Moving Up in Rank in the U.S. Navy
Unlike the other U.S. military services, which organize service members according to ranks, the Navy organizes its force according to rates, although it also follows the same E-1 to E-9 pay grade structures as the other services. The rate of an enlisted Sailor can be determined by their rating badge, which is a combination of a rate (pay grade) badge of stripes or chevrons, depending on rank, and rating (occupational specialty), represented by the symbol just above the stripes or chevrons on the left sleeve of most uniforms.
Those who have them . . .
. . . Earned them.
Earning Your Stripes
The military has changed over the years. Today, the use of high-technology requires bright young men and women possess the skill-set and knowledge not only required by the Navy, but that are highly sought-after by many of the country's leading industries and Fortune-500 companies. Very often, what is learned in the military is also beneficial in a career as a civilian.
In the NSCC learning opportunities give young cadets a glimps into the many areas where bright men and women find their calling and career as they move through the ranks in the Coast Guard and the Navy. Look below and compare how progression takes place in the Navy compared to the Sea Cadet Corps.
Moving Up in Rank in the U.S. NSCC
The NSCC cadet rate structure and terminology generally parallels that of the Navy and Coast Guard, from NSCC Seaman Recruit E1 to NSCC Chief Petty Officer E7 only. Cadets enroll as Seaman Recruits and advance through the ranks when they satisfy promotion requirements.The specific training and academic requirements for advancement through the rate NSCC CPO are indicated in the table below. Cadets must meet all requirements listed in the table below for each advancement in rate (including the minimum time in rate) before advancement is made. Cadets must score 3.2 or higher to pass each assignment of the correspondence course. An aggregate score of 3.2 or higher is required to pass the course.
U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps - American Veterans Division