Re: [WarOf1812] Mess Traditions
- From the U.S. Navy Regulations of 1990.
1. Petty officers and non commissioned officers shall not be detailed to
perform mess duties except when non rated personnel are not available.
1. Meals served in the general mess shall be smapled by an officer detailed
by the commanding officer for that purpose. Should he or she find the
quality of quantity of food unsatisfactory, or shouls any member of the mess
object to the quality or quantity of the food the commanding officer shall
be notified and shall take appropriate action.
2. No person employed in the service of the general mess shall receive any
compensation from persons entitled to subsist in the mess.
It seems that all naval mess traditions of the USN died in 1914 (or 1917?)
when alcohol was banned on ships at sea. It was (again) left up to the USMC
to save their @## by carrrying on the dining in on land.
I had the chance to go to a US Army dining in (in Canada no less) where I
was made an honorary member of the 2/5th INF who trace their lineage to the
21st Reg't US INF who capture the guns at Lundy's Lane. We ate on the
battlefield about 200 yards from where the Reg't captured the guns. (I even
got to touch the battle streamers!) It was quite a different affair from the
formal Officer's Messes of the Cdn Army. The mess included Officers and
NCOs and number twos, not dressy, but I was more than honoured to be a part
- In case anyone was interested in reading the 1990 USN Regulations (hey I am
sure someone else out there will read them) they can be found at: