General Orders to the Sentry

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General Orders to the Sentry

Post  Michael Garber on Tue Apr 06, 2010 1:55 pm

(1) TO TAKE CHARGE OF THIS POST AND ALL GOVERNMENT PROPERTY IN VIEW.
As a sentry, you are a direct representative of the members of your guard chain of command, and ultimately, the commanding officer. You are the senior man aboard your post, unless other ranking members of the guard or the commander are present. You will halt and detain all persons on or near your post whose actions are subject to suspicion. You will immediately report any unusual or suspicious occurrence to the corporal of the guard. The limits of your post are contained in the guard orders. If you're not sure what they are, ask the corporal of the guard before being posted.

(2) TO WALK MY POST IN A MILITARY MANNER, KEEPING ALWAYS ON THE ALERT AND OBSERVING VERYTHING THAT PLACES PLACE WITHIN SIGHT OR HEARING.
The "cardinal sin" you can commit as a sentry is falling asleep on post. Guard duty can become extremely boring and repetitive, however, it is your duty to stay alert. The guard orders for your post will prescribe whether you walk, stand, ride or sit. In any case, you should carry yourself in a proper military manner and remain wide-awake and attentive at all times.

(3) TO REPORT ALL VIOLATIONS OF ORDERS I AM INSTRUCTED TO ENFORCE.
You are duty bound to report all violations of orders pertaining to your post to the corporal of the guard at the first opportunity. You will apprehend the offender, if necessary.

(4) TO REPEAT ALL CALLS FROM POSTS MORE DISTANT FROM THE GUARDHOUSE THAN MY OWN.
When posts are located within hearing distance of each other, sentries receiving a call from a post more distant from guardhouse than their own, will repeat the call to the next post loudly, distinctly, and exactly as they received it. To call the corporal of the guard for any purpose other than relief, fire or disorder, sentries will call "Corporal of the Guard, post number (# of the post)."

(5) TO QUIT MY POST ONLY WHEN PROPERLY RELIEVED.
The important words are "properly relieved." Properly relieved means that you are formally relieved by a member of the guard chain of command, or when informal relieve is authorized, the relieving sentry states aloud, "I relieve you," then assumes your duties. Under no circumstances will you relieve yourself from your post, or leave your post for any unauthorized reason. If you must leave your post to protect government property in view, or to apprehend an offender, your must first notify the corporal of the guard, EVEN IF immediate action is essential.

(6) TO RECEIVE, OBEY, AND PASS ON TO THE SENTRY WHO RELIEVES ME, ALL ORDERS FROM THE COMMANDING OFFICER, OFFICER OF THE DAY, AND OFFICERS AND NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICERS OF THE GUARD ONLY.
During your tour of duty, you may receive an order from a member of the guard chain of command or during an emergency, you may received an order from the senior officer present. It is your duty to obey these orders, and when the orders are "standing" (i.e., constantly in force), pass them on to your relief. Any officer or noncommissioned officer (NC) may report violations of regulations by members of the guard to the proper authority, however, a sentry will only be required to surrender his weapon to a person within his guard chain of command. An officer or NCO who observes you performing your duties improperly may report this discrepancy to the corporal of the guard, however, unless it is an emergency where the officer assumes command, the officer or NCO is not in your chain of command and should be treated accordingly.

(7) TO TALK TO NO ONE EXCEPT IN THE LINE OF DUTY.
A Marine on duty has no friends. When a person makes an inquiry of an official nature, you should give a brief, courteous response. Long or unofficial conversations will be avoided. When armed with a rifle, come to the position of "port arms" during your conversation.

(8) TO GIVE THE ALARM IN CASE OF FIRE OR DISORDER.
In case of fire, the sentry will immediately call "Fire, post (number of post)," and give the alarm or make certain the alarm has been given. If possible, without endangering yourself or the performance of your duties, extinguish the fire. Notify the guardhouse as soon as possible. In case of disorder, notify the corporal of the guard immediately, and then take the proper corrective action.

(9) TO CALL THE CORPORAL OF THE GUARD IN ANY CASE NOT COVERED BY INSTRUCTIONS.
If you encounter a situation not covered by your guard orders, or a situation when are not sure what to do, call the corporal of the guard and ask for instructions. Don't worry about making him mad or him thinking that you are "stupid" for not knowing. The purpose of the corporal of the guard is to ensure things go well on posts. He'll appreciate it much more if you ask the question than if you make the wrong decision without asking.

(10) TO SALUTE ALL OFFICERS, AND ALL COLORS AND STANDARDS NOT CASED.
All officers will be properly saluted once you have properly identified them as an officer, except when you are engaged in a specific duty which would prevent saluting. When armed with a rifle, salute by presenting arms. You will also salute all colors and standards. The term "Colors" applies to a national flag or unit or organization distinguishing flag carried by dismounted elements. And the term "Standard" applies to a flag carried by mounted, mechanized, motorized or aviation units of the Fleet Marine Force. You will not salute if they are "cased." What "cased" means is that there will be a sleeve placed over the color or standard for storage.

(11) TO BE ESPECIALLY WATCHFUL AT NIHT AND, DURING THE TIME FOR CHALLENGING, TO CHALLENGE ALL PERSONS ON OR NEAR MY POST AND ALLOW NO ONE TO PASS WITHOUT PROPER AUTHORITY.
A challenging post is one where access to the limits of your post is controlled, or any post during the hours of darkness. Some posts require you to use a password. The key words are "during the times of challenging.: All posts are not challenging posts. You should only challenge when the post has been designated as a challenging post.

c. Special Orders. Special orders apply to a particular post of the interior guard. They are promulgated by the Commanding Officer, to prescribe special duties or responsibilities for the main and special guard sentries that are not contained in the general orders.

(1) Each member of the interior guard is required to understand and comply with special orders which apply to that post.

(2) Each sentry on post is required to pass on the sentry who relieves him, all special orders that apply to that particular post.
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