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General Orders

A sentry obeys two sets of orders. Special orders passed to the sentry with regard to his watch and post that are given by the petty officer of the watch or corporal of the guard.  General orders that never change and for which the sentry is always responsible.   

The eleven General Orders to be memorized by all naval personnel.


 
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 the post 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, field officer of the day, officer of the day, and officers and petty officers of the guard 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 corporal of the guard 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.
 
Source: The Bluejackets' Manual, Fifteenth Edition (1957).