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WWII U.S. Navy Enlisted Rates
The USN in World War II 1941 - 1945


Ratings in the Navy are divided into branches in accord with the special duties of each: Seaman Branch, Artificer Branch, Artificer branch (Engine Room), Aviation Branch, Special Branch, Specialists, Commissary Branch and Steward's Branch.

 

ENLISTED

SEAMAN BRANCH
Right Arm Rates
  Abbreviation
Boatswain's Mate
Coxswain

BM,
Cox
Turret Capt

TC
Gunners Mate

GM
Quartermaster

QM
Signalman

SM
Fire Controlman, Gun Rangefinder

F, GR
Seaman

 

S2c or S1c
Left arm rates
Engine Room
  Abbreviation
Machinist's Mate, Water Tender, Boilerman

MM,
WT
B
Motor Machinist

MoMM
Electrician's Mate

EM
 

 

 
Left arm rates
Special Branch
  Abbreviation
Yeoman

YN
Storekeeper

SK
Pharmacist's Mate  

PhM
     

ARTIFICER BRANCH
Left Arm Rates

  Abbreviation
Radioman

RM
Radarman

RdM
Torpedoman

TM
Carpenter,
Painter,
Patternmaker

CM,
Ptr
PM
Shipfitter,
Molder,
Metalsmith

SF,
Ml,
M
Photographer's Mate

PhoM
Left arm rates  Commissary   Abbreviation
Chief Commissary Steward

CCS
Officer's Cook

SC
Ship's Cook,
Baker,
Cook,
Steward

SC
Bkr
C
St
Ships Service Man   Abbreviation
Barber   SSMB
Cobbler   SSMC
Laundryman   SSML
Tailor   SSMT

Resource: USNI Bluejackets Manual (12th Edition) 1942

 

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