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U.S. Navy Ranks &#; Insignia

In the U.S. Navy, ranks are comprised of three groups: Enlisted (E-1 through E-9), Warrant Officer (CWO-1 through CWO-5), and Commissioned Officers (CO-1 through CO-5), and Admiral ranks (CO-6 through CO; FADM.) The letter and number represent the rank title and paygrade of the Seaman. It&#;s important to note rank is different from the paygrade and signifies the level of job duties and leadership responsibilities, designated by the insignia shown on the Seaman uniform. Seaman can further advance their careers by continuing education and through command and specialty opportunities.

Learn about the ranks and insignia below:

Navy Ranks and Insignias

Enlisted Sailors

Enlisted sailors are separated into three categories: Apprenticeships (E-1 through E-3), non-commissioned Petty Officers (E-4 through E-6), and senior non-commissioned Chief Petty Officers (E-7 through E-9).

Seaman Recruit (SR/E-1)

SR is the first enlisted rank upon entering the Navy and is considered an &#;apprentice in training.&#; In basic training, the SR immerses themselves in the military culture, learning fundamental skills needed for their future career in the Navy. The SR should expect to obtain an occupational field, otherwise known as a rate, which falls under five main categories: Seamen, Firemen, Constructionmen, Airmen, or Hospitalmen. The rate assignment further breaks down into specialty subcategories, such as Machinist&#;s Mate (MM), Sonar Technician (ST), or Hospital Corpsman (HN). These roles are defined as the SA pursues their studies.

Army Private E-1 (PV1)

Seaman Apprentice (SA/E-2)

Once a rate is assigned, a recruit becomes a Seaman Apprentice. SA is still considered a junior-enlisted rank, and the role is similar to that of the SR. The SR must begin studying at an A-School within their rating. Common labor duties continue. Promotion occurs when the sailor has completed six months of service (determined by job performance and standing record of exemplary service.)

Navy E2 Seaman Apprentice

Seaman (SN/E-3)

Seaman is the third-lowest enlisted rank before promotable Petty Officer. All basic qualifications are met. Their competency around the ship means more job responsibilities which include essential maintenance and watchstanding.

Navy E3 Seaman

Petty Officer 3rd Class (PO3/E-4)

Sailors who reach junior Petty Officer have made it to the Fleet. The PO3 maintains regular job duties, but much of what is learned in training now shifts into leadership roles. PO3&#;s should be self-sufficient leaders and begin mentoring junior sailors. Qualifying for extra-duty assignments above the standard job specifications, called Collateral Duties, are key to progressing in their career. Collateral Duties can either be service-related or specialized-duties (e.g., command career counselor, command equal opportunity coordinator.)

Navy E4 Petty Officer Third Class

Petty Officer 2nd Class (PO2/E-5)

The PO2 is considered a mid-grade Petty Officer. They are proven to be self-reliant leaders and do not need much oversight from their seniors. 2nd Class Petty Officers mentor junior Seamen to ensure work performance, professional development, and training. Leadership skills improve with years of experience, and those who are selected for C-School obtain technical expertise in their rate, much like studying for certification.

Navy E5 Petty Officer Second Class

Petty Officer 1st Class (PO1/E-6)

Petty Officer 1st Class is considered a high-grade Petty Officer. The PO1 has a leadership part in a Division team, a smaller group within a Department that consists of sailors (e.g., Work Center Supervisor.) They delegate tasks and handle the most complex tasks. Some responsibilities include managing more significant resources, such as expensive technical equipment, repair shop personnel, and large duty sections.

Navy E6 Petty Officer First Class

Chief Petty Officer (CPO/E-7)

The Chief Petty Officer is considered the &#;ground level&#; leadership of the Navy. Sailors hold the same regard to Chiefs as they do with Officers. According to the Master Chief of the Navy (MCPON), the Chief Petty Officer utilizes skills to direct sailors towards accomplishing the Navy&#;s mission. They work in conjunction with the Division Officer, taking care of personnel and equipment issues.

Navy E7 Chief Petty Officer

Senior Chief Petty Officer (SCPO/E-8)

At this rank, the Senior Chief commands with a higher level of technical and managerial expertise. They are considered the senior technical supervisor within a rating. An SCPO has more influence within the Chiefs&#; Mess (a group of Petty Officers that work closely together), and are responsible for training new Chiefs.

Navy E8 Senior Chief Petty Officer

Master Chief Petty Officer (MCPO/E-9)

Master Chief is the most distinguished Petty Officer. They are also known as “Department Chief.” MCPO is highly credentialed in their expertise and holds the most authority in large Departments. As Master Chief, they must maintain unity, communication, and cooperation in the Chiefs&#; Mess.

Navy E9C Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy

Command Master Chief Petty Officer (CMC/E-9)

A Senior Enlisted Advisor rank. CMC is the leading Chief aboard ships or shore-based units, and act as a bridge between enlisted officers and the commanding officer. As the principal enlisted advisor to the commanding officer, the CMC is expected to create and enact operational and human resource policies.

Navy E9b Fleet Command Master Chief Petty Officer

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON/E-9) 

The MCPON is appointed by the Chief of Naval Operations and is considered the most senior Enlisted Senior Advisor. By and large, the MCPON serves as a representative to all enlisted members and their families in the U.S. Navy. Their duties adapt according to the needs of the Chief of Naval Operations and Chief of Naval Personnel. Over the course of their two-year term, the MCPON travels to meet with service members and their families to address the concerns and issues of the fleet.

Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff/ SEAC

The Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the main advisor to the chairman and plays a pivotal role in decision-making for the enlisted joint force. The role was originally created in

Warrant Officers

Warrant Officers 


Warrant Officers are highly-skilled specialists who are knowledgeable in their technical expertise. There are currently 27 designated specialties (e.g., electronic techs, software experts, pilots.) A Senior Navy Enlisted with the paygrade of E-6 and above is qualified to apply for the Navy&#;s Warrant Officer program. Service members have at least 14 years of considerable leadership and technical experience prior to applying for the program.

While deployed at sea, they supervise the maintenance of equipment and ensure communication throughout the chain of command. Other roles Naval Warrant Officers take part as an executive, Division and commanding officers.

Chief Warrant Officer (CWO-1)

The CWO1 rank was retired in but reinstated in to establish the new cyber warrant officer position. A warrant is the only way a candidate can receive this rank. Once appointed, the service member commits to at least six years of service as CWO1.

Chief Warrant Officer (CWO-2 through CWO-5) 

This is the first rank newly appointed to a Chief Warrant Officer by commission from the President. A CWO2 must have a minimum of 12 years of active duty experience and 3 years in grade to be eligible. Enlisted rank determines the CWO pay grade. Generally, the SCPO will be appointed to CWO2. Master Chief Petty Officers will be appointed the pay grade CWO3.

Once accepted, the CWO attends an Officer Development School to ensure a smooth transition in their role. Advancement is dependent on vacancies and grade seniority or years of experience.

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Commissioned Officers (CO)

Ensign (ENS/O-1)

Ensign is the first commissioned officer rank. Candidates receive this rank after completing their commissioning through the United States Naval Academy (USNA), Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) or Officer Candidate School (OCS). Majority of Ensigns attend schools to learn their jobs; others serve in the Fleet as Divisions Officers. Promotion can take anywhere from weeks to two years depending upon the ability to lead Division.

Navy O1 Ensign

Lieutenant, Junior Grade (LTJG/O-2)

Lieutenant, Junior Grade is the second-lowest officer rank. An LTJG may be in training for their specialty or serve in the Fleet as Division Officers. The LTJG maintains their role for two years before promotion.

Navy O2 Lieutenant Junior Grade

Lieutenant (LT/O-3)

Lieutenant is considered a third rank officer and may serve as Division Officer. They have substantial responsibilities such as tactical watch teams and casualty situations. The LT may assume charge of smaller ships, aircraft squadrons, submarines or ships. Some commands require the LT to act as Department Heads.

Navy O3 Lieutenant

Lieutenant Commander (LCDR/O-4)

Lieutenant Commanders is considered a fourth rank junior officer.The LCDR serves as a Department Head or Executive Officer on a ship, aircraft squadron or submarine. LCDR&#;s on SEAL Teams serve as Executive Officers. Other potential assignments include Commanding Officer of a Minesweeper or Patrol Craft.

Navy O4 Lieutenant Commander

Commander (CDR/O-5)

Commander is the fifth rank Senior Officer. Individuals of this rank may potentially command a Frigate, Destroyer, Fast Attack Submarine, Smaller Amphibious Ship, Aviation Squadron, SEAL Team, or shore installation.

Navy O5 Commander

Captain (CAPT/O-6)

CAPTs serve as Commanding Officers of Major Commands. Such commands include Aircraft Carriers, Amphibious Assault Ships, Cruisers, Destroyer Squadrons, Ballistic Missile Submarines, Carrier Air Wings, Submarine Squadrons, SEAL groups, and shore installations.

Navy O6 Captain

Navy Admirals

Rear Admiral Lower Half (RDML/O-7)

A Rear Admiral Lower Half holds one-star and is the first of the Flag ranks. While at sea, the RDML commands an Amphibious Group, Carrier-Cruiser Group, Carrier or Expeditionary Strike Group. Other assignments include serving as deputies to larger commands.

Navy O7 Rear Admiral Lower Half

Rear Admiral Upper Half (RADM/O-8)

A Rear Admiral Upper Half holds two stars. The RADM is responsible for commanding an Amphibious Group, Carrier-Cruiser Group, Carrier or Expeditionary Strike Group. They may also work as deputies to larger commands.

Navy O8 Rear Admiral

Vice Admiral (VADM/O-9)

A Vice Admiral holds three stars. The VADM commands fleets and may act as deputy for regional commands.

Navy O9 Vice Admiral

Admiral (ADM/O)

An Admiral holds four-stars and is the most senior Flag Rank. An Admiral can serve as Commander of Regional Commands, Joint Commands, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Staff and Chief of Naval Operations.

Navy O10 Admiral

Fleet Admiral (FADM)

Fleet Admiral is the only rank appointed during a time of war. The last FADM to serve in the U.S. Navy was William D. Leahy. He retired in after World War II and was the last to achieve this rank.

Navy O11 Fleet Admiral

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Enlisted Navy Rates

Enlisted Navy ranks are a little different than the other U.S. military services.

Unlike the other U.S. military services, which organize service members according to ranks, the Navy organizes its force according to rates, although it also follows the same E-1 to E-9 pay-grade structures as the other services.

The rate of an enlisted sailor can be determined by their rating badge, which is a combination of a rate (pay-grade) badge of stripes or chevrons, depending on rank. It also can be determined by rating (occupational specialty), represented by the symbol just above the stripes or chevrons on the left sleeve of most uniforms.

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Enlisted navy rates are broken down into three levels: Apprenticeships (E-1 through E-3), petty officers (E-4 through E-6) and chief petty officers (E-7 through E-9).

Enlisted Navy Rates: Apprentices (E-1 through E-3)

The enlisted pay grades E-1 through E-3 in the Navy re commonly are referred to as apprenticeships. Each apprenticeship is designated to indicate eligibility for entry into various ratings. General apprenticeship designators include:

  • Airman -- Aviation Ratings
    • E-2 -- Airman Apprentice (AA)
    • E-3 -- Airman (AN)
  • Fireman -- Naval Engineering Ratings
    • E-2 -- Fireman Apprentice (FA)
    • E-3 -- Fireman (FN)
  • Seaman -- Deck and Administrative Ratings
    • E-2 -- Seaman Apprentice (SA)
    • E-3 -- Seaman (SN)
  • Dentalman -- Dental Ratings
    • E-2 -- Dentalman Apprentice (DA)
    • E-3 -- Dentalman (DN)
  • Hospitalman -- Health Care Ratings
    • E-2 -- Hospitalman Apprentice (HA)
    • E-3 -- Hospitalman (HN)

Navy apprenticeships are your first steps in becoming an integral part of the Navy. As an apprentice, your job will be to apply the skills and knowledge you learned in basic training, begin training for your future career in the Navy, and continue developing your followership skills. You will be expected to follow all orders and tasking given by your superiors.

Seaman Recruit (E-1)

Seaman recruit (SR) is the lowest enlisted rank in the Navy, just below seaman apprentice. Two separate pay grades exist within this rank -- one for those with service of less than four months, with a higher pay scale for those in service for more than four months, even if they have not yet advanced to seaman apprentice. Navy seaman recruits currently do not bear any uniform rank insignia.

Moving up in Rate: The Navy automatically will advance you to E-2 when you have completed six months of time in service (TIS), assuming you stay out of trouble and your performance remains satisfactory.

Seaman Apprentice (E-2)

The actual title for an E-2 in the Navy varies, based on the community to which the sailor belongs.

  • Those in the general deck and administrative community are seamen apprentice. They wear white stripes on navy blue uniforms (see image below), and navy blue (black) stripes on white uniforms.
  • Hospital corpsmen are hospitalmen apprentice. They are the only rate in this community. They wear white stripes on navy blue uniforms, and navy blue stripes on white uniforms.
  • Those in the engineering and hull community are called firemen apprentice and wear red stripes on both navy blue and white uniforms.
  • Those in the aviation community are called airmen apprentice and wear green stripes on both navy blue and white uniforms.
  • Seabees are called constructionmen apprentice and wear light blue stripes on both navy blue and white uniforms.

Apprenticeships are your first steps in becoming an integral part of the Navy. As an apprentice, your job will be to apply the skills and knowledge you learned in basic training, begin training for your future career in the Navy and continue developing your followership skills. You will be expected to follow all orders and tasks given by your superiors.

Moving up in Rate: The Navy automatically will advance you to E-2 when they have completed six months' time in service (TIS), assuming you stay out of trouble and your performance remains satisfactory.

Seaman (E-3)

As with apprentice seamen (E-2), the actual title for an E-3 in the Navy depends on the subset of the Navy to which the sailor, seaman, submariner, aviator, hospitalman, nurse, etc., has been assigned. Likewise, the color of his/her group rate mark also depends on the section of the Navy.

The duties performed by seamen include ship maintenance; equipment maintenance, repair and storage for underway operations; lookout and helmsmen duties; serving as a member of damage control, emergency and security alert teams; participating in naval ceremonies; and working with qualified personnel to gain job training and experience.

Moving up in Rate: Like advancement to E-2, advancement to E-3 is virtually automatic. However, some units may require you to complete certain professional qualifications or apprenticeship exams before being declared eligible. In addition to your commanding officer's approval, you must have 12 months' time in service (TIS) and nine months' time in rate (TIR).

Enlisted Navy Rates: Petty Officers (E-4 through E-6)

Promotions to the rates of petty officer third class (E-4) through chief petty officer (E-7) are based on a limited number of vacancies and are competitive. Advancement examinations for E-4 to E-6 are held every year in March and September, and advancement exams for E7 are conducted annually in January. To be eligible for promotion consideration, the sailor would have to meet the minimum time in rate (TIR) requirements for promotion to the next paygrade, your commanding officer's recommendation and your results in the Navywide Advancement-in-Rate Competition. The competition is based on your final multiple score (FMS).

Navywide Advancement-in-Rate Maximum Final Multiple Scores (FMS)

FactorE-4/E-5 Max PointsE-6 Max PointsE-7 Max Points
Exam Score808080
Performance Marks Average (PMA)8452
Service in Paygrade (SIPG)3034
Pass Not Advanced (PNA) Points3030
Maximum Possible FMS Points

The Exam

Navy Advancement-in-Rate Examinations have questions, some of which are based on occupational standards and others on professional military knowledge (PMK). The occupational/PMK ratios are:

  • / for E7
  • /85 for E6
  • /65 for E5
  • /50 for E4

The occupational questions are presented first, followed by the PMK questions. The PMK questions will be identical for all candidates, across ratings, within pay grades. The Bibliography for Advancement Study (Bibs) are exam-specific. The exams are limited to three hours.

The Performance Marks (PMA) Points

Your evaluations, or performance marks, are extremely important as they can be worth up to 84 points (36%) of your FMS. To determine the final point value of your marks, simply multiply your average mark (PMA) by 60, then subtract

(PMA x 60) - = your PMA score

Example: x 60 = - = 84

The Service In Paygrade (SIPG) Points

Service in paygrade points are determined by multiplying your SIPG by two, then adding

Example: x 2 = 15 + 15 = 30

The Awards Points

Personal awards range in value from one point for a Letter of Commendation to 10 points for the Congressional Medal of Honor. On average, most awards carry a value of two to three points each. You can earn up to 10 points through personal awards.

The Passed Not Advanced (PNA) Points

The Navy will give you credit for each time you pass the Navywide exam but are not advanced. You can receive up to 30 points for Pass Not Advanced points.

The Final Selection Process

Once your FMS has been determined, you will be notified of your placement on the advancement list for your rating and be ranked, according to your FMS. The Navy will determine the cutoff point for the next advancement cycle. The Navy then will release a monthly message, stating which candidates will be advanced on the first day of the following month for the current advancement cycle.

Advancement Cycles and Notification Dates

Candidates for PaygradeExam or Nomination DateSelection Board ConvenesSelectees Notified of FMSAdvancement Increments/Segments








Note: E-4/5/6 exams are twice a year; E-7 exams are held once a year.

Petty Officer Third Class (E-4)

Promotion to petty officer third class (PO3) is not simply a raise in pay. It is a shift in roles, from one who has been led, to one who must lead. It is an assumption of higher responsibility, authority and accountability. As a petty officer, you not only will be responsible for your subordinates, but you also will be responsible to your subordinates. This means that you will be responsible for subordinates':

  • Well-being
  • Work performance
  • Professional development
  • Morale
  • Education and training
  • Maintaining standards of behavior

When you become a petty officer in the Navy, the expectations of your performance will be higher than you've experienced before.

Moving up in Rate: Unlike advancement to E-2 and E-3, advancement to petty officer is based on your basic eligibility requirements and a Navywide competition. Your basic eligibility for advancement to PO3 is based on the following factors, as well as your performance in the Navywide Advancement-in-Rate Competition:

  • Your CO's recommendation
  • Two years of time in service (TIS)
  • Six months of time in rate (TIR)
  • Completion of your rating particular qualifications and nonresident courses

Petty Officer Second Class (E-5)

Promotion to petty officer second class (PO2) is not simply a raise in pay. It means increased expectations in technical expertise and leadership abilities. As a petty officer second class, your level of authority will not change, but you will be expected to manage more resources and larger work groups or watch sections. In addition as a petty officer, you will be responsible for and to your subordinates. This means you will be responsible for your subordinates':

  • Well-being
  • Work performance
  • Professional development
  • Morale
  • Education and training
  • Maintaining standards of behavior

Moving up in Rate: Advancement to petty officer is based on your basic eligibility requirements and a Navywide competition.

Basic Eligibility

Your basic eligibility for advancement to PO2 is based on the following:

  • Your CO's recommendation
  • Three years of time in service (TIS)
  • 12 months of time in rate (TIR)
  • Completion of your rating particular qualifications and nonresident courses

Petty Officer First Class (E-6)

Petty officer first class (PO1) commonly is referred to as the point where the "rubber meets the road;" it marks a transition from junior to senior petty officer. Your promotion to first class also means increased expectations in your technical expertise and leadership abilities, and a time for you to prepare for the next big step in your career, chief petty officer. As a petty officer first class, you may be expected to step up and take charge, to manage a much larger number of resources, including expensive technical equipment, repair shop personnel and large duty sections.

As a petty officer, you will be responsible for and to your subordinates. This means that you will be responsible for your subordinates':

  • Well-being
  • Work performance
  • Professional development
  • Morale
  • Education and training
  • Maintaining standards of behavior

Moving up the RanksYour basic eligibility for advancement to PO1 is based on the following requirements and a Navywide competition:

  • Your CO's recommendation
  • Seven years' time in service (TIS)
  • 36 months' time in rate (TIR)
  • Completion of your rating particular qualifications and nonresident courses
  • Completion of the Navy Leadership Training Continuum (LTC)

Enlisted Navy Rates: Chief Petty Officers (E-7 through E-9)

The following excerpt from the Navy Chief Petty Officer's Creed best captures what it means to advance to chief petty officer (CPO) in the U.S. Navy.

"In the United States Navy -- and only in the United States Navy -- the rank of E7 carries with it unique responsibilities and privileges you are now bound to observe and expected to fulfill. Your entire way of life is now changed. More will be expected of you; more will be demanded of you. Not because you are a E7 but because you are now a Chief Petty Officer. You have not merely been promoted one pay grade, you have joined an exclusive fellowship and, as in all fellowships, you have a special responsibility to your comrades, even as they have a special responsibility to you. This is why we in the United States Navy may maintain with pride our feelings of accomplishment once we have attained the position of Chief Petty Officer."

Chief Petty Officer (E-7)

The master chief of the Navy (MCPON) states that chief petty officers are responsible for, have the authority to accomplish and are held accountable for leading sailors and applying their skills to tasks that enable mission accomplishment for the U.S. Navy; developing enlisted and junior officer sailors; communicating the core values, standards and information of our Navy that empower sailors to be successful in all they attempt; and supporting with loyalty the endeavors of the chain of command they serve and their fellow chief petty officers with whom they serve.

Moving up in Rate: Unlike advancement to E-4 through E-6, the chief petty officer advancement process is based on three factors: your basic eligibility requirements, Navywide Final Multiple Score (FMS) and the Chief Petty Officer Promotions Board.

Basic Eligibility

Your basic eligibility for advancement to CPO is based on the following:

  • Your CO's recommendation
  • 11 years' time in service (TIS)
  • 36 months' time in rate (TIR)
  • Completion of your rating particular qualifications and nonresident courses
  • Completion of the Navy Leadership Training Continuum (LTC) chief indoctrination course

Navywide Competition

Once you have met the basic eligibility requirements for advancement, you will be eligible to participate in the Navywide Advancement-in-Rate Competition.

Senior Chief Petty Officer (E-8)

Senior chief petty officers (SCPO) are the senior technical supervisors within a rating or an occupational field. SCPOs have the primary responsibility for supervising and training enlisted personnel oriented to system and subsystem maintenance, repair and operation rather than individual unit work. Based on wide-ranging experience and specialized training, SCPOs provide the command with a higher level of technical and managerial expertise than is expected at the chief petty officer level.

Moving up in Rate: Unlike advancement to chief petty officer, the senior chief advancement process is based solely on the basic eligibility requirements and the Senior Chief Petty Officer Selection Board.

Basic Eligibility

Your basic eligibility for advancement to SCPO is based on the following:

  • Your CO's recommendation
  • 16 years' time in service (TIS)
  • 36 months' time in rate (TIR)
  • Completion of the Navy CPO Leadership Training Continuum (LTC)

The Senior Chief Petty Officer Selection Board

If you have met the basic eligibility requirements and are recommended, you will be sent to the Senior Chief Petty Officer Selection Board. The board is charged with considering all eligible candidates for advancement to SCPO.

The board makes its determination, based on the following factors:

  • Professional performance at sea
  • Education
  • Evaluations
  • Physical standards

SCPO Advancement Cycles and Notification Dates

Candidates for PaygradeExam or Nomination DateSelection Board ConvenesSelection Board ResultsAdvancement Increments/Segments

Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9)

Master chief petty officers are the senior enlisted petty officers in the Navy. As such, MCPOs are vested with special command trust and confidence, extending to administrative and managerial functions involving enlisted personnel. Based upon your experience, proven performance and technical knowledge necessary for advancement to the grade of MCPO, you will hold a senior enlisted position within your command. You will help to form and execute policy within your occupational field or across the full Navy spectrum. If you are selected to hold the position of command master chief, you will serve as the senior enlisted adviser in setting command policies about the morale, use and training of all enlisted personnel. As such, you will have direct access to the commanding officer. Additionally, as the command master chief, you will be responsible for carrying out established command policy in specific areas as directed by the commanding officer and the executive officer. As the command master chief, you will take precedence over all enlisted members within your command.

Moving up in Rate: Unlike advancement to chief petty officer, the master chief advancement process is based solely on the basic eligibility requirements and the Master Chief Petty Officer Selection Board.

Basic Eligibility

Your basic eligibility for advancement to MCPO is based on the following:

  • Your CO's recommendation
  • 19 years' time in service (TIS)
  • 36 months' time in rate (TIR)

If you have met the basic eligibility requirements and are recommended, you will be sent to the Master Chief Petty Officer Selection Board. The board is charged with considering all eligible candidates for advancement to MCPO.

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy

The master chief petty officer of the Navy (MCPON) is the most senior enlisted member of the U.S. Navy, equivalent to the sergeant major of the Army, chief master sergeant of the Air Force, sergeant major of the Marine Corps, master chief petty officer of the Coast Guard and senior enlisted adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

He is appointed by the chief of naval operations to serve as a spokesman to address the issues of enlisted personnel to the highest positions in the Navy. As such, he is the senior enlisted adviser to the chief of naval operations as well as the chief of naval personnel. The duties of this position vary depending on the CNO, and the personnel code is N00A as the senior enlisted adviser to chief of naval operations and PERSD in a special advisory capacity to chief of naval personnel/deputy chief of naval operations (manpower, personnel and training).

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General Ratings.
Ratings may have evolved through several names to reflect changes in required skill sets.  Many of these ratings no longer exist.  Some ratings have been discontinued only to be restored. Logos indicate an active rating.

Service Ratings.  
Service ratings are subspecialties under general ratings. Service ratings generally merge into a single rating at the E-6 to E-9 level. Many of the service ratings listed below no longer exist.

ABM  Aviation Boatswain's Mate ()
     (AB Rate subdivided to service ratings )
ABCM Master Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (E-9 only)ABH  Aviation Boatswain's Mate Aircraft Handling
ABF  Aviation Boatswain's Mate Fuels
ABE  Aviation Boatswain's Mate Launch & Recovery Equipment
ABU  Aviation Boatswain's Mate Utility
AC  Air Controlman ()
AC  Air Traffic Controller (   )ACT  Aircontrolman Tower
ACW Aircontrolman Early WarningACM  Aviation Carpenter's Mate () (to AM) 
AD  Aviation Machinist's Mate (    )ADE  Aviation Machinist's Mate Engine Mechanic
ADF  Aviation Machinist's Mate Flight Engineer
ADG Aviation Machinist's Mate Carburetor Mechanic
ADJ  Aviation Machinist's Mate Jet Engine Mechanic
ADR  Aviation Machinist's Mate Reciprocating Engine Mechanic
ADP  Aviation Machinist's Mate Propeller Mechanic
AEM  Aviation Electrician's Mate ()
AE  Aviation Electrician's Mate (    ) AF  Photographer's Mate () (to PH) AFCM  Master Chief Aircraft Maintenanceman (E-9 only) (    ) 
Aerog  Aerographer ()
AerM  Aerographer's Mate ()
AG  Aerographer's Mate (   ) AK  Aviation Storekeeper () (to SK)  AL  Aviation Electronicsman () (to AT) 
AM  Aviation Metalsmith ()
     (AM Rate subdivided to service ratings >)
AM  Aviation Structural Mechanic (E-8 only)AMH  Aviation Structural Mechanic Hydraulic Mechanic ()(to AM)
AME  Aviation Structural Mechanic Safety Equipment
AMS  Aviation Structural Mechanic Structures ()(to AM)MMA  Machinist's Mate (Aviation) ()
AMM  Aviation Machinist's Mate () (to AD)AMMC  Aviation Machinist's Mate Carburetor Mechanic
AMMF  Aviation Machinist's Mate Flight Engineer
AMMH  Aviation Machinist's Mate Hydraulic Mechanic
AMMI  Aviation Machinist's Mate Instrument Mechanic
AMMP  Aviation Machinist's Mate Propeller Mechanic
AMMT  Aviation Machinist's Mate Gas Turbine Mechanic
AOM  Aviation Ordnanceman ()
AO  Aviation Ordnanceman (  )AOMB  Aviation Bombsight Mechanic ()
AOMB  Aviation Bombsight and Fire Control Mechanic ( )
AOMT  Aviation Ordnanceman Turrets
AOF Aviation Ordnanceman Fire Control
AOT  Aviation Ordnanceman Turrets
AOU  Aviation Ordnanceman UtilityAQ  Aviation Fire Control Technician () (to AT)AQB  Aviation Fire Control Technician Bomb Director
AQF  Aviation Fire Control Technician Fire ControlAP  Aviation Pilot () ()
     (Naval Aviation Pilot (NAP) & AP History)CAP  Chief Aviation Pilot ()
AP  First Class Aviation Pilot ()
APA  Aviation Pilot AirshipAR  Quartermaster (Aviation) ()
AR  Aviation Rigger ()
AR  Airship Rigger () (to AM) ARM  Aviation Radioman () (to AL) 
AS  Aviation Support Equipment Technician (  )ASE  Aviation Support Equipment Technician Electrical
ASH  Aviation Support Equipment Technician Hydraulics and Structure
ASM  Aviation Support Equipment Technician Mechanical
ART  Aviation Radio Technician ()
AETM  Aviation Electronic Technician's Mate ()
AT  Aviation Electronics Technician (  )ATA  Aviation Electronics Technician Aircraft Equipment
ATG  Aviation Electronics Technician Ground Equipment
ATN  Aviation Electronics Technician Radio & Radio Navigation Equipment
ATO  Aviation Electronics Technician Ordnance
ATR  Aviation Electronics Technician Radar and Radar Navigation Equipment
ATW  Aviation Electronics Technician Airborne CIC EquipmentAVCM  Master Chief Avionics Technician (E-9 only) 
AW  Aviation Antisubmarine Warfare Operator ()
AW Aviation Warfare Systems Operator ( )
AW Master Chief Naval Aircrewman (  ) (E-9 only)AWF  Naval Aircrewman Mechanical
AWO Naval Aircrewman Operator
AWS Naval Aircrewman Helicopter
AWR Naval Aircrewman Tactical Helicopter
AWV  Naval Aircrewman Avionics AX  Aviation Antisubmarine Warfare Technician () (to AT) 
AZ  Aviation Maintenance Administrationman (  ) 
BM  Boatswain's Mate (  )BMA  Boatswain's Mate Master-at-Arms
BMB  Boatswain's Mate Seabee
BMG  Boatswain's Mate Shipboard
BMK  Boatswain's Mate Canvasman
BMR  Boatswain's Mate Rigger
BMS  Boatswain's Mate StevedoreBMSTR Bandmaster  B  Boilermaker
BR  Boilermaker () BT  Boilerman (to WT  Watertender)
BT  Boiler Tender
BT Boiler Technician () (to MM)BTG  Shipboard Boilerman
BTR  Boiler RepairmanBUG Bugler ()
BUGMSTR Buglemaster () 
BU  Builder ( )BUR  Builder Concrete
BUH  Builder Heavy
BUL  Builder Light CBCM Construction Battalion Master Chief (E-9 only) (  )  
CE Construction Electrician's Mate ()
CE Construction Electrician ( )CEG  Construction Electrician General
CEL  Construction Electrician Communications Lineman
CEP  Construction Electrician Power Lineman
CES  Construction Electrician Shop
CET  Construction Electrician Telephone
CEW  Construction Electrician WiringCM  Carpenter's Mate () (to DC)

 CMA  Carpenter's Mate Aviation
CMCBB  Carpenter's Mate Construction Battalion Builder
CMCBD  Carpenter's Mate Construction Battalion Draftsman
CMCBE  Carpenter's Mate Construction Battalion Excavation Foreman
CMCBS  Carpenter's Mate Construction Battalion Surveyor
CMPx Carpenter's Mate Painter
CMPx Carpenter's Mate Patternmaker
CMPx Carpenter's Mate Plumber Fitter
CMSRB  Carpenter's Mate Ship Repair Boatbuilders Wood
CMSRC  Carpenter's Mate Ship Repair Carpenters
CMSRJ  Carpenter's Mate Ship Repair Joiners
CMSRN  Carpenter's Mate Ship Repair Cement Workers
CMSRK  Carpenter's Mate Ship Repair Caulkers Boats
CMSRS  Carpenter's Mate Ship Repair Shipwrights
CM  Construction Mechanic ( )CMA  Construction Mechanic Automotive
CMD  Construction Mechanic Diesel Engine
CMG  Construction Mechanic Gasoline Engine
CMH  Construction Mechanic ConstructionCMC  Command Master Chief (E-9 only)CMDCM Command Master Chief Petty Officer
CNOCM CNO Directed Command Master Chief
FLTCM  Fleet Master Chief Petty Officer
FORCM  Force Master Chief Petty Officer
MCPON Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
CS  Commissary Steward ()
CS  Commissaryman () (to MS)
CS Culinary Specialist ( )
CSS Culinary Specialist Submarine ( )CSB  Commissaryman Butcher
CSG  Commissaryman Ship's Cooks
CSR  Commissaryman Bakers
CT  Communication Technician ()
CT  Cryptologic Technician ( )
 CTA Communications Technician Administration ()
CTA  Cryptologic Technician Administration () (to YN)
CTI Communications Technician Interpretive ()
CTI  Cryptologic Technician Interpretive ( )
CTM Communications Technician Maintenance ()
CTM  Cryptologic Technician Maintenance ( )
CTN  Cryptologic Technician Networks ( )
CTO Communications Technician Communications ()
CTO  Cryptologic Technician Communications () (to IT)
CTR Communications Technician Collection ()
CTR  Cryptologic Technician Collection ( )
CTS Communications Technician Special Devices Operator (?)
     (to MA - Machine Accountant)
CTT Communications Technician Technical ()
CTT  Cryptologic Technician Technical ( )
CTY Communications Technician Clerk () (to CTA)CU Constructionman (E-8 only) (from BUC, EAC, SWC) ( ) 
DC  Damage Controlman () (to HT) (c  )DCG  Damage Controlman Shipboard
DCP  Damage Controlman Painter
DCW  Damage Controlman CarpenterDK  Disbursing Clerk () (to PS) DM  Illustrator Draftsman () (to MC)DME  Draftsman Electrical
DMI  Draftsman Illustrator
DML  Draftsman Lithographic
DMM  Draftsman Mechanical
DMS  Draftsman Structural
DMT  Draftsman TopographicDP  Data Processing Technician () (to RM) DS Data Systems Technician () (to ET or FC) DT  Dental Technician () (to HM)DTG  Dental Technician General
DTP  Dental Technician Prosthetic
DTR  Dental Technician Repair
EA  Engineering Aide ( )EAD  Engineering Aids Draftsman
EAS  Engineering Aids Surveyor
EM  Electrician Mate ( )EMCBC  Electrician's Mate Construction Battalion Communication
EMCBD  Electrician's Mate Construction Battalion Draftsman
EMCBG  Electrician's Mate Construction Battalion General
EMCBL  Electrician's Mate Construction Battalion Line and Station
EMN Electricians Mate, Nuclear Power
EMSRG  Electrician's Mate Ship Repair General Electrician
EMSRS  Electrician's Mate Ship Repair Shop Electrician
EMSRT  Electrician's Mate Ship Repair Interior Communications Repairman
EMP  Electrician's Mate Power and Light
EMS  Electrician's Mate Shop
EN  Engineman ( )ENA  Engineman Aviation
END  Engineman Diesel
ENG  Engineman Gasoline
EO  Equipment Operator ( )EON  Equipment Operator Construction Equipment
EOH  Equipment Operator Hauling
EOD Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician ( ) EQCM  Master Chief Equipmentman (E-9 only) (  ) EW   Electronic Warfare Technician () (to CTT) 
ET  Electronics Technician ( )ETN  Electronics Technician Communications
ETN  Electronics Technician Navigation (Ballistic Missile Submarine (to c)
ETN Electronics Technician Nuclear Power
ETR Electronics Technician Submarine Communications
ETR  Electronics Technician Radar
ETS  Electronics Technician Sonar
ETV Electronics Technician Submarine NavigationFC Fire Controlman ()
FT  Fire Control Technician () (split to FC FT)

FC Fire Controlman Surface ( - )
FCA Fire Controlman Aegis ( )

FT  Fire Control Technician Submarine ( ) FCO Fire Controlman Operator
FCR  Fire Controlman Range Finder
FCS  Fire Controlman Surface (to )
FCS  Fire Controlman Submarine (from )
FCU  Fire Controlman Underwater Weapons
FTA  Fire Control Technician Automatic Directors
FTB  Fire Control Technician Ballistic Missile Fire Control
FTG  Fire Control Technician Gun Fire Control
FTM  Fire Control Technician Surface Missile Fire Control
FTU  Fire Control Technician UnderwaterFP  Pipefitter () (to SF) FPB  Pipefitter Coppersmith
FPG  Pipefitter Shipboard
FPP  Pipefitter Plumber
FPS  Pipefitter SteamfitterGF  Aviation Guided Missleman () 
GM  Gunner's Mate ( ) (E-7 to E-9 only)GMA  Gunner's Mate Aviation (to )
GMCB  Gunner's Mate Construction Battalion
GMCBG  Gunner's Mate Construction Battalion Armorer
GMCBP  Gunner's Mate Construction Battalion Powderman
GMSRP  Gunner's Mate Ship Repair Powderman
GMA  Gunner's Mate Armorers (?)
GMM  Gunner's Mate Mounts (to )
GMM  Gunner's Mate Missiles (present)
GMT  Gunner's Mate Torpedo (to )
GMT - Gunner's Mate (Turrets) ()
GMT  Gunner's Mate Technician ()
GMG  Gunner's Mate Guns ( -present)GS Guided Missileman () (to MT) 
GS  Gas Turbine System Technician ( )GSE  Gas Turbine System Technician  Electrical
GSM  Gas Turbine System Technician  Mechanical
HM  Hospital Corpsman ( )
   Hospital Corpsman Rating History 
HT  Hull Technician ( ) 
IC  Interior Communications Electrician ( ) IM  Instrumentman () (to IC, EM, ET or AT)IMI  Instrumentman Instrument Repair
IMO  Instrumentman Office Machine Repairman
IMW  Instrumentman Watch and Clock Repairman
IT  Information Systems Technician ( )
ITS Information Systems Technician Submarines ( )ITS Information Systems Technician Submarines ( )
IS  Intelligence Specialist ( ) JO  Journalist () (to MC) LI  Lithographer () (to MC)LIP  Lithographer Pressman
LIT  Lithographer Cameraman and Platemaker
LN  Legalman ( ) 
LS  Logistics Specialist (  )
LSS Logistics Specialist Submarine ( ) 
MA  Master-at-Arms MA  Machine Accountant () (to DP) 
MC  Mass Communications Specialist ( ) ML Molder () (??)  MLSRC  Molder Ship Repair Cupola Tenders
MLSRF  Molder Ship Repair Foundryman
MLSRM  Molder Ship Repair Molder
MldrA  Molder Aviation
MoMM  Motor Machinist's Mate
MM Machinist's Mate ( )MoMMSRD  Motor Machinist's Mate Ship Repair Diesel Engine Mechanic
MoMMSRG  Motor Machinist's Mate Ship Repair Gasoline Engine Mechanic
MMA  Machinist's Mate Aviation
MMA Machinists Mate Non-Nuclear, Submarine Auxiliary
MMAGE  Machinist's Mate Aviation Bombing
MMAH  Machinist's Mate Aviation Hydrogen
MMAP  Machinist's Mate Aviation Photographic
MMCBE  Machinist's Mate Construction Battalion Equipment Operator
MME  Machinist's Mate Engineman
MMG  Machinist's Mate Industrial Gas Generating
MML  Machinist's Mate General
MMMB  Machinist's Mate Motor Boat
MMN Machinist's Mate Nuclear Power
MMO  Machinist's Mate Optician
MMR  Machinist's Mate Refrigeration Mechanic
MMS  Machinist's Mate Shop Mechanic
MMSRE  Machinist's Mate Ship Repair Engine Operator
MMSRI  Machinist's Mate Ship Repair Instrument Maker
MMSRO  Machinist's Mate Ship Repair Outside Machinist
MMSRS  Machinist's Mate Ship Repair Inside Machinist
MMW  Machinist's Mate Watchmaker
MMW Machinists Mate, Non-Nuclear, Submarine Weapons
MN Mineman () ( ) 
MR  Machinery Repairman ( ) MS  Mess Management Specialist () (to CS) M  Metalsmith
ME  MetalsmithMSRB  Metalsmith Ship Repair Blacksmith
MSRC  Metalsmith Ship Repair Coppersmith
MSRF  Metalsmith Ship Repair Forgers Anglesmiths
MSRS  Metalsmith Ship Repair Sheet Metal Workers
MEB  Metalsmith Blacksmith
MEG  Metalsmith Shipboard
MES  Metalsmith Sheet Metal Worker
MEW  Metalsmith Welder
MT  Missile Technician ( ) 
MU  Musician (  ) 
NC  Navy CounselorNC(CRF) Navy Counselor (Career Recruiter Force)
NC(FC) Navy Counselor (Fleet Counselor)
NCC Navy Counselor Career
NCR Navy Counselor Recruiter
ND Navy Diver ( ) NW  Nuclear Weaponsman (to GMT, WT) OM  Opticalman () 
OS  Operations Specialists ( ) OT  Ocean Systems Technician (E-9 only) () to STOTA Ocean Systems Technician Analyst
OTM Ocean Systems Technician MaintainerPC  Postal Clerk () (to LS) P  Photographer ()
PhoM Photographer's Mate ()
AF  Photographer's Mate ()
PH  Photographer's Mate () (to MC)APH  Aviation Photographers Mate ()
PHG  Photographer's Mate Cameraman
PHL  Photographer's Mate Laboratory Technician
PHM  Photographer's Mate Microfilm PhotographerPhM  Pharmacist's Mate (to HM) ()  PI  Printer (see LI) PICM  Master Chief Precision Instrumentman (E-9 only) PM  Patternmaker ( )PMSRP  Patternmaker Ship Repair PatternmakerPN  Personnelman (  ) (to PS)PNA  Personnelman Records Clerk
PNI  Personnelman Classification Interviewer
PNR  Personnelman Recruiter
PNS  Personnelman Personal Supervisor Women's Reserve
PNT  Personnelman Training Assistant
PNW  Personnelman Chaplain's Assistant
PR  Parachute Rigger ()
PR  Aircrew Survival Equipmentman ( ) 
PS Personnel Specialist (  ) PT  Photo Intelligenceman () (to IS) 
QM  QuartermasterQMD  Quartermaster Dirigible
QML  Quartermaster Listening
QMN  Quartermaster Navigation
QMP  Quartermaster Pigeon
QMQ  Quartermaster Quartermaster
QMS  Quartermaster SignalRD  Radarman () (to OS) RM  Radioman () (to IT)RMN  Radioman Radioman
RMT  Radioman Telegrapher
CYN Communications Yeoman (c) (E-4 only)
RP  Religious Program Specialist ( ) 
RS  Retail Specialist ( ) RT  Radio Technician (to ET)RTSR  Radio Technician Ship RepairSA  Special Artificer (  )
 SAD  Special Artificer Special Devices
SADMG  Special Artificer Special Devices Machine Gun Trainer
SAI  Special Artificer Instrument
SAITR  Special Artificer Typewriter and Office Equipment
SAIWR  Special Artificer Watch Repairman
SAO  Special Artificer Optical
SB Special Warfare Boat Operator ( ) SC  Ship's Cook () (to CS)SCB  Ship's Cook ButcherSt  Steward
StM  Steward's Mate
SD  Steward () (to MS)SDG  Steward Cook
SDS  Steward StateroomSF Shipfitter () (to ME, FP) () (to HT)SFA  Shipfitter Aviation
SFCBB  Shipfitter Construction Battalion Blacksmith
SFCBM  Shipfitter Construction Battalion Mechanical Draftsman
SFCBP  Shipfitter Construction Battalion Pipefitter and Plumber
SFCBR  Shipfitter Construction Battalion Rigger
SFCBS  Shipfitter Construction Battalion Steelworker
SFCBW  Shipfitter Construction Battalion Welder
SFSRP  Shipfitter Ship Repair Pipefitter and Plumber
SFSRR  Shipfitter Ship Repair Riveters
SFSRS -Shipfitter Ship Repair Shipfitter
SFSRW  Shipfitter Ship Repair Welder
SFM  Shipfitter Metalsmith
SFP  Shipfitter Pipefitter ( ) (to FP)SH  Ship's Serviceman () (to RS)SSMB  Ship's Service Man Barber
SSMC  Ship's Service Man Cobbler
SSML  Ship's Service Man Laundryman
SSMT  Ship's Service Man TailorSK Storekeeper ( ) (to LS or LSS)SKD  Disbursing Storekeeper ( ) (to DK)
SKV  Aviation Storekeeper () (to AK)
SK(CBS) - Storekeeper (Construction Battalion) (Stevedore)
SKE  Storekeeper Engineer
SKG  Storekeeper General
SKT  Storekeeper TechnicalSM  Signalman ( (to QM) () (to QM) SPCM  Master Chief Steam Propulsionman (E-9 only) 
SO Special Warfare Operator ( ) 
SoM  Soundman
SO  Sonarman ()
ST  Sonar  Technician (  )
STS  Sonar  Technician SubmarineSOG  Sonarman Sonar
SOH  Sonarman Harbor Defense
SOMH  Sonarman Harbor Defense
STG  Sonar  Technician SurfaceSV Surveyor () (to EA) 
SW  Steelworker ( )SWE  Steelworker Erector
SWF  Steelworker Fabricator
SWR  Steelworker Construction Rigger
SWS  Steelworker StructuralT Telegrapher () (to TE) TC  Turret Captain () (to GM) TD  Tradevman (Training Devicesman) ()TDI  Tradevman Instructor Non-Aviation
TDR  Tradevman Repairman Non-Aviation
TDU  Tradevman Instructor Aviation
TDV  Tradevman Repairman AviationTE Teleman () (to RM or YN) TEL  Teleman Communications Clerk
TEM  Teleman Mailman
TEP  Teleman Registered Publications Clerk
TEQ  Teleman Cryptographer
TET  Teleman TeletypistTM  Torpedoman ()
TM  Torpedoman's Mate () (to MM or GM) ?reactivationTME  Torpedoman's Mate Electrical
TMO Torpedoman's Mate Operator
TMS  Torpedoman's Mate Special Torpedoes
TMT  Torpedoman's Mate Technician
TMV  Torpedoman's Mate Aviation
UT  Utilitiesman ( )UTA  Utilitiesman Air Conditioning
UTB  Utilitiesman Boilerman
UTP  Utilitiesman Plumber
UTW Utilitiesman Water and SanitationWT  Watertender () to BTWTCB  Water Tender Construction BattalionWT  Weapons Technician () 
Y  Yeoman
YN  Yeoman
YNS Yeoman Submarine ( )YNS  Yeoman Stenographer
YNT  Yeoman Typist 
Additional Resources:
Description of current Navy ratings from the U.S. Navy
Wikipedia list of Navy ratings.
Sours: https://bluejacket.com/usn_ratings.html

List of United States Navy enlisted rates

Wikipedia list article

In the United States Navy, a rate is the military rank of an enlisted sailor, indicating where an enlisted sailor stands within the chain of command, and also defining one's pay grade. However, in the U.S. Navy, only officers carry the term rank, while it is proper to refer to an enlisted sailor's pay grade as rate. The same term also refers to one's area of occupational specialization within the enlisted Navy. Associated with the enlisted pay grades is a numbering system from the most junior enlisted sailor ("E-1") to the most senior enlisted sailor ("E-9"). This enlisted numbering system is the same across all six branches of the U.S. military. All E-1 through E-3 are known as seaman, fireman, airman, constructionman, or hospitalman. E-4 through E-6 are called petty officers. All E-7s are called chief petty officer, E-8s senior chief petty officer, and E-9s master chief petty officer.[1] Rates are displayed on a rating badge, which is a combination of rate and rating. E-2s and E-3s have color-coded group rate marks based on their career field. Personnel in pay grade E-1, since , do not have an insignia to wear.[2]

Ratings are earned through "A" schools, which are attended before deployment and after undergoing initial basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois, or (less commonly) by "striking" for a rating through on-the-job training (OJT) in the Fleet. Some sailors may undergo additional training in a "C" school either before or after a tour of duty. Upon completion, they are assigned a four-digit Navy Enlisted Classification (NEC) code, which identifies a specific skill within their standard rating. This defines what jobs they are qualified to do. For example, some billets might not only require a hospital corpsman first class, but might specify that he/she has NEC (Submarine Force Independent Duty), NEC (Fleet Marine Forces Reconnaissance Independent Duty Corpsman), or any other of several NECs depending upon the billet's requirements.[3]


On September 29, , the United States Navy discontinued enlisted ratings after years of use in an effort to modernize the classification system. Naval sailors were thereafter to be referred to solely by their rate and would hold a Navy Operations Specialty (NOS) instead of a rating. The rating symbols depicted for each rating badge listed below (except for the rating badge of a command master chief) is boatswain's mate.[2] However, the decision was reversed and the rating system was restored in December [4]

E-1 to E-3[edit]

Sailors in pay grades E-1 through E-3 are considered to be in apprenticeships while searching or in training for a career path.[5] They are divided into five definable groups or job comminutes, with colored group rate marks designating the group to which they belong: seaman, fireman, airman, constructionman, and hospitalman. One of three apprentice devices may be worn above the rank insignia, which denotes the sailor is an apprentice in a particular field and is in search of a rating to join.[6] Sailors who have gone directly to a base, station, or ship without any specialized training are eligible to select a career field, and through correspondence courses and extensive on-the-job training, may qualify for a rating. This process is called "striking for a rating". If a sailor has qualified for a rate, but has not yet become a petty officer, he is called a designated striker, and is identified by a striker's badge that displays the sailor's rating, along with his group rate marks.[1] The serviceman is addressed by one's group designation, if known (e.g., Fireman Jones, Constructionman Apprentice Smith); by the generic appellation "seaman"; or by one's striker designation (Boatswain's Mate Seaman Watson, Culinary Specialist Seaman Recruit Johnson).[5] Those that have completed the "A" school for hospital corpsman wear their caduceus above their stripes and substitute the word "Hospitalman" for "Seaman" in their rating titles.

In the September rating change, it was announced that only the "seaman" group would remain as the rate title for E1–E3, with the others being retired.[7] However, the Navy reversed this new policy three months later and reinstated the traditional rating system.[8]

E-4 to E-6[edit]

Petty officers in wearing service dress blue uniforms displaying both red and gold rating badges and service stripes.

E-4 to E-6 are non-commissioned officers (NCOs), and are specifically called petty officers in the Navy.[6] Petty officers perform not only the duties of their specific career field but also serve as leaders to junior enlisted personnel. They must take responsibility for their subordinates, address grievances, inform the chain of command on matters pertaining to good order and discipline, and may even have to place personnel on report.[9] The title petty officer comes from the French word petit, meaning something small. In medieval England, villages had several "petite" or "petty" officers who were subordinate to major officials. Thus, petty officers are assistants to senior officers.[10]

Petty officers have been an important part of the U.S. Navy since its beginning. They were originally appointed by the ship's captain and usually held such appointments while serving under the captain who selected them. The petty officers of this time did not have uniforms or a rank insignia.[10] In a rate badge was assigned, consisting of a sleeve device displaying an eagle perched on an anchor. Rating marks did not appear until [10]

From to , the Navy recognized three classes of petty officers who were authorized to wear a "rate" (rank) insignia consisting of chevrons pointing down under a spread eagle and a rating mark.[10] Unlike the current rate badge, the eagle faced right instead of left.[6] The current insignia for petty officers came about in , and is a perched eagle with spread wings (usually referred to as a "crow," due to its black color on white uniforms and the former light blue working uniforms) above a rating mark, with chevrons denoting their rate below.[6] Initially, the eagle faced left or right on the rating emblem depending on which sleeve the badge was worn. "Seafarer" rates, such as boatswain or gunner, are unique to service aboard a ship, and were worn on the right sleeve; the eagle on these insignia faced right, so that they would be facing forward on the wearer. Other rates, such as administration or medical positions, were worn on the left sleeve, so the eagle on those insignia faced left, so that they would be facing forward on the wearer. In , the Navy standardized all ratings to be worn on the left sleeve.

The authority to wear gold rating badges and service stripes on the dress blue and working coverall uniform is granted when a sailor completes twelve consecutive years of service. Prior to June , those years had to have been without any official record of bad conduct due to punitive action via non-judicial punishment or courts martial. During that time, the gold rating badges and service stripes were treated distinctly from the Good Conduct Medal, which was and is awarded for three consecutive years of "honorable service", defined as being free of disciplinary infractions.[11]

Coloration of the insignia for E-4 through E-9 depends upon the uniform worn. Black cloth with red or gold embroidered stripes is used on the winter uniforms, while white cloth with black embroidered stripes is used on the summer uniforms, and medium blue cloth with red or gold embroidered stripes is used on the working coverall, depending on whether or not they have less or more than 12 years of service respectively.[6]

E-7 to E-9[edit]

E-7 to E-9 are senior non-commissioned officers and are considered a separate community within the Navy. They have separate berthing and dining facilities (where feasible), wear separate uniforms, and perform separate duties. Advancement to chief petty officer (E-7) or above requires a board review by existing master chief petty officers beyond the normal examination score and performance evaluation process. The annual list of chief petty officer selectees is authorized by Congress.[12]

The proper form of address to a chief petty officer is "Chief", "Senior chief" (or "Senior"), or "Master chief" according to their rating.[13] In the U.S. Navy, chief petty officers are specifically tasked, in writing, with the duty of training junior officers (ensign, lieutenant (j.g.), and lieutenant).[14]

Although the title "chief" has been around since the Continental Navy in , the chief petty officer rate was not established until 1 April At that time nearly all sailors who had carried the rate of petty officer first class since were advanced to chief petty officer, with the exception of schoolmasters, ship's writers, and carpenter's mates.[12]

The rates senior chief petty officer and master chief petty officer were established on 1 June To be eligible for advancement to senior chief petty officer, a chief petty officer must have had three years in the current grade. For advancement to master chief, a senior chief must have a total of three years in the current grade.

The dress blue insignia consists of a perched eagle (or "crow") with spread wings atop a rating mark, with three chevrons and one 'rocker' above the rating mark. Inverted five-point stars above the crow denote the rank of senior chief (one star) or master chief (two stars). All other uniforms use the collar device to denote rank. It consists of a fouled anchor (an anchor that is entangled with its chain)[15] with the initials U S N in silver, superimposed, with stars above the anchor to indicate higher pay grades, similar to the dress blue insignia.[16]

Command senior chief[edit]

On July 30, , the Navy formally established the rating of command senior chief (CMDCS);[17][18] before then from to it had been a billet instead of a rating.[19][20] They typically serve at smaller commands that don't have a command master chief billet (CMDCM).[20] A command senior chief career path feeds directly into the command master chief program,[20] and is a permanent rank, unlike their U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force, first sergeant, E-8 paygrade counterparts.

Command master chief[edit]

A command master chief is considered to be the senior-most enlisted service member within a command, and is the special assistant to the commanding officer in all matters pertaining to the health, welfare, job satisfaction, morale, utilization, advancement and training of the command's enlisted personnel.[21][22] Command master chiefs can be Command level (within a single unit, such as a ship or shore station), Fleet level (squadrons consisting of multiple operational units, headed by a flag officer or commodore), or Force level (consisting of a separate community within the Navy, such as Subsurface, Air, Reserves).[23] After attaining the rate of master chief petty officer, a sailor may choose to further his or her career by becoming a command master chief petty officer.

Both command senior chief and command master chief existed as a position before being authorized as separate rates/rank. For example, there could be a senior chief boatswain's mate acting as command senior chief or a master chief personnelman who acts as the command master chief.

The command master chief rate insignia are similar to the insignia for master chief, except that the rating symbol is replaced by an inverted five-point star, reflecting a change in their rating from their previous rating (e.g. MMCM) to CMDCM. The stars for command master chief are silver, while stars for fleet or force master chief are gold. Additionally, command master chiefs, wear a badge, worn on their left breast pocket (for males) or above the nametag (for females), denoting their title (Command/Fleet/Force).[16][22]

Fleet master chief and force master chief[edit]

Fleet and force master chiefs are appointed by the commander of a fleet or a force command, to serve as their senior enlisted adviser. They have virtually the same responsibilities as command master chiefs, but for larger fleet or force commands rather than a single unit. These two ranks are equivalent and their insignia is also the same—a master chief rating badge with two gold stars above the eagle and a gold star for the rating insignia.

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy[edit]

The Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) is the senior enlisted person in the Navy, appointed by the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) to serve as a spokesperson to address the issues of enlisted personnel to the highest positions in the Navy. The MCPON is the senior enlisted advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations and Chief of Naval Personnel.[24] Exact duties vary, depending on the CNO, though the duties generally include traveling throughout the Navy, observing training and talking to sailors and their families. The MCPON serves on several boards concerned with enlisted members, represents the Department of the Navy at special events, and may be called upon to testify before Congress regarding enlisted personnel issues.[25]

The position was originally established as "Senior Enlisted Advisor of the Navy" in January [25] in response to a recommendation from the Secretary of the Navy's task force on Navy personnel retention.[24] Three months later, the title was officially changed to "Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy". The individual rating specialty marks for the MCPON was replaced by an inverted star in [26]

The MCPON's current insignia is similar to that of Fleet, Force, or CMDCMs, with the addition of a third star above the crow or anchor.[16]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ ab"Rate Insignia of Navy Enlisted Personnel". U. S. Navy. Archived from the original on Retrieved 29 June
  3. ^Powers, Rod. "Hospital Corpsman: Navy NECs". About.com. Retrieved 26 August
  4. ^LaGrone, Sam (20 December ). "Navy to Restore Enlisted Rating Titles After Months of Criticism". USNI News. U.S. Naval Institute.
  5. ^ ab"Group rate marks for pay grades E-1 through E-3". U.S. Navy. Retrieved
  6. ^ abcde"Enlisted Rate/Rating Insignia". United States Navy Uniform Regulations. BUPERS, U.S. Navy. Archived from the original on December 6, Retrieved
  7. ^Faram, Mark. "Navy scuttles sailors' enlisted rating titles in huge career shake-up". Navy Times. Retrieved 29 September
  8. ^"Move to scrap beloved US Navy titles tossed overboard".
  9. ^"Petty Officer responsibility". Military Requirements for Petty Officers Third and Second Class. Integrated Publishing. Archived from the original on Retrieved
  10. ^ abcd"Traditions of the Naval Service (Petty Officer)". Naval Historical Center, United States Navy. Archived from the original on Retrieved
  11. ^"Rate/Rank Insignia"(PDF). United States Navy Uniform Regulations. BUPERS, U. S. Navy. Archived from the original(PDF) on July 4, Retrieved
  12. ^ ab"Chief Petty Officer". Frequently Asked Questions. Naval Historical Center, U.S. Navy. Archived from the original on Retrieved
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Further reading[edit]

  • Christ, Charlotte D. (). Winds of Change: The History of the Office of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy –. Washington, DC: Office of the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy and the Naval Historical Center. ISBN&#;. OCLC&#;
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Navy rank e4

Additional Pay & Allowances for an E-4

In addition to Basic Pay, a Petty Officer Third Class may be eligible to receive several types of allowances and incentive pay.

Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)

Basic Allowance for Housing is a monthly payment meant to subsidize a servicemember's housing while deployed. The amount of BAH received each month depends on the location in which they live.

The average Basic Housing Allowance for a Petty Officer Third Class with dependants is $1,, or $1, with no dependants.

Basic Allowance for Subsistance (BAS)

All enlisted members of the Navy receive a monthly allowance for food and drink of $
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Enlisted members' BAS is higher than officers' BAS, as enlisted members are generally responsible for buying their own food.

Hazard Pay / Hostile Fire Pay

A Petty Officer Third Class may receive hazard pay of $ / mo while serving in an active combat zone or subject to hostile fire or other hazards.

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