It is important for those aspiring to join the naval force to understand the ranking system and their levels in order to set clear career goals. The Navy has got a promotion system that is different from other forces in the sense that an officer’s rate determines their level in the force. Every enlisted sailor has a rating badge that is normally used to show their pay grade. The major levels include an enlisted sailor, chevron, an upper chevron, the Master Chief Petty Officer.
The stripes that are normally used to indicate the pay grade of a Navy officer run from E1-E9. Stripes for E1-E3 are used to indicate the rate of an enlisted officer. The stripes for E4-E6 are used to indicate the pay grade of chevrons of Petty Officers. The upper chevron rate is indicated by stripes for E-7. The rate of a Chief Petty Officer has stripes for E8-E9. The occupational specialty of a Navy officer is normally on the left sleeve of their uniform and is designated using specific symbols.
There are some symbols above the stripes for some Navy officers that are also used to indicate occupational specialty. The rate of a Navy officer depends on their specific job in the force. A Navy officer is normally addressed by his or her rate in the force. Navy officers whose pay grades range form E-1 to E-6 are identified by their job followed by their pay grades. Officers within E7-E9 pay grades are identified by their pay grades followed by their jobs. An E-6 officer with the rate of a Sonar Technician First Class is normally referred to as an STG1.
The Navy system has specific names for officers depending on their pay grades. A Seaman is an officer or sailor in pay grades E1-E3. Their last name comes after the seaman title when they are being addressed. Officers in pay grades E4-E6 have a Petty Officer title that is normally followed by their name. Officers in pay grades E-7-E9 are normally addressed as Master Chief, Senior Chief, Chief Petty Office or Chief followed by their name. The Navy has three major groupings that are normally used to designate officer levels.
The Seaman level has three basic categories that indicate their eligibility for promotion to higher a rating. The pay grades in the Seaman category include E-1 for a Seaman Recruit (SR), E-2 for a Seam Apprentice (SA) and finally E-3 for Seaman (SN). The officers in the Seaman category are in most cases apprentices. The second category is the Petty Officer level with pay grades that range from E4-E-6. The officers in this level are work managers and technicians who operate and repair equipment. Their levels range from Third Class to First Class Petty Officer as you move from Pay grade E-4 to E-6. The levels are designated as PO3, PO2 and PO1 respectively.
The Chief Petty Officer category has pay grades that range from E7-E9. The officers in this category have high level qualifications in management and technology. Supervisors and experts fall in this category of Navy officers. The ranking System in the Navy and their levels are very easy to understand compared to other forces.