Welcome aboard the USN BosunM8 page. Here you can find information for U.S. Navy Boatswain's Mates. 
Additional information related to Boatswain's pipe, Boatswain's lanyards, pipe calls and other "gedunk" can be found by using the links in the left column.

Note: On 29-Sep-16, the U.S. Navy indicated it will move away from traditional ratings to an alphanumeric system of Navy Occupational Specialty (NOS) codes. The code for Boatswain's Mates will be NOS B400.

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Honor, Courage, Commitment...

As in our past, we are dedicated to the Core Values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment to build the foundation of trust and leadership upon which our strength is based and victory is achieved. These principles on which the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps were founded continue to guide us today. Every member of the Naval Service – active, reserve, and civilian, must understand and live by our Core Values. For more than two hundred years, members of the Naval Service have stood ready to protect our nation and our freedom. We are ready today to carry out any mission, deter conflict around the globe, and if called upon to fight, be victorious. We will be faithful to our Core Values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment as our abiding duty and privilege.


I am accountable for my professional and personal behavior. I will be mindful of the privilege I have to serve my fellow Americans. 


Courage is the value that gives me the moral and mental strength to do what is right, with confidence and resolution, even in the face of temptation or adversity.


The day-to-day duty of every man and woman in the Department of the Navy is to join together as a team to improve the quality of our work, our people and ourselves.

These are the CORE VALUES of the United States Navy...
The CORE VALUES of a United States Navy Sailor.
The Boatswain's Mate Lanyard

U.S. Navy Uniform Regulations Chapter 5 Section 4 states:

"5404. BOATSWAIN'S PIPE AND LANYARD. The boatswain's pipe and lanyard may be worn around the neck while carrying out official ceremonial duties and military watches. The lanyard is braided with Belfast cord in a traditional style and sennit. When hanging free, the bottom of the pipe shall not fall below the top of the belt. Wear white lanyards with dark / blue uniforms and black lanyards with white uniforms. Men place the pipe in the left breast pocket when not in use. Women wearing Service Dress Blue place the boatswain's pipe attached to the lanyard between the top and second button of their jacket when not in use. Do not wear them on liberty." 
I have received numerous requests of "How do I make a Boatswain’s Mate Lanyard" from the "Ask Boats" section at www.1navy.com.  The best way to learn is to sit down with some of the senior or "saltier" BMs and practice the various knots needed to make one. I highly recommend The Ashley Book of Knots by Clifford Ashley. This book is a must have for any Boatswain’s Mate interested in knots and lanyard making. It is available at most book stores and can also be found online. This book has over 7,000 different knots.
This site provides some guidance on making a basic four-strand Boatswain’s Mate Lanyard. You should take pride in making your Boatswain's Lanyard - plan how it will look when it is completed and be patient while working. The lanyard should be constructed using a number of various knots, hitches, sinnets and Turk’s heads. Fabricating the lanyard from a larger number of strands tends to produce a sharper, more intricate lanyard.

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