MIL Educational Thread: USN

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  1. mrduke

    mrduke OT Supporter

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    In the sign in thread I made a few days ago, someone mentioned that no one outside the Navy understands our rating system, so I'm here to give you non-squids some insight into how it works. I'll use myself as an example for the most part. I'm an E-3, AEAN.

    For the enlisted side, rank goes like this (I'll use seaman as my example, but there is more to it):
    E-1: Seaman Recruit
    E-2: Seaman Apprentice
    E-3: Seaman
    E-4: Petty Officer Third Class
    E-5: Petty Officer Second Class
    E-6: Petty Officer First Class
    E-7: Chief Petty Officer
    E-8: Senior Chief Petty Officer
    E-9: Master Chief Petty Officer

    I won't go into the officers much other than this:
    O-1: Ensign
    O-2: Lieutenant (junior grade)
    O-3: Lieutenant
    O-4: Lieutenant Commander
    O-5: Commander
    O-6: Captain
    O-7: Rear Admiral (Lower Half)
    O-8: Rear Admiral (Upper Half)
    O-9: Vice Admiral
    O-10: Admiral

    Now, back to enlisted ratings. The Navy has 6 'general apprenticeship' fields. They are Seaman (SN), Airman (AN), Fireman (FN), Constructionman (CN), Hospitalman (HN), and Dentalman (DN). So yes, you can be an airman in the Navy (I am one). These apply to E-1 through E-3, and are identified by the last two letters in your rate/rank and the color of the stripes on your uniform. The first two letters of rate/rank indicate (obviously) your rate. Rate in the Navy is your job. As an example, I am an Aviation Electrician's Mate, or AE. So, as an E-3 in the Navy, I am an AEAN. I came in as an AEAA (E-2). Another example would be DCSR (Damage Controlman Seaman Recruit).

    New paragraph. As you move up and pick up E-4, you're now a Petty Officer Third Class. I'll go from AEAN to AE3, then AE2 (E-5), and AE1 (E-6). Same deal as before, your rank just becomes a number instead of the AN/SN/FN. When you get picked up for Chief, mine would be AEC. Senior Chief is AECS (don't ask why it's not SC), and Master Chief is AECM. So in the next sign in thread, when someone says AE2, you'll know what the hell they're talking about.

    Usually, when someone is a Petty Officer, they have a warfare qualification also. There's a bunch of them, but for Aviation we get wings and an (AW) added to the end of our rate/rank. So AO2(AW) is Aviation Ordnanceman Second Class (Air Warfare).

    Well, I think I pretty much covered it here. It's easy to understand once it's explained, so I hope everyone reading this (even the Marines :fawkd: ) now have a better understanding of the Navy.

    Questions? Ask away.
     
  2. DaRkPhAnToM

    DaRkPhAnToM FML OT Supporter

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    very cool, i dont know much about the navy and now i know quite a bit more, thanks alot man
     
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    Sailors can have an entire converstaion using no real words other than "the" as well as "and". Sometimes I think, hey... if they can try to make ebonics a language... why not sailor speak...
     
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    Don't forget warfare designators. These mean almost more than the rank to those that care.

    Rate and rank followed by "/" and one or more of the following:

    SS = qualified submarines

    SW = surface warfare

    AW = air warfare

    AC = air crew

    ??? = SEAL's (can't remember the name, but the chest candy is FUCKING HUGE! You can't miss it and had better fawking bow down!)

    Edit: just he ones I remember off the top of my head; there are others.
     
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    Ranger-AO I'm here for the Taliban party. Moderator

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    stuck. I will need to read this often before it will make much sense to me. :mamoru:
     
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    Fuck me... need a bloody degree just to figure out who to pay attention to :o
     
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    Nobody said being in the greatest Navy in the history of the world was easy ;)
     
  8. mrduke

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    We had a senior chief in bootcamp that was (SW/AW/PJ) :eek3:

    And I think the SEALs wear a trident.
     
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    scottiemac It's time to shoot some hot dogs!

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    I don't think I could ever understand the Navy enlisted ratings. It's all French to me.
     
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    I explained it pretty thoroughly in this thread. Read it again :dunno:
     
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    any idea what the O-1 through O-3 payscale is?
     
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    scottiemac It's time to shoot some hot dogs!

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    You did explain it well. I think I'd have to be Navy and live it everyday to fully understand it all.
     
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    It is pretty confusing at first I guess. Read this thread once a day for the next month and you'll get it :big grin:
     
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    shit, don't get me started on the air force. that's the most confusing branch. the ranks are all fucked up, and all those abbreviations for fighter wings and squadrons, air mobility units. the navy is a helluva lot easier than that
     
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    :mamoru:

    We have this dude in our Battalion, his last name is Sargent and is a private.

    Private Sargent...

    :mamoru:
     
  18. GochuBoy

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    I heard people gave him shit.

    :mamoru: oh well, it wasn't me
     

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