Medical Officer's Guide to the Navy


1.  1MC:  ship-wide overhead announcing system, there is no talking during announcements
2.  3M:  maintenance material management, navy-wide preventative maintenance program
3.  AFFF:  Aqueous Film Forming Foam- used for putting out class fires
4.  AMMAL:  Authorized minimal medical allowance list, Inventory list required to be onboard at all times.
5.  Battle lantern:  yellow portable lights located througout ship for emergency lighting
6.  Blue Nose:  navy tradition of painting the "nose" of the ship blue when crossing into the Artic Circle
7.  Boat:  submarine; when submarines were first being developed (1880's), they were easliy portable on land and given the term "boat"
8.  Bridge:  place on ship where the OOD and JOOD navigate and control ship's evolutions
9.  Brig:  jail, stay out of jail
10.  Brown shoes:  older term refering to pilots who wear brown colored shoes with kahki's
11.  Bubbleheads:  general term for submariners
12.  Captain's Mast:  non-judicial punishment where CO presides, can sentence to brig or garnish wages depending on offense
13.  CIWS:  close in weapon system, R2D2 looking white pod on the outside of the ship, puts up a "wall" of bullets to shoot down incoming missiles
15.  CO:  commanding officer
16.  COD:  flights to the ship bringing people, supplies, etc
17.  Coners:  slang term refering to submariners who work in the front of the boat- the "cone"
18.  Crossing the Equator
19.  Deck:  floors below main deck (e.g. 2nd deck- 1st floor below main deck)
20.  DITY:  do it yourself move, the navy will re-imburse you for moving your own household goods
21.  DLA:  dislocation allowance, 2 months BAH (taxible, though) given to assist with moving your family; not eligible if your family stays behind
22.  Dock:  refers to the WATER between piers, the song "sitting on the dock of the bay" just doesn't make sense
23.  Dolphins:  warfare insignia worn by submariners
24.  DV:  distinguished visitor
25.  EAB:  emergency air breathers, contained air system to be used by fire fighters
26.  EEBD:  emergency escape breathing device, located throughout ship will provide 3-5 minutes of oxygen to aide escape in event of fire
27.  Fire, Class Alpha:  wood or carbon based
28.  Fire, Class Bravo:  oil
29.  Fire, Class Charlie:  electrical
30.  Fire, Class Delta:  metal
31.  FOD:  foreign objects which could be sucked into jet engines causing damage or malfunction
32.  Forcastle:  pronounced foc' sle, largely ceremonial area of ship, area where anchor is housed
33.  FSA:  family separation allowance ($2.50/day), to be eligible one must have dependents and be deploy more than 30 days straight
34.  Galley:  kitchen
35.  Geedunk:  chips, sweets, vending machine fare
36.  Geographic Bachelor:  living away from your family, you are eligible for BAH from the station you left only if you are reporting to a ship
37.  GQ:  general quarters, manned when ship is under attack or when involved in combat
38.  Green side:  refers to working with marines
39.  Hazmat:  hazardous material
40.  Head:  bathroom, term originated from days of sail when water would flow down sides of ship in troughs where sailors would urinate
41.  JOOD:  junior officer of the deck
42.  K-poks:  life jacket
43.  Level:  floors above main deck (e.g. 03 level- pronounced "oh-3" level)
44.  Liberty:  time to go home or ashore
45.  Light Duty:  job restrictions, usually limited to 30 days, but can still deploy
46.  Limited Duty:  required after light duty for 30 days, personel are considered non-deployable and are considered unplanned loss to ship
47.  Mail Call:  mail has arrived to the ship!
48.  Medical Pays:  ISP   VSP   MSP
49.  Navy Cash:  on board cashless system tied to your personal bank account used for geedunk, paying mess bills, use in ship's store, etc
50.  Navy Wife:  toughest job in the navy, don't forget them when you deploy arrange for flowers, gifts, etc…
51.  OOD:  officer of the deck, responsible for safe navigation and safety of ship, is the captain's direct representative
52.  PKP:  purple potassium powder, used for putting out class fires
53.  Pollywog:  those who have not crossed the equator
54.  Pond, the:  euphamism for the Atlantic Ocean
55.  Port:  left side of ship, associated with color red, numbers will be even, days of sail- ships always docked with left side facing town hence "port"
56.  PQS:  personal quailifcation standard, list of required study topics needed to earn surface warfare pin
57.  P-way:  Passageway
58.  Quarterdeck:  Place to control entrance to ship when inport
59.  Quartermaster:  enlisted rating responsible for  navigating ship (the army's quartermasters are supply clerks)
60.  Rating:  enlisted job specialties (e.g.  CS- cullinary specialist, YN- yeoman, QM- quartermaster, HM- hospital corpsman, etc)
61.  Recovery:  "trap", landing aircraft on carrier
62.  Reville:  sounded every morning at 0600 to get up out of bed
63.  ROAD program:  retired on active duty (enough said)
64.  Scullery:  kitchen sink
65.  Scuttlebutt:  rumors; also term for drinking fountain
66.  Shellback:  those who have crossed the equator.
67.  Ship:  above water sailing vessel
68.  Sick Call:  daily walk-in urgent care type visits for officers and crew
69.  SMO:  senior medical officer, incharge of medical department
70.  Starboard:  right side of ship, associated with color green, numbers will be odd, days of sail- ships always docked with right side facing the sea hence "star" side
71.  Stateroom:  officers shipboard living quarters
72.  Tagout: safety measure to ensure maintenance is performed on de-energized or de-pressurized systems
73.  Taps:  lowering the flag at sundown
74.  Tattle-tale:  line of lesser strength woven into mooring lines; when under extreme tension, these break before the larger more important mooring lines 
75.  Terminal leave:  leave taken which coincides with getting out of the navy either via retirement or resigning commission
76.  TLD:  thermo luminesence device, worn by "nucs" to measure radiation exposure
77.  Underway:  the moment all lines are off the pier
78.  Unplanned loss:  personnel unable to work onboard ship, the ship will not get replacement right away leaving departments undermanned
79.  UNREP:  underway replentishment, brings onboard mail, fresh food, etc
80.  Walking blood bank:  made of crew volunteer's, required to have hepatitis screening, provides whole blood in the event transfusion are required
81.  Wardroom:  place on ship where officers eat; also term used to denote entire ship's group of officers
82.  Wetting Down:  traditional party thrown by recently promoted officers
83.  Wings:  warfare insignia worn by aviators
84.  XO:  executive officer- responsible for administrative tasks of the ship, second in command
85.  XOI:  XO's inquiry, preceeds Captain's Mast where XO decides on wether offender has committed a crime worthy of further punishmen


1.  The Naval Officer's Guide.  Published by Naval Press Institute, 1998.  Authors: VADM William P. Mack and Thomas D. Paulsen.  ISBN: 1557506450.  Can be purchased online or in navy uniform shops.


2.  Service Ettique.  Published in 1988.  Author:  Orthea D. Schwartz.  ISBN: 087021620.   Is an older publication.  Some content may seem out of date, but does give some pretty good basics when it comes to ettique.


3.  Navy Historical Center (NHC).  Great website full of information regarding naval history, customs, and traditions.


4.  Naval Personnel Command (NPC).  Formely the BUPERS website.  Contains information regarding promotion boards, how to contact your detailer, news on your specific community, etc...  For full access to the site, you need to establish an account and MAY need to be using a computer with a '.mil' address.


5.  DOD SITES (World Wide Military Installation Guide).  SITES contains resources for everyone who is relocating from one duty station to another, as well as those working or living at or near an installation. SITES information is posted and kept current by Relocation Assistance Program personnel located in family, community, or work-life centers on installations located around the world.


6.  Navy Smart Web Move website.   This website has all the information you need for a smooth 'navy move'.  Here you can schedule your move dates, etc...


7.  PDF source documents on self moves, click here.


8.  Dislocation Allowance (DLA).  The purpose of DLA is to partially reimburse a member, with or without dependents, for the expenses incurred in relocating the member's household on a PCS, housing moves ordered for the Government's convenience, or incident to an evacuation. 


9.  Temporary Lodging Expense (TLE) is paid as part of the travel claim for up to 10 days of hotels during the move at an amount dependent on per diem rates in the given area up to $180 per day.


10.  PCS reimburseable expenses.  Find more financial information on PCS travel.


11.  Travel claim and continuation forms.  You will need these forms to be reimbursed for government travel.


12.  Navy Uniform Regulations.  This link will take you to the Navy Uniform Regulations homepage.  Here you will find EVERYTHING imagineable when it comes to wear of uniforms, grooming standards (e.g. hair length for men and women), how to arrange your ribbons, which uniforms get name tags and which ones do not, etc...


13.  Navy Cash in lieu of greenbacks for shipboard purchases.


14.  Ribbon Checker is a great website created by LCDR M.R. Gustafson, CEC, USNR.  Select the ribbons you have earned, then scroll to the bottom of the page to create a graphic representation of how your ribbons should appear.


15.  Naval Military Personnel Manual (MILPERSMAN)- contains policy, rules, and practices for administration of military personnel within Navy