Eleven General Orders of a Sentry

General Orders for Standing Watch in the Navy

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The Eleven General Orders of a Sentry as listed in the Navy's DEP (Delayed Enlistment Program) study guide are below and are ingrained into the recruit’s memory by repetition reciting of them verbatim while attending boot camp. You will be required to quote any one of, or all of your Eleven General Orders of a Sentry from memory anytime, anywhere and to anyone, when you join the Navy. It is best that you learn the Eleven General Orders of a Sentry while you are in DEP prior to your departure for Recruit Training. This will give you an advantage over others in your division and will provide some valuable time to perform additional required items your first few days in boot camp.

The Navy version below is slightly different than the Marine Corps version (mostly because ranks and titles differ between the Navy and USMC), and a whole lot different than the Army version.  Standing duty, standing guard, guarding your post, or standing watch all are terms used by the military to mean that you are the person to hold security for that area for that particular time.  Knowing the following eleven general orders will help you stand duty with confidence even on your first time, BUT you have to adhere to the below standards.  You will also here the following command prior to delivering this information:  

"The Navy General Orders of the Sentry - GO!"

1. To take charge of this post and all government property in view.

2. To walk my post in a military manner, keeping always on the alert, and observing everything that takes place within sight or hearing.

3. To report all violations of orders I am instructed to enforce.

4. To repeat all calls from posts more distant from the guard house than my own.

5. To quit my post only when properly relieved.

6. To receive, obey and pass on to the sentry who relieves me, all orders from the Commanding Officer, Command Duty Officer, Officer of the Deck, and Officers and Petty Officers of the Watch only.

7. To talk to no one except in the line of duty.

8. To give the alarm in case of fire or disorder.

9. To call the Officer of the Deck in any case not covered by instructions.

10. To salute all officers and all colors and standards not cased.

11. To be especially watchful at night, and, during the time for challenging, to challenge all persons on or near my post and to allow no one to pass without proper authority.

Time to learn these general orders ASAP.  Do not wait until boot camp until you realize you need to learn these for perfect verbatim memory, while a screaming drill sergeant or chief is looking you squarely in the face, ready to yell at you if you do not answer properly. 

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