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United States Navy Rate and Rank Structure

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Enlisted Rates and Insignia

In the Navy, enlisted Sailors have rate instead of rank. Rate is the combination of a Sailor's title and rating. For example, a Sailor that has the rating Boatswain's Mate and the title Petty Officer Third Class would be indentified as Boatswain's Mate Third Class. For more information on ratings, see US Navy Ratings

 

Rates are divided into three groups general (E1 to E3), petty officer (E4 to E6) and chief petty officers (E7-E9). Sailors in the general rates are assigned to apprenticeships. The general rate marks are color coded to reflect the different groups each apprenticeship falls into. Petty Officers are technicians and supervisors and are comparable to journeyman level tradesmen. Chief Petty Officers are supervisors, technicians and administrators and comparable to master level tradesman.

 

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No insigniaE-1 - Seaman Recruit (SR), Hopsitalman Recruit (HR), Fireman Recruit (FR), Airman Recruit (AR), Constructionman Recruit (CR)
Sleeve Insignia Description: Two diagonal white stripes.
Sleeve Insignia Description: Two diagonal red stripes.
Sleeve Insignia Description: Two diagonal green stripes.
Sleeve Insignia Description: Two diagonal blue stripes.
Collar Insignia Description: Two diagonal bars
E-2 - Seaman Apprentice (SA), Hopsitalman Apprentice (HA), Fireman Apprentice (FA), Airman Apprentice (AA), Constructionman Apprentice (CA)
Sleeve Insignia Description: Three diagonal white stripes.
Sleeve Insignia Description: Three diagonal red stripes.
Sleeve Insignia Description: Three diagonal green stripes.
Sleeve Insignia Description: Three diagonal blue stripes.
Collar Insignia Description: Three diagonal bars.
E-3 - Seaman (SN), Hopsitalman (HN), Fireman (FN), Airman (AN), Constructionman (CN)


Sleeve Insignia: Perched eagle, specialty mark & 1 chevron

Collar Insignia: Perched eagle & 1 chevron
E-4 - Petty Officer Third Class (PO3)


Sleeve Insignia: Perched eagle, specialty mark & 2 chevrons

Collar Insignia: Perched eagle & 2 chevrons
E-5 - Petty Officer Second Class (PO2)


Sleeve Insignia: Perched eagle, specialty mark & 3 chevrons

Collar Insignia: Perched eagle & 3 chevrons
E-6 - Petty Officer First Class (PO1)


Sleeve Insignia: Perched eagle, specialty mark, 1 rocker & 3 chevrons

Collar Insignia: Gold fouled anchor with a silver superimposed USN
E-7 - Chief Petty Officer (CPO)


Sleeve Insignia: Perched eagle, specialty mark, 1 rocker & 3 chevrons with 1 silver star

Collar Insignia: Gold fouled anchor with a silver superimposed USN & 1 silver star
E-8 - Senior Chief Petty Officer (SCPO)


Sleeve Insignia: Perched eagle, specialty mark, 1 rocker & 3 chevrons with 2 silver stars

Collar Insignia: Gold fouled anchor with a silver superimposed USN & 2 silver stars
E-9 - Master Chief Petty Officer (MCPO)


Sleeve Insignia: Perched eagle, silver star in place of specialty mark, 1 rocker & 3 chevrons with 2 silver stars

Collar Insignia: Gold fouled anchor with a silver superimposed USN & 2 silver stars
E-9 - Command Master Chief Petty Officer (CMDCM)


Sleeve Insignia: Perched eagle, gold star in place of specialty mark, 1 rocker & 3 chevrons with 2 gold stars

Collar Insignia: Gold fouled anchor with a silver superimposed USN & 2 silver stars
E-9 - Fleet/Force Master Chief Petty Officer (FLTCM/FORCM)


Sleeve Insignia: Perched eagle, a gold star in place of specialty mark, 1 rocker & 3 chevrons with 3 gold stars

Collar Insignia: Gold fouled anchor with a silver superimposed USN & 3 silver stars
E-9 - Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)
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Warrant Officer Ranks and Insignia

Chief Warrant Officers (CWOs) are technical specialists who are picked from Chief Petty Officers or Chief Petty Officer selectees with at least 12 but no more than 22 years of service. CWOs work with both enlisted technicians and other officers to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operations. Even though they are primarily technicians, CWOs can also serve as division officers, department heads or Officers-in-Charge. CWOs are commissioned through the CWO Academy.

 

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Collar device: 1 gold bar with 3 blue breaks

Sleeve and Shoulder Board Insignia: 1 gold stripe with 3 blue breaks and a specialty insignia
W-2 - Chief Warrant Officer 2 (CWO2)


Collar device: 1 silver bar with 2 blue breaks

Sleeve and Shoulder Board Insignia: 1 gold stripe with 2 blue breaks and a specialty insignia
W-3 - Chief Warrant Officer 3 (CWO3)


Collar device: 1 silver bar with 3 blue breaks

Sleeve and Shoulder Board Insignia: 1 gold stripe with 1 blue break and a specialty insignia
W-4 - Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CWO4)


Collar device: 1 silver bar divided by 1 vertical blue break

Sleeve and Shoulder Board Insignia: 1 gold stripe divided by a 1/8" blue stripe with 1 blue break and a specialty insignia
W-5 - Chief Warrant Officer 5 (CWO5)
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Officer Ranks and Insignia

Naval Officers act as leaders and management in the Navy. Medical personnel, lawyers, engineers and pilots are also commissioned as officers. Most commissioned officers have bachelor's degrees and earn their commission through the Naval Academy, Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), Officer Candidate School (OCS) or Officer Development School (ODS). The only officer program that does not require a bachelor's degree is the Limited Duty Officer (LDO) program for enlisted Sailors. LDOs are selected from E-6 to E-8 sailors with at least 8 but no more than 16 years of service and commission through the LDO Academy.

 

Similar to enlisted Sailors officers are divided into three groups junior grade officers (O1 to O3), mid-grade officers (O4 to O6) and flag officers (O7 to O10). Junior grade officers are typically in charge of divisions. Mid-grade officers can be in charge of departments or work as executive or commanding officer. Flag grade officers are the most senior officers in the Navy and can serve as commanding officers of larger ships and commands, operating forces, fleets or as senior military advisers.

 

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Collar device: 1 gold bar

Sleeve and Shoulder Board Insignia: One gold 1/2" stripe below a gold five pointed star
O-1 - Ensign (ENS)


Collar device: 1 silver bar

Sleeve and Shoulder Board Insignia: One 1/2" stripe & one 1/4" gold stripe
O-2 - Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG)


Collar device: 2 silver bars

Sleeve and Shoulder Board Insignia: Two 1/2" gold stripes
O-3 - Lieutenant (LT)


Collar device: Gold oak leaf

Sleeve and Shoulder Board Insignia: Two 1/2" stripes & one 1/4" gold stripe
O-4 - Lieutenant Commander (LCDR)


Collar device: Silver oak leaf

Sleeve and Shoulder Board Insignia: Three 1/2" gold stripes
O-5 - Commander (CDR)


Collar device: Silver spread eagle

Sleeve and Shoulder Board Insignia: Four 1/2" gold stripes
O-6 - Captain (CAPT)


Collar device: 1 silver star

Sleeve Insignia: One 2" gold stripe

Shoulder Board Insignia: Gold with 1 star and a silver fouled anchor
O-7 - Rear Admiral (Lower Half) (RDML)


Collar device: 2 silver stars

Sleeve Insignia: One 2" and one 1/2" gold stripe

Shoulder Board Insignia: Gold with 2 stars and a silver fouled anchor
O-8 - Rear Admiral (RDAM)


Collar device: 3 silver stars

Sleeve Insignia: One 2" and two 1/2" gold stripes

Shoulder Board Insignia: Gold with 3 stars and a silver fouled anchor
O-9 - Vice Admiral (VADM)


Collar device: 4 silver stars

Sleeve Insignia: One 2" and three 1/2" gold stripes

Shoulder Board Insignia: Gold with 4 stars and a silver fouled anchor.
O-10 - Admiral (ADM)


Collar device: 5 silver stars

Sleeve Insignia: One 2" and four 1/2" gold stripes

Shoulder Board Insignia: Gold with 5 stars and a silver fouled anchor
O-11 - Fleet Admiral (FADM)
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