After 27 years of service on submarines and two tours of duty as a chief of the boat (COB), I have seen my fair share of new officers check on board for duty. By the time most are ready to load out their sea bags and head down the pier, they have been mentored and guided by many. But how many have stopped and asked a chief petty officer (CPO), “What is expected of me?” The following advice from senior enlisted submariners is designed to help junior officers (JOs) fit in and contribute during their first tour on a submarine.
The first thing a new officer should do after receiving orders to a submarine is read them. On the first page, there will be contact information for the new command. Contact them and ask a few questions. What uniform is required at check in? Where do you go when you get to the base? Will the boat be in her home port, and, if not, where do you go?