIDUAL INVOLVED ON A CASE BASIS AND SHOULD GENERALLY PURSUE A PROGRAM OF ALLOWING MORE JUNIOR PEOPLE TO QUALIFY FOR MORE PRESTIGIOUS DUTIES WHILE CONSIDERING THE PRIMARY GOAL OF 1-IN-6 DUTIES (CONUS), AND THE NEEDS OF WO AND SENIOR PETTY OFFICERS TO CARRY OUT THE DUTIES OF THEIR SPECIALTY. ARRIVING AT THE OPTIMUM BALANCE IN THESE OFTEN CONFLICTING OBJECTIVES MUST AND DOES REMAIN WITHIN THE PURVIEW OF EACH COMMANDING OFFICER. E. R. ZUMWALT, U.S. NAVY, CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS

BT

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ACRONYMS/ABBREVIATIONS:
CONUS: continental United States
LDO: limited duty officer
WO: warrant officer

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Published:Wed Sep 21 12:39:01 EDT 2016