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The Most Decorated Ship of the Second World War

Much of the information on this page is taken from The Bluejacket's Manual 12th ed. (Annapolis, MD.: U.S. Naval Institute, 1944).

Enlisted Mens' Ratings - Officers' Ranks - Divisions - Enlisted Mens' Pay Grades

Enlisted Mens' Ratings

Aerographer's MateAerMMake weather observations. Read weather codes and signals.
Airship RiggerARControl and moor airships. Know steering and meteorology.
Apprentice SeamanASKnow naval drill duties, tie knots. Stand watch.
Aviation Chief RadiomanACRM 
Aviation Electrician's MateAEMInspect, maintain, repair and install all electrical equipment in aircraft.
Aviation Machinist's MateAMMAssemble, service and repair airplanes and airplane engines. Splice aircraft wiring. Know principles and theory of flying.
Aviation Machinist's Mate CAMMCAviation carburetor mechanic.
Aviation Machinist's Mate FAMMFAviation flight engineer.
Aviation Machinist's Mate HAMMHAviation hydraulic mechanic.
Aviation Machinist's Mate IAMMIAviation instrument mechanic.
Aviation Machinist's Mate PAMMPAviation propeller mechanic.
Aviation MetalsmithAMRepair airplane metal parts. Know principles and theory of flying.
Aviation OrdnancemanAOMHandle and take care of all aviation weapons.
Aviation Ordnanceman BAOMBAviation bombsight mechanic.
Aviation Ordnanceman TAOMTAviation turret mechanic.
Aviation PilotAPPilot planes and airships. Serve as plane captain.
Aviation Radio TechnicianARTMaintain all aviation radio equipment.
Aviation RadiomanARMOperate radio transmitting and receiving equipment of naval aircraft.
BakerBkrOperate ovens. Do any kind of baking.
Boatswain's MateBMWork with canvas and hoisting with block and tackle. Handle rope, wire, and anchor chain. Handle power and sail boats. Steer ship and chart courses. Direct salvage.
Boatswain's Mate ABMASame duties as Boatswain's Mate and in addition, Master-at-arms.
BoilermakerBFit pipes, make repairs in boilers. Know construction of marine boilers and fireroom safety precautions.
BuglemasterBgmstrKnow all bugle and drum calls and honors rendered. Lead and instruct a corps.
BuglerBugPlay in a bugle and drum corps. Know bugle calls and honors.
Carpenter's MateCMUse hand and power tools. Take charge of ship ventilation, painting, watertight control, drainage. Understand shoring and drydocking.
Chief Commissary StewardCCSSupervise ship's galley.
Chief PhotographerCP 
Chief WatertenderCWT 
Commissary StewardCS 
CookCkTake charge of galley.
CoxswainCOXWork with canvas and handle boats. Know signaling.
Electrician's MateEMUse electrical tools and repair electrical equipment. Charge storage batteries. Wind armatures. Stand watch on main gyrocompass and in main control room of electrically driven ships. Repair telephone circuits. Apply first aid in case of electrical shock.
Fire ControlmanFCStow, inspect and repair fire control instruments. Take charge of fire control equipment. Know electricity - A.C. and D.C. Man fire control stations.
Fire Controlman RFCRSame duties as fire controlman and in addition, range finder operator.
Fire Controlman SFCSSubmarine fire controlman.
FiremanFFire and tend boilers. Operate, adjust and repair pumps.
Gunner's MateGMTake charge of gun and crew. Assemble and fire all types of guns. Handle ammunition. Handle mines and depth charges.
Hospital ApprenticeHAKnow minor surgery, first aid and nursing. Maintain sanitary conditions.
Machinist's MateMMOperate main and auxiliary engines. Adjust, repair, and overhaul engines. Be familiar with ship's drainage systems, distilling plants, evaporators and pumps.
Machinist's Mate EMMEEngineman.
Machinist's Mate GMMGIndustrial gas generator mechanic.
Machinist's Mate RMMRRefrigeration mechanic.
Machinist's Mate SMMSShop machinist.
Mess AttendantMATT 
MetalsmithMMake plans, time and cost estimates. Work in copper and brass. Temper metals, repair damage. Test for watertightness.
MinemanMNCarry and move mine cases, anchors, cables, lines, buoys.
MolderMLEquip and work in foundry. Make castings. Use molding tools. Operate oil furnaces.
Motor Machinist's MateMoMMOperate machine tools. Operate and maintain internal combustion engines and engine auxiliaries. Knowledge of pressure and air systems. Be familiar with electrical apparatus.
MusicianMusPlay standard band music. Read music at sight.
Officer's CookOC 
PainterPtrPrepare and apply paints and varnishes. Lay and repair tiling and linoleum. Take charge of and repair fire extinguisher and rescue breathing apparatus.
Painter VPtrVAviation painter.
Parachute RiggerPRPack and repair parachutes. Parachute jumping experience.
PatternmakerPMUse pattern and molding tools. Execute intricate patterns.
Pharmacist's MatePhMTake charge of sick bay. Do minor surgery and administer simple medicines.
Photographer's MatePhoMOrganize and direct operations of Naval photographic units. Operate motion picture machines. Develop negatives and make prints.
PrinterPrtrTake charge of ship's printshop, set type. Read proof.
Printer LPrtrLLithographer.
Printer MPrtrMMultilith operator.
QuartermasterQMSteer ship and take soundings. Use range finder. Plot bearings. Know signal control and navigation. Send and receive International Code by blinker, searchlight and semaphore.
RadarmanRdMStand radar watch and operate radar equipment.
Radio ElectricianRE 
Radio TechnicianRTMaintain radio equipment.
RadiomanRMTransmit and receive radio messages. Encipher and decipher messages.
SeamanSKnow naval drill duties, knots, steering and signaling. Stand watch and gunnery duties.
Ship's CookSCSupervise and prepare cooking.
Ship's Cook BSCBButcher.
Ship's Service Man BSSMBBarber.
Ship's Service Man CSSMCCobbler.
Ship's Service Man LSSMLLaundryman.
Ship's Service Man TSSMTTailor.
ShipfitterSFUse hand and machine tools for steel metal work. Bend, repair and fit pipes. Operate fire extinguishers and rescue breathing apparatus.
SignalmanSMStand signal watch on bridge. Identify flags. Use blinker, searchlight and semaphore. Use range finder, searchlights, signal apparatus.
SonarmanSoMOperate special sound equipment.
Sonarman HSoMHOperate special harbor sound equipment.
Special Artificer DSADKnowledge and repair of special training devices.
Special Artificer ISAIRepair typewriters and watches. Coat lenses of optical instruments.
Special Artificer OSAORepair all optical instruments, such as telescopes, periscopes, compasses, range finders.
Specialist ASp(A)Athletic instructor.
Specialist CSp(C)Classification interviewer.
Specialist FSp(F)Fire fighter.
Specialist GSp(G)Aviation free gunnery instructor.
Specialist ISp(I)Punched card accounting machine operator and mechanic.
Specialist MSp(M)Mail clerk.
Specialist OSp(O)Inspector of Naval material.
Specialist PSp(P)Photographic specialist.
Specialist P (LB)Sp(P)(LB)Laboratory.
Specialist P (MP)Sp(P)(MP)Motion picture production.
Specialist P (PG)Sp(P)(PG)Photogrammetry.
Specialist P (VM)Sp(P)(VM)V-mail.
Specialist QSp(Q)Communication specialist.
Specialist Q (CR)Sp(Q)(CR)Cryptographer.
Specialist Q (IN)Sp(Q)(IN)Radio Intelligence.
Specialist Q (TE)Sp(Q)(TE)Technicians.
Specialist RSp(R)Recruiter.
Specialist SSp(S)Shore patrol. Master-at-arms.
Specialist TSp(T)Teacher.
Specialist T (LT)Sp(T)(LT)Link Trainer Instructor.
Specialist USp(U)Supervisor of WAVE quarters.
Specialist VSp(V)Transport airman.
Specialist WSp(W)Chaplain's assistant.
Specialist XSp(X)Specialists not elsewhere classified.
Specialist X (CT)Sp(X)(CT)Cartographer.
Specialist X (ED)Sp(X)(ED)Engineering draftsman.
Specialist X (PI)Sp(X)(PI)Pigeon trainer.
Specialist X (PL)Sp(X)(PL)Plastic expert.
Specialist X (QM)Sp(X)(QM)Operation - plotting and chart work.
Specialist X (SB)Sp(X)(SB)Telephone switchboard operator supervisors.
Specialist X (TD)Sp(X)(TD)Topographical draftsman.
Specialist X (TS)Sp(X)(TS)Air stations operations desk (time shack).
Specialist X (VA)Sp(X)(VA)Visual training aids.
Specialist YSp(Y)Control tower operator.
StewardStTake charge of mess arrangements.
Steward's MateStMServe at table in officers' mess.
StorekeeperSKTake charge of ship's storeroom. Issue and account for stock and clothing.
Storekeeper DSKDDisbursing storekeeper.
Storekeeper TSKTHandle technical stock material.
Storekeeper VSKVAviation storekeeper.
TelegrapherTSend and receive cables.
Torpedoman's MateTMLubricate, assemble, charge and fire torpedoes. Lay mines and drop depth charges.
Torpedoman's Mate ETMETorpedoman's mate, electrical.
Torpedoman's Mate VTMVTorpedoman's mate assigned to aviation activities.
Turret CaptainTCTake charge of gun turret and crew. Assemble and repair guns. Handle ammunition. Operate periscopes and range finders.
Warrant OfficerWO 
Water TenderWTTake charge of fireroom when under way. Maintain, repair, and overhaul boiler system.
YeomanYTake charge of ship's office. Take dictation, write Navy letters. Prepare reports and keep personnel records.

Enlisted Mens' Ratings - Officers' Ranks - Divisions - Enlisted Mens' Pay Grades

Officers' Ranks

There is no exact correspondence between officers' ranks across various branches of the military. The table below suggests the approximate correspondence for the US Navy and Army, and is provided primarily to help orient those more familiar with the latter.

RatingAbbreviationArmy Equivalent
EnsignENSSecond Lieutenant
Lieutenant (junior grade)LT(jg)First Lieutenant
Lieutenant CommanderLCDRMajor
CommanderCDRLieutenant Colonel
Commodore1CDRBrigadier General
Rear Admiral2RADMMajor General
Vice AdmiralVADMLieutenant General
  1. "Commodore" is better considered a title than a proper rank. It generally denotes an officer who commands a detachment of ships, but is not yet senior enough to rank as admiral.
  2. Rear Admiral Lower was roughly equivalent to Brigadier General. Rear Admiral Upper was roughly equivalent to Major General.

Enlisted Mens' Ratings - Officers' Ranks - Divisions - Enlisted Mens' Pay Grades


Information about air groups can be found here.

1st DivDeck Division, Forward 5" Guns
2nd DivDeck Division, 40mm Guns
3rd DivDeck Division, Aft 5" Guns
4th DivMarine Detachment, Port 20mm Guns
5th DivDeck Division, Ordnance handling, Starboard 20mm Guns
A DivEvaporators, boats, auxilaries, ice machines
B DivBoilers
C & R DivsConstruction and repair
E DivElectrical
H DivMedical, dental
K DivCommunications (radio, signal, sound, electrical)
M DivMain Engines
N DivNavigation (Quartermasters)
R DivConstruction and repair shops, band, ship's service
S DivSupply, disbursing, commissary
V-1 DivAircraft launching, landing and handling operations
V-2 DivFueling, lubrication, and hangar deck plane handling
V-3 DivAir Plot, Fly Control and Aerology
V-4 DivCombat Information Center (CIC), and radar/radio maintenance
V-5 DivServicing and arming aircraft
V-12 DivFuzing and handling bombs and rockets

Enlisted Mens' Ratings - Officers' Ranks - Divisions - Enlisted Mens' Pay Grades

Enlisted Mens' Pay Grades

Pay grades shown below were the basic pay per month for each indicated grade, as established in 1942.

GradePay per MonthClass or Rating
1$138Chief petty officers, permanent appointment.
1A$126Chief petty officers, acting appointment.
2$114Petty officers, first class.
3$96Petty officers, second class.
4$78Petty officers, third class.
5$66Nonrated men, first class.
6$54Nonrated men, second class.
7$50Apprentice seamen.

Men could receive additional pay in some circumstances:

Enlisted Mens' Ratings - Officers' Ranks - Divisions - Enlisted Mens' Pay Grades

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