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Commentary | Dec. 8, 2021

Solicitation: Share your New Year watch log entry with MyCG

By MyCG Staff

MyCG is hosting the annual New Year’s watch log entry series. MyCG will publish a watch log anthology,  highlighting submissions from around the service. Send your watch log in poem form to  

Limerick, haiku, or free verse, the Jan. 1 watch log entry in poem format in place of the more standard watch entry is a common tradition in the sea services. Usually penned between midnight and 4 a.m., the log is a lighthearted way to begin a new year of operations.  

The watch log is the record of events that occur during the watch completed by the officer of the day or watch stander at their respective unit. All log entries are brief in detail, often noting some combination of important information like operating status, weather and sea state, course and speed, and nearby vessels or ports.  

By law, cutter logs are maintained as a federal record and stored in the National Archives and Records Administration.  

Details for submission: 

Submissions are due no later than Jan. 4, 2022.  Be sure to include unit information, and author’s name(s) and rank. 

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