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US Navy Ranks

The United States Navy has the mission of ensuring free trade on the high seas, defending U.S. interests abroad, and defending the United State and its territories. As a highly specialized force, enlisted ranks reflect time in service as well as technical proficiency and their level of administrative responsibility.

The rank structure of the US Navy is divided into four basic categories: Enlisted ranks, Warrant Officer ranks, Limited Duty Officers, and Unrestricted Line Officer ranks. Each of these ranks fulfill various jobs, responsibilities, and levels of leadership within the Fleet. Each rank and rating within the US Navy is an indication of their technical expertise, and leadership responsibility.

ENLISTED RATINGS

Unlike the other services which use a rank structure, the Navy has a Rate structure which is seen in the rating badge worn on their uniform and by the color of the stripes on junior enlisted personnel in the Apprentice rates of E-1 to E-3. These colors are White for Seaman, Green for Airman, Red for Fireman and light blue for Constructionman.

No insignia

Seaman Recruit (E-1)

Seaman Apprentice (E-2) Insignia

Seaman Apprentice (E-2)

Seaman (E-3) Insignia

Seaman (E-3)

Petty Officer Third Class (E-4) Insignia

Petty Officer Third Class (E-4)

Petty Officer Second Class (E-5) Insignia

Petty Officer Second Class (E-5)

Petty Officer First Class (E-6) Insignia

Petty Officer First Class (E-6)

Chief Petty Officer (e-7) Insignia

Chief Petty Officer (e-7)

Senior Chief Petty Officer (E-8) Insignia

Senior Chief Petty Officer (E-8)

Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9) Insignia

Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9)

Fleet/Command Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9) Insignia

Fleet/Command Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9)

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (E-9) Insignia

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (E-9)

CHIEF WARRANT OFFICERS AND LIMITED DUTY OFFICERS

Senior enlisted sailors are able to apply for commissioning as Warrant Officers or Limited Duty Officers. Limited Duty Officers are specialists in fields like medicine and dentistry, and their command authority within the Navy is limited to their area of specialization. They are permitted to stay in this area of specialization for their entire career. Chief Warrant Officers are highly trained and experienced in certain technical areas like weapons, propulsion, and avionics. They are able to hold command levels of responsibility within departments related to their specialties. They are permitted to stay in this area of specialization for their entire career.

USN Warrant Officer 1 (WO1) Insignia

USN Warrant Officer 1 (WO1)

USN Chief Warrant Officer 2 (CWO2) Insignia

USN Chief Warrant Officer 2 (CWO2)

USN Chief Warrant Officer 3 (CWO3) Insignia

USN Chief Warrant Officer 3 (CWO3)

USN Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CWO4) Insignia

USN Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CWO4)

USN Chief Warrant Officer 5 (CWO5) Insignia

USN Chief Warrant Officer 5 (CWO5)

OFFICER RANKS

Commissioned Naval Officers represent the management and leadership of the U.S. Navy and Reserves. Generally, they possess a four-year college degree. Their career track is a series of assignments of ever-increasing responsibility and technical training with the goal of that officer taking command of the various ships, fleets, air squadrons, air wings, and land bases of the Navy.

Ensign (0-1) Insignia

Ensign (0-1)

Lieutenant Junior Grade (0-2) Insignia

Lieutenant Junior Grade (0-2)

Lieutenant (0-3) Insignia

Lieutenant (0-3)

Lieutenant Commander (0-4) Insignia

Lieutenant Commander (0-4)

Commander (0-5) Insignia

Commander (0-5)

Captain (0-6) Insignia

Captain (0-6)

Rear Admiral Lower Half (0-7) Insignia

Rear Admiral Lower Half (0-7)

Rear Admiral Upper Half (0-8) Insignia

Rear Admiral Upper Half (0-8)

Vice Admiral (0-9) Insignia

Vice Admiral (0-9)

Admiral (0-10) Insignia

Admiral (0-10)

Fleet Admiral (Wartime Only) Insignia

Fleet Admiral (Wartime Only)