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Enlisted Rating Insignia

The enlisted rating badge for Petty Officer Third Class and above consists of two parts. The chevrons indicate the pay grade (rate). Between the chevrons and the eagle is an insignia indicating the Sailor's job speciality (rating). These insignia are white on blue uniforms and Navy blue on white uniforms. This table shows the rating insignia for aviation specialities. Additional tables show Administration/Medical/Dental, Engineering/Hull, and Construction specilaty insignia.

Aviation Specialties

AB - Aviation Boatswain's Mate* AC - Air Traffic Controller AD - Aviation Machinist's Mate AE - Aviation Electronics Mate

AG - Aerographer's Mate AK - Aviation Storekeeper AM - Aviation Structural Mechanic* AO - Aviation Ordnanceman

AS - Aviation Support
Equipment Technician
AT - Aviation Electronics Technician AW - Aviation Warfare
Systems Operator
AZ - Aviation Maintenance Administrationman

PH - Photographer's Mate PR - Aircrew Survival Equipmentman Notes Notes
*Note: "Aviation
Boatswain's Mate" is used
at paygrade E-9 only.
Leading to AB:
ABE (Launching & Recovery Equipment), ABF (Fuels), and ABH (Aircraft Handling).
*Note 2: "Aviation
Structural Mechanic" is used
at paygrade E-8 only.
Leading to AM:
AME (Safety Equipment), AMH (Hydraulics), and AMS (Structures).


Information Courtesy of U.S. Navy

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