Table 2-1.Enlisted Paygrades, Titles, and Abbreviations
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy
Master Chief Petty Officer
Senior Chief Petty Officer
Chief Petty Officer
Petty Officer First Class
Petty Officer Second Class
Petty Officer Third Class
General Apprenticeship, Apprenticeship
In referring to personnel in the general rates, you
should also become familiar with two important terms:
nonsignated strikers and designated strikers.
NONDESIGNATED STRIKERS. Non-
designated strikers are personnel in paygrades E-1
through E-3 who are not yet selected to enter a specific
rating. An example of a nondesignated striker is a
DESIGNATED STRIKERS. Designated
strikers are personnel in paygrades E-1 through E-3 who
are already identified as apprentices for a specific
rating. An example of a designated striker is a PNSN.
In table 2-1, refer to paygrades E-4 through E-6.
Enlisted personnel in these paygrades are referred to as
petty officers (POs). They are the technicians and work
managers within ratings who possess increasing
degrees of skill, responsibility, and authority as they
advance in paygrade.
Petty officers are capable of
accomplishing tasks normal to their rating and
In referring to personnel in paygrades E-4 through
E-6, you should substitute the rating title or rating
abbreviation for the words petty officer. For example,
you would refer to a Personnelman third class as a PN3,
an Engineman second class as an EN2, and a Yeoman
first class as a YN1.
Chief Petty Officers
Chief petty officers (CPOs) are individuals in the
They are the technical authorities,
experts, and supervisors within a rating. CPOs are
capable of accomplishing all tasks normal to their own
particular rating using technical supervision,
instruction, and training of lower rated personnel.
In referring to a CPO, use the rating abbreviation
followed by the letter C for chief petty officer. In the
Table 2-2.General Rates (E-1 Through E-3) and Their Abbreviations