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U.S. Navy Enlisted Ratings

Enlisted Jobs in the Navy

Your specific job in the Navy is called your rating. In 1794, Congress passed, and the President approved, what is known as "The Naval Act" which requsitioned the six original frigates and the men to man them. The United States Navy's original "ratings" include, Master's Mate, Captain's Clerk, Boatswain's Mate, Cockswain, Sail-Maker's Mate, Gunner's Mate, Yeoman of the Gun Room, Quarter-Gunner, Carpenter's Mate, Armorer, Steward, Cooper, Master-at-Arms, and Cook.

Over the years, the Navy has seen ratings come and go. Major rating shake-ups, mergers and realignments have occurred a few times over the last couple of hundred years, most notably in 1835, 1864, 1942, 1948, 1973, and most recently, as part of the Navy's Human Capital Strategy, in 2006.

For all branches of the military, the initial enlistment requires an eight year service obligation. The eight years is broken into active, reserve, and/or inactive reserve service. The enlistment obligation specified on the various rating pages represents the active duty portion of that eight year obligation.

For example, Master at Arms requires a four year active obligation, the remaining four years will be spent in an Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) status. While in the IRR status, you are under no obligation to attend Reserve drills, but you could be called back to active duty if a national need arises.

You may serve your duties at sea, on board ships, or on submarines (submarine service is voluntary) or on land at the various bases, ports, or air stations. Any qualification information referred to on the individual job pages would be in addition to the basic Navy enlistment requirements.

All Navy ratings have minimum requirements (ASVAB scores, vision, citizenship, etc.) - the information contained within the various pages of this site will give you a good idea of what those minimum requirements are, along with a little history of the rating.

The Navy has a broad scope of jobs as demonstrated in the chart below. Use the links associated with the rating to see each job or program's responsibilities and qualifications.

Navy Ratings and Programs

Enlisted jobs of the United States Navy.
Enlisted Navy Jobs & Rating Insignia
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Aviation Boatswain Mate rating badge

Aviation Boatswain Mate

Engineering Aid rating badge

Engineer Aid

Religious Program Specialist rating badge

Religious Program Specialist

Damage Controlman rating badge

Damage Control

Gunner's Mate rating badge

Gunner's Mate

Air Traffic Controller rating badge

Air Traffic Controller

Construction Mechanic rating badge

Seabee Mechanic

Legalman rating badge


Engineman rating badge


Missile Technician rating badge

Missile Tech

Aviation Machinist Mate rating badge

Aviation Machinist Mate

Utilitiesman rating badge


Musician rating badge


Electrician's Mate rating badge

Electrician Mate

Mineman rating badge


Aircrew Survival Equipmentman rating badge

Aircrew Survival Equipment

Equipment Operator rating badge

Equipment Operator

Master-at-Arms rating badge

Master At Arms

Interior Communications Electrician rating badge

Interior Comm Electrician

Information Systems Technician rating badge

Info Systems Tech

Aerographer's Mate rating badge


Construction Electrician rating badge

Seabee Electrician

Ship's Serviceman rating badge

Ship's Serviceman

Gas Turbine Systems Technician rating badge

Gas Turbine Systems Tech

Operations Specialist rating badge

Operation Specialist

Aviation Structural Mechanic rating badge

Aviation Structural Mechanic

Navy Builder rating badge


Mass Communication Specialist rating badge

Mass Comm Specialist

Hull Maintenance Technician rating badge

Hull Tech

Intelligence Specialist rating badge

Intel Specialist

Aviation Electrician rating badge

Aviation Electrician

Steelworker rating badge

Steel worker

Logistics Specialist rating badge

Logistics Specialist

Machinist Mate rating badge

Machinist Mate

Sonar Technician rating badge

Sonar Tech

Aviation Maintenance Administration rating badge

Aviation Admin

Navy Diver rating badge

Navy Diver

Culinary Specialist rating badge

Culinary Specialist

Machinery Repairman rating badge

Machinery Repair

Cryptologic Technician rating badge

Crypto Tech

Aviation Electronics Technician rating badge

Aviation Electronics Technician

Special Warfare Operator rating badge

Special Warfare Operator - SEAL

Yeoman rating badge


Hospital Corpsman rating badge

Hospital Corpsman

Aviation Ordnanceman rating badge

Aviation Ordnance

Special Warfare Boat Operator rating badge

Special Warfare Boat Operator

Boatswain Mate rating badge

Boatswain Mate

Aviation Support Equipment Technician rating badge

Aviation Support Equipment Technician

Explosive Ordnance Disposal rating badge

Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Quartermaster rating badge


Personnel Specialist rating badge

Personnel Specialist


Enlisted Programs of the United States Navy
Navy Occupational Programs
Underwater Construction Team rating badges

Underwater Construction Team

Aircrew rating badge

Navy Aircrew

AECF rating badges

Advanced Electronics Computer Field

Nuclear Power rating badges

Nuclear Power Program

SECF rating badge

Submarine Electronics & Computer Field

Professional Apprenticeship Career Track Program (PACT)

This listing of Navy jobs is for informational purposes only, and does not imply the job is currently available. References for this page and all the rating and program pages include: The Naval Act of 1794; The Naval Act of 1797; U.S. Navy Regulation Circular No. 1, dated March 13, 1893; U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command's "Compilation of Enlisted Ratings, US Navy, 1775 to 1969" updated, May 13, 2014; U.S. Navy Enlisted Manpower and Personnel Classifications and Occupational Standards manual, Volume I and II, updated April and July 2015; COMNAVCRUITCOM INST 1130.8J (Change 8), Volumes II and IV, updated June 1, 2015.

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