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(2) Typical Civil Service loading force. The function and size of Civil Service crews also vary with the loading
activity, but generally from 100 to 125 direct-labor personnel are required for each ship. Of this number, approximately
15 are fixed and are relatively unaffected by the number of ships to be loaded. Crew assignments are based on the
schedule prepared by the cargo planning personnel. A typical loading force would include a general foreman, with a ship
foreman, a head checker, and a cargo coordinator reporting to him. Below this level, personnel are assigned by hatches,
with each hatch having a loading gang reporting to a TM 55-607/NAVSEA OP 3221 Rev 2 leader. Each gang consists of
a dock, winch, and hold crew. The basic dock crew includes a checker, two forklift truck operators, and two hookers.
Normally, one utility person is also present for miscellaneous dunnaging tasks as required on the dock or in the hold.
The winch crew has a winch operator and a signal man. The hold crew consists of two forklift truck operators, one
hooker, and at least four blockers and bracers. Requirements for additional manpower can be met by changing crew
sizes daily based on information received from daily progress reports. A Civil Service loading force is shown in figure 3-