|The use of the word
"rank" for Navy enlisted personnel is
incorrect. The term is "rate." The rating badge
is a combination of rate
(pay grade, as indicated by the chevrons) and rating
(occupational specialty, as indicated by the symbol
just above the chevrons).
The insignia here represents a Petty Officer
First Class (the rate) who
is a Boatswain's Mate (the rating).
A rating badge is worn on the left upper sleeve of all
uniforms in grades E-4 through E-6. Chief Petty Officers
(E-7 through E-9) wear collar devices on their white and
khaki uniforms, and rating badges on their Service Dress
An explanation of the the enlisted rates is hyperlinked from the chevrons in the image to the left, and an explanation of the various Navy occupational specialties is hyperlinked from the rating symbol, in this case the crossed anchors..
|Navy officers wear their rank devices in different places on their uniforms, depending upon the uniform. The three basic uniforms and the type of rank devices are: khakis (a working uniform) -- pins on the collar; whites -- stripes on shoulder boards; and, blues -- stripes sewn on the lower sleeve. Shoulder boards are also worn on bridge coats and reefers. A chart of the officer ranks is hyperlinked from the ensign's bar at the left.|
Officers in the Navy are either Line officers or Staff Corps. Among these are also Limited Duty Officers and Commissioned Warrant Officers. Staff Corps and Commission Warrant Officers wear Insignia in place of the Line officer's star. These insignia are hyperlinked from the following selections:
Updated: 12 August 2009