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!”