The US Navy In Black, White, and Blood
In the United States Navy we abide by rules and regulations that govern us at all times, from day in and day out. These rules and regulation are in the form of Instructions and Manuals. There are Instructions and Manuals for nearly every facet of a sailor’s life, both professionally and personally. I am going to get into a few of them in regards to the roles and responsibilities of Leading Petty Officers and how it relates to the Navy’s Preventive Maintenance System along the lines of procedural compliance.
The Leading Role
As a Divisional Leading Petty Officer you are ultimately responsible for every work center within your division and are also held accountable to your Division Officer for the proper operation and overall effectiveness of the 3-M system within you division. (NAVSEAINST 4790.008C, pg 1-9, March 2013) You play a small but vital role in a much broader operation, the ships 3-M program. Everyone has a part to play, and must play it accordingly or the results can be lethally devastating. One vital role of Leading Petty Officers is to ensure that all their Work Center Supervisors are properly trained and qualified to perform their duties. Work Center Supervisors have the most important role in a ships 3-M program and it is paramount that they have the knowledge and skill sets to perform their job properly, confidently, and in accordance with the instructions and guidelines set forth by the US Navy. To the Division Officer, the Leading Petty Officer must review and submit all proper PMS documents, as well as provide the weekly status of the 3-M Self Assessment Program, the Current Ships Maintenance Plan, and PMS accomplishment and non-accomplishment. (NAVSEAINST 4790.8C, pg 1-9, March 2013) You see everyone is responsible for someone or something and at the same time, everyone is accountable to someone. 3-M Program or not, it is how the...