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Insignia of U.S. Armed Forces Enlisted Personnel
Figure 9-9.—Grade stripes for NROTC midshipmen and officer candidates Midshipmen fourth class wear no insignia on the collar. Midshipmen  officers  wear  from  one  to  six bars  representing  the  ranks  of  midshipman ensign through midshipman captain. Instead    of    sleeve    stripes    denoting    class, midshipmen   officers   of   the   first   class   wear   gold stripes to denote grade, as shown in figure 9-8, view B. The uniform of NROTC midshipmen is similar to the   uniforms   of   officers   and   USNA   midshipmen. Figure 9-9 shows the variation in grade stripes. Officer   candidates   wear   uniforms   similar   to officer    service    dress,    working    blue,    and    khaki uniforms.  Midshipmen  first  and  second  class  wear corps  or  line  insignia  on  service  dress  uniforms  and gold anchor devices on each collar tip of the blue and khaki shirts. Midshipmen third and fourth class wear no insignia. ENLISTED PERSONNEL In  the  enlisted  ranks,  a  field  of  work  or  an occupation is called a rating; levels within the rating are  rates.  In  the  case  of  a  Boatswain’s  Mate  second class  (BM2),  for  example,  Boatswain’s  Mate  is  the rating and second class is the rate. RATES AND RATINGS Newcomers  without  previous  naval  experience normally enter the service as recruits in paygrade E- 1,  the  basic  paygrade  in  the  armed  forces’  rating structure. From the recruit level they begin to absorb training   in   a   broad   occupational   group   and   to advance   in   rate   or   rating   when   qualified.   After completing    recruit    training    and    qualifying    for advancement to  the  apprentice  level  (paygrade  E-2), they  must  again  qualify  for  the  next  higher  level (paygrade   E-3).   After   advancing   to   seaman   (or fireman,  airman,  constructionman,  hospitalman,  or dentalman), they then work to qualify for the lowest petty officer rate of a particular rating, depending on their ability and inclinations. At this level E-3s begin the   occupational   career   they   will   follow   for   the remainder   of   their   naval   service.   Within   most ratings,   personnel   can   choose   specialties.   For example,    the    Gunner’s    Mate    rating    includes Gunner’s    Mate     (Guns)     and     Gunner’s     Mate (Missiles)  specialties.  Normally,  once  advanced  to that  rating,  the  person  specializes  only  in  that field. 9-11

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