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Department of National Defence for Naval Services King's Regulations for the Canadian Navy (K.R.C.N.)
Under and by virtue of the Naval Service Act, 1944, the following King's Regulations for the Government of His Majesty's Canadian Naval Service (1945) have been approved, effective 15th October, 1945, by Order in Council P.C. 1/6145 of the 18th September, 1945, and by Order of the Minister of National Defence for Naval Services.
Duties and Privileges of Chief Petty Officers and Petty Officers
It is the duty of chief Petty Officers and Petty Officers of all branches to preserve order and regularity among the other men wherever they are. This responsibility rests upon them whether they are on duty or not.
43.01 — Duties of Chief Petty Officers And Petty Officers
(1) Effect on Discipline and Efficiency. The discipline of ships and establishments and the comfort of the men is dependent to. great extent on the manner in which chief Petty Officers and Petty Officers carry out their duties and maintain their position. Owing to the influence that they exercise on the discipline, efficiency, and morale of the Naval Service as. whole, it is essential that the importance of their status be recognized by all officers and men.
(2) Bearing and Performance of Duties. Chief Petty Officers and Petty Officers are not advanced to those ratings solely as a result of seniority or on passing certain examinations. As Captains and Officers look to them for loyal support in maintaining the efficiency and traditions of the Naval Service, and junior men look to them for direction and assistance, they should:
(a) possess personality and tact;
(b) be ready to accept the responsibilities of their position;
(c) work at all times for the well-being and efficiency of the Naval Service as. whole;
(d) set an example of loyalty and discipline. and
(e) obey the orders of their superiors with the same cheerfulness and alacrity with which they expect to be obeyed by their juniors.
(3) Preservation of Good Order and Discipline.
(a) It is the duty of chief Petty Officers and Petty Officers of all branches to preserve order and regularity among the other men wherever they are. This responsibility rests upon them whether they are on duty or not.
(b) A copy of (a) of this clause shall be kept permanently posted on the notice board in alFchief Petty Officers' and Petty Officers' messes.
(4) Artisans and Artificers. Men of the artisan, artificer, and other branches who are granted ratings equivalent to chief Petty Officer or Petty Officer on entry by reason of their trade or technical qualifications shall bear in mind that in addition to their duties as skilled tradesmen it is their duty to:
(a) discharge properly the disciplinary responsibilities of the ratings they hold;
(b) set an example to juniors by their good conduct and discipline. and
(c) guide, and correct the faults of, their juniors.
(5) Petty Officer of the Day. The duty of the Petty Officer of the Day shall be taken daily in rotation by all available Petty Officers.
(6) Issue of Spirit and Provisions.
(a) Petty Officer shall be detailed daily for duty in connection with the issue of spirit and provisions.
(b) The Petty Officer of the Day shall be present.
(i) when the spirit issue is being measured and issued to the ship's company, and
(ii) when provisions are being issued to the ship's company, and he shall represent any complaint regarding the measure, issue, or quality of, spirit, meat, or provisions to the Officer of the Day or Officer of the Watch.
43.01 — Privileges of Chief Petty Officers And Petty Officers
(1) Treatment. Chief Petty Officers and Petty Officers shall be:
(a) granted every reasonable indulgence;
(b) made to feel that confidence is reposed in them, and
(c) treated with the consideration that is due to the positions of trust which they hold.
(2) Form of Address. The prefix "Chief Petty Officer" or "Petty Officer", or the corresponding prefix in the case of men in branches other than the Seaman branch, shall be used by all officers and men when addressing or speaking of men holding those ratings.
(3) Falling in and Classes.
(a) On all occasions when men are falling in, chief Petty Officers and Petty Officers shall do so separately from lower ratings.
(b) When classes of instruction are formed, chief Petty Officers and Petty Officers shall when practicable be classed up by themselves.
(4) Mustering and Personal Search.
(a) Chief Petty Officers and Petty Officers shall not be mustered in and out of the ship or fleet Establishment unless there is some special reason for doing so.
(b) They are exempt from personal search by the regulating staff unless the Captain or the Executive Officer orders otherwise for special reasons.
(5) Kit Muster. Chief Petty Officers and Petty Officers are exempt from kit muster.
(6) Passing Dockyard and Establishment Gates. Chief Petty Officers and Petty Officers dressed in uniform are allowed to pass dockyard and fleet establishment gates and may pass out parties of men.
(7) Laundry and Hammocks. Chief Petty Officers and potty officers shall be provided with:
(a) separate lines for hanging clothing and laundry; and
(b) separate nettings for the stowage of hammocks.
(8) Messing. Messing arrangements for chief Petty Officers and Petty Officers areprescribed in Chapter 46 (Messing, Cabins, and Canteens) .
(9) Inspection. The procedure followed by chief Petty Officers and Petty Officers with regard to retention and removal of headgear at inspections and investigations is prescribed in Chapter 18 (Salutes, Military Honours, and Marks of Respect) .