Originally Posted by Batesmotel
Dad was Navy, Aviation Boatswains Mate. Philli Sea CV-47, Korea
I did 6 in the Marines.
I still can't figure out Navy rates and ranks.
USN is a world unto it's self.
LOL yeah it's different, but not too hard. We just combine our job with our rank, although you can always just refer to someone by their rank. None of the other services refer to themselves by their job.
For instance. I'm a Senior Chief Petty Officer (E-8), and can always be referred to as "Senior Chief" or just "Senior".
What tends to give people fits is when you add a persons rate to the equation. My rate (basically MOS) is Fire Controlman, or FC, and since I'm a Senior Chief I sign my name officially as FCCS (Fire Controlman, Chief, Senior).
If I get promoted to E-9 (Master Chief Petty Officer, or MCPO), I will be a FCCM (Fire Controlman, Chief, Master), or FCCM.
When I was a E-7 (Chief Petty Officer, CPO) I was FCC (Fire Controlman, Chief), or just "Chief".
As an E-6 (First Class Petty Officer, PO1) I was a FC1 (Fire Controlman, First Class), or just "Petty Officer"
As an E-5 (Second Class Petty Officer, PO2) I was a FC2 (Fire Controlman, Second Class), or just "Petty Officer".
As an E-4 (Third Class Petty Officer, PO3) I was a FC3 (Fire Controlman, Third Class), or just "Petty Officer"
E-3 would be FCSN (Fire Controlman, Seaman), or "Seaman".
E-2 would be FCSA (Fire Controlman, Seaman Apprentice), or "Seaman Apprentice".
E-1 would be FCSR (Fire Controlman, Seaman Recruit), or "Seaman Recruit".
To make things even more mystifying, E-1 through E-3 can be Seaman (SN), Airman (AN), or Fireman (FN) depending on if their rate (MOS) is non-engineering (Seaman), aviation (Airman), or engineering (Fireman). And if the Sailor has not attended a school bestowing a rating they are just referred to Seaman, Airman, or Fireman. You must have a rate to advance to Petty Officer Third Class (PO3).
Clear as mud, right?!?