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Making a Sailor: Episode 1 - "Get on the Bus"

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Making a Sailor: Episode 3 - "Processing Days"

Making a Sailor: Episode 4 - "Forming"

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor - Episode 5

Making a Sailor: Episode 6 - "I'm a U.S. Navy Sailor"

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E-1, E-2, or E-3? How did that happen?

At PIR, you will notice that some Sailors have stripes and others do not. No stripes is E-1; 2 stripes is E-2; and 3 stripes is E-3.

Those without stripes would be addressed as Seaman Recruit (SR), Fireman Recruit (FR), Airman Recruit (AR), or Constructionman Recruit (CR).

White/Navy blue (black) stripes are Seaman Apprentice (SA) or Seaman (SN) (may later be HA or HN for someone in the HM rating after "A" School). Red stripes are Fireman Apprentice (FA) or Fireman (FN). Green stripes are Airman Apprentice (AA) or Airman (AN). Blue stripes are Constructionman Apprentice (CA) or Constructionman (CN).

E-2 Collar           Seaman              Fireman          Airman             Constructionman
insignia              Apprentice          Apprentice       Apprentice        Apprentice

E-3 Collar           Seaman             Fireman            Airman             Constructionman
insignia      

See E-1 to E-6 Rate Insignia and United States Navy enlisted rates (clickable links). Your Sailor won't get the Rating Badge until after completing "A" School. I changed the "black stripes" to "Navy blue (black) stripes" after reading the information in the first link. Remember that the Dress Blues are so blue they are black, so the same thing goes for the SA and SN stripes.

These will result in attaining E-3 prior to BC: satisfactorily completed 48 semester hours or 72 quarter hours of college credits or 2,160 classroom hours at an accredited vocational/technical school, awarded Eagle Scout or the Girl Scout Gold Award, successfully completed 3 years of any Junior ROTC Program, completed the requirements for Quartermaster in the Sea Scouts, successfully completed 3 years and graduated from an accredited high school-level military academy, advancement to paygrade E-3 while serving in the Naval Sea Cadet Corps, or while in DEP, referred qualified applicants (one Nuclear Field individuals or two non-Nuclear Field individuals) that subsequently join the Navy.

These will result in E-2 prior to BC: satisfactorily completed 24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours of college credits or 1,080 classroom hours at an accredited vocational/technical school, received the Civil Air Patrol Billy Mitchell Award, successfully completed 2 years of any Junior ROTC Program, designated an E-5 in the Young Marines, successfully completed 2 years and graduated from an accredited high school-level military academy, advancement to paygrade E-2 while serving in the Naval Sea Cadet Corps, or while in DEP, referred qualified applicants (two Nuclear Field individuals or four non-Nuclear Field individuals) that subsequently join the Navy.

In addition to the above, several Navy enlistment programs, such as enlistment in the Nuclear Program, enlistment in the SEAL Challenge Program, and enlistment in the AEF/ATF programs offer accelerated advancement to the paygrade of E-4. In general these applicants enlist at the paygrade of E-1, then receive accelerated promotion to E-2 after graduating boot camp. After minimum time-in-grade (9 months as an E-2), they are promoted to the paygrade of E-3. After completion of A-School, they may be promoted to the paygrade of E-4. These programs do not preclude enlistment at paygrade E-2 or E-3 under the above programs. Some may be advanced due to prior service, such as in the reserves.

At BC: A recruit can be advanced to E-2 (or to E-3 if s/he entered as E-2) by successfully completing the DEP GUIDE PQS, passing a written multiple choice test with 80% or above at Recruit Training Command (RTC), and passing the PT-Baseline (the first PFA) with a SAT-MED. Completion of the DEP GUIDE PQS will be confirmed and documented by the Classifier at MEPS. (If the recruit does not have the signatures within the DEP START Guide, s/he may still be able to be advanced by passing the test and initial PFA in some instances.) The RDC can meritoriously promote up to 10% of the division one paygrade; this sometimes happens for the Recruit Chief Petty Officer (RPOC) and/or Recruit Leading Petty Officer (RLPO aka AROC) if s/he kept the position for the entire time at RTC, but could happen for someone who holds one of the other RPO positions as well.  (See Recruit Petty Officer Positions for more on the RPO positions.) It is possible for a recruit to enter BC as an E-1 and leave as an E-3 if s/he passed the DEP PQS test and the PT-Baseline and was also the RPOC and was advanced by the RDC. [https://issuu.com/galarzabg/docs/navy_s_delayed_entry_program__dep_... is not an official Navy site, but it has the DEP S.T.A.R.T. Guide. The other links I have give an error message.]

These are in order by the abbreviation for the rating rather than the actual rating.

White/Navy blue (black) stripes are Seaman Apprentice (SA) or Seaman (SN) (may later be HA or HN for someone in the HM rating after "A" School).

Boatswain's Mate (BM) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/bm.pdf

Culinary Specialist (CS) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/cs.pdf

Cryptologic Technician - Interpretive (CTI) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/cti.pdf

Cryptologic Technician - Maintenance (CTM) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/ctm.pdf

Cryptologic Technician Networks (CTN) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/ctn.pdf

Cryptologic Technician - Collection (CTR) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/ctr.pdf

Cryptologic Technician -Technical (CTT) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/ctt.pdf

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/eod.pdf

Electronics Technician (ET):  Electronic Technician - Communications (ETR), Electronic Technician - Navigation (ETV) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/et.pdf

Electronic Technician - Nuclear (ETN) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/nukepower.pdf

Fire Controlman (FC) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/fc.pdf

Fire Control Technician (FT) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/ft.pdf

Gunners Mate (GM) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/gm.pdf

Hospital Corpsman (HM) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/hm.pdf

Intelligence Specialist (IS) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/is.pdf

Information System Technician (IT) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/it.pdf

Information Systems Technician Submarines (ITS) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/its.pdf

Legalman (LN) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/ln.htm

Logistics Specialist (LS) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/ls.pdf

Master at Arms (MA) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/ma.pdf

Mass Communication Specialist (MC) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/mc.pdf

Minemen (MN) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/mn.pdf (That indicates Ingleside, TX, but that is wrong; “A” School has been in San Diego for several years.)

Missile Technician (MT) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/mt.pdf

Musician (MU) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/mu.pdf

Navy Counselor (NC) not available for new Sailors:  Navy Counselor - Career (NCC), Navy Counselor – Recruiter (NCR)

Nuclear Field (NF) may have White/Navy blue (black) stripes or Red stripes depending on the emphasis. https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/nukepower.pdf

Operations Specialist (OS) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/os.pdf

Personnel Specialist (PS) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/ps.pdf

Quartermaster (QM) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/qm.pdf

Religious Program Specialist (RP) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/rp.pdf

Special Warfare Boat Operator (SB) or Special Warfare Combatant – craft Crewmen (SWCC) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/sb.pdf

Ships Serviceman (SH) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/sh.pdf

Undesignated Seaman (SN) or (S-PACT) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/spact.pdf

Special Warfare Operators (SO) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/so.pdf

Sonar Technician – Surface (STG) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/stg.pdf

Sonar Technician, Submarine (STS) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/sts.pdf

Yeoman (YN), Submarine Yeoman (YNSS) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/yn.pdf

Red stripes are Fireman Apprentice (FA) or Fireman (FN).

Damage Controlman (DC) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/dc.pdf

Electrician's Mate (EM) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/em.pdf

Electrician's Mate - Nuclear (EMN) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/nukepower.pdf

Engineman (EN) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/en.pdf

Undesignated Fireman (FN) or E-PACT https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/epact.pdf

Gas Turbine Systems Technician - Electrical (GSE) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/gse.pdf

Gas System Mechanic (GSM) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/gsm.pdf

Hull Maintenance Technician (HT) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/ht.pdf

Interior Communications Electrician (IC) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/ic.pdf

Machinist Mate (MM) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/mm.pdf

Machinist's Mate - Nuclear (MMN) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/nukepower.pdf

Machinist's Mate (Submarines) (MMS): Machinist's Mate - Auxiliary (MMA), Machinist's Mate - Weapons (MMW) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/mmss.pdf

Machinery Repairman (MR) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/mr.pdf

Navy Diver (ND) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/nd.pdf

Nuclear Field (NF) may have White/Navy blue (black) stripes or Red stripes depending on the emphasis. https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/nukepower.pdf

Green stripes are Airman Apprentice (AA) or Airman (AN).

Aviation Boatswain's Mate - Launching and Recovery Equipment (ABE) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/ab.pdf

Aviation Boatswain's Mate - Fuels (ABF) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/ab.pdf

Aviation Boatswain's Mate - Aircraft Handling (ABH) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/ab.pdf

Air Traffic Controller (AC) (Air Traffic Controller was originally known as Air Controlman.) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/ac.pdf

Aviation Machinist Mate (AD) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/ad.pdf

Aviation Electrician’s Mate (AE) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/ae.pdf

Aviation Aerographer's Mate (AG) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/ag.pdf

Aviation Structural Mechanic (AM) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/am.pdf

Aviation Structural Mechanic - Safety Equipment (AME) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/ame.pdf

Undesignated Airman (AN) or (A-PACT) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/apact.pdf

Aviation Ordnanceman (AO) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/ao.pdf

Aviation Support Equipment Technician (AS) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/as.pdf

Aviation Electronics Technician (AT) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/at.pdf

Aircrewman Mechanical (AWF) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/awf.pdf

Aircrewman Operator (AWO) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/awo.pdf

Aircrewman Tactical Helicopter (AWR) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/awr.pdf

Aircrewman Helicopter (AWS) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/aws.pdf

Aircrewman Avionics (AWV) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/awv.pdf

Aviation Maintenance Administrationman (AZ) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/az.pdf

Aircrew Survival Equipmentman (PR) (PR used to be Parachute Rigger.) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/pr.pdf

 

Blue stripes are Constructionman Apprentice (CA) or Constructionman (CN). (Seabees)

Builder (BU) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/bu.pdf

Construction Electrician (CE) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/ce.pdf

Construction Mechanic (CM) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/cm.pdf

Engineering Aide (EA) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/ea.pdf

Equipment Operator (EO) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/eo.pdf

Steelworker (SW) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/sw.pdf

Utilitiesman (UT) https://www.cool.navy.mil/usn/enlisted/rating_info_cards/ut.pdf

The above information is provided by lemonelephant, the mom of a retired Sailor.

Last updated  04/21/2017

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Comment by lemonelephant on July 9, 2019 at 1:06pm

debdebtig, SECF is a field. Candidates for SECF will have an ET, FT, or STS rating, which will be white or black stripes. I put the SECF info on your My Page.

Comment by debdebtig on July 9, 2019 at 12:40pm

This info is great. I'm confused as to where the SECF fits in here though. 

Comment by lemonelephant on September 24, 2017 at 6:14pm

CAB, I'm not sure what you are asking. All ratings/programs that require a six year enlistment offer push-button E-4. Those are Nuke and the Warrior Challenge (SO, SB, EOD, ND, and AIRR), AEF/AECF (ET, FC) and ATF (CTI, CTN, CTT, IC, IS, IT, ITS, MT, AIRC, and STG) ratings. SECF is a five year enlistment and does not offer automatic advancement to E-4. There is no automatic paygrade advancement for being assigned to a sub, but there is Submarine Duty Incentive Pay for being assigned to a submarine. http://www.military.com/benefits/military-pay/special-pay/submarine... is not a Navy site, but it does explain the Incentive.

Comment by CAB on September 24, 2017 at 1:48pm
Thank you. Anything change if they are going on a sub
Comment by lemonelephant on January 19, 2017 at 9:26pm

Heather A. you are very welcome. I am glad to help.

Comment by Calisunflower on January 19, 2017 at 9:18pm
This is very helpful information. Thank you!
Comment by lemonelephant on January 2, 2016 at 9:19pm

d-aqua-ma, you are very welcome.

Comment by lemonelephant on February 22, 2015 at 11:09pm

navymom27, you are very welcome.

Comment by navymom27 on February 22, 2015 at 11:05pm
Thanks so much for this info. Much more detail. :-)
Comment by lemonelephant on January 18, 2015 at 12:39am

I'm glad to help.

Comment by lemonelephant on January 18, 2015 at 12:38am

Your recruit's rating will be determined before PIR.

Comment by Mattsmom on January 18, 2015 at 12:36am
Wow! You are awesome...and so helpful!!! Thank you!!!
Comment by lemonelephant on January 18, 2015 at 12:29am

Nukes will later be ETN--White/Navy blue (black) stripes, EMN--red stripes, or MMN--red stripes.

Comment by lemonelephant on January 18, 2015 at 12:11am

He has a contract in the nuclear field. He's a Nuke. The rating will be be determined later. Fireman is not a rating, but is a rate.

Comment by Mattsmom on January 18, 2015 at 12:06am
Thank you, lemonElephant! So will his rating be fireman until he goes to nuke school or is his rating a nuke?
Comment by lemonelephant on January 17, 2015 at 11:59pm

Mattsmom, Nukes may have White/Navy blue (black) stripes or Red stripes depending on the emphasis.

Comment by Mattsmom on January 17, 2015 at 11:50pm
My son will be a nuke. What color stripes will he have at pir? I don't see that in the description of stripe colors.

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