When placing a telephone call or receiving one, it is proper to identify yourself. "This is Cadet Jones, may I speak to CPT Smith?" When answering a telephone in an office, identify the office and yourself at once. "VMI Guard Room, Recorder speaking."Since most telephones are used by many people in barracks, conduct your business quickly and hang up.

If you get a wrong number simply say "I'm very sorry to have disturbed you," and hang up. It is very rude to hang up without an apology. Take particular care to speak so that you are understood, and talk directly into the mouthpiece. Conclude the call by saying "good-bye."

Be careful of your calling hours. Do not call a private residence before 0900 hrs and after 2100 hrs unless it is absolutely necessary.