The enlisted rating badge for Petty Officer Third Class and above consists of two parts. The chevrons indicated the pay grade (rate). Between the chevrons and the eagle is a specialty insignia indicating the Sailor's job specialty (rating). These insignia appear in silver on blue uniforms and Navy blue on white uniforms. For designated E-3 and below, the insignia appears above their rate stripes. The following rating insignia listed alphabetically. The other groups are Aviation, Construction, and Engineering.
Roll your mouse over the insignia to view the job description for each rating.
Administration, Deck, Medical, Technical,
|BM - Boatswain's Mate||CS - Culinary Specialist||CT - Cryptologic
|ET - Electronics
|FC - Fire Controlman||FT - Fire Control Technician||GM - Gunner's Mate
|HM - Hospital Corpsman
|IS - Intelligence Specialist||IT - Information Systems Technician
|LN - Legalman||MA - Master-at-Arms|
|MC - Mass Communication Specialist
|MN - Mineman||MT - Missile Technician||MU - Musician|
|NC - Navy Counselor||OS - Operations Specialist||PS - Personnel Specialist
|QM - Quartermaster||RP - Religious Programs Specialist||SH - Ship's Serviceman|
|ST - Sonar Technician
|TM - Torpedoman's Mate||YN - Yeoman|
|Note 1:||"Cryptologic Technician" currently consists of five branches:
CTI (Cryptologic Technician - Interpretive); CTM (Cryptologic Technician - Maintenance); CTN (Cryptologic Technician - Networks); CTR (Cryptologic Technician - Collection); and CTT (Cryptologic Technician - Technical).
|Note 2:||"Gunner's Mate" is used at pay grade E-7 and above. Leading to GM: GMG (Gunner's Mate - Guns) and GMM (Gunner's Mate - Missiles)|
|Note 3:||The Dental Technician (DT) rating was merged into the Hospital Corpsman (HM) rating 30 Aug 2005|
|Note 4:||Formerly known as RM (Radioman). DP (Data Processing Technician) merged into the RM (Radioman) field in 1997. The CTO (Cryptologic Technician - Communications) rating was merged into the IT rating on 1 Mar 2006|
|Note 5:||Illustrator Draftsman (DM), Journalist (JO), Lithographer (LI) and Photographer (PH) merged into MC rating on 1 July 2006|
|Note 6:||Disbursing Clerk (DK) and Personnelman (PN) merged into PS 1 Oct 2005|
|Note 7:||"Sonar Technician" has two branches: STG - Surface, and STS - Submarine|