Navy Enlisted Ranks – Recruits and Apprentices
From the very first day of recruit training, Navy men and women are being trained for leadership and given the skills that will help set them on a path to enrich their lives as they work their way through the Navy Enlisted Ranks. It all starts with the Navy Enlisted Ranks as a Seaman’s Recruit (SR), this position carries no insignia and is the first stage of development for the Navy. Recruits will learn their skill set as either Seaman recruit (SR), Hospitalman Recruit (HR), Airman Recruit (AR), Fireman Recruit (FR), or Constructionman Recruit (CR). Next promotion advancement for the Navy Enlisted Ranks would be that of a Seaman’s Apprentice (SA). This is where Navy men and women further their skill set training as they begin their initial assignments and start crafting and honing their specialty skill set. Seaman’s Apprentice, or similar variation depending on community and career skill set are the first to receive an insignia designating their particular community to show their Navy Rank and rate. The next promotion in the first tier advancement is to a Seaman (SN). Seaman have honed their skill set and hold the highest non-rated Navy Enlisted Ranks.
Navy Enlisted Ranks – Petty Officer
The next tier of promotional advancement in the Navy Enlisted Ranks is that of Petty Officer, beginning with Petty Officer Third Class (PO3). Petty Officer Third Class is the first and most junior rank of Petty Officer’s and as such are still learning and mastering their skill set while learning leadership skills to further them in their career. All Petty officers are subject to evaluations and rate examinations by their superiors and promotion is considered based on these as well as the time spent in the service. The next in line is Petty Officer Second Class (PO2) as they further their career and technical skill set with leadership and Managerial knowledge and experience. The next in line of Navy Enlisted Ranks is Petty Officer First Class (PO1) where they will serve as lead petty officer for a work center, commanding the division in the absence of the next promotion of Navy Enlisted Ranks as that of Chief Petty Officer (CPO). Chief Petty Officer is a big jump in responsibility for the Navy Enlisted Ranks as they take on more responsibility and demand. With these extra responsibilities also comes certain privileges like separate dining and living quarters. They will be charged with training junior officers and must maintain not only their leadership skill set but that of their technical skills a swell.
Navy Enlisted Ranks – Master Chief
Each Promotion in the Chief Petty Officer ranks requires greater responsibility and demands and advancement in the Navy Enlisted Ranks is dependent on more difficult factors than just evaluations and time spent in service and must now come under the scrutiny of Master Chief board members for their next promotion. The next promotions are that of Senior Chief Petty Officer (SCPO), Master Chief Petty Officer (MCPO). Command Master Chief Petty Officer (CMC) is typically the highest of the Navy Enlisted Ranks and they have command of fleets with the senior advisor position. Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) is a special title only selected by the Chief of Naval Operations as senior advisor to the entire Navy.