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U.S. NAVY ENLISTED RATINGS

From the BLUEJACKETS' MANUAL

Fifteenth Edition (1959)  - APPENDIX B


Duties of Ratings - Pay Grades E-1 through E-3

A rating is an occupation in the Navy which calls for the same sort of skills and ability. The rating of Quartermaster,  for example, is usually held by men who are fairly good at figures and who are alert and levelheaded; useful in the charthouse and on the bridge of a ship. Remember that a rating combines with a pay grade to form a rate. Those in pay grade E-l, E-2, and E-3 also have rates, even though they are sometimes called "non-rated men." The following tables indicate the duties of general service ratings:


DUTIES OF PAY GRADE E-1
Recruits (pay grade E-l ). - Naval recruits are identified as follows:
RECRUITS, ABBREVIATIONS
COLOR OF STRIPE
Seaman Recruit (SR)

Fireman Recruit (FR)

Construction Recruit (CR)

Airman Recruit (AR)

Hospital Recruit (HR)

Dental Recruit (DR)

Steward Recruit (TR)
White

Red

Blue

Green

White

White

White


DUTIES OF PAY GRADE E-2
Apprentices (pay grade E-2). - Naval apprentices perform simple and routine duties of their occupational groups under close supervision. They are identified as follows:
RATE
COLOR OF STRIPE
Seaman Apprentice (SA)

Fireman Apprentice (FA)

Construction Apprentice (CA)

Airman Apprentice (AA)

Hospital Apprentice (HA)

Dental Apprentice (DA)

Steward Apprentice (TA)
White

Red

Blue

Green

White

White

White


DUTIES OF PAY GRADE E-3
Seamen, Firemen, etc. (pay grade E-3).- These perform duties and are identified as follows:
DESIGNATION
DUTIES
COLOR OF STRIPE
Seamen (SN)
Keep compartments lines or rigging, decks, and deck machinery in shipshape condition; act as lookouts, members of gun crews, helmsmen, and security and fire sentries.
White
Firemen (FN)
Care for and operate boilers; operate pumps, motors, and turbines; record readings of gauges; and maintain and clean engineering machinery and compartments; stand security and fire room watches.
Red
Construction Men
 (CN)
Operate and repair construction equipment, and use surveying and drafting instruments. Stand guard watches.
Blue
Airmen (AN)
Perform various duties at naval air activities ashore; assist in moving aircraft; load and stow equipment and supplies; maintain compartments and buildings; act as members of plane handling crews.
Green
Hospitalmen (HN)
Arrange dressing carriages with sterile instruments, dressings, bandages, and medicines; apply dressings; give morning and evening care to patients; keep medical records.
White
Dentalmen (DN)
Assist dental officers in the treatment of patients; keep dental cabinets equipped with sterile instruments, dressings, and medicines; clean and service dental equipment; prepare trays for impressions; box and pour impressions; polish simple prosthetic appliances; keep dental records.
White
Stewardsmen (TN)
Assist in preparing and servicing meals; clean officers' galleys, wardrooms, and living quarters; stand security and fire watches, and serve as members of gun crews.
White

The following applies to Enlisted Rating in 1959

Enlisted personnel E-4 and above specialize in a specific rating. A Navy rating is is basically an occupation consisting of specific skills. Each rating has its own unique arm badge. Each rating is part of a specific "Group", with the Groups broken down in this order:

Grp.
Group
Function
Enlisted Rating Abbreviation
I
Deck
BM
QM
SM
RD
SO

II
Ordnance
GM
TM
MN
FT
GS
NW

III
Electronics
ET

IV
Precision Equipment
IM
OM

V
Administrative
& Clerical

RM
CT
YN
PN
MA
SK
DK
CS
SH
JO
TE

VI
Miscellaneous
LI
DM
MU

VII
Engineering
& Hull

MM
EN
MR
BT BR
EM IC
SF
DC
PM
ML

VIII
Construction
SV
CE
EO
CM
BU SW
UT

IX
Aviation
AD
AT
AO AC
AB
AE
AQ
GF
AM
PR
AG
TD
AK
PH
PT
X
Medical
HM

XI
Dental
DT

XII
Steward
SD


To see the rating symbol and job description, click on the appropriate Group below. If we have received correspondence from shipmates in a specific rating, clicking on the rating symbol will take you to a page with the shipmate's contribution. If you have input you would like to share pertaining to your particular rating, contact either Woody Donaldson or Art Tilley.

Take me to:
Definitions
E-1 to E-3
E-4 to E-9
Groups I-III

E-4 to E-9
Groups IV-VI

E-4 to E-9
Groups VII-VIII

E-4 to E-9
Groups IX-XII



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