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The number represents Petty Officer 3rd/2nd/1st class (EM 3/2/1), and it becomes letters C = Chief; SC = Senior Chief; MC = Master Chief from E7-E9.
Ok, so if you don't have a number after your rate, then you're E-3 or lower?
How about I just make it easy on you. Read the following:E-1 = Seaman/Fireman/Airman/Hospitalman/etc RECRUIT (SR/FR/AR/etc)E-2 = Seaman/Fireman/Airman/etc APPRENTICE (SA/FA/AA/etc)E-3 = Seaman/Fireman/Airman/etc SN/FN/AN/etcIf a person has a "job description" or "rating" then it would preceed the above "rate" such as MMFA, ETSN, EMFR, etcIf a person does not have a "rating" then they are simply a SA, FN, FR, etc.E-4 = Petty Officer Third Class which is designated by a 3 after their "job description" or "rating" such as MM3, EM3, ET3, etcE-5 = Petty Officer Second Class(same as above for rating only using a 2 instead 3)E-6 = Petty Officer First Class(Same as above for rating)E-7 = Chief Petty Officer which is designated by a C after the rating such as MMC, EMC, ETC, etcE-8 = Senior Chief Petty Officer is designated by a CS after the rating such as MMCS, EMCS, ETCS, etcE-9 = Master Chief Petty Officer is designated by CM after the rating such as MMCM, EMCM, ETCM, etcAlso as stated above, you have Warfare designators after the ratings(yes you can have more than one).
May I also add, as it may help in field day situations, for example, that E-6s and below cannot walk on wet wax; they will leave footprints. E-7s, on the otherhand, can walk on wet wax without leaving footprints; they have free reign to move about the ship at all times. Moreover, E-8s cannot possibly leave footprints because they walk above wet wax. And E-9s, well...the only wetwax they have to contend with is in the Goat Locker, and their feet is always stowed off the ground, resting on a coffee table or the back of an E-7 selectee.
That is funny, I always thought that E-9s didn't need to be on the ship becaused they were able to walk on water.
They, on the otherhand, with more than 20 years had already earned half of their base pay if they retired, which means they were working for the other half by staying in! Now, who was the nutty one?
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