job may call for skills that none of your
personnel have. These and similar problems
require that you be a training specialist who can
conduct training programs and train individuals
and groups in executing their tasks.
You will have increasing responsibilities for
working with others. As you advance to HM 1
and then to HMC, you will find that many of your
plans and decisions affect a large number of
people, including some who are not members of
the Medical Department. It is therefore im-
portant that you understand the duties and
responsibilities of personnel in other ratings,
especially those with whom you have interdepart-
mental dealings. Every petty officer in the Navy
is a technical specialist in his or her own field.
Learn as much as you can about the work of
others so that it will fit in with the overall
mission of the organization.
As your responsibilities increase, your ability
to communicate clearly and effectively must
also increase. The basic requirement for effective
communication is a knowledge of your own
language. Use correct language in speaking or
writing. Remember that the basic purpose of all
communication is understanding. To lead, super-
vise, and train others, you must be able to
communicate in such a way that others can
understand exactly what you mean.
A second requirement for effective com-
munication in the Navy is a knowledge of the
Navy way of saying things. Some Navy terms have
been standardized to ensure communication.
When a situation calls for the use of standard
Navy terminology, use it.
Another requirement of effective communica-
tion is precision in the use of technical terms. A
command of the technical language peculiar to
the Medical Department allows you to receive and
convey information accurately and to exchange
ideas with others. Persons who do not understand
the meaning of terms used in connection with
the work of their own rating are at a dis-
advantage when they try to read official
publications. They are also at a great dis-
advantage when they take the written examination
for advancement. Although it is always important
for you to use technical terms correctly, it
is especially important when you are dealing
with lower rated personnel; sloppiness in the
use of technical terms is likely to be very
confusing to them.
You will have increased responsibilities for
keeping up with new developments. Practically
everything in the Navypolicies, procedures,
systemsis subject to change and development.
You must keep yourself informed of all changes
and new developments that might affect your
rating or your work.
Some changes will be called directly to your
attention, others you will have to look for. Try
to develop a special alertness for new information.
Keep up to date on all available sources of
technical information. Publications of continuing
interest to supervisors in the Medical Department
are U.S. Navy Medicine and all notices and
instructions, especially those from NAVMED-
Advancement in rating is not automatic. Meet-
ing all requirements makes you eligible but does
not guarantee your advancement. The factors that
determine which persons, out of all those who
take the examinations, will actually be advanced
are the scores made on the written examination,
the length of time in service, the performance
marks of the individual, and the quotas set for
Remember that the requirements for ad-
vancement may change from time to time.
Check with your division officer or training
officer to be sure you meet the most recent
requirements when you are preparing for
advancement or helping others to prepare for