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Chapter 3
Chapter 4
4101 - Officer Rank Insignia
4102 - Sleeve Designs for Line and Staff Corps
4103 - Shoulder Insignia
4104 - Collar Grade Insignia
4311 - Headgear Insignia
4321 - CPO Headgear
4331 - E1-E6 Headgear
Part 1: CPO Rate Insignia
Part 2: E-1 to E-6 Rate Insignia
Part 3: Service Stripes
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Uniform Components
Awards Order of Precedence
Medals
Navy Awards Precedence Chart
Part 2: E-1 to E-6 Rate Insignia 

 

CHAPTER FOUR

RANK/RATE INSIGNIA

SECTION 2:

ENLISTED RATE/RATING INSIGNIA

 

PART 2:

E-1 TO E-6 RATE INSIGNIA

 

 

 

Article

1.

RATING BADGES

4221

2.

GROUP RATE MARKS

4222

3.

STRIKER MARKS

4223

4.

APPRENTICE TRAINING GRADUATES

4224

5.

UNIT IDENTIFICATION MARKS

4225

6.

SPECIALTY MARKS

4226

7.

COLLAR INSIGNIA

4227


 

4221.  E4-E6 RATING BADGES

 

1.  Description

 

              a.  Rating badges consist of a perched eagle with expanded wings pointing upward and its head facing right.  Chevrons, indicating the wearer's rate, and a specialty mark indicating rating is part of the badge.  Embroidered rating badges worn on blue working jackets and utility shirts have no specialty mark. Chevrons on rating badges for men, E-4 through E-6, measure 3-1/4 inches wide.  Chevrons on women's rating badges measure 2-1/2 inches wide and their rating insignia is 3/4 the size of men's.  Women wearing the men's peacoat will use the men's size rating badge on the peacoat.  Men and women wear the same size rating badge (3-1/4 inches wide) on the blue working jacket.

 

 

 PETTY OFFICER  
FIRST CLASS

PETTY OFFICER
SECOND CLASS

PETTY OFFICER
THIRD CLASS

 

              b.  Rating badges with Navy blue backgrounds are worn on Navy blue uniforms.  There are two blue background materials: (1) 75/25% poly/wool and 55/45% poly/wool gabardine used on women's Service Dress Blue; (2) 100% wool serge used on peacoats and men's Service Dress Blue Jumper
 
              c.  Rating badges for E-6 and below Dinner Dress Blue Jacket is made of the same material as the uniform compo­nent.  Rating badges with white backgrounds match the fabric of uniforms on which they are worn.  Colors of the eagle, specialty mark, chev­rons, and service stripes for prescribed uniforms and components are mandatory as indi­cated on the following chart:

UNIFORM

RATING BADGE

BACKGROUND 

 

EAGLE, SPECIALTY

MARK

 

CHEVRONS

 

SERVICE

 STRIPES

 

DINNER DRESS

BLUE JACKET

 

NAVY BLUE

 

WHITE/SILVER

 

CARDINAL/GOLD

 

CARDINAL/GOLD

 

DINNER DRESS WHITE JACKET

 

WHITE

BLUE

BLUE/GOLD

BLUE/GOLD

SERVICE

DRESS BLUE

 

NAVY BLUE

WHITE/SILVER

CARDINAL/GOLD

CARDINAL/GOLD

SERVICE

DRESS WHITE

 

WHITE

BLUE

BLUE

BLUE

PEACOAT

 

NAVY BLUE

WHITE

CARDINAL

NONE

 

2.  Position

 

              a.  Rating badges are sewn on the left sleeve centered between the shoulder seam and the elbow as shown for the uniforms listed below.  The blue working jacket does not have a shoulder seam.  Use the shoulder/arm connection as the point of reference.

                      Maternity Blue                                        Dinner Dress Coats

                      Service Dress Jumpers                             Service Dress Coats

                      White Shirts (SS only)                             Peacoats

                       

4222.  GROUP RATE MARKS

 

1.  General.  Consists of two or three short diagonal stripes which, alone, or in combination with specialty marks, indicate E-2 and E-3 paygrades.  Personnel in paygrade E-1 do not wear group rate mark.  Men and women wear the same size.

 

2.  Proper Wear and Positioning.  Group rate marks are placed on a rectangular background and worn on the left sleeve of all Service Dress uniforms.  They are worn in the same relative position as that of rating badges.  Group rate marks are not worn on any outergarment.

 

3.  Description.  The stripes are 3 inches long and placed at an angle of 30 degrees from the horizontal line on a rectangular background of a color that matches the uniform on which it is worn.  For fabric of group rate marks refer to <article 4221.1b/c>.  The lower end of the stripes is to the front.  E-2 personnel wear two stripes and E-3 personnel wear three stripes.

 

a.  Seaman and Apprentices.  Seamen and seamen apprentices wear white stripes on blue uniforms and navy blue stripes on white uniforms.

 

b.  Fireman and Apprentices.  Firemen and firemen apprentices wear red stripes on blue and white uniforms.

 

c.  Constructionman and Apprentices.  Constructionmen and construction apprentices wear light blue stripes on blue and white uniforms.

 

d.  Airman and Apprentices.  Airmen and airmen apprentices wear emerald green stripes on blue and white uniforms.

 

e.  Hospitalman and Apprentices.  Hospitalman and hospitalman apprentices wear white stripes and specialty marks on blue uniform and navy blue stripes and specialty marks on white uniforms.

4223.  STRIKER MARKS

 

1.  General.  El-E3 personnel who are qualified, and have been designated following instructions issued by Naval Military Personnel Command, wear the specialty mark of the rating for which they have qualified.

 

2.  Position.  E-l's wear the striker mark only, centered 2 inches above the midway point between shoulder and elbow on the left sleeve of all Service Dress uniforms, in the same position relative to the center line of the sleeve as prescribed for rating badges.  E-2's and E-3's wear the striker mark centered immediately above the background of the group rate marks on the left sleeve, or striker's mark and group rate mark may be one piece.  They are only worn on Service Dress uniforms.  Men and women wear the same size.

Striker's Mark (Personnel Specialist)

 

 

4224.  APPRENTICE TRAINING GRADUATES.  Apprentice training graduates wear the devices as shown below, in the same relative position as the striker marks.  Wear apprentice devices until designated a striker then replace apprentice devices with an appropriate striker mark.

 

 

Airmen

Firemen

Seamen

 

 

 

4225.  UNIT IDENTIFICATION MARKS (UIM's).  E1-E6 personnel assigned for permanent duty (not in transit), including Naval Reserve Reinforcement and Augment Personnel, are required to wear UIM's on the right sleeve of Dress Jumper uniforms and short sleeved white shirts.  Exemptions to required wear may be granted by the prescribing authority (area coordinators) to meet security requirements.  Commands will submit UIM wear exemption requests to their prescribing authority for approval.  UIM's have 1/4 inch white block letters, embroidered on a black background ½ inch wide, and are worn with the top edge parallel to and 3/8 inch below lower row of shoulder sleeve stitching.  Center them on the outer face of the sleeve and sew them on with colorfast blue thread.  UIMs are authorized in two lengths, 5 inch and 5-3/4 inch.  The UIMs are lettered with the approved short title of the command, as contained in the Standard Navy Distribution Lists (SNDL) Parts 1 and 2 (OPNAV P09B2-105).  Wear the UIM of the parent command unless one of the following exists:  (1) Have own UIC; (2) Tenant command non-collocated with parent command.  Upon reporting for duty, men and women will be issued seven UIMs.  Organizations are authorized to purchase UIMs from O&MN funds.  Any ship/unit that is decommissioned/dises­tablished or transferred to reserve status should forward ten UIM's for historical purposes, to the Naval Historical Center, Curator for the Navy, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC, 20374-0571.  (For ordering information, see link.)

 

4226.  SPECIALTY MARKS.  Center a specialty mark, indicating the rating, between the eagle's talons and the upper chevrons.  Specialty marks are as follows:

 

 

 

 

1.   Aerographer's Mate (AG). A winged circle with vertical, feathered arrow through it.  One-half of the circle is filled in and to the front.

 

 

 

2.  Air Traffic Controller (AC).  A winged microphone.

 

 

 

3.  Aircrew Survival Equip­mentman (PR).  A winged parachute.

 

 

 

 

4.  Aviation Boatwain's Mate (AB).  Crossed winged anchors, crowns down.

 

 

5.  Aviation Electrician's Mate (AE).  A winged globe, with five embroidered latitudinal lines and five embroidered longitudinal lines.

 

 

 

6.  Aviation Electronics Technician (AT).  Winged helium atom, surrounded by the revolving electrons, one horizontal and one vertical.

 

 

 

7.  Aviation Machinist's

Mate (AD).  A winged two-bladed propeller.

 

 

 

8.  Aviation Maintenance Administrationman (AZ).  A winged two-bladed propeller centered on an open book.

 

 

 

 

 

9.  Aviation Ordnanceman (AO).  A winged flaming spherical shell.

 

 

 

10. Aviation Structural Mechanic (AM).  Winged crossed mauls; heads of mauls up.

 

 

11.  Aviation Support Equipment Technician (AS). A winged maul and spark, head of maul up; spark points down and to the front.

 

 

 

12.  Aviation Warfare Sys­tems Operator (AW).  Winged crossed electron orbits, canted with a lightning bolt passing through toward waves.

 

 

 

13.  Boatswain's Mate (BM). Crossed anchors; crowns down.

 

 

 

14.  Builder (BU).  Carpen­ter's square, points up, superimposed on plumb bob.

 

 

15.  Command Master Chief. One inch silver star; one ray down.

 

 

 

16. Construction Electrician (CE).  A spark superimposed, at an angle, on a telephone pole; lower end of spark to the front.   

 

 

17.  Construction Mechanic (CM).  Double-headed wrench superimposed on a nut.

 

 

18.  Cryptologic Technician (CT).  Crossed quill and spark, both pointing down; pen on top with nib to the front.

 

 

 

19.  Culinary Specialist (CS).  Crossed keys and quill superimposed upon an open ledger.

 

 

20.  Damage Controlman (DC).  A crossed ax and maul. 

 

21.  Dental Technician (DT).  A caduceus, with a block letter "D" midway on the staff.  (Disestablished and converted to HM, 1 Oct 05.)

 

 

22.  Disbursing Clerk (DK).  A check with a key in it at an angle; web and pin of key down and to the front.  (Disestablished and converted to PS, 1 Oct 05.)

 

 

23.  Electrician's Mate (EM).  A globe, with five latitudinal and five longi­tudinal lines.

 

 

 

24.  Electronics Technician (ET).  A helium atom.   

 

 

 

 

25.  Engineering Aid (EA). A leveling rod with the measuring scale to the front.

 

 

 

26.  Engineman (EN).  A gear.

 

 

27.  Equipment Operator (EO).  A bulldozer, blade to the front.

 

 

 

28.  Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD).  Contact mine superimposed on a crossed torpedo and aircraft bomb.

 

 

29.  Fire Control Technician (FT).  A range finder.  

 

 

30.  Fire Controlman (FC). A range finder with spark on each side that faces inward.

 

 

31.  Gas Turbine System  Technician (GS).  A turbine with an impeller.

 

 

 

32.  Gunner's Mate (GM).  Crossed gun barrels; muz­zles up.   

 

 

 

33.  Hospital Corpsman (HM).  A caduceus.  

 

 

34.  Hull Maintenance  Technician (HT).  Crossed fire axe and maul, handles down; fire axe blade to front, on a carpenter's square that points down.  

 

 

35.  Illustrator Draftsman (DM). A triangle with  draftsman's compass on it; the right angle of triangle points down.  (Disestablished and converted to MC, 1 Jul 06.)

 

 

 

36.  Information Systems Technician (IT).  Four sparks; points to the front.

 

 

37.  Intelligence Specialist (IS).  Magnifying glass and quill.  

 

 

38.  Interior Communica­tions Electrician (IC).  Electrician Mate's device with a French-style tele­phone above it.   

 

39.  Journalist (JO).  Scroll and quill; pen up­permost, nib of pen down and to the front.   (Disestablished and converted to MC, 1 Jul 06.)

 

 

 

40.  Legalman (LN).  A vertical mill rinde over a quill; nib of pen down and to the left.

 

 

41.  Lithographer (LI).  Crossed litho crayon holder and scraper uppermost, blade to the front.  (Disestablished and converted to MC, 1 Jul 06.)

                  

42.  Logistics Specialist (LS).  Crossed keys, stems down, webs outward.  

 

43.  Machinery Repairman (MR). Micrometer and gear; handle of micrometer to the rear, open parts of jaws holding gear.  The device is worn with the handle parallel to the upper edge of the left arm of the chevron.

 

 

 

44.  Machinist's Mate (MM). Three-bladed propeller; one blade pointing down.  

 

 

 

45.  Mass Communications Specialist (MC).  Globe with a satellite in orbit and four superimposed lightning bolts.

 

 

 

46.  Master-at-Arms (MA).  A star pointing up in a cir­cle, within a shield.   

 

 

47.  MCPON, Fleet Force Master Chief.  One inch gold star; one ray down.

 

 

48.  Mineman (MN).  A floating mine.   

 

 

 

49.  Missile Technician (MT).  A guided missile surrounded by an electronic wave.   

 

 

 

50.  Musician (MU).  A lyre.

 

 

 

51. Navy Counselor (NC).  An anchor crossed with a quill.

 

 

 

 

52.  Navy Diver (ND). A U.S. Navy Mark-V diving helmet and breastplate.

 

 

53.  Operations Specialist (OS). An A-cope on an arrow; arrow pointing diagonally upward and to the front.  

 

54.  Personnel Specialist (PS).  Crossed manual and quill; manual upper most; pen nib down and to the front.   (The Personnelman (PN) rate has been disestablished and converted to PS 1 Oct 05)

 

 

55. Photographer's Mate (PH). Winged graphic solution of photographic problem.  (Disestablished and converted to MC, 1 Jul 06.)   

 

 

56.  Postal Clerk (PC).  A postal cancellation mark.  (Disestablished and converted to LS, 1 Oct 09.) 

 

 

 

57.  Quartermaster (QM).  A ship's helm.   

 

 

58.  Religious/Program  Specialist (RP).  A rose compass, a globe, and an anchor.

 

 

59.  Ship's Serviceman (SH).  Crossed key and quill; stem of key and pen nib down; pen to be upper­most; web and pin of key to the front.

 

 

60.  Special Warfare Operator (SO).  Flintlock pistol superimposed onto an anchor and trident

 

 

61.  Special Warfare Boat Operator (SB).  Crossed cutlass and cocked flintlock pistol superimposed onto an anchor.

 

 

 

62.  Sonar Technician (ST). Earphones with arrow in horizontal position, point to the front.   

 

 

63.  Steelworker (SW).  An

I-beam suspended from a hook; open side of hook to the front.

 

 

64.  Storekeeper (SK).  Crossed keys, stems down, webs outward.   (Disestablished and converted to LS, 1 Oct 09.)

 

 

65.  Torpedoman's Mate (TM).  A torpedo, head to the front. (Disestablished and converted to GM, 1 Oct 07.)

 

 

 

66.  Utilities Man (UT).  A valve with flange to the front.   

 

 

 

67.  Yeoman (YN).  Crossed quills, nibs down.   

4227.  Collar Insignia

         a.  E4-E6 personnel shall wear anodized (highly polished) 1-1/4 inch collar devices (article 4331.2e) on the collar of the blue all-weather coat.  Wear metal rank insignia on each epaulet centered from side to side with the bottom edge of the device approximately 3/4 inch from the squared end of the epaulet on the black relax fit jacket.  Embroidered miniature sized (approximately 1-1/4 inch) collar device tapes on Navy coveralls and the Navy Working Uniform (NWU).  NOTE: Embroidered collar devices may be slightly larger than metal collar devices.  Non-anodized (flat finish) pewter collar insignia will be phased out effective 01 Oct 2005. 

         b.  E2-E6 personnel wearing the male Service Uniform (SU) Khaki Shirt or female Overblouse will also wear anodized (highly polished) miniature rank/collar devices (article 4331.2e) on both shirt collars points as prescribed below.  Rate specialty marks (e.g. caduceus, cross quills, ship’s helm, etc) are not authorized to be worn on the collar of the SU khaki shirt or khaki overblouse.

         c.  Personnel who qualify for gold service strips outlined in article <4332> and <4333> are entitled to wear gold chevrons vice cardinal on the collar devices for Navy coveralls.  Additionally, those same personnel are authorized to wear gold chevrons on the epaulets of the optional black relax fit (stand-up knit collar) jacket when wearing the SU.

         d.  Collar insignia placement for the Navy Working Uniform (NWU) can be found in chapter 3, section 6, article 3603.

         e.  Place collar devices at point (A) 1 inch from the front and lower edges of the collar and place the vertical axis of the insignia along an imaginary line (B) bisecting the angle of the collar point. Eagles face toward the front (inward).  See diagram and photos below.

 

 

 

 

 

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