Figure 9-11.Typical uniforms for enlisted
personnel below CPO.
uniform for male personnel E-1 through E-6 (fig.
Uniforms for chief petty officers, like
officers, are of the distinctive and traditional
double-- breasted coat and tie style shown in
figure 9-12. The differences between officers
and chief petty officers uniforms are in
Chief petty officers wear a visor cap similar to
the junior officer type. The chin strap is black
leather, and the insignia is a gold fouled anchor on
which are superimposed the silver letters USN. The
number of stars atop the anchor reflects the rate of a
senior or master chief petty officer: one star for senior
and two for master (with a third star for the master
chief petty officer of the Navy).
Petty officers wear, midway between shoulder
and elbow of the left sleeve, a rating badge. The
badge consists of a perched eagle, the specialty
mark of their rating (see figs. 9-13 and 9-14), and
chevrons, indicating the rate. Senior and master
chief petty officers wear stars above the eagle of
the rating badge to indicate their rate, as shown in
figure 9-10. In addition to the rating badge,
Figure 9-12.Uniforms for CPOs.
CPOs also wear miniature fouled anchors on each
collar tip of the khaki, working blue, and tropical
The color of a rating badge varies according to
the uniform on which it is worn. Enlisted personnel
generally wear scarlet chevrons on blue uniforms and
blue on all others.
The service stripes (hashmarks) on the left
sleeve below the rating badge identify the number of
years an enlisted person has served in the armed
forces. CPOs wear 7-inch-long diagonal service
stripes; E-6 and below wear 5-inch-long diagonal
stripes. Each stripe represents 4 years of service in
the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Army, Air
Force, or Naval Reserve. All enlisted personnel below
CPO wear red hashmarks on blue uniforms and blue
on others. Personnel who have completed 12 years of
active service (broken or unbroken) in the Navy and
Naval Reserve with good conduct wear gold chevrons
and hashmarks with the blue and white uniforms.
Personnel below paygrade E-4 wear 3-inch-
long rectangular group-rate marks on the left
sleeve in place of the PO rating badge (fig. 9-13).
The color of the stripes, alone or in combination
with a specialty or strikers mark, indicates the