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U.S. NAVY ENLISTED RATINGS 1959

From the BLUEJACKETS' MANUAL

Fifteenth Edition (1959)

APPENDIX B


Duties of Ratings - Pay Grades E-4 through E-9

Groups I, II and III


A rating is an occupation in the Navy which calls for the same sort of skills and ability. The rating combines with a pay grade to form a rate. The following tables indicate the duties of Petty Officers:


Group I - DECK
BM
Boatswain's Mate (BM)
Perform various deck duties aboard ship, maintain rigging, ground tackle, canvas articles; supervise operation and maintenance of ship's boats; operate and maintain  eqcargo handlinguipment at CB activities; supervise working and damage control parties; act as members of gun crew.
QM
Quartermaster (QM)
Perform ship-control, navigation, and bridgewatch duties; correct charts and maintain navigation aids; maintain visual communications; stand lookout watch; act as helmsman and lookout supervisors; supervise buglers.
SM
Signalman (SM)
Send, receive, and prepare messages by flashing light, semaphore and flag hoist
RD
Radarman (RD)
Operate and perform upkeep on search radar, electronic recognition and identification, and radar countermeasure equipment; stand watch in ClC.
ST
Sonarman (SO)
Operate sonar detection equipment, underwater fire-control equipment, and harbor defense detection equipment; perform operational and preventive  maintenance of sonar and harbor defense detection equipment.

Group ll - ORDNANCE
GM
Gunner's Mate (GM)
Operate and perform upkeep and repair of mounts, turrets, rockets, missile launchers, and small arms; handle ammunition and explosives.
TM
Torpedoman's Mate (TM)
Perform upkeep and repair of torpedoes and ASW ordnance other than mines and antisubmarine rockets.
MN
Mineman (MN)
Perform upkeep and repair of mines and associated equipment.
FT
Fire Control Technician (FT)
Operate and perform upkeep, major repair, and overhaul of fire-control systems and their components, including fire-control radar.
GS/MT
Guided Missileman (GS)
Perform internal technical and operational maintenance on surface-launched missiles; test, align, replace, and repair internal components, and maintain associated test equipment.
NW
Nuclear Weaponsman (NW)
Maintain, adjust, repair, inspect, test, and package nuclear weapons, components, and associated equipment.

Group lll - ELECTRONICS
ET
  Electronics Technician (ET)
Maintain, repair, and overhaul equipment (except aircraft and ordnance electronic equipment).

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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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