What kind of work do navy sailors do on the ship besides their specific rateing jobs?

I know that when you are onboard a us navy ship you do the job for which you are trained, but there are alot of other jobs that I have seen no ratings for, the more menial tasks of scrubbing, cleaning, scraping, ect. Who does these jobs and how is it decided? do certain rates get to bypass that kind of work? Also, if anyone could give me a general idea of how watches are scheduled, that would be cool. Does every sailor stand the exact same amount of watches on a ship?

Asked By: Alex J - 2/2/2008
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EVERYBODY mess cranks. EVERYBODY does sweepers. EVERYBODY has at least one collateral duty and EVERYBODY is on the Damage Control team... More
Answered By: Mrsjvb - 2/2/2008
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different departments have different duties and responsibilties. yeah everybody has different jobs, deck division does most of the bullshit work, thats where all teh dumb f*cks go. but each division still has to keep thier berthing clean, and thier equipment. pretty much as soon as you get on the ship you will be doing... More
Answered By: JJ - 2/2/2008
Usually the people who come in undesignated get stuck with the shit jobs. Also unqualified lower ranking personnel with get stuck with working gee dunks, galleys, and what not. Basically, whatever your rate, get your quals asap.
Answered By: ImMB - 2/2/2008
Each division is given certain parts of the ship to take care of...then they give the work to lower ranking crewmen to take care of...the rating that does the MOST of that kinds of work boatsmen. No rate gets to by pass that...just part of life until you hit e-4-e5... More
Answered By: Untamed Rose - 2/2/2008
watch standing, mess cooking,compartment cleaning, general quarters station which maybe as a phone talker, on a gun mount and a lot of other jobs. watch standing varies by dept and by ship. the ones I was on it normally was 4 on and 8 off although at times it was 6 on and 6 off. to change the times you are on watch the... More
Answered By: John R - 2/2/2008
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