This chapter briefly covers a computer system, its associated peripherals, and
the differences between hardware and software. Because of the plethora of
applications software available in the fleet and the absence of standardized
programs in graphic shops throughout the Navy, specific software packages
were not covered in detail. Stringently follow security procedures and
provide adequate protection for classified material in the electronic format.
If you are not knowledgeable on safeguarding classified material, find the
authority in the command and assess the integrity of your shop.
Computerization is the single most significant event of the twentieth century.
It impacts every aspect of life. Take a serious look at how computers affect
you. Even your local pizza parlor can speculate on your life by analyzing
your choice of pizza ingredients and how often you order, whether you pay
by check, and how much you tip the driver. You must become computer
literate. Navy Graphic shops, printshops, and photo labs are all
incorporating electronic imagery and digitization. Future Navy and civilian
correspondence courses, such as this rate training manual, will be on CD
ROM for print on demand. You dont have to like it, but you must master
this medium. Do not be afraid of damaging the computer; the worst that will
happen is that you lose some material you entered into it. It is here; the time
is now. It is the future the key to the twenty-first century.