United States Naval Academy - Lucky Bag Yearbook (Annapolis, MD)

 - Class of 1944

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Every two weeks the mate entered with that white sheet, the watch bill. A Twenty-four hour vocation from academics wasn ' t half bad, but when it cut into our social life, we mailed the CIS chits. Set tke Watch I Each midshipman took his regular turn at standing watch in Bancroft Hall under the supervision of the Executive Depart- ment, and some two weeks before the evening that he posted, the mate brought in a watch bill to be initialed. The watch changed every evening and the oncoming watch squad mustered by Battalions in the Rotunda for inspection before posting. The Officer of the Watch, followed closely by his plebe messenger or " stooge, " checked to assure himself of our neat appearance, then the watch was posted for the night. Holding sway in the Main Office were the Midshipman Officer of the Watch and the Midshipman in charge of the Main Office. Special orders for our daily routine emanated from them via a complete system of telephone communications to all parts of Bancroft Hall. A Battalion Officer of the Watch was responsi- ble for each wing with a midshipman in charge of the Battalion Office and messengers as assistants. The work of the watch squad at night consisted of compiling study hour and taps inspection reports and planning the work of the next day. There was also the task of preparing a master con- duct report of those of us who had been caught by the " system " that day. About half an hour after taps the regular watch was secured for the night, but the security watch continued to walk their posts as we slept. 1  " Set the watch " started a twenty-four hour tour of duty with the Executive Department, der E. G. Campbell, Executive Officer of the reserve I, cast a stern eye over returning sections. Batt House Blues. " Shall 1 ask the D.O.? " " What ' s the latest dope? " Routine " Be sure to take the clip out FIRST. '

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