Ranks In The Navy Of Most Countries

Ranks in the navy refer to the different positions in the hierarchy of the navies (an element of the military force) of any country. The military rank systems of the navies are often slightly different from those of air forces or armies as well as from country to country with a few general similarities nonetheless. Many ranks in the navy ultimately derive from the British, Spanish or French naval usage. As a case example, this article would briefly describe the various ranks in the navy of the United States which reportedly has the most powerful navy in the world with its many aircraft, ships, submarines and officers. The navy has three main types of personnel which are; the commissioned officers, warrant officers and enlisted sailors as discussed below;

 

  • Ranks in the navy in the commissioned officers category

These do not enlist (enroll) in the navy. They serve indefinitely as the president may desire, holding a commission that charges them with the responsibilities and duties of their particular rank. They have pay grades that range between O-1 to O-10, O-10 being the highest. O-1 to O-4 are junior officers while O-5 to O-6 are senior officers. Officers in O-7 to O-10 category are called the admirals or flag officers. Generally, these officers can be divided into staff corps and line officers. The latter can be divided further into restricted and unrestricted communities. All these have differing roles in the navy. The following is the general structure showing the ranks in the navy in this category:

 

Fleet Admiral

Admiral

Vice Admiral

Rear Admiral

Rear Admiral
(lower half)

Ranks In The Navy

Special

O-10

O-9

O-8

O-7

FADM

ADM

VADM

RADM

RDML

Captain

Commander

Lieutenant Commander

Lieutenant

Lieutenant
(junior grade)

Ensign

O-6

O-5

O-4

O-3

O-2

O-1

CAPT

CDR

LCDR

LT

LTJG

ENS

 

  • Ranks in the navy in the CWO (chief warrant officer) category

These are experts and specialist in certain military capabilities and technologies. They are technical specialists who provide leadership and skills in operations that are most demanding and difficult, and unlike the line officers, they occupy a particular niche that has not been well served. Another fact about them is that they receive their commission just after having completed the Chief Warrant Officer program. They wear insignia that are special on their sleeves and shoulder boards so as to indicate their areas of expertise .the following is their rank structure

Chief warrant officer 5 (W-5) Chief warrant officer four (W-4) Chief warrant officer three3 (W-3) Chief warrant officer two(W-2)

  • Ranks in the navy in the enlisted sailors category

Members in these categories have pay grades ranging from E-1to E-9. All those with E-4 and above are referred to as petty officers and those in E-7 and higher as Chief Petty Officers. To be promoted, a member has to demonstrate superior capabilities. These members in various ranks in the navy possess an occupational specialty commonly termed as a rating and hence are referred as “rated” the following is the structure for non-commissioned officer as well as the enlisted rate

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy

Fleet/Force Master Chief Petty Officer

Command Master Chief Petty Officer

Master Chief Petty Officer

Senior Chief Petty Officer

Chief Petty Officer

E-9

E-8

E-7

Petty Officer First Class

Petty Officer Second Class

Petty Officer Third Class

Seaman

Seaman Apprentice

Seaman Recruit

E-6

E-5

E-4

E-3

E-2

E-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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