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U.S. NAVY ENLISTED RATINGS

From the BLUEJACKETS' MANUAL

Fifteenth Edition (1959)

APPENDIX B


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
IM
Instrumentman (IM)
Adjust, repair, and recondition mechanical instruments, office machines, gages, and watches; set jewels in instruments, watches, and clocks; repair mechanical parts of electrical instruments.
OM
Opticalman (OM)
Overhaul, repair, and adjust optical equipment.

Group V - ADMINISTRATIVE AND CLERICAL
RM
Radioman (RM)
Operate and perform upkeep of all types of radio transmitting and receiving equipment and teletypewriter equipment.

Communications Technician (CT)
Perform special communication duties; also duties in connection with communications research and engineering.
YN
Yeoman (YN)
Perform clerical and secretarial duties, including stenography, filing and typing; keep records, prepare reports, and handle correspondence and mail; act as office managers.
PN
Personnel Man (PN)
Test, 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.
SK
Storekeeper (SK)
Perform clerical and manual duties in supply department relating to procurement, stowage, supplies of all kinds (exclusive of aircraft and aeronautical equipment).
DK
Disbursing Clerk (DK)
Perform clerical duties relative to military pay records, payroll certification sheets, allotments, and return in disbursing branch of supply department.
CS
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.
SH
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.
JO
Journalist (JO)
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
LI
Lithographer (LI)
Operate printing equipment; perform copy preparation, composition, presswork, and binding; maintain printing equipment.
DM
Draftsman (DM)
Prepare various technical drawings, plans, sketches, tracings, illustrations, maps, and charts; prepare specifications, material estimates, and bills of material.
MU
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 E-7, respectively.

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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