USN WW2 Enlisted Rates: Special Branch

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

Special Branch

The Special Branch was a sort of catch-all for a number of dissimilar ratings, and as such had a number of unique paths to petty officer. Revisions to the enlisted structure that went into effect in 1944 made the Special Branch more similar to the other branches. The Geneva cross of pharmacists' mates and hospital apprentices was red on all backgrounds.

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)
(no branch mark)

distinguishing mark
(upper left sleeve)
cuff stripes
Hospital Apprentice
2nd Class
(HA2c)
(no branch mark)

distinguishing mark
(upper left sleeve)
cuff stripes
Hospital Apprentice
1st Class
(HA1c)
Pharmacist's Mate
3rd Class
(PhM3c)
Pharmacist's Mate
2nd Class
(PhM2c)
Pharmacist's Mate
1st Class
(PhM1c)
Chief
Pharmacist's Mate
(CPhM)
right sleeve branch mark
cuff stripes
Seaman 2nd
Class
(S2c)
right sleeve branch mark
cuff mark
Seaman
1st Class
(S1c)
Storekeeper
3rd Class
(SK3c)
Storekeeper
2nd Class
(SK2c)
Storekeeper
1st Class
(SK1c)
Chief
Storekeeper
(CSK)
Yeoman
3rd Class
(Y3c)
Yeoman
2nd Class
(Y2c)
Yeoman
1st Class
(Y1c)
Chief
Yeoman
(CY)
(no branch mark)

distinguishing mark
(lower left sleeve)
cuff stripes
Musician
2nd Class
(Mus2c)
 
(no branch mark)

distinguishing mark
(lower left sleeve)
cuff stripes
Musician
1st Class
(Mus1c)
First
Musician
(1stMus)
Bandmaster
(Bmstr)
(no branch mark)

distinguishing mark
(upper left sleeve)
cuff stripes
Bugler
2nd Class
(Bug2c)
(no branch mark)

distinguishing mark
(upper left sleeve)
cuff stripes
Bugler
1st Class
(Bug1c)
 
Buglemaster
2nd Class
(Bgmstr2c)
Buglemaster
1st Class
(Bgmstr1c)
Chief
Buglemaster
(CBgmstr)
7th Grade 6th Grade 5th Grade 4th Grade 3rd Grade 2nd Grade 1st Grade

 

After 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)
(no branch mark)

distinguishing mark
(upper left sleeve)
cuff stripes
Hospital Apprentice
2nd Class
(HA2c)
(no branch mark)

distinguishing mark
(upper left sleeve)
cuff stripes
Hospital Apprentice
1st Class
(HA1c)
Pharmacist's Mate
3rd Class
(PhM3c)
Pharmacist's Mate
2nd Class
(PhM2c)
Pharmacist's Mate
1st Class
(PhM1c)
Chief
Pharmacist's Mate
(CPhM)
right sleeve branch mark
cuff stripes
Seaman 2nd
Class
(S2c)
right sleeve branch mark
cuff mark
Seaman
1st Class
(S1c)
Storekeeper
3rd Class
(SK3c)
Storekeeper
2nd Class
(SK2c)
Storekeeper
1st Class
(SK1c)
Chief
Storekeeper
(CSK)
Yeoman
3rd Class
(Y3c)
Yeoman
2nd Class
(Y2c)
Yeoman
1st Class
(Y1c)
Chief
Yeoman
(CY)
Printer
3rd Class
(Prtr3c) [1]
Printer
2nd Class
(Prtr2c) [1]
Printer
1st Class
(Prtr1c) [1]
Chief
Printer
(CPrtr) [1]
Ship's Service Man
3rd Class
(SSM3c) [2]
Ship's Service Man
2nd Class
(SSM2c) [2]
Ship's Service Man
1st Class
(SSM1c) [2]
Chief
Ship's Service Man
(CSSM) [2]
Mailman
3rd Class
(MaM3c) [3]
Mailman
2nd Class
(MaM2c) [3]
Mailman
1st Class
(MaM1c) [3]
Chief
Mailman
(CMaM) [3]
(no branch mark)

distinguishing mark
(upper left sleeve)
cuff stripes
Bugler
2nd Class
(Bug2c)
(no branch mark)

distinguishing mark
(upper left sleeve)
cuff stripes
Bugler
1st Class
(Bug1c)
Musician
3rd Class
(Mus3c)
Musician
2nd Class
(Mus2c)
Musician
1st Class
(Mus1c)
Chief
Musician
(CMus)
Buglemaster
3rd Class
(Bgmstr3c)
Buglemaster
2nd Class
(Bgmstr2c)
Buglemaster
1st Class
(Bgmstr1c)
Chief
Buglemaster
(CBgmstr)
7th Grade 6th Grade 5th Grade 4th Grade 3rd Grade 2nd Grade 1st Grade

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