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US Navy Ranks
US Navy Ranks and Navy Rank Insignia
not confuse rank with pay grades, such as E-1, W-2 and O-5.
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|US Navy Enlisted Ranks, Enlisted Rank Insignia|
Service members in
pay grades E-1 through E-3 are usually either in
some kind of training status or on their initial assignment.
The training includes the basic training phase where recruits are immersed in military culture
and values and are taught the core skills required by their service component.
Basic training is followed by a specialized or advanced training phase that provides recruits with a specific area of expertise or concentration.
In the Navy this area is known as a Rate.
Gold stripes indicate 12 or more years of good conduct.
1. Master chief petty officer of the Navy and fleet and force master chief petty officers.
2. Command master chief petty officers wear silver stars.
3. Master chief petty officers wear silver stars and silver specialty rating marks
Pay Grade: E2
Pay Grade: E3
Pay Grade: E4
Petty Officer Third Class
responsibility significantly increases in the mid-level enlisted ranks.
This responsibility is given formal recognition by use of the term petty officer.
The Navy NCO, petty officer, is achieved at the rank of petty officer third class
Pay Grade: E5
Petty Officer Second Class
Pay Grade: E6
Petty Officer First Class
Pay Grade: E7
Chief Petty Officer
and E-9s have 15 to 30 years on the job, and are commanders' senior
advisers for enlisted matters.
A third E-9 element is the senior enlisted person of the US Navy.
The Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy is the spokespersons of the enlisted force at the highest levels of their services
Pay Grade: E8
Senior Chief Petty Officer
Pay Grade: E9
Master Chief Petty Officer
Pay Grade: E9
Master Chief Petty
Pay Grade: E9
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
|US Navy Warrant Officer Ranks|
Officer ranks in the
United States Navy consist of commissioned officers and warrant officers.
Warrant officers hold
warrants from their service secretary and are specialists and experts in
certain military technologies or capabilities. The lowest ranking warrant
officers serve under a warrant, but they receive commissions from the
president upon promotion to chief warrant officer 2. These commissioned
warrant officers are direct representatives of the president of the United
States. They derive their authority from the same source as commissioned
officers but remain specialists, in contrast to commissioned officers, who
Naval officers wear distinctively different rank devices depending upon the uniform they're wearing. The three basic uniforms and rank devices used are: khakis, collar insignia pins; whites, stripes on shoulder boards; and blues, stripes sewn on the lower coat sleeves.
|Pay Grade: W1
Warrant Officer 1
No longer in Use
|Pay Grade: W2
Chief Warrant Officer 2
|Pay Grade: W3
Chief Warrant Officer 3
|Pay Grade: W4
Chief Warrant Officer 4
|Pay Grade: W5
Chief Warrant Officer 5
|US Navy Officer Ranks|
The commissioned ranks
are the highest in the military. These officers hold presidential
commissions and are confirmed at their ranks by the Senate. US Navy
officers are called junior grade officers in the pay grades of O-1 to
O-3, mid-grade officers in pay grades O-4 to O-6 and flag officers in
pay grades O-7 and higher.
|Pay Grade: O1
|Pay Grade: O2
Lieutenant Junior Grade
|Pay Grade: O3
|Pay Grade: O4
|Pay Grade: O5
|Pay Grade: O6
|Pay Grade: O7
Rear Admiral Lower Half
|Pay Grade: O8
Rear Admiral Upper Half
|Pay Grade: O9
|Pay Grade: O10
Chief of Naval Operations
Pay Grade: O11
|The rank of Fleet Admiral has been reserved for war time use only. The last Fleet Admirals were in World War II. Fleet Admirals during that war were Chester W. Nimitz, William D. Leahy, Ernest J. King, and William F. Halsey.|
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