USN WW2 Enlisted Rates: Engine Room Force

U.S. Navy: World War II Enlisted Rates:

Engine Room Force, Artificer Branch

The Engine Room Force was organized somewhat differently from other branches. Historically, non-rated engine room men were paid at a higher rate than their deck counterparts because of the more strenuous nature of their work. This was still reflected when the US entered World War II, with the non-rated fireman first class holding the same pay grade as third class petty officers in other branches. In a major reorganization of the Navy's enlisted structure, effective January 1944, the Engine Room Force rates were brought into line with other branches, and third class engine room petty officers were authorized.

Firemen wore a red branch mark on the left shoulder of blue and white jumpers.

Through December 1943

7th Grade 6th Grade 5th Grade 4th Grade 3rd Grade 2nd Grade 1st Grade
right sleeve branch mark
cuff stripes
Apprentice
Seaman
(AS)
left sleeve branch mark
cuff stripes
Fireman 3rd
Class
(F3c)
left sleeve branch mark
cuff mark
Fireman
2nd Class
(F2c)
left sleeve branch mark
cuff mark
Fireman
1st Class
(F1c)
left sleeve rating badge
Boilermaker
2nd Class
(B2c)
left sleeve rating badge
Boilermaker
1st Class
(B1c)
left sleeve rating badge
Chief
Boilermaker
(CB)
left sleeve rating badge
Machinist's Mate
2nd Class
(MM2c)
left sleeve rating badge
Machinist's Mate
1st Class
(MM1c)
left sleeve rating badge
Chief
Machinist's Mate
(CMM)
left sleeve rating badge
Water Tender
2nd Class
(WT2c)
left sleeve rating badge
Water Tender
1st Class
(WT1c)
left sleeve rating badge
Chief
Water Tender
(CWT)
left sleeve rating badge
Metalsmith
2nd Class
(M2c)
left sleeve rating badge
Metalsmith
1st Class
(M1c)
left sleeve rating badge
Chief
Metalsmith
(CM)
left sleeve rating badge
Molder
2nd Class
(Ml2c)
left sleeve rating badge
Molder
1st Class
(Ml1c)
left sleeve rating badge
Motor
Machinist's Mate
2nd Class
(MoMM2c)
left sleeve rating badge
Motor
Machinist's Mate
1st Class
(MoMM1c)
left sleeve rating badge
Chief Motor
Machinist's Mate
(CMoMM)
7th Grade 6th Grade 5th Grade 4th Grade 3rd Grade 2nd Grade 1st Grade

 

From January 1, 1944

7th Grade 6th Grade 5th Grade 4th Grade 3rd Grade 2nd Grade 1st Grade
right sleeve branch mark
cuff stripes
Apprentice
Seaman
(AS)
left sleeve branch mark
cuff stripes
Fireman 2nd
Class
(F2c)
left sleeve branch mark
cuff mark
Fireman
1st Class
(F1c)
left sleeve rating badge
Boilermaker
3rd Class
(B3c)
left sleeve rating badge
Boilermaker
2nd Class
(B2c)
left sleeve rating badge
Boilermaker
1st Class
(B1c)
left sleeve rating badge
Chief
Boilermaker
(CB)
left sleeve rating badge
Machinist's Mate
3rd Class
(MM3c)
left sleeve rating badge
Machinist's Mate
2nd Class
(MM2c)
left sleeve rating badge
Machinist's Mate
1st Class
(MM1c)
left sleeve rating badge
Chief
Machinist's Mate
(CMM)
left sleeve rating badge
Water Tender
3rd Class
(WT3c)
left sleeve rating badge
Water Tender
2nd Class
(WT2c)
left sleeve rating badge
Water Tender
1st Class
(WT1c)
left sleeve rating badge
Chief
Water Tender
(CWT)
Electrician's Mate
3rd Class
(EM3c)[1]
Electrician's Mate
2nd Class
(EM2c) [1]
Electrician's Mate
1st Class
(EM1c) [1]
Chief
Electrician's Mate
(CEM) [1]
left sleeve rating badge
Metalsmith
3rd Class
(M3c)
left sleeve rating badge
Metalsmith
2nd Class
(M2c)
left sleeve rating badge
Metalsmith
1st Class
(M1c)
left sleeve rating badge
Chief
Metalsmith
(CM)
left sleeve rating badge
Molder
3rd Class
(Ml3c)
left sleeve rating badge
Molder
2nd Class
(Ml2c)
left sleeve rating badge
Molder
1st Class
(Ml1c)
left sleeve rating badge
Chief
Molder
(CMl)
left sleeve rating badge
Motor
Machinist's Mate
3rd Class
(MoMM3c)
left sleeve rating badge
Motor
Machinist's Mate
2nd Class
(MoMM2c)
left sleeve rating badge
Motor
Machinist's Mate
1st Class
(MoMM1c)
left sleeve rating badge
Chief Motor
Machinist's Mate
(CMoMM)
7th Grade 6th Grade 5th Grade 4th Grade 3rd Grade 2nd Grade 1st Grade

 

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