the exception of occupational field 19. Occupational
enlisted uniforms continues today, and the specialty
field 19 is reflected at the bottom of figure 2-2 since
marks continue to represent the type of work done
personnel of different ratings can apply for conversion
within each rating.
to the MA rating provided they are eligible. Figure 2-3
In the following sections, we will show you how to
provides an overview of the enlisted occupational fields
associate certain ratings with their occupational fields.
and shows you the specialty marks of the associated
We will look at each occupational field, the associated
ratings. Specialty marks were added to the uniforms of
ratings, and the identifying insignia and scope of each
enlisted personnel in 1866. Originally, these marks
were representations of the instruments that Navy
enlisted personnel used in the performance of their
OCCUPATIONAL FIELD 1 (GENERAL
duties. The custom of having specialty marks on Navy
SEAMANSHIP). This occupational field is
Figure 2-3.Enlisted occupational fields and specialty marks of associated ratings.