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General Orders for sentries; Sixth General Order

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What is the Sixth General Order for sentries?

To receive, obey, and pass on to the sentry who relieves me, all orders from the Commanding Officer, Officer of the Day, Officers, and Non-Commissioned Officers of the guard only.

(1) During the tour of duty, a sentry is subject to the orders of the Commanding Officer, Field Officer of the Day (if assigned), Officer of the Day, and Officers and Noncommissioned (Petty) Officers of the Guard only. In emergencies, however, the senior line officer present may give orders to sentries. In addition, any officer or noncommissioned (petty) officer is authorized to report violations of regulations by members of the guard. Sentries of special guards not under the jurisdiction of a main guard are subject to the orders of their unit Commander and Officers and Noncommissioned (Petty) Officers of the Special Guard only.

(2) A sentry will give up any assigned weapon only when ordered to by a person from whom he or she lawfully receives orders may be given while on post. Unless necessity therefore exists, no person will require a sentry to surrender any assigned weapon while that sentry is on post.

(MCO 5530.15)

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posted on June 25, 2015 under Articles, Q&A
Sebastian Juslin
Sebastian served in the Marine Corps infantry on active duty and in the reserves from 2004 to 2013. Sebastian has always been driven to mentor the marines in his charge, and continuously strives to better himself as both a leader and a husband.

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