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Navy Ranks, Insignia and Descriptions

Navy Ranks: This Will Help You The Most While At Navy RTC

The Navy ranks are not as hard to learn as they look and knowing them will keep you out of trouble.

E-2 = 2 strips then just add another for E-3.

Petty Officers have the same thing.. Just add a Chevron as you go from E-4 to E-6.

Chiefs do kind of the same thing. Just keep adding a star as they go up in rank. Chiefs get a anchor, Senior Chiefs get a star and Master Chiefs get 2 stars. Pay attention to the fact that the Fleet and Force Master Chiefs are two separate ranks but wear the same insignia.

You will figure it out. I didn’t even know what a petty officer was when I got to RTC in 2005, but I am a quick learner and picked it up pretty easy. For the kind of people who are searching through BootCamp4Me and other sites, you guys are going above and beyond the call and thats great! So get to studying.

Pay Grade Rank Shoulder Insignia Spoken Description Collar Device Collar Device Description
Navy Enlisted Ranks & Insignia
E-1 Seaman Recruit (SR) No Insignia No Description No Description No Description
E-2 Seaman Apprentice (SA) Navy Ranks-Seaman_Apprentice 2 DIAGONAL STRIPES 2 DIAGONAL STRIPES
E-3 Seaman (SN) Navy Ranks-Seaman 3 DIAGONAL STRIPES 3 DIAGONAL STRIPES
E-4 Petty Officer 3rd Class (PO3) Navy Ranks-Petty-Officer-3rd-Class PERCHED EAGLE, SPECIALTY MARK, 1 CHEVRON PERCHED EAGLE, 1 CHEVRON
E-5 Petty Officer 2nd Class (PO2) Navy Ranks-Petty-Officer-2nd-Class PERCHED EAGLE, SPECIALTY MARK, 2 CHEVRONS PERCHED EAGLE, 2 CHEVRONS
E-6 Petty Officer 1st Class (PO1) Navy Ranks-Petty Officer 1st Class PERCHED EAGLE, SPECIALTY MARK, 3 CHEVRONS PERCHED EAGLE, 3 CHEVRONS
E-7 Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Navy Ranks-Chief Petty Officer PERCHED EAGLE, SPECIALTY MARK, 3 CHEVRONS, 1 ROCKER GOLD FOULED ANCHOR, SILVER SUPER IMPOSED USN
E-8 Senior Chief Petty Officer (SCPO) Navy Ranks-Senior Chief Petty Officer PERCHED EAGLE, SPECIALTY MARK, 3 CHEVRONS, 1 ROCKER, 1 SILVER STAR GOLD FOULED ANCHOR, SILVER SUPER IMPOSED USN, 1 SILVER STAR
E-9 Master Chief Petty Officer (MCPO) Navy Ranks-Master Chief Petty Officer PERCHED EAGLE, SPECIALTY MARK, 3 CHEVRONS, 1 ROCKER, 2 SILVER STARS GOLD FOULED ANCHOR, SILVER SUPER IMPOSED USN, 2 SILVER STARS
E-9 Command Chief Petty Officer (MCPO) Navy Ranks-Command Chief Petty Officer PERCHED EAGLE, 1 SILVER STAR IN LIEU OF SPECIALTY MARK, 3 CHEVRONS, 1 ROCKER, 2 SILVER STARS GOLD FOULED ANCHOR, SILVER SUPER IMPOSED USN, 2 SILVER STARS
E-9 Fleet-Force Master Chief Petty Officer PERCHED EAGLE, 1 GOLD STAR IN LIEU OF SPECIALTY MARK, 3 CHEVRONS, 1 ROCKER, 2 GOLD STARS GOLD FOULED ANCHOR, SILVER SUPER IMPOSED USN, 2 SILVER STARS
E-9 Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) PERCHED EAGLE, 1 GOLD STAR IN LIEU OF SPECIALTY MARK, 3 CHEVRONS, 1 ROCKER, 3 GOLD STARS GOLD FOULED ANCHOR, SILVER SUPER IMPOSED USN, 3 SILVER STARS

Some Differences

The Navy changes the color of its lower pay grades to help with recognition. Since you are not Petty Officers and do not have your rate on your sleeves, the Navy uses color to signify your position on the team.

For Example, lets say your job is to work on airplanes, if you are an E-2/E-3 when you graduate basic training you will have a green patch on your uniform. Same difference if you are a fireman or construction man. Everyone else gets the black and white.

Pay Grade Rank Regular Patch Construction man Airman Fireman
Navy Enlisted Ranks & Insignia
E-2 Seaman Apprentice (SA) Seaman_Apprentice Constructionman_Apprentice Airman_Apprentice Fireman_Apprentice
E-3 Seaman (SN) Seaman Constructionman Airman Fireman

Navy Warrant Officers Insignia

The Warrant Officer Pay grade ranks above the senior most enlisted rank, but below the regular Officer pay grade. (W-1 is discontinued)

Pay Grade Title Collar Device Spoken Description Collar Device/Shoulder Boards Shoulder Board & Sleeve Description
Navy Warrant Officer Ranks & Insignia
W-2 Chief Warrant Officer 2 (CWO2) 1 GOLD BAR, 3 BLUE BREAKS One 1/2 GOLD STRIPE, 3 BLUE BREAKS
W-3 Chief Warrant Officer 3 (CWO3) 1 SILVER BAR, 2 BLUE BREAKS One 1/2 GOLD STRIPE, 2 BLUE BREAKS
W-4 Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CWO4) 1 SILVER BAR, 3 BLUE BREAKS One 1/2 GOLD STRIPE, 1 BLUE BREAK
W-5 Chief Warrant Officer 5 (CWO5) 1 SILVER BAR, 1 HORIZONTAL BLUE LINE One 1/2; GOLD STRIPE, 1 HORIZONTAL LINE, 1 BLUE BREAK

US Navy Officer Ranks, Insignia and Description

Now your Navy Officer Ranks & Insignias

Pay Grade Title Insignia Spoken Description Shoulder Boards Description
Navy Officer Ranks & Insignia
O-1 Ensign (ENS) One Gold Bar 1/2″ GOLD STRIPE
O-2 Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG) One Silver Bar (1) 1/2″ GOLD STRIPE, (1) 1/4″ GOLD STRIPE
O-3 Lieutenant (LT) Two Silver Bars (2) 1/2″ GOLD STRIPES
O-4 Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Gold Oak Leaf (2) 1/2″ GOLD STRIPE, (1) 1/4″ GOLD STRIPE
O-5 Commander (CDR) Silver Oak Leaf (3) 1/2″ GOLD STRIPES
O-6 Captain (CAPT) Silver Spread Eagle (4) 1/2″ GOLD STRIPES
O-7 Rear Admiral Lower Half (RDML) One 5 Point Star (1) 2″ GOLD STRIPE
O-8 Rear Admiral Upper Half (RADM) Two 5 Point Stars (1) GOLD STRIPE, (1) 1/2″ GOLD STRIPE
O-9 Vice Admiral (VADM) Three 5 Point Stars (1) 2″ GOLD STRIPE, (2) 1/2″ GOLD STRIPES
O-10 Admiral (ADM) Four 5 Point Stars (1) 2″ GOLD STRIPE, (3) 1/2″ GOLD STRIPES