NavyRegs Article 0803.
Presence of Officer Eligible to Command

Presence of Officer Eligible to Command0803. Presence of Officer Eligible to Command

1.   Except as otherwise provided herein or otherwise authorized by the Chief of Naval Operations or the Commandant of the Marine Corps, as appropriate, at least one officer, whether in command or eligible to succeed to command, shall be present and ready for duty at each command (activity, unit or office).  In the absence of the commanding officer or the executive officer, or both, their duties shall devolve upon the officer next in rank and eligible to succeed to command who is attached to and present in the command.  An officer detailed for a day’s duty for the purpose of assuming the commanding officer shall be known as the Command Duty Officer.  Upon request of the officer senior in rank, eligible to succeed to command, who is attached to and present in the command, the Command Duty Officer shall defer to that officer.  An officer who succeeds to command or is detailed to assume the commanding officer’s duties during the temporary absence of the commanding officer shall make no changes in the existing organization and shall endeavor to have the routine and other affairs of the command carried on in the usual manner.

2. A superior, of flag or general grade, shall determine the presence of the officer in command or officer or officers eligible to succeed to command and ready for duty at each command or unit of the operating forces of the Navy and the operating forces of the Marine Corps.  The commanding officer may, under criteria or conditions prescribed by a superior of flag or general grade, assign officers not eligible to succeed to command and qualified enlisted personnel to serve as the Command Duty Officer.

3.  Superiors shall determine the need and govern the presence of the officer in command or an officer or officers eligible to succeed to command and ready for duty at commands, offices, or activities not of the operating forces of the Navy and not of the operating forces of the Marine Corps.  Under conditions prescribed by a superior, officers not eligible to command and qualified enlisted personnel may be assigned a day’s command duty.

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