What Were We Really Doing Aboard the U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92 ?

Swabbies....!!!   Did you ever wonder what some of your shipmates did aboard the USS Little Rock CL 92?  Did you ever wonder what YOU were supposed to be doing?   The definitions on the pages listed below provide an abbreviate job description for each of the ratings that were in effect in 1940's.

If you had a rating that does not show up on the list and if you had that rating aboard LITTLE ROCK CL 92, we would like you to bring it to our attention so we can add it.

If you want to elaborate on the job description, please send us the additional details and it will be included with the description provided by the Bluejackets' Manual.

....!!!  We'd especially like to add your job descriptions to these lists. Please give us a synopsis of what "job" you filled while attached to LITTLE ROCK CL 92.

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Page last updated: 1 May, 2020

Enlisted  Rating Job Descriptions
ca. 1944


Rank - Officers have rank, enlisted personnel have rates or ratings.

Rating - A rating is a name given to an occupation in the Navy which requires basically related aptitudes, training, experience, knowledge and skills. Each rating has its own specialty mark which is worn on the left sleeve by all men properly qualified.

Rate - A rate is a paygrade, reflecting a level of aptitude, training, experience, knowledge, skill and responsibility

Pay Grades - The order of pay grades is as outlined below:

Rating Name
Job Description
Aerographer's Mate AerM Make weather observations. Read weather codes and signals.
Airship Rigger AR Control and moor airships. Know steering and meteorology.
Apprentice Seaman AS Know naval drill duties, tie knots. Stand watch.
Aviation Chief Radioman
Aviation Electrician's Mate AEM Inspect, maintain, repair and install all electrical equipment in aircraft.
Aviation Machinist's Mate AMM Assemble, service and repair airplanes and airplane engines. Splice aircraft wiring. Know principles and theory of flying.
Aviation Machinist's Mate
CAMMC Aviation carburetor mechanic
Aviation Machinist's Mate
FAMMF Aviation flight engineer
Aviation Machinist's Mate
HAMMH Aviation hydraulic mechanic
Aviation Machinist's Mate
IAMMI Aviation instrument mechanic
Aviation Machinist's Mate
PAMMP Aviation propeller mechanic
Aviation Metalsmith AM Repair airplane metal parts. Know principles and theory of flying.
Aviation Ordnanceman AOM Handle and take care of all aviation weapons.
Aviation Ordnanceman
BAOMB Aviation bombsight mechanic
Aviation Ordnanceman
TAOMT Aviation turret mechanic
Aviation Pilot AP Pilot planes and airships. Serve as plane captain.
Aviation Radio Technician ART Maintain all aviation radio equipment.
Aviation Radioman ARM Operate radio transmitting and receiving equipment of naval aircraft.
Baker Bkr Operate ovens. Do any kind of baking.
Boatswain's Mate BM Work with canvas and hoisting with block and tackle. Handle rope, wire, and anchor chain. Handle power and sail boats. Steer ship and chart courses. Direct salvage.
Boatswain's Mate
ABMA Same duties as Boatswain's Mate and in addition, Master-at-arms.
Boilermaker B Fit pipes, make repairs in boilers. Know construction of marine boilers and fireroom safety precautions.
Buglemaster Bgmstr Know all bugle and drum calls and honors rendered. Lead and instruct a corps.
Bugler Bug Play in a bugle and drum corps. Know bugle calls and honors.
Carpenter's Mate CM Use hand and power tools. Take charge of ship ventilation, painting, watertight control, drainage. Understand shoring and drydocking.
Chief Commissary Steward CCS Supervise ship's galley.
Chief Photographer
Chief Watertender
Commissary Steward
Cook Ck Take charge of galley.
Coxswain COX Work with canvas and handle boats. Know signaling.
Electrician's Mate EM Use electrical tools and repair electrical equipment. Charge storage batteries. Wind armatures. Stand watch on main gyrocompass and in main control room of electrically driven ships. Repair telephone circuits. Apply first aid in case of electrical shock.
Fire Controlman FC Stow, inspect and repair fire control instruments. Take charge of fire control equipment. Know electricity - A.C. and D.C. Man fire control stations.
Fire Controlman
RFCR Same duties as fire controlman and in addition, range finder operator.
Fire Controlman
SFCS Submarine fire controlman
Fireman F Fire and tend boilers. Operate, adjust and repair pumps.
Gunner's Mate GM Take charge of gun and crew. Assemble and fire all types of guns. Handle ammunition. Handle mines and depth charges.
Hospital Apprentice HA Know minor surgery, first aid and nursing. Maintain sanitary conditions.
Machinist's Mate MM Operate main and auxiliary engines. Adjust, repair, and overhaul engines. Be familiar with ship's drainage systems, distilling plants, evaporators and pumps.
Machinist's Mate
EMME Engineman
Machinist's Mate
GMMG Industrial gas generator mechanic
Machinist's Mate
RMMR Refrigeration mechanic
Machinist's Mate
SMMS Shop machinist
Mess Attendant
Metalsmith M Make plans, time and cost estimates. Work in copper and brass. Temper metals, repair damage. Test for watertightness.
Mineman MN Carry and move mine cases, anchors, cables, lines, buoys.
Molder ML Equip and work in foundry. Make castings. Use molding tools. Operate oil furnaces.
Motor Machinist's Mate MoMM Operate machine tools. Operate and maintain internal combustion engines and engine auxiliaries. Knowledge of pressure and air systems. Be familiar with electrical apparatus.
Musician Mus Play standard band music. Read music at sight.
Officer's Cook
Painter Ptr Prepare and apply paints and varnishes. Lay and repair tiling and linoleum. Take charge of and repair fire extinguisher and rescue breathing apparatus.
VPtrV Aviation painter
Parachute Rigger PR Pack and repair parachutes. Parachute jumping experience.
Patternmaker PM Use pattern and molding tools. Execute intricate patterns.
Pharmacist's Mate PhMx Pharmacist's MatePhMTake charge of sick bay. Do minor surgery and administer simple medicines.
Photographer's Mate PhoM Organize and direct operations of Naval photographic units. Operate motion picture machines. Develop negatives and make prints.
Printer Prtr Take charge of ship's printshop, set type. Read proof.
LPrtrL Lithographer
MPrtrM Multilith operator
Quartermaster QM Steer ship and take soundings. Use range finder. Plot bearings. Know signal control and navigation. Send and receive International Code by blinker, searchlight and semaphore.
Radarman RdM Stand radar watch and operate radar equipment.
Radio Electrician
Radio Technician RT Maintain radio equipment.
Radioman RM Transmit and receive radio messages. Encipher and decipher messages.
Seaman S Know naval drill duties, knots, steering and signaling. Stand watch and gunnery duties.
Ship's Cook SC Supervise and prepare cooking.
Ship's Cook
BSCB Butcher
Ship's Service Man
BSSMB Barber
Ship's Service Man
CSSMC Cobbler
Ship's Service Man
LSSML Laundryman
Ship's Service Man
TSSMT Tailor
Shipfitter SF Use hand and machine tools for steel metal work. Bend, repair and fit pipes. Operate fire extinguishers and rescue breathing apparatus.
Signalman SM Stand signal watch on bridge. Identify flags. Use blinker, searchlight and semaphore. Use range finder, searchlights, signal apparatus.
Sonarman SoM Operate special sound equipment.
HSoMH Operate special harbor sound equipment.
Special Artificer
DSAD Knowledge and repair of special training devices.
Special Artificer
ISAI Repair typewriters and watches. Coat lenses of optical instruments.
Special Artificer
OSAO Repair all optical instruments, such as telescopes, periscopes, compasses, range finders.
Specialist A
Sp(A) Athletic instructor / Physical Training Instructor
Specialist C
Sp(C) Classification interviewer
Specialist F
Sp(F) Fire fighter
Specialist G
Sp(G) Aviation free gunnery instructor
Specialist I
Sp(I) Punched card accounting machine operator and mechanic.
Specialist M
Sp(M) Mail clerk
Specialist O
Sp(O) Inspector of Naval material
Specialist P
Sp(P) Photographic specialist
Specialist P
Sp(P)(LB) Laboratory
Specialist P Sp(P)(MP) Motion picture production
Specialist P
Sp(P)(PG) Photogrammetry
Specialist P
Sp(P)(VM) V-mail
Specialist Q Sp(Q) Communication specialist
Specialist Q
Sp(Q)(CR) Cryptographer
Specialist Q
Sp(Q)(IN) Radio Intelligence
Specialist Q
Sp(Q)(TE) Technicians
Specialist R Sp(R) Recruiter
Specialist S Sp(S) Shore patrol. Master-at-arms.
Specialist T Sp(T) Teacher
Specialist T
Sp(T)(LT) Link Trainer Instructor
Specialist U Sp(U) Supervisor of WAVE quarters.
Specialist V Sp(V) Transport airman
Specialist W Sp(W) Chaplain's assistant
Specialist X Sp(X) Specialists not elsewhere classified.
Specialist X
Sp(X)(CT) Cartographer
Specialist X
Sp(X)(ED) Engineering draftsman
Specialist X
Sp(X)(PI) Pigeon trainer
Specialist X
Sp(X)(PL) Plastic expert
Specialist X
Sp(X)(QM) Operation - plotting and chart work.
Specialist X
Sp(X)(SB) Telephone switchboard operator supervisors.
Specialist X
Sp(X)(TD) Topographical draftsman
Specialist X
Sp(X)(TS) Air stations operations desk (time shack).
Specialist X Sp(X)(VA) Visual training aids
Specialist Y
Sp(Y) Control tower operator
Steward St Take charge of mess arrangements.
Steward's Mate StM Serve at table in officers' mess.
Storekeeper SK Take charge of ship's storeroom. Issue and account for stock and clothing.
DSKD Disbursing storekeeper
TSKT Handle technical stock material.
VSKV Aviation storekeeper
Telegrapher T Send and receive cables.
Torpedoman's Mate TM Lubricate, assemble, charge and fire torpedoes. Lay mines and drop depth charges.
Torpedoman's Mate
ETME Torpedoman's mate, electrical
Torpedoman's Mate
VTMV Torpedoman's mate assigned to aviation activities.
Turret Captain TC Take charge of gun turret and crew. Assemble and repair guns. Handle ammunition. Operate periscopes and range finders.
Warrant Officer WO
Water Tender WT Take charge of fireroom when under way. Maintain, repair, and overhaul boiler system.
Yeoman Y Take charge of ship's office. Take dictation, write Navy letters. Prepare reports and keep personnel records.

Seaman Recruit
Fireman Recruit
Airman Recruit
Construction Recruit
Hospital Recruit
Dental Recruit
Steward Recruit
Seaman Apprentice
Fireman Apprentice
Airman Apprentice,
Construction Apprentice
Hospital Apprentice
Dental Apprentice
Steward Apprentice
Construction Men
Petty Officer, Third Class (PO3)
Petty Officer, Second Class (PO2)
Petty Officer, First Class (PO1)
Chief Petty Officer, Acting Appointment (CPOA)
Chief Petty Officer (CPO)
Senior Chief Petty Officer (SCPO)
Master Chief Petty Officer (MCPO)

Here's a great link to the Official U.S. Navy publication used in 1943
to establish and define the enlisted ratings in effect at that time....

 US Navy Interviewer's Classification Guide

Navy ratings (jobs) and training school descriptions
NAVPERS 16701 December 194


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