Navy Ratings

Navy Ratings
Pay Grades

Rating Structure
The U.S. Navy rating structure is confusing to most people outside the organization. A brief overview of Navy enlisted rate and ratings follows. Two similar sounding terms are used to describe Navy enlisted status – rate and rating. Rate equates to military pay grade and rating is one’s occupational specialty. Petty officer third class (PO3) is a rate. Boatswain Mate is a rating. Used in combination, Boatswain Mate Third Class (BM3), defines both the rate, petty officer third class, and rating Boatswain Mate.
Pay Grade
Pay grade constitutes a numbering system from junior to senior, and is linear across all five branches of the U.S. military. The lowest military enlisted pay grade is E-1 and the highest E-9 in the Army as well as the Navy. Officer pay grades include W-1 through W-5 for warrant officers and O-1 through O-10 for officers. Enlisted personnel may be promoted from enlisted to warrant officer status and in some cases directly to officer status. In example, this writer served as an E-1 through E-7, W-1 through W-4, and O-2 through O-6, sixteen different pay grades in a four decade career.

Rate or rank?
Rate, such as First Class Petty Officer, describes the Navy enlisted pay grade E-6. Officers do not have rates but are said to have rank. Lieutenant (rank) describes a Naval officer of pay grade O-3. The officer’s occupational specialty is described in a numerical code.

A Navy rating is defined as an occupation that consists of specific skills and abilities. Each rating has its own specialty badge which is worn on the left sleeve by all qualified men and women in that field. In the Navy and Coast Guard, pay grades E-4 through E-9 fall within a rating and reflect a distinct level of achievement within the promotion pyramid.

General ratings. Broad occupational fields such as Electronics Technician, Machinist Mate or Electrician are general ratings. During World War I the Navy survived with but thirteen ratings. Through the years the Navy has used over 100 ratings with 60+ remaining in use today. In some cases ratings combine at the Senior Chief Petty Officer (E-8) or Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9) level. In example, CU Constructionman combines the Builder (BU), Engineering Aide (EA and) Steelworker (SW) Seabee ratings at the Senior Chief and Master Chief Petty Officer levels.

Service ratings. Service ratings are sub categories of general ratings that require further specialized training and qualifications. They are established and deleted with service requirements and changes in personnel management philosophy. In example, Gunner’s Mate, a general rating, has been at times divided into the service ratings of Gunner’s Mate Guns (GMG) and Gunner’s Mate Missiles (GMM). Service ratings are most used in the E-4 and E-5 pay grade with the ratings merging at the senior Petty Officer level.

Navy Enlisted Classifications (NEC). Numerical codes appended to a rating are heavily used in the modern Navy to indicate specialized qualifications. For example, a Master-at-Arms First Class with a specialty of handling drug detecting dogs, is a MA1 (9542). A list of these NEC codes is provided in the Navy Personnel Command’s reference library in NAVPERS 180086F. (pdf file located off site).

Emergency ratings. Emergency ratings may be established in time of war. World War Two saw twenty-two Navy Specialist ratings and the Coast Guard used six additional Specialist ratings. The term Specialist evolved to Emergency Service Rating and finally to Emergency Rating in the thirty-two years of use. Emergency rating badges are distinguished by a letter of the alphabet enclosed in a diamond below the eagle. One example is Welfare & Recreation Leader, a “W” inside a diamond. This emergency rating most often worked with the chaplain. The rate was discontinued following World War Two. For a number of years the chaplain’s assistant was a Yeoman with NEC 2525. The YN (2525) became a full fledged rating in 1979 as the present day Religious Program Specialist, RP.

Non rate
A non rate (not rated) is one serving in pay grade E-1 to E-3. The non rate is further subdivided by a general career path, aviation (airman), deck (seaman), engineering (fireman), construction (constructionman), and medical (hospitalman).

Many bluejackets enter advanced training schools following recruit training to complete the entry level requirements for a career field. Graduates are designated in an occupational specialty even though they have not achieved Petty Officer status of pay grade E-4 and up. CSSN Jane P. Jones has passed the specific career field qualifications for entry into the general rating of Culinary Specialist, but is not a petty officer. CS denotes the career field of Culinary Specialist and SN is the abbreviation for Seaman, the non rated E-3 pay grade.

Sailors who go directly to a station, ship or squadron without specialized school training following recruit training are encouraged to select a career field. Through correspondence courses provided for self study and on-the-job training (OJT), they may qualify for entry into a rating. This path is called “striking for rate.” A seaman working in the deck department of a ship will by work assignment find herself most often in training for the deck rating of Boatswain Mate. Many “strikers” will venture into other departments to become a Yeoman, Damage Controlman or other rating as openings occur. Many technical ratings are restricted to formal school graduates and thereby closed to “strikers.” Having experienced the width and depth of Navy life, most “strikers” become excellent petty officers.

Pay Grades

Non Rated Rated
Seaman Recruit (SR)
Fireman Recruit (FR)
Airman Recruit (AR)
Construction Recruit (CR)
Hospital Recruit (HR) No insiginia E-4:
Petty Officer Third Class (PO3)
Seaman Apprentice (SA) white
Hospital Apprentice (HA) white
Fireman Apprentice (FA) red
Airman Apprentice (AA) green
Construction Apprentice (CA) blue E-5:
Petty Officer Second Class (PO2)
Seaman (SN) white
Hospitalman (HN) white
Fireman (FN) red
Airman (AN) green
Constructionman (CN) blue
Petty Officer First Class (PO1)
Chief Petty Officer (CPO)
Senior Chief Petty Officer (SCPO)
Master Chief Petty Officer (MCPO)

Master Chief Petty Officer
of the Navy (MCPON)
1. E-1 formerly issued one stripe insignia white for SR, HR, DR, TR; red for FR; green for AR; and blue for CR.
2. Steward (TR, TA & TN) leading to the rating Steward (SD) discontinued in 1975.
3. Dental (DR, DA & DN) leading to the rating Dental Technician (DT) discontinued in 2005.
4. Petty officer ratings shown are BM3, BM2, BM1, QMC, QMCS, QMCM
5. One Master Chief Petty Officer is selected as the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (Gold star in rating badge).

General Ratings.
Ratings may have evolved through several names to reflect changes in skill sets. Most of these ratings no longer exist. 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. Most of the service ratings listed no longer exist.
ABM Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (1944-1948)
(AB Rate subdivided 1948 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 (1948-1977)
AC Air Traffic Controller (1977- ) ACT Aircontrolman Tower
ACW Aircontrolman Early Warning
ACM Aviation Carpenter’s Mate (1921-1940) (to AM)

AD Aviation Machinist’s Mate (1948- ) 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 (1942-1948)
AE Aviation Electrician’s Mate (1948- )
AF Photographer’s Mate (1948-1950) (to PH)
AFCM Master Chief Aircraft Maintenanceman (E-9 only) (1963- )

Aerog Aerographer (1923-1942)
AerM Aerographer’s Mate (1942-1948)
AG Aerographer’s Mate (1948- )
AK Aviation Storekeeper (1948-2003) (to SK)
AL Aviation Electronicsman (1948-1959) (to AT)

AM Aviation Metalsmith (1921-1948)
(AM Rate subdivided 1948 to service ratings >)
AM Aviation Structural Mechanic (E-8 only) AMH Aviation Structural Mechanic Hydraulic Mechanic (1948-2001)(to AM)
AME Aviation Structural Mechanic Safety Equipment
AMS Aviation Structural Mechanic Structures (1948-2001)(to AM)
MMA Machinist’s Mate (Aviation) (1917-1921)
AMM Aviation Machinist’s Mate (1921-1948) (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 (1921-1948)
AO Aviation Ordnanceman (1948- ) AOMB Aviation Bombsight Mechanic (1943-1944)
AOMB Aviation Bombsight and Fire Control Mechanic (1944- )
AOMT Aviation Ordnanceman Turrets
AOF Aviation Ordnanceman Fire Control
AOT Aviation Ordnanceman Turrets
AOU Aviation Ordnanceman Utility
AQ Aviation Fire Control Technician (1954-1991) (to AT) AQB Aviation Fire Control Technician Bomb Director
AQF Aviation Fire Control Technician Fire Control
AP Aviation Pilot (1924-1933) (1942-1948)
(Naval Aviation Pilot (NAP) & AP History) CAP Chief Aviation Pilot (1924-1933)
AP First Class Aviation Pilot (1927-1933)
APA Aviation Pilot Airship
AR Quartermaster (Aviation) (1917-1921)
AR Aviation Rigger (1921-1927)
AR Airship Rigger (1943-1948) (to AM)
ARM Aviation Radioman (1942-1948) (to AL)

AS Aviation Support Equipment Technician (1966- ) ASE Aviation Support Equipment Technician Electrical
ASH Aviation Support Equipment Technician Hydraulics and Structure
ASM Aviation Support Equipment Technician Mechanical

ART Aviation Radio Technician (1942-1945)
AETM Aviation Electronic Technician’s Mate (1945-1948)
AT Aviation Electronics Technician (1948- ) 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 Equipment
AVCM Master Chief Avionics Technician (E-9 only)

AW Aviation Antisubmarine Warfare Operator (1968-1993)
AW Aviation Warfare Systems Operator (1993 -2008)
AW Master Chief Naval Aircrewman (2008- ) (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 (1962-1991) (to AT)

AZ Aviation Maintenance Administrationman (1964- )

BM Boatswain’s Mate (1893- ) 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 Stevedore
BMSTR Bandmaster
B Boilermaker
BR Boilermaker (1956-1971)
BT Boilerman (to WT Watertender)
BT Boiler Tender
BT Boiler Technician (1976-1996) (to MM) BTG Shipboard Boilerman
BTR Boiler Repairman
BUG Bugler (1871-1948)
BUGMSTR Buglemaster (1927-1948)

BU Builder (1948- ) BUR Builder Concrete
BUH Builder Heavy
BUL Builder Light

CE Construction Electrician’s Mate (1948-1958)
CE Construction Electrician (1958- ) 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 Wiring
CM Carpenter’s Mate (1885-1948) (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 (1958- ) CMA Construction Mechanic Automotive
CMD Construction Mechanic Diesel Engine
CMG Construction Mechanic Gasoline Engine
CMH Construction Mechanic Construction
CMC 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 (1902-1948)
CS Commissaryman (1948-1974) (to MS)
CS Culinary Specialist (2004- ) CSB Commissaryman Butcher
CSG Commissaryman Ship’s Cooks
CSR Commissaryman Bakers

CT Communication Technician (1948-1976)
CT Cryptologic Technician (1976- )
CTA Communications Technician Administration (1948-1976)
CTA Cryptologic Technician Administration (1976-2008) (to YN)
CTI Communications Technician Interpretive (1948-1976)
CTI Cryptologic Technician Interpretive (1976- )
CTM Communications Technician Maintenance (1948-1976)
CTM Cryptologic Technician Maintenance (1976- )
CTN Cryptologic Technician Networks (2004- )
CTO Communications Technician Communications (1948-1976)
CTO Cryptologic Technician Communications (1976-2006) (to IT)
CTR Communications Technician Collection (1948-1976)
CTR Cryptologic Technician Collection (1976- )
CTS Communications Technician Special Devices Operator (1948-?)
(to MA – Machine Accountant)
CTT Communications Technician Technical (1948-1976)
CTT Cryptologic Technician Technical (1976- )
CTY Communications Technician Clerk (1948-1976) (to CTA)
CU Constructionman (E-8, E-9 only) (from BUC, EAC, SWC)

DC Damage Controlman (1948-1972) (to HT) (19??- ) DCG Damage Controlman Shipboard
DCP Damage Controlman Painter
DCW Damage Controlman Carpenter
DK Disbursing Clerk (1948-2005) (to PS)
DM Illustrator Draftsman (1961-2006) (to MC) DME Draftsman Electrical
DMI Draftsman Illustrator
DML Draftsman Lithographic
DMM Draftsman Mechanical
DMS Draftsman Structural
DMT Draftsman Topographic
DP Data Processing Technician (1967-1998) (to RM)
DS Data Systems Technician (1961-1998) (to ET or FC)
DT Dental Technician (1948-2005) (to HM) DTG Dental Technician General
DTP Dental Technician Prosthetic
DTR Dental Technician Repair

EA Engineering Aide (1961- ) EAD Engineering Aids Draftsman
EAS Engineering Aids Surveyor

EM Electrician Mate (1921- ) 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
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 (1948- ) ENA Engineman Aviation
END Engineman Diesel
ENG Engineman Gasoline

EO Equipment Operator (1958- ) EON Equipment Operator Construction Equipment
EOH Equipment Operator Hauling

EOD Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician (2006- )
EQCM Master Chief Equipmentman (E-9 only)
EW Electronic Warfare Technician (1971-2003) (to CTT)

ET Electronics Technician (1948- ) ETN Electronics Technician Communications
ETN Electronics Technician Navigation (Ballistic Missile Submarine (to c1980)
ETR Electronics Technician Radar
ETS Electronics Technician Sonar
FC Fire Controlman (1921-1955)
FT Fire Control Technician (1955-1985) (split to FC FT)

FC Fire Controlman (1985 – ) [Surface]

FT Fire Control Technician (1985- ) [Submarine] FCO Fire Controlman Operator
FCR Fire Controlman Range Finder
FCS Fire Controlman Surface (to 1948)
FCS Fire Controlman Submarine (from 1948)
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 Underwater
FP Pipefitter (1948-1958) (to SF) FPB Pipefitter Coppersmith
FPG Pipefitter Shipboard
FPP Pipefitter Plumber
FPS Pipefitter Steamfitter
GF Aviation Guided Missleman (1953-1960)

GM Gunner’s Mate (1885- ) (E-7 to E-9 only) GMA Gunner’s Mate Aviation (to 1926)
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 (1948-?)
GMM Gunner’s Mate Mounts (to 1957)
GMM Gunner’s Mate Missiles (1957-present)
GMT Gunner’s Mate Torpedo (to 1921)
GMT – Gunner’s Mate (Turrets) (1922-1952)
GMT Gunner’s Mate Technician (1962-1986)
GMG Gunner’s Mate Guns ( -present)
GS Guided Missileman (1953-1961) (to MT)

GS Gas Turbine System Technician (1978- ) GSE Gas Turbine System Technician Electrical
GSM Gas Turbine System Technician Mechanical

HM Hospital Corpsman (1948- )
Hospital Corpsman History

HT Hull Technician (1972- )

IC Interior Communications Electrician (1948- )
IM Instrumentman (1961-1999) (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 (1999- ) ITS Information Systems Technician Submarines (2011- )

IS Intelligence Specialist (1975- )
JO Journalist (1948-2006) (to MC)
LI Lithographer (1948-2006) (to MC) LIP Lithographer Pressman
LIT Lithographer Cameraman and Platemaker

LN Legalman (1973- )

LS Logistics Specialist (2009- )

MA Master-at-Arms
MA Machine Accountant (1948-1967) (to DP)

MC Mass Communications Specialist (2006- )
ML Molder (1917-1929) (1943-??) 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 (1893- ) 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
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
MMMB Machinist’s Mate Motor Boat
MMO Machinist’s Mate Optician
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
MME Machinist’s Mate Engineman
MMG Machinist’s Mate Industrial Gas Generating
MML Machinist’s Mate General
MMR Machinist’s Mate Refrigeration Mechanic
MMS Machinist’s Mate Shop Mechanic
MMA Machinists Mate Non-Nuclear, Submarine Auxiliary
MMW Machinists Mate, Non-Nuclear, Submarine Weapons
MMN Machinists Mate, Nuclear Power

MN Mineman (1943-1947) (1948- )

MR Machinery Repairman (1948- )
MS Mess Management Specialist (1974-2004) (to CS)
M Metalsmith
ME Metalsmith MSRB 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 (1961- )

MU Musician (1948- )

NC Navy Counselor NC(CRF) Navy Counselor (Career Recruiter Force)
NC(FC) Navy Counselor (Fleet Counselor)
NCC Navy Counselor Career
NCR Navy Counselor Recruiter

ND Navy Diver (2006- )
NW Nuclear Weaponsman (to GMT, WT)
OM Opticalman (1948-2004)

OS Operations Specialists (1972- )
OT Ocean Systems Technician (E-9 only) (1970-??) to ? OTA Ocean Systems Technician Analyst
OTM Ocean Systems Technician Maintainer
PC Postal Clerk (1959-2010) (to LS)
P Photographer (1921-1942)
PhoM Photographer’s Mate (1942-1948)
AF Photographer’s Mate (1948-1950)
PH Photographer’s Mate (1950-2006) (to MC) APH Aviation Photographers Mate (1948-52)
PHG Photographer’s Mate Cameraman
PHL Photographer’s Mate Laboratory Technician
PHM Photographer’s Mate Microfilm Photographer
PhM Pharmacist’s Mate (to HM) (1916-1948)
PI Printer (see LI)
PICM Master Chief Precision Instrumentman (E-9 only)
PM Patternmaker ( -2007) PMSRP Patternmaker Ship Repair Patternmaker
PN Personnelman ( -2005) (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 (1942-1965)
PR Aircrew Survival Equipmentman (1965- )

PS Personnel Specialist (2005- )
PT Photo Intelligenceman (1957-1975) (to IS)

QM Quartermaster QMD Quartermaster Dirigible
QML Quartermaster Listening
QMN Quartermaster Navigation
QMP Quartermaster Pigeon
QMQ Quartermaster Quartermaster
QMS Quartermaster Signal
RD Radarman (1943-1972) (to OS)
RM Radioman (1921-1999) (to IT) RMN Radioman Radioman
RMT Radioman Telegrapher
CYN Communications Yeoman (1964-c1974) (E-4 only)

RP Religious Program Specialist (1979- )
RT Radio Technician (to ET) RTSR Radio Technician Ship Repair
SA Special Artificer (to 1948)
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 (2006- )
SC Ship’s Cook (1893-1948) (to CS) SCB Ship’s Cook Butcher
St Steward
StM Steward’s Mate
SD Steward (1943-1975) (to MS) SDG Steward Cook
SDS Steward Stateroom
SF Shipfitter (1901-1948) (to ME, FP) (1958-?) 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 ( -1948) (to FP)

SH Ship’s Serviceman (1943- ) SSMB Ship’s Service Man Barber
SSMC Ship’s Service Man Cobbler
SSML Ship’s Service Man Laundryman
SSMT Ship’s Service Man Tailor
SK Storekeeper (1916- 2009) (to LS) SKD Disbursing Storekeeper ( -1948) (to DK)
SKV Aviation Storekeeper (1943-1948) (to AK)
SK(CBS) – Storekeeper (Construction Battalion) (Stevedore)
SKE Storekeeper Engineer
SKG Storekeeper General
SKT Storekeeper Technical
SM Signalman (1921-1948 (to QM) (1956-2003) (to QM)
SPCM Master Chief Steam Propulsionman (E-9 only)

SO Special Warfare Operator (2006- )

SoM Soundman
SO Sonarman (1943-1964)
ST Sonar Technician (1964- ) SOG Sonarman Sonar
SOH Sonarman Harbor Defense
SOMH Sonarman Harbor Defense
STS Sonar Technician Submarine
STG Sonar Technician Surface
SV Surveyor (1948-1959) (to EA)

SW Steelworker (1948- ) SWE Steelworker Erector
SWF Steelworker Fabricator
SWR Steelworker Construction Rigger
SWS Steelworker Structural
T Telegrapher (1926-1948) (to TE)
TC Turret Captain (1903-1948) (to GM)
TD Tradevman (Training Devicesman) (1948-1984) TDI Tradevman Instructor Non-Aviation
TDR Tradevman Repairman Non-Aviation
TDU Tradevman Instructor Aviation
TDV Tradevman Repairman Aviation
TE Teleman (1948-1962) (to RM or YN) TEL Teleman Communications Clerk
TEM Teleman Mailman
TEP Teleman Registered Publications Clerk
TEQ Teleman Cryptographer
TET Teleman Teletypist
TM Torpedoman (1921-1942)
TM Torpedoman’s Mate (1942-2007) (to MM or GM) TME 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 (1948- ) UTA Utilitiesman Air Conditioning
UTB Utilitiesman Boilerman
UTP Utilitiesman Plumber
UTW Utilitiesman Water and Sanitation
WT Watertender (1884-1948) to BT WTCB Water Tender Construction Battalion
WT Weapons Technician (1986-1995)

Y Yeoman
YN Yeoman YNS Yeoman Stenographer
YNT Yeoman Typist


Petty Officer What?

Petty Officer What?

By Garland Davis


The Navy deep-sixed all of its 91 enlisted ratings titles Thursday, marking the beginning of an overhaul of the rigid career structure that has existed since the Continental Navy in a radical shift sure to reverberate through the fleet and the veterans community beyond.

Sailors will no longer be identified by their job title, say, Fire Controlman 1st Class Joe Sailor, effective immediately. Instead, that would be Petty Officer 1st Class Joe Sailor.

“We’re going to immediately do away with rating titles and address each other by just our rank as the other services do,” said Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Robert Burke in a Sept. 19 interview. “We recognize that’s going to be a large cultural change, it’s not going to happen overnight, but the direction is to start exercising that now.”

The three paragraphs above were excerpted from an article in Navy Times dated September 29, 2016.  Shipmates it looks as if the social engineers are going to win.  First, they fuck with the uniforms trying to develop unisex attire that looks good on women regardless of the fact that men and women are of two distinct body types.  Now they are removing all references to men in Naval Ratings by just eliminating the ratings.

I loved our Navy when I could meet another sailor and just a quick glance at the crow and rating device would tell me just about all I needed to know about him.  I knew what type of duties he performed, I knew in what area of the ship he worked, I knew where his berthing area is located, and the patch on the opposite shoulder told me where he served.

If you have ever been around a group of soldiers, you hear things like “What’s your MOS, Eleven Bravo?” Soldiers wear devices on their dress uniforms that signify whether they are medics, infantry, engineers, quartermaster corps, etc.  The Navy and the Coast Guard were the two services that identified the particular specialty.

Another of the differences that made us unique from the other services gone.

As an old Commanding Officer once told me, “Chief, it’s an ever-changing Navy!”