As a petty officer you will be held responsi-
ble for your personal debts and financial dealings.
Always obey the following cardinal rules:
Never have any financial dealings with pa-
tients or those under you. Violating this
cardinal rule will always lead to trouble and
embarrassment for you and your
Always pay your bills on time. Letters of
indebtedness have ruined many a service
career, often many years after the debts
Live within your means and, except under
extreme emergencies, do not borrow
money that you can not pay back without
upsetting your budget.
Good personal habits, cleanliness, neat hair-
cuts, and spotless, correct uniforms are absolute
musts in the Hospital Corps. Ours is a profession
in which we meet the public constantly, and the
medical public always seems to be more critical
of appearance. The personal appearance and atti-
tude of the staff does much to enhance the overall
reputation of the Navy Medical Department and
reinforces our role as health care teachers.
Nowhere in the Navy is the need for personal
integrity so great as in the Hospital Corps where
we are continually dealing with people, their
troubles, illnesses, and personal problems. This
knowledge falls into the category of privileged
communication. We, as hospital corpsmen, have
no right whatsoever to divulge any medical infor-
mation, however trivial, to any unauthorized in-
dividuals. Medical information is prime gossip
material. This is sometimes difficult to remember
but should remain an absolute must for profes-
Integrity also encompasses adherence to com-
mitments, commonly referred to as keeping ones
promise. Whatever the commitment, whatever the
price, your word is your bonduntil broken.
One important commitment that all corps per-
sonnel have is the obligation to never abuse or
to tolerate the abuse by others of the controlled
medical substances that we have access to. These
medications are on the ward or in the mount-out
block for use, under a medical officers supervi-
sion, in the care and rehabilitation of patients.
Any other use must not be tolerated.
Naval leadership is based on personal exam-
ple, good management, and moral responsibility.
All of the personal traits previously discussed are
also leadership traits. Success of the Medical
Department rests heavily on the petty officer.
Good petty officers are the backbone of the Navy
whether they are supervising military or specialist
duties. Many examples of effective leadership you
learn may be by the examples set by officers and
senior petty officer. The best way to learn effec-
tive leadership is by practicing it.
THE NAVY ENLISTED
Many of the rewards of Navy life are earned
though the advancement system. Some of these
rewards are easy to see. You receive more pay,
job assignments become more interesting and
more challenging, and you are regarded with
greater respect by officers and enlisted personnel.
Also, you enjoy the satisfaction of getting ahead
in your chosen Navy career.
However, the advantages are not yours alone.
The Navy also profits. Highly trained personnel
are essential to the mission of the Navy. Each time
you are advanced, your value to the Navy in-
creases two ways. First, you become more
valuable as a specialist in your rating; and second,
you become more valuable as a person who can
train others. Thus you make far-reaching con-
tributions to the entire Navy.
The NORMAL system of advancement may
be easier to understand if it is divided into two
1. Those requirements that must be met for
you to be qualified; that is, to be con-
sidered for advancement.
2. Those factors that actually determine
whether or not you will be advanced.
QUALIFYING FOR ADVANCEMENT
In order to qualify (be considered) for ad-
vancement, you must fulfill certain requirements.