Table 2-1 provides a listing of these paygrades, or levels,
and their associated titles.
General Rates (Apprenticeships)
Notice in table 2-1 that there are no associated
abbreviations for the titles at paygrades E-1 through E-3.
These paygrades represent the general rates. General
rates are apprenticeships assigned to personnel at
paygrades E-1 through E-3 to indicate their eligibility
for entry into various ratings. As shown in table 2-2, the
apprenticeships are Seaman (SN), Fireman (FN),
Airman (AN), Constructionman (CN), Hospitalman
(HN), and Dentalman (DN).
To refer to enlisted personnel in these paygrades,
you would simply use the word for the general rate with
Figure 2-1.-Comparison of paygrades for enlisted members of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Army, and Air Force.
the word indicated for the paygrade. Compare tables
2-1 and 2-2. In table 2-2, notice the titles for the general
ratesSeaman, Fireman, Airman, Constructionman,
Hospital man, and Dental manand their associated
abbreviations and compare them with the listings shown
for paygrades E-1 through E-3 in table 2-1. In the
Seaman general rate, for example, an E-1 is a Seaman
Recruit (SR). To identify an enlisted member in
paygrade E-2, use the title of the general rate with the
word apprentice. An E-2 in the Fireman general rate,
for example, is a Fireman Apprentice (FA). To refer to
an E-3, just use the word for the general rate, such as
Seaman (SN), Fireman (FN), Airman (AN),
Constructionman (CN), Hospitalman (HN), or
For additional information on the general rates,
refer to the Manual of Navy Enlisted Manpower and
Personnel Classifications and Occupational
Standards, Volume I, part A, NAVPERS 18068.