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Enlisted Job (Rating) Descriptions & Qualifications
Detailed job descriptions, qualification factors, recent promotion rates, technical training information, and career progression chart.

Officer Job Descriptions
Job descriptions and qualification factors for commissioned officer designations (jobs) in the United States Navy.

Navy Early Separation Program for 2011
Navy Early Separation Program for 2011

Air Wings
Detailed information about the organization of Naval air units.

Aircraft Carrier
Everything you ever wanted to know about U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers.

Aircraft Markings
Distinctive aircraft markings (symbols) used on U.S. Naval aircraft from 1917 to present.

Apprentice Boys
An outstanding series of pages, detailing the Navy Apprentice program throughout history.

Attack Submarines
Listing, home ports, and phone numbers of the Navy's attack submarines.

Navy All-Hands magazine issue with several informative articles about Naval aviation.

Aviation Ordnancemen
Surprisingly detailed site, containing all the information one could possibly need on this selective Navy occupation.

Ballistic Missile Submarines
Listing, home ports, and phone numbers of the Navy's ballistic missile submarines.

Blue Angels
The official Navy Blue Angels Web page. History, names of the pilots, show schedule, pictures, and enlisted jobs are just a few of the highlights you can find here.

Blue Angels Plane Crash
Details of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels F-18/A Crashed in Georgia, which killed the two aviators on board.

Blue Angels Show Schedule
The Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, announced their schedule for the 2008 show season. Following winter training, the team will begin its 62nd season at Naval Air Facility El Centro, Calif., March 8 and will conclude the season Nov. 16 at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.

Boarding Parties
Crew members aboard USS Chosin (CG 65) have learned that being prepared for anything can make the job a bit easier. When the words, 'Man the boat deck!' boom throughout the ship, the maritime interception operation (MIO) team gets set.

Body Art, Tattoos, and Piercings
The chief of naval operations approved significant revisions to the navy personal appearance policy. (Jan 03). The revisions include: Establishment of a tattoo policy for Navy personnel; Clarification of personal appearance policy with regard to intentional mutilation of body parts; Clarification of personal appearance policy with regard to dental ornamentation.

Brown-Water Sailors
The Navy’s first Riverine Group Squadron (RIVRON) of the 21st century completed Common Combat Skills training, the first phase of pre-deployment training, June 29 (2006) at the School of Infantry (SOI) at Marine Base Camp Lejeune. Riverines are being re-established by the Navy to extend the Navy’s reach back into the brown water internal waterways and rivers around the world.

Burial at Sea
Burial at Sea is a means of final disposition of remains that is performed on United States Navy vessels. The committal ceremony is performed while the ship is deployed. Therefore, family members are not allowed to be present. The CO of the ship assigned to perform the ceremony will notify the family of the date, time, and, longitude and...

Career Intermission Pilot Program
Need a one to three year break from Navy service? Sailors can now take a break from active Navy service, courtesy of the new Career Intermission Pilot Program (CIPP).

Ceremonial Guard
A sea of white uniforms work in unison to inspire and entertain while moving with the precision of a well-oiled machine. The group moves fluidly and cohesively throughout their routine, every step perfectly timed, all feet hitting the ground and lifting again at precisely the same moment.

Chaplain Assistants (Religious Program Specialists)
As the only members in military service who are not authorized to carry weapons, chaplains must rely on their religious programs specialists for protection in theaters of operation.

Chaplain Care
As a question, get information, or speak to a Navy chaplain.

For 230 years, the Navy Chaplain Corps has served America by helping service members and their family members during times of need. They often have provided counseling and someone to confide in when on deployment to combat zones and numerous other places around the world.

Detailed information about the Navy Chaplain Service.

Combat Camera
All about the Navy's Combat Camera rating.

Core Values
The Three U.S. Navy Core Values.

Information on locating and researching Navy Ship Deck Logs.

Decommissioned Ships
Decommissioned ShipsA complete listing of all former Navy ships and their disposition.

Demographics - Officers (General)
Navy Officer minority demographics.

With terrorist attacks like that against USS Cole (DDG 67) in October 2000 still a very real possibility, the U.S. Navy has a new ally in the global war on terrorism – the Mk 6 anti-swimmer dolphin system.

Dress & Appearance
Navy Uniform Regulations.

Early Out Program
The Navy has authorized an early separation program for sailors with a normal date of separation between October 1, 2004, and September 30, 2005.

2006 Early Separation Program
The Navy has announced a voluntary early separation program for sailors who have a projected separation date prior to October 1, 2006. Continued high reenlistment rates, low attrition, and successful recruiting efforts have once again resulted in a projected surplus of sailors, so the Navy is offering an opportunity to some of them for early discharge.

Embarked Security Teams
Created in June 2004 under the umbrella of Operation Vigilant Mariner (OVM), the 11 12-man Embarked Security Teams provide protection for Military Sealift Command (MSC) ships and their civilian crews as they ferry food, equipment and other supplies to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Enlisted Aids -- Taking Care of the Vice President's Home
Chief Culinary Specialist Dexter Johnson quietly makes his way down a narrow stairway into an enormous basement kitchen, carefully stepping over two Labradors sprawled on the cold floor. He quietly prepares an early morning fresh brew of coffee for a very important American.

Enlisted Evaluations
In the Navy, E-1s through E-6s receive periodic evaluation reports (E-7s and above receive evaluations called "FITREPS"). Here's a great site that thoroughly covers the Navy Evaluations for E-1s through E-6.

Enlisted Manning
The Navy publishes the Career Reenlistment Objectives (CREO) listing twice per year for sailors in the paygrades of E-1 through E-6. While the listing is intended to provide information about retraining possibilities, it also serves as a handy reference for promotion opportunities and for new applicants to determine whether or not the rating of their choice is likely to be available.

EW and CTT Ratings Merge
In an effort to leverage the strength of two key intelligence ratings, while streamlining the collection and processing training pipeline, the electronic warfare technician (EW) rating recently merged with cryptologic technician - technical (CTT). Conversion of all EWs to the CTT designator is already underway, creating an elite community of about 3,000 technicians.

Fact Sheets
Facts and photos of Navy aircraft, weapons, and ships.

Family Housing
Article with general information about Navy Family Housing.

Fitness Booklet
Personal exercise and fitness plan for members of the United States Navy.

Fitness Standards
New Navy physical fitness standards which take effect on 1 October 2002.

The Navy's policies on fraternization are contained in OPNAV Instruction 5370.2B, Navy Fraternization Policy. Personal relationships between officer and enlisted members that are unduly familiar and that do not respect differences in rank and grade are prohibited, and violate long-standing custom and tradition of the naval service.

FY2000 Selection Boards
FY2000 Selection Boards for the U.S. Navy.

General Orders
The 11 General Orders for a Sentry.

Grooming Standards
Each of the military services impose grooming standards on their military personnel, as part of their Dress & Appearance, or Uniform Regulations. Here are the grooming standards for the United States Navy.

Historical Navy Ships Association
Information on over 100 preserved historical Naval ships.

Historical Society
The United States Navy official Historical Center.

History of the Chief Petty Officer
Outstanding article about the history and evolution of the Chief Petty Officer Rating in the U.S. Navy

Hybrid Coastal Patrol Sailors
Left 15 degrees rudder,” shouts the officer of the deck. “Left 15 degrees rudder. Aye, Sir,” exclaims the helmsman. But, this watchstander is not your everyday bridge watch. He is also the corpsman or “Doc” of the ship. What may seem out of place on most Navy ships around the fleet is completely normal for the “hybrid” Sailors aboard a fast Coastal Patrol (PC) ship of the fleet.

Inspector General
The official web site for the Navy's Inspector General.

Interview with Stepen Coonts
Opinions from the bestselling military-thriller author of Flight of the Intruder, The Seige, and now -- his new novel, CUBA.

Korean War Carrier Action Reports
Over 160 Carrier "Action Reports" from the Korean War Period. Requires Acrobat Reader to view.

Life Aboard a U.S. Navy Ship
What's it like being assigned to a U.S. Navy Ship? In this 5-part series, STG1 Patrick Long describes life on the USS Porter (DDG-78). In Part 1 - Reporting to the Ship.

Mobile Security Detachments
The events of Sept. 11, 2001, have changed how Americans view national security. The Navy has also changed the way they do business among their security forces. Now courageous patriots have an opportunity to join the ranks of the anti-terrorist/force protection team, Mobile Security Detachment (MSD).

Naval Aces
Listing of Naval and Marine Corps Naval Aces (Aircrew with over five "kills.")

Naval Technology
Information about Naval weapon systems, contractors, news, and events related to Naval technology.

Navy Admiral
An admiral is a top commissioned officer in the United States Navy, on par with a U.S. Army general, and is outranked only by a fleet admiral. However, fleet admiral is no longer considered an active rank – there have been none appointed since World War II – making admiral effectively the topmost naval rank.

Navy Corpsmen
Treating a scorpion bite, healing an abscess and removing shards of shrapnel from a friend’s arm is all in a day’s work for men like Petty Officer 3rd Class Chad Jorges and his fellow corpsmen. Everyday, Jorges’ BAS personnel treat Marines around the camp for all sorts of illnesses, including those common to Iraq’s desert environment.

Navy Corpsmen: A Marine's Best Friend
No single rating in the Navy is more decorated for valor than the hospital corpsman. The Marines don’t wonder if he will save their lives. They just wonder when. Losing any Marine is terrible, but to Marines, all Marines, the thought of losing a corpsman is unimaginable. That’s how much Marines love their corpsmen.

Navy Early Separation Program for 2009 and 2010
The Navy has done exceptionally well in recruiting and retention during the past few years, as -- as such -- have found themselves in the unique position of having too many sailors on active duty. To help correct this situation, and to help in the stabilization and aligning of the force, the Navy has announced an early separation program for selected enlisted sailors for the years 2009 and 2010.

Navy Enlisted Classification Codes
The NEC system supplements the enlisted rating structure in identifying personnel on active or inactive duty and billets in manpower authorizations. NEC codes identify a non-rating wide skill, knowledge, aptitude, or qualification that must be documented to identify both people and billets for management purposes.

Navy Extends Early Out Program
The Navy has extended the opportunity for eligible Sailors interested in leaving the Navy before the end of their active obligated service (EAOS) this fiscal year under another installment of the Early Transition Program. This voluntary program applies to Sailors in the active, reserve, full-time support and canvasser recruiter communities.

Navy Home Page
Official Home page for the United States Navy.

Navy In Jacksonville Resources
Resources for U.S. Navy personnel with an emphasis on Jacksonville, Florida.

Navy Inspector General
The Office of the Naval Inspector General is charged with exploring allegations of inappropriate behavior on the part of Navy service members, including such things as sexual harassment and retaliation against whistleblowers, as well as conducting investigations into claims of fraud, waste, and mismanagement of funds and resources.

Navy Organizational Charts
Organizational charts showing the relationship of various Navy commands.

Navy Physcial Training Uniform (PTU) Rules
The Navy has announced the rules for wearing the new physical training uniform (PTU).

Navy Ratings Merger Update
Over the past few years, the Navy has been merging or considering the merger of several Navy ratings (jobs). Here's an update of the current Navy rating merger program.

Navy Rear Admiral
A rear admiral in the United States Navy has two divisions, upper and lower, with the upper being the senior grade. Upper half rear admirals, as those in this rank are called, receive a higher rate of pay than their lower half counterparts, and wear two stars on their uniforms as opposed to the one star sported by lower half rear admirals.

Navy Team Ships
Team Ships acquires and supports the current and future surface fleet, translating warfighter requirements into combat capability, producing and supporting ships, boats and craft from cradle to grave, enabling our nation and its allies to project presence in peace, power in war and assured access at all times.

Navy Vice Admiral
A vice admiral in the United States Navy typically commands one of the five numbered U.S. naval fleets, which have both wartime and peacetime missions. A notch below full admiral and just above rear admiral, the holders of this rank sport three five-pointed silver stars on their uniform and a shoulder board with three stripes.

Navy/Marine Laser Eye Surgery Policies
The current laser eye surgery policies for the Navy and Marine Corps, both for new recruits (those joining) and for those already in the military.

New Navy Physical Training Uniform (PTU)
The Navy released the details on its new physical training uniform (PTU) on March 20, 2008.

New Navy Uniforms
Outfitting the Sailor of the future took another step forward last week when Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Mullen approved plans for a single working uniform for all ranks and a year-round service uniform for E-6 and below Sailors.

New Navy Work Uniforms?
The Navy introduced a set of concept working uniforms for Sailors E-1 through O-10 Oct. 18 (2004), in response to the fleet’s feedback on current uniforms. The uniforms will undergo a test in the fleet before a final decision is made.

Oath of Office
Oath of officers for Navy commissioned officers.

Paternity Leave
The FY 2009 Defense Authorization Act established a new program which allows up to ten days of non-chargeable leave for new fathers. The act leaves it up to the individual services to develop plans to implement the new benefit. The Navy is the first service to implement the new program.

Pins and Badges
Pictorial representations of Navy occupational pins and badges worn on the uniform.

Plane Captains
Otherwise referred to as "brown shirts," Navy plane captains invest long days, hard work and every ounce of their knowledge and experience into ensuring multimillion dollar aircraft and their pilots make it safely back to the deck every day.

Protecting Cuba's Environment
Ninety miles off the coast of Florida, an enclosed society resides on America’s oldest overseas base –Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, also known as “Gitmo.” Surrounded by barbed wire, the forced seclusion has created a fragile balance of life, in limbo between two adversarial nations. The U.S. Navy is at the forefront of preserving and protecting this remote enclave of Cuba’s environment.

All about the USS Pueblo, the U.S. Navy "Spy" Ship which was captured by the North Koreans on January 23, 1968.

Quality of Life
A Sailor’s view of their quality of life plays an extremely important factor in determining whether they will choose to continue their military career. Recently, more than 5,000 Sailors expressed their views on quality of life in 15 areas during the 2002 Quality of Life Survey (Note: Survey results were released in Aug 2003).

Rate (Rank) and Ratings Chart
Navy rate (rank) and ratings (insignia) charts.

Reenlistment Incentives
Article describing available incentives to reenlist in the U.S. Navy.

Reserve Divers
Thirty-eight feet below the Pacific Ocean, Naval Reserve divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 1 Detachments 419 and 220 conduct maintenance and security on the hull of USS Boxer (LHD 4). Navy Reserve Divers provide swift and mobile ship salvage, towing, battle damage repair, deep ocean recovery, harbor clearance and underwater ship repair.

S.E.A.L. - Wannabes Beware!
Another good page about checking out and reporting fake S.E.A.L.s.

S.E.A.L. History
Brief History of the Navy's Premire Combat Teams.

The Official Navy S.E.A.L.s Web page.

Sand Sailors
The crisp staccato of an M-16 rings out, punctuated by the ominous cannonade of several more machine guns and explosions. But, wait a minute. Sailors abandoning the relative safety of their ships to walk around with weapons among improvised explosive devices (IED), ride in convoys and clear buildings of enemy insurgents?

Seal (Departmental)
Background, Description, and Symbolism of the U.S Navy Departmental Seal.The first American Navy seal was adopted by the Continental Congress on 4 May 1780 for the Board of Admiralty, progenitor of the Navy Department.

SEAL Training
The 25-week curriculum at the Navy Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL (BUD/S)training is divided into three phases that test the Sailors' spirit and stamina. This is the rigorous course that turns out Navy SEALS.

SEAL Training Hell Week
For most, the greatest challenge in SEAL training lies in Week 4 of Phase One. A grueling 5.5 days, the continuous training ultimately determines who has the ability and mindset to endure. Welcome to Hell Week.

Brief History of the U.S. Navy's special combat construction team.

Sexual Harrassment & Discrimination
How to handle sexual harrassment or discrimination problems in the U.S. Navy.

Ship Naming
Information on the procudures the Navy uses to name its ships.

Ship Tours
Information, dates, and schedules for touring various ships in the United States Navy.

Ship Wrecks
Department of the Navy Policy Regarding Custody and Management of Sunken Naval Vessels and Aircraft Wreck Sites.

Ship's Mailing List
List of postal addresses for all Navy Ships.

Complete list of Navy ships, web site addresses (if any) and contact phone numbers.

Single Quarters
General information and adequacy standards for single living quarters for Navy personnel.

Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewman
Middle of the night, almost pitch black; a pair of RHIBs race through open waters of the Pacific Ocean. The crew wears night vision gear, but still find it hard to see the waves. Who are these guys – the ones who drive these camouflaged boats on the horizon? First guess for most would be Navy SEALS. But these Special Warfare operators are actually SWCC – aka the 'boat guys.'

Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen
SWCCs, also referred to as “the Boat Guys,” are a major component of Naval Special Warfare. They are highly-trained individuals who operate and maintain the state-of-the art, high-performance craft used in maritime special operations missions.

Sports Program
The official web site for the Navy's sports program.

Sports Program
Sailors with the athletic skills to compete at the national level in team or individual sports have the chance to represent the Navy at higher level athletic competitions through the Navy Sports program. Since the 1952 Olympic Games, 107 Navy athletes have represented the United States in the Olympics, winning 22 gold medals, six silver medals and six bronze medals.

Stationary Bikes on Navy Physical Fitness Tests
The Navy is introducing new ways for Sailors to complete the cardiovascular portion of the Physical Readiness Test (PRT). NAVADMIN 11/07 spells out the details for commanding officers use of elliptical trainers and stationary bikes as options to running the PRT.

Sub Sea Stories
Submarine "Sea Stories," related by present and past submarine sailors.

Submarine Duty
To be a submariner you have to be different. It takes a unique mindset to handle being isolated from people, the sun and fresh air as long as they are. Most people just can’t handle the thought of being underwater, but submariners never really think about it.

Submarine Duty Medical Standards
Special Medical Standards apply for personnel performing duty on United States Naval submarines.

Submarine FAQ
Frequently asked questions about submarines in the United States Navy.

Submarine Life
Life on board a U.S. Navy submarine, specifically USS Miami (SSN 755).

All about U.S. Navy submarines.

Submarines Lost
U.S. Navy Submarines Losses, Selected Accidents, and Selected Incidents of Damage Resulting from Enemy Action.

Surface Strike Program Office
Program Executive Office (PEO) for the Navy's Surface Strike Program. Contains info on future surface strike weapon systems.

Swim Qualifications
Qualification swimming standards for first, second, and third class swimmers in the U.S. Navy.

All about the infamous 1991 Tailhook scandal which rocked both the Navy and the Department of Defense.

The Naval and Maritine Virtual Library
A comprehensive index of Web material relating to Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and maritime topics.

The Osprey
Information and news about the CV-22 "Osprey."

Time Hack
Get an official time-hack from the U.S. Naval Observatory.

Tin Can Sailors
Lots of information about U.S. Naval Destroyers from the National Association of Destroyer Veterans.

Very interesting Naval traditions concerning the origins of some enlisted ratings and procedures concerning enlisted members.

Uniform History
Interesting tidbits of history concerning various Naval uniform items.

Uniform Regulation Changes
The Navy's Task Force Uniform (TFU) has announced some significant changes to the Navy Uniform Regulations. These changes are among the first initiatives being rolled out as a result of Task Force Uniform. The Uniform Regulation changes were made based on fleet input from interviews with Sailors, command site visits, comprehensive research and data collected from a Navywide uniform survey.

Uniform Regulations
Navy uniform regulation in both HTML (web page) format and PDF format. The HTML format includes photographs.

Uniform Trivia
Trivial facts about the care and wear of Navy uniform items.

Uniform Wear by Retirees and Veterans
Retired military members and certain honorably discharged veterans may wear the US Military uniform on certain occasions.

USS Constitution - Brief History
Brief history of the U.S.S. Constitution from the About.com Guide to Boston.

USS Enterprise
History and accomplishments of the USS Enterprise (CV-6).

Virginia Class Submarine
Take a look under the skin of the Navy's future high-tech submarine, scheduled to join the fleet in the year 2004.

PBS Web Site. This series brings the history of naval technology to life through a dramatic study of 150 years of technological advances that have shaped modern navies and changed the course of history.

Weight & Fitness Charts
Height/Weight charts and fitness (PT Test) charts for members of the U.S. Navy.

Where's my Ship?
Where's my Ship?A complete listing of recently decommissioned Navy warships.

Detailed information about the U.S. Navy in WWII.

XO to CO "Fleet Up" Program
The Navy has announced the implementation of “Executive Officer to Commanding Officer Fleet-Up” on its surface ships and sea staffs beginning in calendar year 2006, with the majority of changes coming in 2008 and 2009. Executive Officers (XO) will serve 18 months and then “fleet up” to Commanding Officer (CO) for their command tour on the same ship.

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