From the BLUEJACKETS' MANUAL
Fifteenth Edition (1959)
Duties of Ratings - Pay Grades E-4 through E-9
Groups IV, V and VI
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 IV - PRECISION EQUIPMENT
repair, and recondition mechanical instruments, office machines, gages,
and watches; set jewels in instruments, watches, and clocks; repair
mechanical parts of electrical instruments.
repair, and adjust optical equipment.
|Group V - ADMINISTRATIVE AND
and perform upkeep of all types of radio transmitting and receiving
equipment and teletypewriter equipment.
Communications Technician (CT)
special communication duties; also duties in connection with
communications research and engineering.
|| Yeoman (YN)
|| Perform clerical and
secretarial duties, including stenography, filing and typing; keep
records, prepare reports, and handle correspondence and mail; act as
classify, counsel, and recommend assignment of enlisted personnel;
analyze, evaluate, and classify naval billets; maintain officer and
enlisted service records, and prepare required personnel data reports;
act as assistants to executive, personnel, classification, training,
welfare, and recruiting officers.
| Machine Accountant (MA)
|| Operate key punching and key
verifying punched-card accounting machines; design procedures for, and
maintain adequate control over, machine and related manual operations.
clerical and manual duties in supply department relating to
procurement, stowage, supplies of all kinds (exclusive of aircraft and
|| Disbursing Clerk (DK)
|| Perform clerical duties
relative to military pay records, payroll certification sheets,
allotments, and return in disbursing branch of supply department.
|| Commissaryman (CS)
|| Serve as
cooks, butchers, and bakers for general mess ashore and afloat; prepare
menus; order, inspect, stow, and account for provisions; care for
galley and food storage spaces.
|| Ship's Serviceman (SH)
|| Manage ship's store activities
afloat and ashore, Navy exchange activities ashore, and MSTS exchange
activities afloat; specialize as barbers, beauty operators, cobblers,
laundrymen, tailors, or store clerks in pay grades E-4 and E-5.
|| Perform news
reporting, copy reading editing, and related functions for
dissemination of stories and naval subjects through such media as
newspapers, periodicals, and radio.
| Group VI - MISCELLANEOUS
equipment; perform copy preparation, composition, presswork, and
binding; maintain printing equipment.
|| Prepare various technical
drawings, plans, sketches, tracings, illustrations, maps, and charts;
prepare specifications, material estimates, and bills of material.
|| Musician (MU)
|| Serve as members of bands or orchestras which
provide music at ceremonies, parades, recreational functions,
and concerts; play one or more musical instruments; arrange and
transcribe music; act as assistant conductors and conductors in pay
grades E-6 and
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