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:
Fireman Recruit (FR)
Construction Recruit (CR)
Airman Recruit (AR)
Hospital Recruit (HR)
Dental Recruit (DR)
Steward Recruit (TR)
|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:
Fireman Apprentice (FA)
Construction Apprentice (CA)
Airman Apprentice (AA)
Hospital Apprentice (HA)
Dental Apprentice (DA)
Steward Apprentice (TA)
|DUTIES OF PAY GRADE E-3
|Seamen, Firemen, etc. (pay
grade E-3).- These perform duties and are identified as follows:
compartments lines or rigging, decks, and deck
machinery in shipshape condition; act as lookouts, members of gun
helmsmen, and security and fire sentries.
| 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.
| Operate and
repair construction equipment, and use surveying and drafting
instruments. Stand guard watches.
| Airmen (AN)
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.
dressing carriages with sterile instruments, dressings, bandages, and
medicines; apply dressings; give morning and evening care to patients;
keep medical records.
|| 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.
|| 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.
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:
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